j Miranda

I’ve been fortunate to have an interesting and diverse livelihood. While I consider myself a career educator and am professionally trained as a pianist, I've also served as a CIO, a university administrator, and consultant. Each role has informed my work and deepened my learning, but none have fully satisfied what I consider a lifetime call to care for others in a spirit of service.

Being a musician has taught me to listen deeply. Perhaps that is why I am drawn to being a life coach and end of life coach. There is nothing more gratifying than sitting with each person where they are, and witnessing the amazing miracle that unfolds within, knowing that each person is naturally creative, resourceful, and whole. It might seem like an easy connection between being a musician and drumming, but drumming actually is not about music making! Instead the drum has been a companion along my spiritual journey and has helped me cultivate mindful presence. In this way, drumming is a means for meditation which, when shared, nurtures fellowship, lovingkindness, and healing intention. This sense of full presence has also been refined through my study and practice of Reiki, a tender and compassionate healing practice with origins in Japan in the late 1800's. Like coaching, offering Reiki is a humbling way to serve another person and support their healing, whatever that may be.

Finally, in 2020 I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. This experience was transformative, and awakened me to the gifts of yoga that extend far beyond the mat.

When the chance to acquire Quest for Balance arose I did so, grateful for the beautiful opportunity to support the wellness and well-being of others. I added wellness to Quest for Balance because I will continue the spirit of the studio, and contribute to its growth through my areas of expertise. Owning Quest for Balance Wellness is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream and I am grateful to be a part of the studio community and its sanctuary.


Recent Articles

Reiki at the End of Life
(International Association of Reiki Professionals Quarterly Journal)

Navigating the Myths of Hospice

Death and Dying: how to begin the conversation
(Branches Magazine)

Drumming for Peace
(A reflection on the International Day of Peace)

Professional Service

Putnam County Hospice and Palliative Care Association, Founder and Past President
Honoring Choices Indiana Steering Committee
Conversation Project Champion

Coaching Services

Coaching is such an amazing practice, and I am grateful to sit with each of my clients in this powerful way. I practice CoActive Coaching, a process that supports action arising from a place of being and receptivity. In order for us to experience life as whole, action must be grounded in being and in our sense of connection to a larger wholeness. When the Co and the Active combine, the action of our life is nourishing and fulfilling.

I bring this CoActive approach to my life coaching, end of life coaching, grief/transition coaching and career coaching.

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Reiki Sessions & Instruction

Reiki is a gentle “hands-on” relaxation technique to help you feel calmer and more comfortable, facilitating the healing of mind, body, and spirit. Originating as a spiritual practice in Japan in the late 1800's, in the United States it is better known for the healing outcomes. More than 800 hospitals across the nation use Reiki as part of patient care.

I certified as a traditional Usui Reiki Master Teacher in 2010 and have been offering individual sessions and classes ever since.

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Drumming is both meditative and recreational. It's been a part of my spiritual practice for most of my life. Drumming brings us back to our roots and to the primal rhythm that connects each of us. When we drum together, in circle, we share this universal healing.

The circle is an important part of the social, cultural, spiritual, and daily life of the first-nations people. In the circle, all are equal; it is a sacred space; and it remains unbroken and in that way fosters a sense of community.

I offer both individual drumming sessions and serve as circle keeper for group drumming.

Sound Healing

Sound healing traces its roots to Pythagoras, who is reported to believe that each body or being produces a particular sound on account of its movement, its rhythm or vibration. All these sounds and vibrations form a universal harmony in which each element, while having individual function and character, also contributes to the whole.

Knowing that sound is the hearing part of vibration and vibration is the feeling part of sound, both can be used to soothe the body and bring it into balance. In these healing sessions, I use tuning forks, tuned pipes, singing bowls,a Hang Drum, and a Bajinn.

j's Upcoming workshops and sessions

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