A professional meditation teacher and certified sound meditation practitioner, Sally is the founder of Mirosuna, an urban mindfulness and meditation studio helping busy to people experience deep relaxation, reconnect and recharge.
Q. What inspired you to launch Mirosuna?
Sally: I always knew I wanted to have my own business - when I was 21 I set myself a ten year goal to start a business that would make an impact on the world, but at the time I didn’t really know what that was going to be. Mirosuna was really born out of my own experience of mindfulness practice.
In my early twenties, I started my corporate technology sales career and I accumulated everything society told me was important, but by my mid-twenties I woke up and realised what an empty way of living it was. I realised that society has us all following something called hedonic happiness which is a short-lived form of happiness about pleasure and reward – but it’s never truly fulfilling. What we should be pursuing instead is eudaimonic happiness which is a more long-lasting happiness that is found within. This happens when we feel meaning and purpose in our lives and it’s unshakable because we attach our happiness to what’s on the inside, rather than external things like cars and holidays.
This realisation changed my whole life and propelled me to help other people come to the same awakening and enjoy a more conscious way of living. If we can change our mindset and disconnect from this autopilot way of living then it’s very possible to make the most out of the one life we’ve been given– so that’s why Mirosuna was born. Mirosuna means ‘create space for change’ for more peace, more purpose and perspective, so people can be on the right path to pursuing true happiness.
Q. What does self-care mean to you and what role does it play in your life?
Sally: Self-care is when someone makes an active commitment to take care of themselves. It’s a daily commitment to your own wellness and wellbeing in order to not just be happy and healthy, but also to help other people and make an impact in this world. People come to me when they need help and in order for me to show up as my best self to help and inspire them I need to practice self-care. To me that’s nurturing myself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, and when I make an investment to each of those four pillars I feel aligned and can naturally fill my cup in order to pour for others.
Q. How do you like to practice self-care? Are there certain activities/rituals that best work for you?
Sally: Practicing my self-care can vary, but there are a few rituals that I do every single day - including taking my dog for a morning walk. This is a meditative-type walk where I just totally remove myself from any work and clear my head. I also nourish my skin and my health and immunity by drinking herbal soups every day, and I’ve recently been trying to stop work earlier in the day so I can spend quality time with my husband and dog and get into bed earlier
Q. Do you have a favourite quote, mantra or role model that inspires you to practice self-care?
Sally: My favourite quote is ‘those who don’t believe in magic will never find it’ by Roald Dahl. It reminds me to constantly believe that good things can happen in life – that there’s a kind of unlimited potential that is only restricted by our own limiting views and beliefs. It reminds me to believe that we can do anything we want to do.