The stepping stone path in a Japanese garden is a metaphor for life's journey. As we wander through the colors and contours of the garden, we may come upon a pausing stone, inviting us to contemplate our present surroundings, or we may find ourselves at a dividing stone signaling that the path is about to divide. Participation in ceremonies offers us similar opportunities to pause and consider the seasons and colors of our lives, and each ceremony acquires a deeper meaning when it accurately and sensitively represents the participants' unique beliefs and their own personal story.
I encountered a significant “dividing stone” when I realized that my interests, talents, and great pleasure in interacting with people of many races, cultures and personal proclivities had led me to become a celebrant. Many years as a professor and pre-med advisor at a large, culturally diverse, college refined my communication skills and empathy, as does an on-going correspondence with prisoners through the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, weekly visits as a volunteer chaplain at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, and service as the Administrative Director of New York Insight Meditation Center. Poetry, comparative religion and languages, growing orchids, and the laughter of family and friends, all sweeten my life's path.
It would be a joy and an honor for me to assist you in fashioning your ceremony of love and commitment, and I will do my utmost to insure that the ceremony we create aptly reflects you and fulfills your own personal vision.
I have always known that at last I would take this road, but yesterday I did not know it would be today. ~ Akiro No Narihara, 825-880