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The benefits of self-love meditation: Exclusive Interview with Tania Pownall

The benefits of self-love meditation: Exclusive Interview with Tania Pownall.

Carbel has teamed up with Tania Pownall, to share an insight on how to embody your truth so you can radiate confidence and self-love.

Tania is a meditation and self-empowerment teacher, who has the natural gift of teaching many empowerment seekers around the world. Originally born on the beautiful island of Coron she comes from being connected with nature and living the ‘island life’ (jealous). Today, she resides in Australia starting her life’s work and obsession with growth and healing.  

As Tania says: ‘Keep reading if you’re ready to own your power!’



What inspired you to become a meditation enthusiast? 

Experiencing how it transformed my entire life inspired me to become a meditation enthusiast.  It did not happen overnight, but it has improved so many areas in my life. I used to feel like a scatterbrain. I used to be so indecisive, especially about my goals and living with constant doubt and insecurity. Now, I feel that my mind is so clear. I changed my diet and lifestyle. I used to eat fast food almost every day, going out and drinking five to six times a week and now I am waking up at 6 am, going to the gym, taking cold showers, and long fasts every week! I am just generally happier! I laugh harder and more often. I dance more. I show up more. I feel more. I live in the moment more. I help and serve more!  And there are dozens more changes such as now being an early riser, an entrepreneur, a reader and a writer.

 

Who or what inspires you the most in life? 

What inspires me the most in my life is my desire to be the person I wish I had in my life for others. Knowing the pain of disconnection and insecurity that most women experience, inspires me to hold space for their healing, because I have been there. I wish I had someone that could have made the spiritual path easier to understand and not feel so lonely.

I recently read this quote saying “When you follow the crowd, you lose yourself. But when you follow your soul, you lose the crowd.” I resonated with this and made it part of my mission to help others overcome that lack of support while they find themselves. Although, I prefer one on one time, I know I cannot help everyone yet.

Therefore, I made a Facebook community called Manifest Your Dreams where I can intimately connect and share tools and practices with those who are just beginning to meditate. When we get clear on our passion and the reason behind why we do what we do, inspiration comes easy and we find the courage to take the risks needed and stay motivated.

What does meditation mean to you? 

Meditation allows me to relax any boundaries and thoughts of separation between me and others. This will sound cliché, but to me, meditation means feeling whole. 

What does a day in the life of Tania look like?

It depends what I have going on within the week! I wake up around 6:30 am and begin my morning practice with a 5-minute breathwork followed by a silent 20-minute meditation. I then grab coffee and do some exercise for an hour. Now that gyms are open here in Australia, I have been boxing and lifting again! I begin work at home at 10 am which involves lead generation, making content, scheduling posts and client calls. I do this for a few hours.

When I need a break, I go for a walk outside or stretch in my garden then sit down again. I would like to say I stop working around 6pm, but I honestly still work on my computer until 10 pm. But I am also flexible in my day and if I have an Instagram live coming up, I usually spend a lot of time preparing for that. Or if a friend asks me to go on a spontaneous road trip, I am down for that too! I take a least 30-minutes to an hour of reading or listening to a podcast daily, either while I am having a meal or on my walk to the coffee shop or right before bed. 

If your present self, met you five years ago, what advice would you give? 

This is a great question.
If I could give my 20-year-old self some advice, it would be:

It would be to seek others who fan your flame. Rumi said this. I think it is so important to surround yourself with people who uplift you and inspire you. Once you have those people in your life, I would like to share my second advice: Do not be afraid to say, “I don’t know” and ask for guidance. I used to be afraid of saying these words, because I was so self-concerned. Which leads me to my third advice: get out of your closed-in world.

Stop being so concerned about yourself, about how you look, about why this person acted this way when you said that. Concern is normal, but it leaves you feeling like things are never enough.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their meditation journey? 

Take baby steps! Sit for just 5 minutes and do this every day for a week. If that goes well, increase by another two minutes and do that for a week. If you stay consistent by increasing just a little more time each week, you will be meditating for 20 minutes a day in the 2nd month, which is incredible! But start small first. And do it first thing in the morning when your mind is not thinking about too many things. It is also helpful to listen to guided meditations. I started with headspace and eventually did my own.

What is next for you short-term? 

I am excited to hold more one to one space for women who desire support in their journey! I am also working on a special audio for reprogramming our subconscious mind which will be available to those who are ready to step into their dream life on December 8th, 2020.

Where do you see yourself in the long-term? 

I see myself hosting retreats, facilitating events, and growing my coaching business! I often get overwhelmed with all of the things I’d like to do long-term such as: podcasts, memberships, and more guided mediations etc, but right now I’d like to say I see myself really growing as an individual and as a coach.

What can people expect when they book a session with you? 

I prefer working with women long term so I can really hold a sister’s hand on her journey of self-discovery. I know it’s a big deal to rewrite your story, so my sessions are completely tailored to the needs of whoever I am serving. I come from an intuitive place with the intention to awaken the inspirer in each person. 

What 3 tips would you give to somebody to achieve inner peace and self-love? 

1 Celebrate yourself more. Each day take a moment to list down three things you are proud of. We often put too much attention on what went wrong. And when we shift our perspective to the things that went well, we attract more of those feelings.
2 Think about who you genuinely want to be. Then own that dream version of you. Think about how that version of you who loves herself/himself acts and speaks.
3 Start small and take deeper breaths
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If you enjoyed this interview and want to know more about Tania’s one-to-one sessions on meditation and wellness, do not forget to follow and connect with her on social media. 

You can book a free 30 minute discovery call here.
Instagram: @taniapow



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The benefits of self-love meditation: Interview with Tania Pownall