Persian Dancing, My Tree and an Angel.

My next guest is a molecular scientist, a cancer thriver, a Mindfulness coach, and an author. Welcome to Awesome People Mehrnaz Massoudi.

I met Mehrnaz at the beach one day...she was just getting off her paddle board and I thought to myself, I’ve always wanted to try paddle boarding, I'm gonna got talk to that women! 

She was welcoming and open and very happy to talk about one of her life passions, paddle boarding. 

Mehrnaz was born and raised in Iran. Fell in love while still in Iran...which shouldn't seem like a big deal, but it was during the Iranian revolution and the young man was Baha'i. At that time it was illegal for a Muslim woman to marry a Baha'i man….we talk about their escape, what that was like and the effects of Mr. Bush. We also talk about how to pronounce Iran...not Iran. 

Mehrnaz was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and then shortly after that her and her partner split. They had 2 daughters so this was not an easy time for Mehrnaz. In fact it was one of the darkest times of her life. 

This interview is so inspirational...and not in a fluffy kind of way. As a mindfulness coach Mehrnaz speaks the truth without sugar coating. One of my favourite sayings is “Spiritual bypass shit!” 

When a person is in the thick of grief or in a dark place, sometimes you have to just go right through it….well actually you have to ALWAYS go right through it. Life isn't always fluffy and dark times are a part of it. We talk in depth about this but don't worry, it isn't heavy or boring!! There is tons of laughter!


"Live a life of Love" 

You can find more on Mehrnaz and her Mindfulness coaching on her website and Facebook page.

Her qualifications are:

  • Breast cancer survivor. 
  • Divorce.
  • When she was 4 Mehrnaz was in a fire accident that caused 3rd degree burns across her chest and arms.
  • Certification for emotional freedom technique EFT.

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Mehrnaz as a girl...

Mehrnaz as a girl...

 

Before this interview Mehrnaz gave me 3 of her short stories. 

  • Cara’s flower garden. 
  • Grateful for Liam Cards. ( this is where I first heard her term Spiritual Bypass Shit. ) 
  • Kenzie's Mermaids.

They are anywhere from 8-12 pages long and absolutely beautiful!

She is in the process of publishing them so you will have to keep in touch with her directly for more info. 

Mehrnaz has also written a memoir and it will be published in 2019. “Never without love.” 

This is also a Persian expression that means,  “It doesn't matter where you are or what you have been through love can always take care of us. In the darkest time of life we can still find a flicker of light in our heart-always with love. “

There was a common thread throughout her short stories. It was about the suffering that each protagonist went through. I asked Mehrnaz about this… ”I have 2 daughters. Once a mom you feel the suffering of your own children or any other children. Friends who lost their daughters, imagining their suffering, I could feel that.” But there is more to this story….a tipping point. You're gonna love her answer…...I’m not giving it away. 

Her short stories are also another way of helping. A way to teach people how to be there, show up and use language that fits. “I want to offer a variety of ways to heal or help.”


“The practice of mindfulness helps in the balance of life.” 

Mindfulness is a huge part of Mehrnaz’s life so it's not surprising that Eckhart Tolle is someone’s who’s practice she follows.  

She has also been to a Deepak Chopra retreat.

This was the pre-beginning of her practice. They asked over and over what is your purpose…..which at the time she didn't know….but that question sparked something inside her to find out.  The book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert came up in our conversation as well, which she highly recommends.  And while we're at it let's do a little shout out to a Phillip Starkman. A Buddhist teacher of Mehranz who helped her find her purpose in life. 

This was the pre-beginning of her practice. They asked over and over what is your purpose…..which at the time she didn't know….but that question sparked something inside her to find out. 

The book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert came up in our conversation as well, which she highly recommends. 

And while we're at it let's do a little shout out to a Phillip Starkman. A Buddhist teacher of Mehranz who helped her find her purpose in life. 

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Mehrnaz has a great message to us all, she is a beautiful human and a great teacher. If you're looking for more in your life and don't know where to begin you can start here. 

Here are links to her website and Facebook Page.


Welcome Mehrnaz to Awesome People!



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