Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Leah.
Stephanie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After I became a mother I became more aware of my ecological responsibilities. I asked myself how I could be an example for my daughter as well as ensure that I did my part to protect a livable existence for her on earth. I started educating myself on green behaviors and got really into it. My friends started coming to me for suggestions and instructions around lower their carbon footprint.
I became aware of how I could make a difference on a larger scale when I started working at an ad agency. It was disturbing how wasteful that industry is and how oblivious corporations and employees are about their impact. I formed a green team and became the volunteer recycling coordinator. I enjoyed it and started realizing I wanted to do more. I decided to get a second masters in Urban Sustainability so I could learn about other areas of sustainability and social responsibility. I soon divorced my car and started connecting with the city more through walking and public transit.
I started teaching Zero Waste at Santa Monica College and I could authentically see the connection between people and climate change. I started asking deeper questions about why people generally shy away from the idea of lower their carbon footprint in meaningful ways. It wasn’t about recycling or reusing paper, it was about a deep disconnect between humanities potential extinction and our spiritual well-being. So I made a decision to dive deeper into the spiritual component of climate change and develop ways we can meet our needs without harming the environment.
I also have a masters in Spiritual Psychology which made it possible to access those parts that called for a higher consciousness of answers.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road has been pretty smooth, but internally it’s been challenging and bumpy. I tend to struggle with self-doubt around showing up in the world in a leadership role. Although I have received feedback from the world around me that I have all the skills, tools and knowledge to be successful in the obscure field, there are days when I feel internally defeated.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Stephanie Leah – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I work with clients on finding the parts inside that keep them from fully connecting to their spirit, the planet and themselves. How can we slow down climate change if we aren’t fully living the life we want? How can we connect with nature when we are focused on distracting ourselves with material possessions? How can we still meet our needs while meeting the needs of mother earth? After we peel away the layers of unresolved issues and emptiness in our souls, that’s when we can use our life force to address the immediate danger of a changing planet.
I specialize in bringing people back to themselves through connecting in the stillness. I bring clients into the stillness through one on one listening sessions where I sit and listen with unbearable compassion and heartfelt understanding. When people share without risking being judged or rushed, they peel away layers that reveal their own inner wisdom. It’s an opportunity to move the consciousness higher in order to see the landscapes of our own awarenesses.
I also guide clients through the experience of Breathwork Meditation. So often we walk around in our lives breathing in a shallow survivalist way. Breathwork brings us back into the state of deep breathing that awakens our whole body and moves around stuck energy allowing spaces that were unknown to come forward into our consciousness. I like to say it’s an opportunity to get loaded on self-love.
I am proud of what I offer because I feel like I am tapping into a consciousness that allows for a clearer way of seeing our position in the world we live in and showing how even just one person can have a profound impact on the collective consciousness. I hold space for healing, on the personal level and on the planetary level.
What sets me apart is not only do I hold space for honoring our collective wisdom, I offer practical and doable ways to align this wisdom with real-life sustainable action steps, such as my eco packages.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love that L.A. has such a high concentration of people that are on the path of awareness and spiritual connection. I also wish L.A. was more racial integrated.
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