About

Hazel Nathaniel James

Hazel began her career in the Corporate world after studying at the London School of Economics. Focussing on people development after specialising in Stress management kept her on her toes for the best part of 22 years in Human Resource Management where she travelled extensively across Europe and Asia.

In 2004, she felt the need to develop herself further and enrolled at OneSpirit Interfaith Seminary London. She is now an ordained minister. Further studies continued with New Ventures West San Francisco and Third Space coaching UK. She is also an accredited Integral Development coach. An inspirational speaker, she feels passionate about helping others to heal emotionally and spiritually. Hazel is a meditation teacher and a student of neuroscience; combining the wisdom of east and west in her unique brand of coaching others.

An Examined Life is her vision and was set up in 2016. Her work is intended to empower people to empower themselves to live more meaningful, authentic lives. She runs a busy one-on-one practice, where she feels honoured to help others give birth to themselves through relinquishing self-sabotage issues, healing their emotional wounds, addressing hidden causes of pain and to help move beyond repetitive patterns of dysfunction.

Hazel also leads retreats on different healing and personal empowerment themes for like-minded and like-hearted people to come together to learn, grow and heal.

Hazel sees herself as a student of life where attendance at regular retreats nourish her psychological, emotional and spiritual evolvement. She also views her love of adventure sports as retreats for her soul, where she partakes in kayacking, mountain biking, white water rafting and horse riding. She is incredibly partial to working out regularly and has a penchant for hatha yoga. She plays the saxophone badly but adores jazz and soul music and loves to dance. Her ability to laugh at the ridiculous keeps her grounded and centred.

Hazel lives in London with her two amazing kids (young adults, but kids to their mum).”

My philosophy

There comes a time when we have to relinquish who we think we are; to leave behind the person behind the masks. Masks keep you fear filled. Creates knots in your belly. They stop you from living a full life. It then usually means that you are not fully seen, you don’t bring all of yourself to whatever you are doing.

As I understand it, living this way is no picnic. Masks can be so burdensome, don’t you think? Constantly slipping, but we have a sense of when we want to let it go, like when the effort that it takes to hold it in place outstrips the effort to let it go.

For those of us longing to step out from behind the masks, there is usually a longing. There is usually a knowing that where you are is not where you are meant to be. Do you recognise the feeling?

I too have lived in that space. In fact, I know it intimately. When “the knowing” came, I knew that in order to live my most authentic life, it would require me to change, to embrace fierce self honesty, and to stare into the barrel of my own being. Over the years I had tried to do much of it by myself. I would take a one dimensional snapshot of my challenges and work on that. I would make some headway, but it was always limited. I found myself achieving goals, but not building lasting competences that held me.

I found out that looking at anything one dimensionally is extremely limiting. Life happens on multiple levels, domains and streams. You could say that when I began to view my challenges from multiple angles and perspectives, an amazing unfolding happened. I began to manage challenges differently and with more skill, I could establish clarity quickly and release that which was not serving my life. Self-deception disappeared and I developed increased competence in all areas of my life.

This journey, I privately call the “Warrior’s journey”, but through it all, I have been and continue to be held with tremendous skill, kindness and support.

It is this which I now bring to you; the gift of Integral Coaching. This is a way of exploring your emotions, attitudes, thoughts, feelings and intentions from multiple perspectives, enabling you to bring all of yourself to your life as authentically as possible.

My Résumé

Education

2006 – 2008

Some Funky PHD

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2004 – 2008

Some Ivy League College

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2000 – 2004

Some funky Highschool in Jersey

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Previous Jobs

2012 – 2015

Mental Fitness LLC

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2008 – 2012

Body and Health Inc.

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