Hi there, it's lovely to meet you!
I'm Emma, the creator of Emma Mills London.
Many readers here at Emma Mills London have asked me to share more about the way I work and how I ended up here, so, I thought it was about time I shared a little ( long!) wellness story with you guys!
But first a little preface. I usually don't think too much about my personal stories, or the fixed positions I can occupy, such as ‘being a woman’, or 'being a meditation teacher' or ‘being British. This affords me a freedom I hadn't known would be so wonderful. Room to spontaneously unfold newly in each moment. In the least odd way, for a new Emma to appear in each moment. For awareness to be here, unbounded and spontaneous in each moment. So much room. So much fresheness and such wonderful freedom.
Lean back: I will be glad to tell you all aboutHafiz, 'The Ear That Was Sold To A Fish' translated by Daniel Ladinsky in 'The Gift'
How it happened,
But first I must digress a bit,
Perhaps way beyond any logical sequence
We may ever again piece together.
We could start anywhere,
With any word,
In this fertile luminous world in which I live.
What is the first letter of your alphabet?
That will be just fine.
London will always be home for me and it’s still where I do most of my work - but 5 years ago I made the leap and moved out of the city to live at a farm in the countryside. It’s been a real change!
When I’m not working I really love spending time with my friends and family. I’m also a lover of nature, yoga, poetry, art, travel, cycling, cooking, fashion, the beach, wild swimming, flowers, european cinema, painting and pretty much everything creative.
I once heard someone say that if you want to reconnect with your passions as an adult, look back at what you most loved to do as a child. Being creative was something I enjoyed as a child, drawing, reading and writing. I also loved fashion and having an actress for a mother meant I had ample access to heaps of brightly coloured outfits to have fun with. It was in these early years that I began to look for the meaning of life and the source of happiness. Although, I wouldn't have articulated it quite like that at the time! It's often the case that truth seekers are aware of their curiosity at a young age.
I feel very lucky to have had a tremendously loving childhood and a warm and supportive family. When we were children my brother was sick for a long time and sadly passed away. I think having this experience gave me an early dose of existential curiosity.
Later, I became interested in holistic health, philosophy, spirituality and for a very short time I even studied politics and went off to work at The House of Parliament for a few MP’s. It wasn’t the right fit, so I took a psychology degree instead and loved every minute of it.
In the years that followed I spent time working with the mental heath charity MIND in the UK. I specialised in all sorts of lovely wellness interventions, working with hundreds if not thousands of people 1-2-1 and in groups. It was here, inspired by the work of Dr Jane Davis that I first fell in love with poetry as a medium of self exploration, healing and self expression. (And also because poetry is just so beautiful!)
I've been lucky to have met many incredible teachers so far. In fact whenever I've felt in need of guidance over the years, in any corner of life, a very wise person has turned up and offered to help. Whatever role you play, teacher or student, life is always moving us toward greater understanding. Truly, life is asking and answering its own questions through us and though all things. So don't be afraid to ask for help, when your desires come from love they have a funny way of working out.
In 2010 I created Emma Mills London, a place where I could share self-help insights in a beautiful, stylish way, with my friends in the city. I also ran a successful wellness clinic in Shoreditch where I practiced several coaching and therapy modalities designed to help people step further into their fullness. I feel honoured to have met all of the people I have crossed paths with in this way.
I found psychology/self help to be an interesting and effective medium to work with and it was when I began to work primarily with poetry and meditation sparks really began to fly. There are so many reasons why meditation is so complementary to regular coaching work. I'll try to share another post going into more detail on that soon. But in short: Where psychology can be quite cognitive and cerebral, focussing on how you think, the stories you tell and your smaller self, meditation and mindfulness help you get familiar with your larger self, which in many cases enables you to transcend mental stories and see the truth of things more clearly. So yes, Both approaches are great!
Zoom forward to the here and now, 15 years after taking my first psychology class and I’ve written several books on the topic of meditation and hundreds of features here at emmamillslondon.com. I’ve found natural ways to bring joy, peace and inspiration into my day to day life and discovered a fantastic wellspring of creativity within. And for that I’m truly grateful.
For quite a few years I spent most of my time with clients offering 1-2-1 coaching and therapy. Today the shape of my work has evolved, as these things often do, and now I spend most of my time writing meditation related books, courses and features and helping other organisations and brands to integrate meditation, mindfulness or wellness into their service provisions or products. I really do enjoy this way of sharing, it’s challenging, creative and purposeful.
And next? Well, I have some exciting new creative projects in the pipeline! And I have dreams and intentions for the work I might share here. Yet the deepest truth is that it’s all such a mystery. I am here, surfing on the crest of the wave and I have no idea where life is going next. Do any of us?
Et Voila! A little story about myself and Emma Mills London. Thanks for reading and thanks for being here, surfing with me.
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Each individual is a fact which the universe has been slowly manufacturing for millions of years. Just as much a fact of the universe as a shower of rain.Arnold Bennet, 1889