Creativity through the lens of a Meditation Coach
"Creativity means to transform. Everything we do is up for change."
Wendy Nash is a Meditation Coach. The company name says it all: Kindly Cut The Crap. Wendy teaches startup founders and CEOs the art of introspection to navigate the emotionally, physically and financially taxing process of building a business. She believes the CEO is the foundation of whether a company does well and her observation is that whatever the CEO isn't owning within themselves is what gets played out at work. The more blind spots a person has, the less productive the workforce. To see behind blind spots, you need to make courageous inquiry, but do it kindly.
Wendy has a 4-year somatic psychotherapy diploma, her Bachelor of Psychology Honors thesis studied the effects of loving-kindness meditation on prosocial behavior and she’s been practicing loving-kindness and other meditations for almost 20 years. She is currently studying a 2-year diploma of Mindfulness & Compassion at the Insight Meditation Institute. She dropped out school having failed academically spectacularly over successive years. Leaving school early was one of the best things she did. For the first time, she was able to take charge of her life and take things in a new direction, away from family expectations. After 5 years of shopwork, she did a 1-year business admin course to ensure an income while living abroad.
In London, she worked for a Swedish law firm to improve her Swedish where she met a Frenchman, moved to the French countryside and worked for Microsoft in Paris. There she worked as a receptionist to learn French on the job. She was employed because her Swedish was so good.
Wendy returned to Australia with her then husband and looked for a new career volunteering. Nothing gelled. When the marriage fell apart, she took this as an opportunity to rethink everything and begin a new path. She did years of personal work and learnt to introspect with focus and determination to understand herself and others well.
She’s now armed with a psychology degree, a psychotherapy diploma, a deep meditation practice focused on loving-kindness and has studied business culture from the bottom of the food chain in diverse European and Australian organizations. She works with entrepreneurs to foster successful workplace cultures. Wendy wants them to be the great leaders of the future and not sacrifice themselves along the way.
Her clients have achieved financially strong businesses despite cofounder conflict, funding rejections, staff underperformance, almost burning out, investor negotiations, constant fear of failure and pivoting new directions in work and life. In other words, she focuses on turning negatives into supercharged positives.