Rachel Klauber-Speiden has a B.A in Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature from Columbia University and worked as a fiction editor at Henry Holt and Company, where she pursued her fascination with the stories we tell ourselves. Throughout her life, she has also worked with vulnerable populations and served as a caregiver for close family members, pursuits that led her to the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. There, she completed the Foundations in Contemplative Care Training program serving the patients and staff at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, and she is currently in her second year as a Chaplain Intern through the Zen Center’s Clinical Pastoral Education program. A Formal Zen Student of Sensei Chodo Robert Campbell GC-C, Rachel has found the teaching and work at the NYZC inspirational and transformative. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Josh, her children, Lucinda and Becket, and her little dog, too.