Marc-Henri Sandoz Paradella – Toxic Spirituality, And Life After The Church.

Feb 25, 2019

Marc-Henri Sandoz Paradella was born in 1963, he studied Protestant theology at the University of Geneva to become a pastor. He practiced that profession as a life mission for fifteen years in an evangelical church. Deep questioning led him to resign: he realized the sectarianism and mind blocks that were at the core of his faith, and the sufferings hiding behind them.

He faced little by little his own shadows, and began a long-term therapeutic and integrative work. He passed through a period of ten years of doubts, uncertainties, personal upheavals, professional reconversion, divorce. It was a difficult and dark period, but very rich and of great value to him.

Then, he discovered meditation and yoga thanks to Evelise, the exceptional woman who is now his wife. He got training in Mindfulness meditation at the University of Geneva, then in Yoga Nidra, then in other meditation techniques. He taught meditation and Yoga Nidra for several years in Geneva, while working full time as a counsellor.

After the amputation of his whole left leg due to a bone cancer, in May 2018, he found himself with the urge to find a new balance for his life. The first thing to do, literally, was to learn to walk and live with one leg. Secondly, to try and make sense of what was happening to him. In that process he discovered the need to grow into a deeper and renewed spirituality, one that would fully take into account what was happening to him, without sugar-coating or falling into magical thinking. A spirituality that would truly help him to face reality. Definitely a “no bullshit” spirituality. It is still a work in progress.

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