My name is David Johnson. I am a 58 year old Englishman who lives in Hawai’i. My life’s path has been a route that has taken me through the early days of computer programming, traveling, living in a Buddhist community, building an ecological house, obtaining a Masters degree in Ecopsychology, marrying and moving to America, participating in community based environmental work, becoming involved with a men’s group, and offering mentoring to the inmates in a local jail. In one way or another each one of these stops along the way represent a passion of mine which together make up a significant part of the basis of my approach.
Through all of this I have carried two personality traits that I was unaware of for a good part of my life: I am an introvert and a highly sensitive person. Maybe there are traits in you that you have not yet discovered? Having said that, I do not like to define people by traits. I feel that it is too easy to pigeon hole individuals in ways that are not the whole truth of who they are. Personality traits can inform how we act in and experience the world, but they are also just one aspect of our larger personality, skills and abilities.
When we live a life unaware, or that does not embrace an intrinsic aspect of ourselves, traits that could be developed and built upon in a positive way might feel to us as though they are a hindrance. We might feel that there is something wrong with us, when actually we are doing just fine. The result is we often push ourselves to live in ways that don’t work for us, but that we feel we must ‘ought to’ in order to fit in. So it has been for me. This is where I hope to help you.
I value being able to live a life that embraces my values and who I am. Of living a life on my terms (while respecting the needs of those around me), which means embracing being courageous and vulnerable. It means stepping into who I am, and accepting what comes my way in doing that - the praise and the criticism. This will be the basis of our work together, creating a safe and courageous space for you to share and do what before you might have been hesitant to step into. My work is collaborative and supportive, always guided by your individual needs. I encourage clients to ask questions as we proceed, especially about the process of coaching.
I value silence, quiet, time to reflect, time to write. I am not a fan of big social occasions, whether they be parties or big professional events (for all my love of Buddhism and its continued importance in my life, living in a Buddhist community was not always easy with the constant flow of visitors).
I work with the quieter folk, who are looking to build confidence in their lives. People who wish to live a life on their terms and find and embrace the strengths in themselves. To see their quietness as a strength and not a hinderance.
I bring into my coaching work 30 years of meditation experience. Where it feels appropriate, I encourage the development of a meditation practice as support for the coaching work.
If my approach sounds like it might be helpful to you, or if you simply have questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I truly would be honored to help you take the next steps in your personal journey.