Today we’d like to introduce you to Ceri Bethan.
Ceri, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story of how I got started with meditation begins with a dark moment in my life. I moved to LA from England in 2009, originally to pursue a career in acting. Not too long after moving, I found myself in a relationship that was abusive and harmful in every way; emotion, mind and body. It took time to break free, and when I did, I was completely broken. I had no idea who I was.
I felt lost, empty and deeply alone. At a dark moment in my life, I saw only one way out. The pain and shame were so intense. But gratefully, I found meditation. And it truly saved my life.
It took everything I had to fight my way back. To climb up from the darkness. I stumbled, I fell, I took the wrong turns. And along the way, I learned so much. I believe that experience prepared me for now. It guided me to where I am.
Your purpose can be born from your pain. And something that which you once saw as standing in your way can become your way.
After years of being a student, I decided I wanted to move into teaching. So I took my teacher training certification at The DEN Meditation here in LA, and it completely changed my life. The DEN gave me a home, a space to be who I am, and the freedom to find my voice.
My work has been passionately birthed from the pain I experienced in my life. I believe that we reclaim our power when we can look at the dark moments in our life and find the strength and courage to ask, “What did I learn from it?”. Sometimes that thing you wish had never happened can become the cartographer of your destiny.
It was because of this journey that my forthcoming project MIND YOUR WORTH™ was born; a mindfulness journey to finding your worth.
Rediscovering my worth is now at the root of what I teach. And I know I wouldn’t be doing what I am without any part of my story. And if I can guide even just one person to find peace, to find wholeness, to find their worth, then I am grateful.
Has it been a smooth road?
Definitely not! There have been so many ups and downs along the way. I feel the biggest struggle has been within myself. I believe you have to face your own inner demons before you show up for others. Teacher training was like intense therapy.
Then, once I started to teach I was face to face again with my own feeling of unworthiness but pushing through that got me to where I am.
I knew the studios I wanted to teach at, and I worked hard to make that happen. And now 2020 has presented its own set of challenges, with much of my work moving online. It’s been a tough transition, and I miss the personal community. But it has given me the opportunity to be creative, to dig even deeper, and to find new ways to continue to show up. I have lots of exciting projects in the works, so stay tuned!
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a meditation and mindfulness teacher with a focus on helping people find worthiness. I come from a place of truth and experience, backed by neuroscience. Meditation has saved and changed my life. It has helped me to reclaim my worth. Through my work, I want to empower others to feel the same. From businesses achieving great success to personal empowerment, I want to share the tools I have learned in a simple and accessible way.
I love what I do because it is how I live. My spiritual practice is such a huge part of my day to day, and who I am, so my work feels like I am sharing my heart. I aim to be honest, raw, open and real. I share both the good and the bad.
I feel that this is what sets me apart from others as I am sharing my story, my vulnerability. I teach from experience so it is authentic and real. It took a lot of courage for me to be so open about the painful moments of my past and to let go of my shame, but I think this is now what I am most proud of.
I am also a certified Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator, a Guided Imagery Specialist for Children, and I am a Reiki practitioner. I teach with The DEN, The Mindry, with businesses and privately.
What role has luck (good luck or bad luck) played in your life and business?
I don’t really believe in luck. One of my favourite quotes from Byron Katie is that “everything happens for you, and not to you.” When I live by this, it helps me to see everything that happens in life – “good” or “bad” – is an opportunity to grow. It’s an opportunity to heal. I find the idea of luck to be a bit disempowering. Everything I have in life, I have worked hard for, and I have spent a lot of time going through the healing process to be where I am now. I am filled with gratitude for all the amazing opportunities that come my way, but I believe they have been born from the work I put in along the way. And to be honest, I am equally grateful for the difficult moments because they too have shaped me into the person I am today.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love living in Los Angeles. The city holds an energy where you feel like anything is possible. Being out in nature is something my soul craves, so being able to get away on beautiful hikes and spend time at the ocean is really important to me.
The hardest part about living here is being so far away from friends and family back in England.
The city is definitely changing at the moment, but I trust we will find our magic again.
- Website: www.ceribethan.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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