Michele Schalin is a Mental Health Fitness Coach, International Speaker, Author, Breathwork Facilitator, and Meditation Guide. She specializes in teaching effective techniques to handle anxiety, depression, PTSD, and healing from trauma. She teaches you how to have more control of your thoughts, process and regulate your feelings and change the subconscious beliefs that are sabotaging you. Michele has over 30 years of experience studying the mind-body-spirit connection and guiding thousands of people on their journeys of personal development and spiritual growth.
Pain brought me to mindfulness, not any desire to reach nirvana or pop out of any chrysalis. I had to unlearn certain habits and thought patterns hard-wired in my brain and walk through my pain, rather than avoiding it. Ultimately this is what put me on the joyful journey of self-discovery. I finally grew up.
I was raised in an emotionally repressed family and a culture that encouraged me to look outside myself for happiness and fulfilment. Feelings were never talked about. I had to suppress my emotions to be accepted, causing me to feel alone and isolated at a very young age. I developed a lack of trust and feelings of abandonment, feeling unworthy and unlovable.
I struggled with:
- Low self-esteem
- Feeling unworthy
- Constant need for accomplishment & be busy
- Chronic anxiety
- Chronic pain
- Never felt ‘good enough’
Desperate for approval and acceptance, I became the best overachiever you”ve ever seen! This was a great coping mechanism when I was a kid, but as an adult, it quickly turned into severe workaholism. It wasn’t just about paid work. I just had to be busy, constantly; volunteering, housework, kid’s activities, etc…. I lived my life like a conveyor belt. Anything to distract myself from the nagging discomfort I felt deep inside and too afraid to feel.
Sometimes I had mood swings that took me over and made me a completely different person! I was totally disconnected from myself and had no idea what was wrong with me. But like a “good soldier” I put on a good face, kept quiet and kept working until my next emotional breakdown.
When I was younger I gained confidence and found my life’s purpose in helping others improve their lives. I worked with recovery programs for 26 years mentoring, speaking, moderating discussions, holding workshops. But I continued to suffer because I hadn’t dealt with my deepest core issues.
Meditation, mindfulness, breathwork, sound healing, and brain training were the game changers!
These became my most valuable tools to control my thoughts, regulate my emotions and heal spiritually, emotionally and physically.
- That I wasn’t crazy
- How to handle my anxiety
- How to have more control over my thoughts
- How to process my feelings
- How to heal from emotional trauma
- How to unlearn cultural conditioning
- How to love myself more
I learned that anxiety and depression expresses itself very differently in each of us. I practiced mindfulness, meditation, breathwork, sound healing, brain training, and plant medicines. This helped to me understand, heal and manage my difficult emotions so they wouldn’t linger, and cause more suffering with chronic anxiety, depression, physical pain, illness, addictions.
- Emotional healing
- Increased confidence and self love
- Feeling more empowered and inspired
- A stronger sense of wellbeing and contentment
- Increased energy and clarity
- Better handling of anxiety and depression
- Improved mental focus
- A stronger inner connection
- Improved regulation of my emotions
- Changes in the subconscious beliefs holding me back!
- Total self-empowerment
- Found my life purpose
A HAD A TOTAL METAMORPHOSIS!
I’ve studied under many experts, but some of my favorites are Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Gabor Maté, Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Wayne Dyer, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Ram Dass, and Dr. Brené Brown