My name is Daniela Myozen Herzog.
I am a Certified Professional Coach with the accredited “Leadership that Works”- Institute and a credentialed Associate Certified Coach with the ICF (International Coach Federation).
I am a Zen teacher in the lineage of Zen Master Dae Gak, a Reiki III, Karuna Reiki and NVC-practitioner.
I care deeply about the miracle of being human.
My German parents fled the communist regime of the German Democratic Republic just a few days before the Iron Curtain was closed in 1961.
Their having to start from zero in Western Germany had a deep and lasting impact on my upbringing:
They both fed me an intense longing for freedom, social justice and human rights. They also fed me the deep belief in the birthright of each and everyone to strive for a fulfilling and dignified life. This belief has informed my life choices; Today it informs my coaching, my Zen-teaching and generally who I am in the world.
My 20’s I spent traveling all over Europe, first as a street musician and later as a member of "Ensemble Oni Wytars".
In my early 30's I changed career, earned an M.Ed and trained as a teacher. Since then I have been working with children age 5 - 12, many of them traumatized and with great emotional difficulties. Using my knowledge of NVC and my years of Zen practice I tried to create a save space for "my" children, a space that would allow them to open up to life again and to the joy that learning and being in community can be.
In 2011 I immigrated to the United States. I live in a Zen-Buddhist meditation center in the middle of the Appalachian foothills where I share life with the resident community, with my husband and two spoiled dogs.
..... I was a musician and in my heart I still am – and yet I haven’t really touched an instrument for about 20 years…..
There have been tears around this. Many.
They belong to my life and have brought me to the place of stillness and service I am at today.
Despite the many cried tears - I sense that my life is one unfolding song …. and I am often enchanted by its order, its rhythm, and by the beautiful dance between the sound and the silence that holds all of it…
I am a Buddhist teacher - deeply distrusting religion and doctrine…
I meditate every day and help provide a sacred space for people, to help them move into silence and out of their stories – yet I believe that meditation can never be a spiritual "getaway" of sorts, that it always has to be brought back into the noisiness of our life and take roots within the stories of separation and endless suffering…
I explore the space between all stories, and I do my best to meet life from this undefined openness…..
I am grateful for being alive and I try my best to support others in waking up to the preciousness of their life.