Kaveri Patel, DO spent most of her life running away from one thing towards the possibility of another. Surely someone or something external would hold the key to true happiness, especially when she was plagued by difficult emotions during a dark period of post partum depression and anxiety.
In 2006 she began the practice of mindfulness meditation which taught her how to sit still, how to stay with delight and distress without running away. Through silent retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Kairos House of Prayer, she discovered an unconditional compassionate presence able to hold the weight of all her experiences without breaking. Her mentors have included Tara Brach, Dori Langevin, Jackie Long, Ruth King, Tempel Smith, Ayya Anandabodhi, the DPP6 and Yoga Moms Sangha, patients, and family.
Kaveri lives with her family in northern California where she enjoys Family Medicine, parenting, yoga, writing, Qigong, singing, hiking, and the outdoors. She has worked for Palo Alto Medical Foundation as a family physician for over fifteen years. Inspired by Stanford's Compassion Cultivation Training, UC San Diego's Mindful Self-Compassion Training, James Baraz's Awakening Joy course, and Peggy Tabor Millin's Centered Writing Practice, she has given mindfulness and compassion lectures, facilitated writing groups, created a six week meditation and writing class to help meet challenges and hold fear, and led women's daylongs on the voice of kindness, healing the maternal line, and most recently self-compassion: no parts left out. Kaveri currently facilitates a drop in meditation and writing class at Etz Chayim in Palo Alto, offers peer support counseling to colleagues as part of wellbeing, and periodically offers talks at companies on mindfulness for stress at work. She completed Spirit Rock's sixth Dedicated Practitioner's Program in 2019.
When she connects with her inner voice, she can hear the cries of all beings to be known, loved, safe, and happy.