Spring brings a fresh energy, motivating all sorts of organizational clean up and de-cluttering of our home and workspaces. In honor of that spirit of spring cleansing, we will be hosting an energetic evening combining russell+hazel style organization with spiritual and personal growth. On Thursday, April 27th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, the russell+hazel flagship store will be hosting Vanessa Feils for a short lecture and guided meditation that will demystify the limiting beliefs that keep you from manifesting your desires. Her teaching style will guide you to your own inner wisdom, revealing the “how to steps” that are perfect for you. What if you were told that you already have everything you need right inside of you? This is what Life Stylist, Vanessa Feils, will help you to understand.
Like many people in a creative field, Vanessa is an experiential learner. It’s through her experiences that she gains insight and knowledge, as well as her passion to learn, teach and share. After being on her own 10 year self study in February 2013, she was invited to join International Healer in an Operational Role. That experience sparked her desire to begin laying the foundation of her own practice. Soon after, Vanessa Feils Inc. was founded, immediately attracting people in need of direction and assistance, realizing successful and fulfilling results.
Vanessa took a few minutes to sit down with us to get us better acquainted with her and the practice of meditation.
russell+hazel: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Vanessa: The weirder the better. I am a free spirited soul that loves new experiences. People and their journeys fascinate me. I am a deep connector, that is always interested in discovering why are paths are crossing.
r+h: For those who are not familiar with the practice of meditating, can you please give a brief description?
V: Meditation is the practice of connecting deeply to yourself. The more you practice consciously connecting, the deeper you go to discover all your magical powers. This is a relationship everyone gets to have. The thought of learning can feel overwhelming – I often assist people by leading them in a guided meditation. My guided meditation experience assists the individual or group in feeling a deep connection, so when you are meditating on your own you have a point of reference to connect to. Like learning how to ride a bike, once you sense that balance, you are off and cruising.
r+h: What got you started/interested in meditation?
V: I was guided to it. I desired for a long time to have a meditation practice. The more that I became at peace with myself and focused on strengthening that relationship, meditation became available. I found myself guided to sit and that practice led to seeing color, symbols and feeling light and out of body – yes, like floating. All of my teaching has been learned through experience and intuition.
r+h: Can you tell us about some of the benefits of meditation?
V: This style of meditation is life changing. It becomes a lifestyle that puts you in the driver’s seat of your own life, just through being aware. Some of the benefits one experiences is calmness – allowing you to feel a sense of peace and joy throughout your entire body, reassuring you that you are perfect, whole and complete and you stand today.
r+h: How can people incorporate meditation into their daily life?
V: Start to be aware of the mindfulness moments that you already have in your life – the smallest things. So if you frequent time in nature, walking/running, playing with animals or children, reading, a yoga practice, working out, baths/soaks, really connected conversation. You do not need to be overlooking a beautiful landscape or in a meditation center to practice mindfulness. Just by being aware of what you are already doing that is mindful, assists in the shift. Your thoughts create your reality – so by focusing on what you are not doing will only bring more of what you don’t want. Meditation is simply having a relationship with yourself.
r+h: Any advice for any first timers who want to try it out?
V: Yes, start with just 2 minutes. Set the timer on your phone, put on some zen music, sit or lie down resting your palms up and connect to your breath. If you need assistance with your mind chatter, focus on using ‘love’ as a mantra – as you inhale, consciously breath in love and as you exhale, send ‘love’ out to the world or a specific person/community.
r+h: Why did you choose to collaborate with r+h?
V: It felt so right! I office in the neighborhood and had sent out an intention to the ‘Universe” a couple months prior that I wanted to connect and collaborate with the North Loop community. I often speak about divine guidance, when we enter into the natural flow of our life and begin to trust, we no longer need to plan ahead into the future. We are living and everything around us is just showing up at this beautiful speed, guiding and connecting us with one another. After being in the store and meeting Gail and Rachel, the idea clicked – and the rest just flowed. I feel so grateful.
r+h: What is one question you’ve never been asked that you wished you had?
V: “Baby … what’s your love language?” (insert heart eye emoji)