beautiful being

|  KASEY TODD |

I am beyond excited to share this gorgeous girl with you! Kasey is one of the most radiant, beautiful souls I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, and I feel blessed to call her my friend. When I moved to Melbourne at the start of last year and didn’t know anyone, she was the first person I met and she immediately filled me with so much joy and happiness. She’s like a little ray of sunshine- the type of person who lights up the room, as just being in her presence will brighten your day.

Kasey’s meditation classes are so incredibly blissful- if you’re in Melbourne you MUST go along and experience one for yourself! It’s so inspiring to watch her do what she loves, and I hope her story empowers you to do the same.

Kasey Todd is self-love advocate and trained secondary school Physical Education & Health Teacher, who fell in love with meditation by accident 7 years ago. With a mission and vision for living with ease, happiness and love and allowing others to do the same. Through her work with young girls in schools and the corporate sector she witnessed a need for structured self-love, in the form of relaxation and meditation. She went on to study the practice, before becoming accredited in 2015 – giving life to Eunoia Meditation – where she has since shared her passion with people from all walks of life.

Eunoia, pronounced ‘you-noi-ah’, means purely ‘…a well mind...’, beautiful thinking 

Eunoia Meditation isn’t religious meditationit’s not hard, it’s not about the breath or a mantraIt is a place where you can come to just be you, and I will just be me. An opportunity to stop, close your eyes, reset and let your true self shine through. For when we can do this with ease, living from our truth and comfortable with who we are, everything else aligns.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO JUST GO FOR IT, AND START LIVING THE LIFE YOU LOVE? WAS THERE A TURNING POINT OR AN ‘A-HA’ MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU REALISED YOU NEEDED TO MAKE THE CHANGE?

There wasn’t a single, free standing moment. My journey from where I was to where I am now was a catalyst of moments and events over time where I have continued to learn and evolve. If you’d have asked me 2 years ago if I was living a life I loved, while working in natural health, I would have probably said yes and again, when working as a PE/Secondary school teacher 7 years ago, I would have likely said yes. I thought both of these careers were ‘living a life I loved’ and I did genuinely love them both, and I was good at them, but a constant feeling of unsettlement and unease, was an indicator otherwise. There was always something that made me keep searching and I truly believe that we continue to keep evolving and that each experience is there for us to learn and grow from, and there are definitely a handful of moments that stand out as these, the ones that pushed me further forward each time.

 

◇ In my 3rd year of PE teaching ill health from a result of injury and not looking after myself literally (and physically) forced me to make life changes. A neck injury from an accident, combined with a lifestyle of limited sleep, bad food habits and a life between two towns, with no idea who I was, left me unwell.

◇ Speech therapy, minor surgery and a permanent move to Melbourne I was back on my feet 6 months later, unable to teach but working in a new role, still within education, in Corporate Education Recruitment.

◇ While the team was great and the work challenging, 18 months later unhappy, stressed and exhausted I realised this was SO far away from living a life that made me proud and happy and so far away from my truth that I burst into tears one evening with my partner. It was in this moment that I signed up to my first meditation group class in South Melbourne. I still don’t know why I was so called to do this, I’d always been intrigued by meditation, and as my dear mum would say a closet ‘hippie’ and free spirit, but something about it I was so drawn to! Maybe because I felt lost and so far away from ‘me’ and my ‘inner voice’ I knew I needed to stop and listen to myself – whatever the reason. If there was to be a moment, then this is it. Meditation also gave me the courage to resign… with nothing to go to. 

◇ The day I resigned, a position opened up at a natural Health & Wellness practice. Another ‘turning point’. It was here, within these walls for two and a half years, that I found myself, found confidence, found my passion with people, continued mediation more seriously, discovered my innate strength I have with people and I guess essentially found what it was that I was put here to do. It was here, within an inspiring team (especially boss and mentor) that I overhauled my life. My eating habits, my frequent use of sleeping tablets, my beliefs, my confidence and learnt a lot of what I live by now. That said, with all things in life, there came a point late last year where I knew it was time to spread my wings and fly. Finishing my study, with no questions asked, confident that my intuitive skill for what I do and passion alone was enough. 

◇ Deciding to undergo meditation teacher training at Melbourne Meditation Centre was another. I saw the course, enrolled and the evening of my first class remember my dad asking ‘how it went?’ via email and my response a line I’d read – ‘there are two important days in your life, which are the day you are born and the day you find out why…’ “tonight I found out why daddo.”

◇ Hiring a space to teach in. Once I found ‘The Orchard’, I could see, feel and smell my classes and the rest just fell into place. There was no turning back once I found a space to teach in. The website, booking system, everything just followed suit within 12 months and here I am.

HOW IS YOUR LIFE DIFFERENT NOW AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?

Oh my goodness… in every single way. 7 years ago, I would wake up, with no breakfast, eat some lollies or an apple for lunch, drink no water, teach 6 periods of Phys Ed / Sport in one of Victoria’s lowest socioeconomic schools, come home exhausted, eat some more lollies or a box of shapes – get in the car – drive to Melbourne, spend hundreds of $ on an outfit, die my hair white blonde every 4 weeks, purely for the reasons that it’s what I ‘thought’ I should do to fit in. I had a new circle of friends – even though I didn’t really like fashion, drinking alcohol or attending ‘cool’ events and knew DEEP deep down that I’d much prefer to be at home in my tracks reading a book and doing everything that was the opposite of this – I did it. Then I would lay awake half the night unable to sleep planning lessons for the next day, thinking about the day that was, wondering, worrying, pondering life and sometimes thinking about nothing ‘just on’ with adrenalin and stimulus because I NEVER stopped, was never ‘me’ and lived such an in-between life for a couple of years.
 
Now… haha oh goodness, I’m laughing just typing this. Now, my life is for me. Not for anyone else. And I am so content. My line of work fulfils the burning desire I have to help people, but there’s a difference is helping others and doing things to please others. At times I lead groups of 250+ school girls in meditation, which might seem like what I do is for others – but, it is still for me. Because it makes me so happy to see young women open their eyes post meditation and know that they have had a moment to themselves to just be, and listen. Teaching is what I’m good at and happiness is what I’m passionate about – there are similarities in the life I used to lead (eg. teaching), but there are so many differences. 
As a comparison though, just for a giggle. I now, wake up (slowly) do a morning meditation (most mornings, but not all), have a couple of litres of water, followed by anywhere between 5 – 60 mins of yoga, a fulfilling breaky of some form before settling into my desk (if I’m not out within a school or at the studio teaching) in my trackies, bed socks, green wool jumper and hair in a palm tree, having not once seen a mirror. Here, I’ll work through until coffee time, before taking my baby ‘Frankie’ for a stroll for coffee (I do change from my bed socks for this!) do a couple more hours work and then break for a big healthy satisfying lunch (or call into my local cafe Fresh Organic Goods for lunch with other female biz owners who’ve become very good friends). A few more hours work and then at 5-6pm I log off, grab my runners and head off on the Yarra River Trail (if I haven’t got a class) and watch the sun set, while my partner picks up the groceries for dinner on his way home and by 6.30pm we’re in for the night and do a big cook up together. The day concludes with a bath, before settling in together with a cup of tea and a trashy episode of some American sitcom, which we both find is the best way to switch off – and some of them are great! It might be much too routine for some, but it works for me (us) and that’s all that matters.

WHAT WAS YOUR GREATEST FEAR OR BLOCK (EMOTIONAL, MENTAL OR PHYSICAL) THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME TO GET WHERE YOU ARE, AND HOW DID YOU BREAK THROUGH IT?

Just starting. When working in my previous role, the thought of starting my own business and leaving was at the time so overwhelming and daunting. Finding a studio and writing my resignation were the big ones. I think believing wholeheartedly in my product and my service helped. I remember my mum and family and friends saying, ‘….but how will you get people to come?…’  ‘Do you think people will come?…’ From the word go, I remember always answering and thinking, that’s not the tricky part, the people will come, I have no doubt, it’s finding a space and building a website and all the background admin work that would be the hard part- I always believed in what I had to offer, because it was my absolute truth and what I was put here to do, it was a no brainer.

HOW DID OPENING UP AND ‘BEING AUTHENTICALLY YOU’ AFFECT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU OR YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM?

Allowing my true self to shine through has taken my relationship with myself, my partner and those very close to me to another level. Everything is easy when you are you. It’s how it should be. Even in times of disagreeance or conflict, if you know ‘who you are’ and what you stand for and believe in, then you’re able to resolve or even at times, stand for your view and come to a resolution.

DID YOU FACE ANY JUDGEMENTS OR CRITICISMS, WHETHER FROM YOURSELF OR OTHERS?

Always. I think this is apart of the ‘alternative’ wellness sector we are apart of. There will always be people who don’t believe, there will always be competition.

WHAT IS YOUR TRUE ESSENCE? THE NATURAL PART OF YOUR BEING THAT MAKES YOU SPECIAL.

This is your hardest question Heidi… I’ve left it until last and come and gone from it a week ago and I’m not going to overthink it and simply type what comes out; … Being me, which allows others to be them. I’m often told that I have something that makes people feel at ease within my presence to just be themselves. My style of meditation, to ‘…just be you…’  is no doubt a by product of this as ‘…I am just me…’

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF?

I love the way I am able to make others feel. I have always been able to make people laugh and feel at ease in my company, and quickly. Without trying, I’ve been told time and time again that I have an aura about me that makes others feel happy and good about themselves. This too, can be a negative trait, sometimes I do this too well and too much, which takes a lot of my energy. I love my heart and my spirit within, and I like that at times it’s a little bit different.

WHERE DO YOU FIND BEAUTY AND INSPIRATION?

Being with people I love. In the bath. Mid meditation. Usually in the morning, when I first open my eyes.

AS A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO DO?

To be outside, running and climbing trees and I actually really enjoyed writing and drawing. I wasn’t great at drawing, but I was always good with words, and communicating feeling through words whether that be in crafting cards, stories, or in English.

WHAT LIGHTS YOU UP AND WHY?

I’m easily excitable and (sometimes a little too much!) and for this reason find there are so many things that light me up and make me feel like me. A bath at the end of the day, going for a morning walk with my boys, cooking and sharing in a heart & soul warming dinner for my little family and connecting with strangers – BUT – there’s something extra felt, something so much greater when I’m within a group of young women. When I slip in to my teaching mode, and embody my life purpose of inspiring women to always live from a place of love, through the vehicle of meditation – that is when I am fully lit!!!!

WHEN LIFE GETS BUSY, OVERWHELMING AND THE NEGATIVITY STARTS TO CREEP IN, HOW DO YOU UNWIND AND ALLOW YOURSELF TO ‘JUST BE’?

I have to go within. I must be away from others. As much of my work is giving so much of my love and energy outward. To do this, I strip off, throw my clothes in the wash basket and get in the bath. And if that’s not possible, I get in the shower!!! And if I can’t do either, I wash my face and put on my favourite oil, get into my ‘house clothes’ and tidy up my work space. It is not uncommon after a tough day at work, or even after a busy or hectic weekend to hear my partner say, ‘just have a shower and come back downstairs.’ I find this process so very cleansing. I have to get my head wet … I know it likely sounds weird, but it’s my thing to unwind and rinse off the day, especially if i’ve had big groups. I am very feminine being, and find that at times, running my own business and being with big groups pushes me into my masculine (which at times, I too enjoy – after all we need both!), taking this time out for myself daily is important to my sanity!! And I like to do it as soon as I come home before dinner. I find that I return downstairs as a much more peaceful, relaxed, happy and feminine me – ready to fulfil my role as partner/ mum (frenchie mum that is!) It’s so important to be able to step away from work at the end of the day.

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE WANTING TO RECONNECT WITH THEIR OWN NATURAL WAY OF BEING AND FIND THE BEAUTY WITHIN THEMSELVES?

It shouldn’t be hard. It should be what feels easy. What feels most like you.

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE YOU?

Ok I lied, this is your hardest question … It feels comfortable, loved and warm. A bit like the middle of a hug! But if I didn’t say hard and challenging and scary at times I’d be lying. It feels like finding a groove and a beat, a balance that works in an ever changing, fast paced, evolving society.

| CONNECT WITH KASEY |

You can find Kasey’s online home at eunoia.com.au

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She is now teaching meditation classes at Sum of Us Studio in Melbourne

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