Claudia Keller is the secular name. Kusalanandi is the spiritual name. Kusala means “wholesome” and -nandi “she who likes to do wholesome things”.
Spiritual names are inherent potentials of a person and at the same time tasks.
As a non-medical practitioner for psychotherapy and lecturer for mindfulness and meditation retreats, Kusalanandi’s goal is to accompany people on their way to a self-determined and meaningful life. This is a matter of the heart for her and a calling at the same time.
For this therapeutic and pastoral work, she has been able to draw on more than 12 years of practice and training as a Buddhist nun, as well as numerous training and continuing education courses in the field of Western psychotherapy.
In 2005, Kusalanandi completed her training as a Kundalini Yoga teacher according to Yogi Bhajan.
From October 2007 to February 2020, Kusalanandi was a Buddhist nun. Kusalanandi dedicated herself full time to meditation and Buddhist teachings and lived for about 7 years in traditional monasteries and meditation centers mainly in Asia, practicing under highly developed teachers*. Of these, Kusalanandi spent an accumulated 2.5 years in Noble Silence.
More than 10,000 hours of meditation and introspection establish an inner meta-perspective – an inner objective observer – that enables one to establish distance from everyday perspectives and beliefs, as well as profound experiences into the human psyche/mind. Inner issues, unresolved conflicts and also new ways of solving them show up much more clearly.
At the same time, inherent qualities such as serenity, equanimity, patience, kindness, empathy and compassion are developed and strengthened, and mindful presence in the present is sharpened. This makes it possible to encounter oneself, others and things as they are with ever more clarity and insight.
Several years of intensive studies to become a certified alternative practitioner for psychotherapy, training as a psychological counselor, numerous advanced trainings as well as self-experiences and her own inner process work have continuously fertilized and complemented her practice in Buddhist meditation and psychology over the past 10 years.
A very important foundation of her work is the Buddhist practice of metta meditation, which is about encountering oneself, others, and life in general with loving-kindness, kindness, and benevolence, resulting in an appreciative, appreciative, and empathic understanding of oneself and others.
Classic metta content may include:
– May I learn to look at myself with the eyes of understanding and love.
– May I be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy and happiness within myself.
– May I know how to nurture these within myself daily.
– May I live peacefully and freely.
– And may I go through life strengthened, alive, and with ease.
Kusalanandi combines these and other Buddhist methods such as mindfulness and meditation techniques as well as breathing and relaxation exercises with various methods of Western psychotherapy. They support each other in their depth in order to develop new desired ways of experiencing, which in self-responsibility and authenticity lead to more freedom and aliveness and thus to more inner peace.