The Gift of Meditation – Thursday May 2nd, 2019
Jen Groover, our speaker from last Thursday’s LadyDrinksasked the audience to flip the paradigm when facing resistance: Ask the question, “What if…..” It opens the door to possibility. So what if this Mother’s Day, you gave the gift of ….meditation?
May 2nd, we host a Mother Daughter Meditation event. Why? Mental health and mental wellness is a topic that keeps coming up.
One of my mentors was speaking to a room full of women in a West Village penthouse Monday night. She is of South Asian origin and someone who enjoyed a long successful career in banking. Self admittedly, she’s also something else.
She’s a workaholic.
She openly shared with a room full of women Monday night that because of this factor, her ability to be diagnosed as bipolar –went undiagnosed– for many years. Today, she is hosting a podcast on women building “WELLth” and not “WEALTH.”
Over breakfast, member Barbara Reich shared that she enrolled her family in a Transcendental Meditation class. Her son was diagnosed with ADHD as a child, and the suggestion was to put him on medication right away. She wished for another solution. The medicine would stunt his still growing body. She took her whole family to a TM class. The teachers reminded the students that they would truly start to feel the effects after three months of consistent practice. Her husband and daughter didn’t stick with it. But she and her son did. Soon, Matthew was coming home with 94’s and 95s on his tests. She did the math. It was exactly three months prior they had gone to the introductory session to TM. Her solution was working.
My colleague Raghu Appasani founded the MINDS Foundation to help raise awareness for and erase the stigma around mental health in the South Asian community. And now member Palak Vani, who is an anxiety coach, is hosting events to reach millennials. I’m pretty sure my father suffered from depression. He was prone to sitting in the dark and staring at a wall for hours. As a family, we didn’t have the tools or the language to address what was happening. I’m glad that the next generation is open to having critical and much needed conversations on this topic.
THURSDAY MAY 2ND
Ellie Burrows Gluck is the daughter of television director James Burrows, who created and directed “Cheers” and directed all of Will & Grace. Naturally, she started her career in entertainment. She was an executive in the film business for many years, producing, selling, financing and finding new talent. She realized that she doing more coaching around effective communication and interpersonal relationships than anything else. In 2014, she co-founded MNDFL, New York City’s premier meditation company which includes studios, corporate programming, teacher training, an on-demand meditation channel. This Mother’s Day, she will be sharing her journey to the build of this company and then lead the group in a vedic meditation. Give this gift to yourself. Give it to a friend. Give it to your mother or daughter.