Working one– on-one with people has empowered me to be as full and strong and clear as possible. They walk into this room and it’s just me here. Each day, I’m invited to reach into my own heart and try to connect with them…because if you feel connected, you can grow. It’s such an honor that people are willing to speak with me about vulnerable and personal pieces of themselves. As the months go on and the relationships develop, we’ve started to see some real changes rooting in our clients and even though they may seem small, they are actually really big. A lot of times they can’t see it and it’s my job to reflect that to them. It’s an amazing opportunity to watch people transform their lives and grow in a positive direction but also to be there to catch them if they fall.
I just started a mindfulness meditation group here to help members navigate through their mental illness. We’re learning meditation techniques and concepts, as well as incorporating in art and music. All these things can help bring us back to center, increase our focus, awareness, and compassion for ourselves. These qualities can help us cope with anxiety, depression, and the myriad of challenges that come with mental illness. Mindfulness and meditation are ways to come back to the present and see things openly, clearly, and with love.