Meet Rochelle

I grew up in many cities in the Pacific Northwest, mostly suburbs of Portland, OR.  When I was a teen, we moved to the top of a hill in Sherwood, Oregon and planted a Christmas tree farm. My family instilled in me a love of trees, nature, backpacking, animals, and good music. I consider myself a social introvert. I got my bachelor’s degree and became a Registered Nurse in 2008. I worked for several years as a public health nurse in women’s health and cancer screening. I started meditating consistently about 7 years ago and I can say without reservation that I am much healthier in mind and body because of it. These days I spend most of my time raising my three energetic boys with my husband, studying about the effects of meditation on chronic illness (stress, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues), and teaching people to meditate. I fill in the gaps with tablescaping, yoga, reading (divided equally between self- help/ positive psychology and sci-fi/ fantasy), playing the ukulele and guitar (the former better than the latter), and cooking and laundry avoidance, in no particular order.

Meet Alicia

 

  • Masters degree in Neuroscience and a love of all things neuroscience or human biology
  • Certified Pilates instructor
  • Passionate about yoga and self-love
  • Many interests and hobbies, including cooking, nutrition, reading, walking, running, performing with an all-female Improv comedy troupe, photography and writing
  • Major book geek
  • Love for the outdoors and anything nature-y

Why "Wild Goose"?

The biggest complaint we hear from people who are struggling to begin or continue a meditation practice is that quieting the mind seems  difficult if not impossible. Many people think that they must be “defective” because it seems like everyone else is having an amazing meditation experience, while they just can’t stop thinking.

Maybe you’ve been there too. Maybe meditation feels like a wild goose chase where you’re seeking a seemingly elusive tranquility, but your thoughts feel as chaotic. Here’s the thing- your thoughts, just like a wild goose, will rebel, will fight with all they’ve got if you try to subdue and confine or cage them. What results is chaotic and stressful. Birds need to fly, to be allowed to follow their natural course. What if instead, we learn to let go of trying to force/ subdue/ cage/ control those thoughts, and instead observe and appreciate them as they appear, without judgement, and without trying to force them in any particular direction? The result is that what once seemed to be chaotic and uncontrolled now becomes a thing of beauty, majesty, and depth.

Interestingly, the Gaelic phrase “An Geadh-Glas” means “the wild goose” and legend has it that it was used anciently by Celtic Christians to refer to “Holy Spirit”, because like a wild bird, it could not be controlled or subdued, but rather must be sought after. In meditation, we are seeking to connect with Spirit- which represents you connecting with the essence of what makes you YOU, and also represents you connecting with Divinity- what Deepak Chopra calls entering “the God- space”. Fun fact: in many languages, the word for “breath” and the word for “spirit” are one and the same. This is significant because breath is an integral part of mindfulness and meditation.

Our message to you is this: Don’t be afraid of the wild goose chase! Trust yourself. Trust the wisdom that is inside you. Trust that under the initial chaos and discomfort of being present with your thoughts is an opportunity to see yourself and the world in a new and beautiful way.