Bev, why did you start meditating?
I began a daily meditation practice when I was looking for ways to live a more peaceful life. My doctor had told me that my stress hormones were through the roof and she asked me if I was meditating.
I had no idea what that really entailed. The only image I had was someone sitting cross-legged on the floor with their eyes closed. Nope, meditation may be good for others, but not me.
In a quest to get my stress hormones under control, I attended a talk at a local natural food store about healthy eating and stress. A key message I came away with was that to detoxify your body you need to detoxify your mind and the best way to do that is through meditation. Everywhere I turned I was hearing about meditation so I decided that maybe it was something I was meant to explore.
An amazing thing started to happen as a result of my practice- I started to feel differently. I felt more calm, focused, creative, loving, peaceful and less stressed. I started to sleep better and most importantly, started living my life enjoying more moments and fretting less about the past and the future.
All of a sudden I wasn’t “forcing” myself to meditate. I was grateful for the opportunity to live with a more peaceful mind. I knew that meditation was making a difference but I was still somewhat surprised when I went back to my doctor and she reported that my stress hormones had returned to “normal.” The only thing I was doing differently was meditating on a daily basis!
Now convinced about the benefits of meditation, I wanted to understand the ancient wisdom and current research behind it. I wanted to know more about this ancient practice and understand the science behind it. That’s when I decided to embark on the teachers’ path through The McLean Meditation Institute. The philosophy and approach to meditation felt comfortable for me and I began a year of studies, self-discovery and exploration of different techniques.
For the past number of years, I have meditated on a daily basis and this has literally changed my life. I have taught countless people how to introduce a practice into their own lives.
My meditation and mindfulness practices began shifting something in me and as a result, I experienced a huge transformation in life.
Bev, was there a pivotal moment in your journey that led to the transformational work that you’re doing in the world?
Yes, absolutely. To answer this question, I’ll share with you some of the stories that brought me to where I am today, mentoring people who want inner peace, clarity and momentum moving forward in a way that aligns with who they are and what’s important to them.
I’ve worked as a nurse for over 30 years working with seniors and palliative care. I’ve been married for over 30 years and have two grown children who are both married.
A defining moment came in my life when my husband and I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the highest mountains in the world. The ironic thing was that I was standing literally on top of the world and yet on the inside, I was as low as I could ever remember being.
I was 50, retired and splitting my time between my home in Calgary, Alberta, and 2 beautiful vacation homes. I had 2 grown children that were successfully launched, a great husband, family, friends and the opportunity to travel to many exotic places.
Everybody that knew me thought I had it “all” and was living the dream. But on the inside, I knew something didn’t feel right and yet I didn’t know what was missing and why I felt so lost.
I found myself becoming increasingly unsettled. I tried many different things to find meaning in the life I had created. I traveled, golfed, socialized, painted, volunteered, did triathlons, took courses in interior design.
Sounds great, but I was deeply unsettled and was trying to figure out why with so much to be grateful for was I so unhappy?
During this confusing time, I intuitively knew that the answers were not out there somewhere but that they were inside of me. I began to learn about the power of meditation and mindfulness and felt “desperate” so decided to give it a try. As I established a regular practice, a shift and transformation began to happen.
I explored endless tools and practices to help me get in touch with myself and heal the parts of my life that needed healing.
I tried journaling, meditation, mindfulness, forgiveness practices, self-compassion practices, traditional counselling, mindful walking and eating, weight training, sleep habits, hormones and supplements, affirmative prayer, affirmations, daily inspirational readings, communication skills to use my voice, time in nature, gratitude, daily habits tracking, time alone, time with people and countless books. I turned healing my life into a full-time job.
Each of those tools helped me in some way grow and evolve into the person that I was meant to be. In that process, I developed peace of mind, slept better, got my stress hormones under control, began loving myself, lost some weight, became clearer in my thinking, felt less anxious and lost, and most importantly began listening to that inner voice about how I was meant to live my life.
While I was going through this very confusing and scary time, I felt that know one really understood what I was going through and so I felt really alone. I didn’t need traditional “counseling,” I needed something different from someone that really “got it” and knew how to support me as I put the pieces of my life back together in a meaningful way that aligned with who I was meant to be.
And it is for that reason, that I developed my proven system to help other people who are going through what I went through. I don’t want others to go through that transformation alone!
What is your system and how do you know it works?
My signature system is a step-by-step process that I lead my clients through called the “7 steps to Inner S.P.A.R.K.L.E” system. Over a period of time, and a series of sessions we dig deep into what needs to be transformed in order to get that inner sparkle back.
For each person, it’s slightly different, but there are some common themes that we address. People receive many personalized tools to help them connect with their inner wisdom, let go of limiting beliefs, learn how to practice self-compassion during difficult times, learn how to let go of anger/resentment, learn how to deal with stress and the full range of emotions and move forward with passion and purpose. All clients come away with a personalized set of tools to keep that inner sparkle and forward momentum.
I know it works because the tools and processes have transformed my own life and countless people that I have worked with. You can read their inspiring success stories here.
What can people expect in your programs?
These programs are for people who are willing to be vulnerable and do the inner work to get a significant and lasting transformation. It is for people who know that trying to change everything external in their life isn’t working for them and they’re ready and willing to do some “inner” work to find greater peace and fulfillment.
Clients can expect that there will be times in the program that feels uncomfortable and outside their “comfort” zone as they change patterns that aren’t working and establish a new way of “being.” It’s not about doing things differently, it’s about being different.
This type of transformation is never “easy” but always necessary to get what we all really want in our lives.
People come out the other side feeling lighter, more joyful, peaceful and a whole lot more aware. They learn that when they change what’s going on inside them that the things outside them change. They learn a whole new way of “being” that feels authentic, nurturing and aligned with who they are at their core.
How are you the same and how are you different from all the other coaches and mentors out there?
Like other coaches, I hold my clients accountable for doing the work to achieve the transformation that they desire. I use tools to ensure that accountability happens in a way that is meaningful for the client.
As a coach and mentor, I am not a counselor or therapist. I work with clients who desire transformation but who are not suffering from a mental illness requiring the expertise of a therapist/counselor.
I am different in that I have many years of experience as a nurse being a compassionate mentor and advocate for people. I am motivated by compassion and am gifted at seeing patterns and problem solving to support clients in achieving amazing transformations. When I work with a client, I am all in which means my heart, my soul, my problem-solving mind and my wealth of experience.
I have experienced my own struggles in all the areas that my ideal clients have so I really get it and know how hard it is. I can see the light in the people I work with, even at times when it feels dull to them.
I have developed a proven signature system that functions as a blueprint and a step-by-step process to help people make the necessary changes with grace and compassion.
In addition to being a nurse, I am a certified meditation and mindfulness teacher. I bring countless tools including meditation and mindfulness recognizing that lasting change comes from within. Having said that, committing to a meditation practice is not a requirement of working with me. But, a willingness to become more aware definitely is.
Many other coaches focus on what people want to change on the surface i.e. Job, relationships, money, health. I focus on what needs to change on the inside in order to change those outer things. This is for people who want a new way to be as opposed to new ways of doing.
Is there anything else that people considering your programs need to be aware of?
It’s really important that you work with someone that resonates with you. That may be me and that may not be me. For many years, I made these decisions at an intellectual level and either talked myself into or out of something that my gut was telling me. Now I always listen to my “gut” and inner knowing.
I realize these types of programs require a significant investment in terms of time, money, energy, commitment and vulnerability. I also know that it is the most significant and worthwhile investment that you can make in your life.
Because of this level of commitment, these types of programs are definitely not for everyone.
Because of my passion and compassionate nature, I too will determine whether working together feels like a “fit.” My first priority is always to serve you and to do so with integrity and compassion.
How can I sample your work to see if it’s right for me?
A great way to sample my work is by signing up for my email list. It’s free and in it, I share stories and articles that are filled with tips, tools, and techniques to create an authentic and fulfilling life. You will also receive the “Ignite Your Inner Sparkle Kit” which includes guided meditations and a guide with some practical tips to help you go from scattered to calm and focused. You can subscribe here.
Another option is to register for a private ‘Learn to Meditate’ session or group workshop. In these sessions, you’ll learn about meditation and powerful mindfulness practices to start your own practice at home.
What if I want to work one-on-one with you, can I call you?
Yes, of course, I’d love to speak with you!
If you’re ready to take courageous action, I’ve created a complimentary “get acquainted” session that helps us know very quickly if we would be a good fit working together.
I can’t wait to see you create an amazing, fulfilling life and I’d be honored to be the one to help you!