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My name is Nauser. It rhymes with “saucer”, and in Arabic it means “helper granting victory”. I was named after my grandfather, who was from Iran. (My mom is from Wisconsin, so I tell people I’m half Midwestern and half Middle Eastern!) When I was 11, I started using the name “Nick”, because many people couldn’t pronounce my given name. In Greek, Nicholas means “victory of the people”. I did not learn of the etymological similarities between my two names until much later in my life, and I find the coincidence fitting, as I’ve always been concerned with helping others achieve their goals, and with social justice.
My top three values are love, humor, and justice. One of my favorite comedians, Hari Kondabolu, once said that therapy is like a college-level course in yourself. It should be required for everybody. I believe that the more we know about ourselves and how we relate to the world, the more freedom we have to get our needs met in ways that are consistent with our most strongly held beliefs and values. But most of us don’t know ourselves that well, and we can use a little help taking those first shaky steps into our inner world. That’s where a skilled therapist can come in handy. Just as warriors in training call their teachers “sensei,” using the Japanese word for “one who has walked the path before,” a therapist’s life experiences foster the development of a curious combination of confidence and humility, backed by a deep love of life and a commitment to giving back.
I became interested in wellness for the same reason most people do: it feels good. Life is a beautiful thing, but it can be easy to forget that during the difficult times. Everyone faces their own challenges and struggles, and my struggle with depression prompted me to explore new ways of being good to myself. As I learned and experimented, and as I found things that worked for myself, I began to share my findings with my friends and family. The second law in Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success is the Law of Giving, and the fifth mantra of Warrior Yoga is “giving is receiving.” My hope is that my work as a therapist will help me give to others what has been given to me.
“The Warrior Path? What’s that about?” I’ve derived great personal benefit from my yoga practice, which I began in 2005 at UC Santa Cruz. My first yoga teacher was Kevin Snorf, and the class was Warrior Yoga. In that tradition, a Warrior is defined as someone who understands that life is full of war, conflict, and struggle, and that the greatest wars are more often than not fought on the inside. Moreover, a Warrior is not afraid to go into the war of his or her life, because while challenge, conflict and struggle may abound, suffering only results when we resist them. I’ll talk more about this in the blog, but I just wanted to clarify my use of a word that is used in so many different ways by many people. If the idea of the Warrior Path appeals to you, I highly recommend you check out Kevin’s online program for training the Warrior Path from home. When I left UC Santa Cruz, I never found another yoga class that did for me what Warrior Yoga did for me, and I was thrilled when Kevin created this online community to support my home practice.
“Okay, but what about Healing Warrior?” My good friend, the poet Rafael Jesús González, was the first person to ever tell me that I was a Healer. While he prefers that tradition to the tradition of the Warrior, I see the value in both and hope to live up to the promise of both in my life, in this blog, and in my work as a therapist.
Thanks again for reading, and always feel free to share your thoughts with the HWW community. Gandhi said that truth is perceived in fragments, and from different angles of vision. We each have a piece of the truth, and we each have something to teach each other.