Anyone disrupting the meditation space is my kind of woman, which leads me to introducing you to this week’s podcast guest, Carla Hammond. Carla is the founder of Be Time Practice, a super cool mobile meditation and relaxation studio on wheels in NYC. This summer, I had the pleasure of experiencing Be Time Practice for myself. I knew after my experience that Carla had to be a podcast guest.
Carla has spent the past decade working in New York’s non-profit sector. Since earning her Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, she has collaborated with a diverse array of start-up organizations to create solid institutional foundations to support their structural growth. Her work has proven instrumental in the advancement and evolution of multiple organizations, such as OneVoice, Columbia University’s Genocide Prevention Program, Qualitas of Life Foundation, and Awake Youth Project, to name a few. Her generous spirit continues as the founder of Be Time Practice, where she is offering a vehicle (both figuratively and literally) towards peace and well-being for as many humans as possible.
Today, Carla is going to share how she transformed a “cute” idea for a bus into a business. Plus, she talks about persistence - how she kept going knowing her idea could potentially fail. She talks openly about how she continued to try everything in her power to make her dream into a reality. Of course, we talk about meditation - the benefits of meditation, how Carla likes to think of meditation as eating your mental veggies, and how Be Time Practice gets people excited to try meditation. It wouldn’t be a podcast for Type-A women if we didn’t talk about Type-A recovery, too. Buckle up, this episode is rich in ideas.
Now, if you are someone who actively dislikes meditation or thinks it’s not for you, but you are already stressing out within the first few weeks of the New Year, resist the urge to back away from this episode. Instead, bring some curiosity, and stick with us. Click the links below to dive into this episode.
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Headspace (for those of you outside of NYC)
Columbia University’s Genocide Prevention Program (now Engaging Governments in Genocide Prevention)
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Quotes + selected highlights from the episode
All of this wisdom is from Carla herself (with some minor edits for readability).
[00:06:07] We wanted to create a space that was unexpected, yet welcoming, and that could offer a little less from the urban hustle or the outside world and space you can step in and take a breather. Be transported into a different environment where it's easier to disconnect and connect with yourself.
[00:22:48] I felt really passionate about it, of course. I felt it was a core calling in a sense, but at the same time, I just took on this mindset of, ‘Okay, I know this is a unique idea. It might not work out, but I'm going to try everything I can in my power to make it work out.’
[00:38:41] I would say 80% of the people who come on board are either new to meditation or have tried an app a couple of times and thought, ‘Uh, that didn't work for me. I don't know how to meditate. This looks like a fun, different experience. Let’s try it and see what happens.’
[00:44:09] We want to make it so people realize that meditation is as important, or maybe more important, than how we take care of our bodies by exercise, what we eat, and what products we use on them. Taking care of our minds might be even more important than that.
[00:53:25] [On the act of meditation] It's just really just being with what is, being open to that, accepting that, and honoring that.
01:07:08 [On what keeps Carla grounded] It's the little things in my everyday that have helped me channel through things. The one thing that sounds so tiny, but it's so important to me is: I make this conscious effort, as soon as I open my eyes for the day, to think of the things that I'm grateful for.
[01:15:18] [On choices and time trade-offs] Yes, it's about making that conscious decision and effort. There's always going to be a trade-off. It's just really honing in on what is important to you and what is going to serve you best at that point and time of your day or life.
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