This months interview is with my good friend, the beauiful, amazing and always calm Jenni Messina. Jenni explains how Mindful practices keep her focused and grounded at home and when travelling.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in Brisbane with my husband and two teenage sons, a chocolate Labrador and one very old grumpy cat.
I am the CEO of Global Learner, an international education consultancy that helps students with big dreams study abroad in Australia or the United States.
Do you have a formal meditation practice?
My mediation practices are informal and perhaps, unconventional in the sense of what is meditation.
I believe in mindfulness practices. It is vital to be grateful, alert and non-judgemental to the internal and external experiences of a life by choosing to iive in the present moment as much as possible.
Other forms of meditative processes include
Swimming – doing laps of a pool, following the black line has always been my best form of meditation. The drowning out of noise and the ability to be fully in the moment under water has been such a restorative process for me since a young child. I have been swimming laps since I was in Year 2.
Running – the focus on breath and the rhythmic processes of jogging (without music) has also been a meditative process since a young child. I have always enjoyed running to escape.
Reading – many books on meditation and mindfulness. This includes the reading of affirmation quotations as a highly restorative process.
Although I am highly scheduled due to the nature of my business and family life commitments, I allow time every single day to be alone and to do nothing. To be quiet in the moment, however small or great, is highly meditative for me. Again, I have naturally just done this all of my life.
Meditation for me, is quiet time. I’ve always been very happy to have and needed time alone. This is by far the best meditative process for me.
What are the benefits? What do you struggle with?
The benefits are numerous for the mind, body and spirit. I feel a deep sense of calm in my heart. People often comment that I appear so calm despite the amount of things going on in my life.
The daily practice of movement (swimming or running) and quiet time allow me to be calm. I do struggle however, like many people, to allow that time to be part of my daily routine, no matter what!
I struggle deeply to function in a happy and calm manner when I do not get this time. I’ve learnt this lesson the hard way!
Do you have an informal practice such as moving meditation (yoga, running) or a passion or an interest that requires your attention and takes you away from everything else? How does this benefit you?
I love to write poetry. This stems from my passion for words and languages. I have written many eulogies and poems for close family and friends who have passed away. Writing takes me away from everything else. This greatly benefits my soul. However giving meaningful words to those souls who have now gone is an even greater joy.
What’s your constant challenge in everyday life?
Time Management : The juggle of commitments in my business and family life. I just want and love to simply be, most of the time. This is my personal struggle. I could do absolutely nothing and be so very happy.
What’s your go to self-care practice?
Quiet time, every single day.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Loving what I do! I get to travel the world and meet wonderful people in the name of work. Plus, Bounty Chocolate bars.
Name three people you would like to meet and why?
1 and 2. Barack and Michelle Obama.
Reason: I am in love with their humble graciousness in such a unprecedented, defining role.
Mystery Person X
This person has shown me how to open my heart and believe more depth is possible.