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7 Tips to Help You Embark on a Journey of Self Discovery

Rolfing Structural Integration

Rolfing Structural Integration: The Ultimate Guide

What Is A Spiritual Life Coach?

What is a Spiritual Life Coach? 

Mountain Lu, National Park, Jiujiang, Jiangxi, China

How to Realize Calm

An old oil painting with a man dressed in white blanket covering laying next to ruins from an old building

How to Attend to the Present Each Day

A solid black drawing of a lotus flower

How to Rewrite Your Destiny with Meditation

A over head shot of a forest in fall, with all of the leaves changing color

How to flourish through transitions

Three monks crossing a river on a bridge made from bamboo. A man in a boat prays as they pass

A Monk’s Life

Blueberries ready to be picked from the plant

What Makes Life Good

A bull fighter wrapped in a cape fighting a bull. Black and white pencil drawing

Zen and Goya’s Graphic Imagination

Basho's Poetry

Renew Your Wind-Swept Spirit With Basho’s Poetry

How To Find Your Purpose In Life

How to Find Your Purpose in Life

Zen about life oil painting

How To Be Zen About Life

How To Find Yourself Again

How To Find Yourself Again If You’re Feeling Lost

balancing point

Finding Balance with Frantz Fanon

Setting Goals For The New Year

Setting Goals for the New Year: Make 2021 Your Best Yet

Is It Normal To Cry During Meditation?

Is It Normal to Cry During Meditation?

Happy young businessman waving to an online client while in a meeting

Do I Need a Life Coach?

A rainbow hits the sharp rocks of a mountain with the sea and bright blue sky in the background

Disponibilité — Every Ideal Must Be Transcended

How to clear your mind for meditation

How To Clear Your Mind For Meditation: 6 Actionable Steps

Does Meditation Work For Everyone?

Does Meditation Work for Everyone?

Red, orange, yellow and green leaves on a branch in the fall

What We Love Loves Us

How Long Should You Meditate?

How Long Should You Meditate?

Can You Meditate Lying Down?

Can You Meditate Lying Down?

What Is The Goal Of Meditation?

What Is the Goal of Meditation?


What Everybody Ought to Know About Healing in America

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How to Make Peace With Change

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How to Save Your Spirit in a Turbulent World

Truth & Imagination

3 Meditations on Truth & Imagination


Healing Democracy

Who Am I

Who Am I – Practicing Self Inquiry

A Buddhist temple surrounded by trees with people walking by in traditional clothing

The Wonderful Matter of Trees

A sculpture of a woman made from clay that appears to be falling apart

To Study the Way

A full moon behind a tree with a dark blue night sky

Attending to Time

A women chasing pigeons next to fountain with a couple in the background eating lunch

What is the Language of Autumn?

A path through a bamboo forest

Summer Retreat


Rilke’s Temple: Rilke 4/4

Bright green leaves in the summer sun

Rilke’s Noble Lie: Rilke 3/4


How Rilke Might Steer You Wrong: Rilke 2/4

Growing up in San Francisco I learned how to live with the wind and the fog and a brilliant soft natural light.

Treasures from a Poet About How to Live: Rilke 1/4

hipster girl on phone smiles at her phone

How to Make Your Phone a Good Thing

Zendo overlooking traditional Japanese garden

Is Meditation Selfish?

Mt. Jiashan—an area known for its thick forests and myriad waterfalls.

The Obstacle is the Way

the buds of an oak tree coming through

Can You Guess the World’s Healthiest Country?

Galileo with a globe and measuring instruments

Ten Bad Traits Everyone Needs to Overcome

Nirvana buddha carved out of bright white stone

At Peace in the Nirvana Room

A child drawing a smiley face on the wall of a yellow building

13 Facts any Intelligent Person Needs to Know About Happiness

A Samadhi Buddha sitting on a pond surrounded by lilies

You Are Already Meditating

A black and white photo of Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen and the Meaning of Life

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6 Reviews on Bodhi Heart

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Joshua Levy
Joshua Levy
I have bee seeing Soken for while now. If you have some sort of lingering physcial malady go see him, don't wait. He's pretty busy and it might take some time to get in so call right now. Some of my injuries and pain that I have had for years have been greatly relieved by his rolfing work and he's also just a great human being. I would totally go see him for his other services as well. Rolfing doesn't need to be super intense though it can be. He will calibrate to what you need
Philippa Newman
Philippa Newman
I cannot recommend Soken highly enough. He will literally transform your life. I first came to meet Soken for his Rolfing services when I had been living with unbearable lower back pain for over a year. Numerous visits to doctors, various x-rays and months of physical therapy later, I was no better off and desperate to find an alternative solution. Having read about Rolfing as a technique, I discovered Soken's practice in NYC. I am now back pain free and able to do things I thought no longer possible. As I learned more about Soken during our Rolfing sessions, I became interested in his spiritual life coaching /contemplative guidance program. His carefully tailored program has given me enormous insight, and I am a better person, mother and leader as a result. Soken has a calming, peaceful and reassuring presence, and I am extremely grateful to have met him when I did.
A Rice
A Rice
Soken is an amazing coach that will get to the essence of your issues. Difficult issues seem to become easier handle talking to Soken. He is a great coach to have, especially in these times. He is clear and ensures you leave each session with an understanding and a plan of action.
Maya Kumits
Maya Kumits
I’ve been going to Soken for years for my bodywork and sending everyone I know to him too. The work he does with his hands is incredible - I cannot say enough good things. This review, however, is for life coaching. I was faced with a decision recently that I was having trouble making. I was going in circles. I kept changing my mind because I ultimately had no idea what to do. I felt lost and confused. I reached out to Soken for help and was so glad I did. After struggling for weeks trying to figure out the right thing to do, a 1-hour call with him gave me the clarity I needed. By answering a series of thoughtful questions and hearing my answers reflected back to me, I was able to untangle the signal from the noise. By the end of the call, the answer revealed itself. It’s been a few weeks since our call and I still feel great about the decision. I’m so grateful to Soken for helping me with this and won’t hesitate to reach out again for more life coaching.
Marni Gordon
Marni Gordon
I highly recommend Soken as he's a fantastic coach! Soken really helped me set clear goals and measures, helped me to get to insight, and ensures that I have a strong action plan with accountability in every session. Soken's coaching helped me overcome the fear of taking the next step. Soken is sensitive and provides compassionate support through the process.
faraz khan
faraz khan
Soken is an exceptionally intelligent person who seems to understand any multiple of bodily issues. I've been struggling with a reoccurring injury the past few years, and already after the first session I can sense a lot of good has been done. I highly recommend him to anyone 😊
Shonni Silverberg
Shonni Silverberg
I got to know Soken as a client of his Rolfing practice, where his expertise was immeasurably valuable in treating my plantar fasciitis. During the COVID crisis, Soken introduced me to meditation. Practicing under his guidance has been extremely helpful in these turbulent times. Shonni J. Silverberg, M.D., New York, NY
Anaina Mascovich
Anaina Mascovich
The meditation guidance and talk last night was phenomenal. I have had instruction on Metta meditation before, but your explanation offered so much wisdom and direct understanding. Much Gratitude to You Soken.
Lena Elkousy
Lena Elkousy
This review is long overdue, and I would give 10 stars if I could. I cannot recommend Soken's work highly enough. Rolfing is an investment in my physical and emotional health that I wish I had made long ago. To put it quite simply, Soken has changed my life. When we work together, he listens to what I say and what my body says, and works with me right where I am. He is a true healer. In our first series of sessions, he permanently relieved shoulder/neck pain and unfurled a chronic knot that no amount of years of deep tissue massage could even touch. One side of my ribcage was bound with fascia and scar tissue from physical and emotional trauma, to the point that I couldn't breathe into my lower right lung without feeling cramping in surrounding muscles. Over a few sessions, he set me free, and you can actually see the difference in the shape of my ribs. In a series other sessions, he relieved sharp cramping in my feet that I've dealt with since childhood. As a yogi and meditator myself, I find Soken's integrative approach quite profound. Do yourself a favor and an act of self love: and go see this wizard.
Stella Nyla Jules
Stella Nyla Jules
Soken has been transformational in improving and diminishing the increasing pain in my neck and shoulder that traditional physical therapies failed to resolve. His patience, caring, and intuition are top notch.


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