Nancy Colier is a psychotherapist, interfaith minister, writer and public speaker. She writes a regular blog for the Huffington Post, and is the author of Inviting a Monkey to Tea: Befriending Your Mind and Discovering Lasting Contentment, 2012 (Hohm Press). A longtime student of Eastern spirituality, awareness practices form the ground of her work with clients. In addition, Nancy spent 25 years as a top-ranked equestrian on the national horse show circuit and serves as a performance consultant to competitive athletes and professional artists. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.
To "invite a monkey to tea” is to befriend our own mind-which is often compared to a drunken monkey for all its mad twists and turns. A wild monkey is full of irrepressible desires, and thus chases its own tail in its search for happiness! This book is about learning to welcome the mind as ally without fear or resistance, thus relaxing that frantic search and resting in the joy of who we are.
The primary obstacle to successful performance of any kind is our own mind. In a clear and compassionate style, Shainberg-Colier shows us how to understand and overcome the psychological barriers that keep us from achieving our full potential. The book demonstrates how to radically change our relationship with negative thoughts, move beyond comparison, self-doubt, and jealousy.