In 2015, I faced the devastating prospect of going blind – the catalyst that ignited a personal journey to explore Eastern techniques to help manage my anxiety and despair with this life-changing situation.
By 2017 the pressure was taking a toll on my body. I had developed chronic pain as a side effect from the surgery and my corporate workplace had lost patience with trying to adapt to my disability support needs.
The pressure got so overwhelming that just at the point I had started to regain vision from a second surgery, the shingles virus attacked my eye and I lost all of my vision again.
I was devasted. I sat in my room for over six weeks, lights off, curtains drawn, not engaging with the world, crying under my bedcovers. I was so disappointed in myself for allowing the stress and pressure of me trying to meet the expectations of others to cause me to lose the one thing I had been fighting to restore - my eyesight.
By 2018 I could no longer wing it, I had to be trained to use a blind cane to safely move around.
This was a pinnacle moment and I knew I needed a reset to be able to continue living my life. I took a year off work - I call it my Eat, Pray, Love year, taking a leaf out of Elizabeth Gilbert's book.
My dad took me overseas to see my favourite cities one last time, I even made it to India and did a Buddhist Pilgrimage where I met His Holiness the Dalai Lama (life changing moment I must say!). I also spent three months in a Buddhist Meditation retreat doing the same meditation and mindfulness practices I teach in this course - because they are life changing.
Whilst my hope was to live a fulfilling life despite my disability, mindfulness proved so powerful that after the 3 months in retreat, the doctors were able to miraculously restore my sight with surgery!
Today, I share the very mindfulness and metaphysics techniques that have allowed me to create a life I love, whilst still living with the chronic pain and fatigue associated with surgery. I still manage to juggle the busy-ness of life and cram in all of the things I'm passionate about including study, working for a mental health organisation and creating and growing my business as well as volunteering for two organisations and getting to the beach.
I manage all of this because I tap into mindfulness throughout my day. I don't have to stop to slow down and check in on my body mind and soul.
My signature ‘Mindfulness in Action’ approach teaches busy, multi-tasking women how to use these tools to create an instant sense of calm amongst the chaos of modern life (even if they have no time to sit and meditate).
As well as the life experience, I have all of the qualifications to support you through your self-healing journey, including being a certified Meditation Teacher, Wellness and Metaphysics Coach, Chakra Intuitive and ACT Mindfully Practitioner. I also teach meditation classes for Mindfulness Works Australia and local centres on the Central Coast.
I love sharing the healing benefits of meditation and mindfulness with people and watching their lives transform too.