I wanted to share my personal story with you about how I went from being totally stressed, overwhelmed and stuck to feeling empowered, free and excited about my life. You know the type...hyperventilating through life, running from one thing to the next while the e-mails pile up and more keeps getting added to the proverbial "to do" list.
As you may already know, I’m the Wellness Director and Founder of Satsang House in Del Mar where I offer mindfulness and meditation courses, community meditation events, Silent Retreats, private one-on-one life coaching sessions and much more.
But I wasn’t always a meditation teacher and life coach.
I spent several years in my twenties and thirties in corporate America in middle management for one of the largest media companies in the world. I traveled four out of five days a week, coming home with only enough time to do my laundry and head back out on the road again.
The never-ending stress was taking its toll on me, and I never quite felt settled or at ease. I was definitely on the treadmill many of us believe is the road we're supposed to be on to be "successful."
In my mid-thirties, I traded my briefcase for a stroller and happily left it all behind to become a full-time mom.
But I hit a wall when my children were young, finding myself completely and totally overwhelmed with the stress of raising kids; one who is chronically ill. I had a nagging feeling underneath it all that there simply had to be more to life.
I was certainly conflicted with the way I was living mine. Of course, I wanted to be there for my kids, but somewhere in the mix, I felt like a piece of me had vanished.
This internal conflict left me feeling anxious, frightened and on edge. Much of the time, I felt quick-tempered, impatient and totally unsettled. I truly felt as though I was living by my "to do list" and just surviving each day. Every minute of every day, I was asking myself "what's next? what do I need to handle next?"
The struggle was tangible. I knew something had to give.
I wasn't really sure how the ancient practice of meditation was going to help me gain clarity about my inner turmoil or jump-start the next chapter of my life. I just had to put my skepticism aside and trust the process. Heck, what did I have to lose?
Not far into my new meditation practice, I felt a vague sense of clarity and peace begin to creep in. Instead of feeling as though I was surviving each day, I began to feel as though there was a little more direction, a few ideas on how to shift myself ... hope.
In this newfound stillness, I was able to feel and listen to the power of my intuition and act from there as opposed to REACTING to everything as it came up. I had a new built-in pause button which was naturally becoming a new way of life I'd never experienced before.
The shift in me was subtle, yet quite profound. I began peeling back the layers that had for years stifled my personal growth. I could then confront them head-on with an intuitive sense that there would be (and was) freedom on the other side.
It wasn’t always easy or comfortable. Having been so accustomed to running around like a crazy person from one thing to the next, sitting in stillness sometimes felt awkward and unnatural. Though I learned that this is part of the process of retraining our scattered and chatter-filled minds to discover inner stillness, creativity, peace, and joy.
I am passionate about sharing what I’ve learned throughout my personal journey as well as all I’ve learned over the years I studied to become a certified teacher. I want to start by giving you three simple secrets to begin to create mindfulness in your daily life.
If you practice these three little secrets, you will be on a path to freedom where you can find your true purpose and reignite your life!