After finding out I was laid off, along with many others on April 3, I was lost. To make things worse, Covid was getting worse. So searching for new jobs was kinda moot. But i set away to do all the right things: figure out unemployment, apply for future medical insurance, etc.

My social media connection increased as it was one of the only ways to connect. Through that, I came upon a support page created on Facebook, made up of former and current employees from where I worked my dream career and perhaps I will work at again one day, at Mindbody.

This page offered comfort as we all supported each other as best we could. Many were laid off and furloughed while others were now having to work three times as hard with more workload, fighting to one day bring us back.

One of the creators of Mindbody, Blake Beltram, started a support meditation group, via zoom, that a few of us joined. It was a chance to meet up twice a week for four weeks, again with other like minded people, who were really part of this greater Mindbody family. The workshop is called Turning Crisis into Transformation, and it was one of the best things for me to be part off. Through his guidance and through the active and honest participation of all who joined, we shared, cried, laughed, and did transform ourselves. When we started, we were all just devastated gasping for understanding. By the end of the four weeks, we each, in our own way, noted the change in our collective spirit. It is quite remarkable and not even sure my words do it justice. As a result, I created a ‘Transformation Manifesto’ of the experience: Words and meditations from Blake, along with the authors/teachers he shared and the words from our group. I wanted a way to remember our journey. And what you see above, is what came out.

Please feel free to print and share and always explore more! Thank you Blake and all the amazing people in the workshop. Love and grow!

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