I’m a British meditation teacher and speaking coach living in Los Angeles with my husband Sean. I regularly guide mindfulness classes at Hollywood production companies and studios to help increase resilience, creativity and focus in the workplace.
I’m also a qualified yoga teacher (2010), I trained in mindful self-compassion at Insight LA meditation center (the 8-week course created by Kristen Neff and Chris Germer, who are pioneers in the scientific development of self-compassion). I completed Google’s “Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute” course in 2019 and my 400 hr meditation teacher training at ‘The Den’ meditation studio early 2018.
I grew up in Liverpool but moved to London when I was 22 years old to pursue my career as a TV producer. It’s common to work long intense hours in this industry. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, I was in a constant state of stress. Sugar and caffeine were my fuel of choice for many years until I moved to Los Angeles in 2014 where meditation studios were more popular than Starbucks.
At first, being ‘zen’ did not come naturally to me. I thrived in the fast-paced world of deadlines and multitasking, but it eventually wore me down. I tried meditation because everyone said it would help, but I found it extremely frustrating! I assumed the aim was to quiet the mind and enter a state of bliss, but I just couldn’t do it and I felt like a failure.
Thankfully, I learned a variety of research-based techniques including: mindfulness, self-compassion and Transcendental Meditation™. Through my training, I discovered that meditation is not about pushing thoughts and emotions away. Instead, it’s about learning to accept them in a non-judgmental manner.
Meditation hasn’t turned me into Wonder Woman, but it has certainly helped me become more fulfilled and resilient. Now I can’t imagine my life without it!