My name is Karuna and I was born in 1948. I grew up as an “army brat”, traveling from place to place, for the most part moving every two to three years. My family retired in Florida when I was in high school. As soon as I graduated from high school, I headed to Seattle to go to college and have lived there ever since, except for one year in the 70’s. I have Bachelors and Masters degrees in Nursing and have worked in hospital Labor and Delivery Room and Postpartum units. I also was an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, and a Maternal Newborn Clinical Nurse Specialist at Swedish Hospital Medical Center in Seattle. I married in 1971 and had two wonderful children, Sreejit in 1974 and Chaitanya in 1977.
My life took a profound change when I began my own personal therapy. During those years, I worked through most of the anger, fear and sadness that had kept me tied to the past. I, for the most part, stopped my obsessive thinking and my negative self talk. I learned to parent myself and my children in healthy ways.
After finishing my own therapy, I started volunteering in our therapy community. I loved my volunteer work much more than I liked my job, so did what it took to qualify to take the credentialing exams in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. I began a private psychotherapy practice (www.karunapoole.com) and have been doing that rewarding work ever since. I love participating in clients’ journeys as they make their way to a full and abundant life.
My life took another major turn in 1989, when I met Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi), a world renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader. At the time I met her, I had absolutely no interest in anything spiritual. I couldn’t understand why “Yes” came out of my mouth when a friend invited me to go to Amma’s Seattle programs. My world changed that night. Six weeks later, I attended Amma’s retreat in New Hampshire, and six months after that I was at her ashram in India. I have traveled to India every year but two since then.
In the last few years I’ve developed additional major interests: Litter pick up, cigarette butt pick up, gardening, vermi-composting (i.e. worms!), learning to read, write and eventually speak Sanskrit (संस्कृतं पठामि लिखामि च), and now this blog!
For many years, I have focused much of my attention on watching for and learning the lessons life sends my way. I love the process of receiving and learning these lessons, whether they be very challenging or easy. In this blog, I will share my own stories and reflections, past and present, usually taking into account both psychological and spiritual perspectives. My hope is that we will dialog with each other about living, learning and letting go.