There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes at Be Meditation, from organizing class schedules, to meeting with potential partners, to managing the blog and website. Enter Catalina, who handles many of the day-to-day tasks that keep the company running smoothly while moving the team closer to our strategic vision.
Read more about Catalina, in her own words, below. And read more about the newly-launched Be Meditation virtual studio here.
- Tell us a bit about you
Hello, my name is Catalina Danila and I’m the Director of Operations at Be Meditation. I’m thrilled and grateful to serve as part of a meditation company and community. I was born in Romania and my family immigrated when I was a small child. I was drawn to asking questions about religion at a very young age, and once I stumbled across the idea of direct experience of spirituality (through gratitude, meditation, and nature), I was hooked. I feel most proud of my relationships. I value my family, my community, and my friendships above all else, and feel that connection is the nectar of life. My superpower would be flight. I would LOVE to be able to fly around. I would use this superpower to look closely at the tops of tall trees and hover above mountain tops and over pristine lakes. I might even sneak a peek at a bird’s nest! It would be beautiful! When I’m not meditating, I might be working, spending time with friends and family, exploring a forest, walking my little dog, Fifi, appreciating nature up close, growing vegetables and healing herbs, or reading.
- If you had a magic wand, how would you change the world?
My magic wand would help grant understanding and clarity to all. Sometimes emotions make things muddy, and the magic wand would help clear that water. It would also help individuals see how much control each has over their own lives and how each person has the power of self-reflection, self-honesty and accountability.
- Why did you start meditating/practicing mindfulness and what keeps you returning to your practice?
I tried many classes over the years, because I was looking for inner peace, but settled on one daily practice, after a very wise woman told me that any path or practice would create clarity and depth, but if we jump around from path to path, we miss out on the depth that could come with sticking to one path or practice for a lifetime. I’ve been meditating most days for the last 6 years, and on and off before that. I come back to the practice because I see the resiliency that has developed with daily meditation. I don’t sit long… 20 minutes a day, but that’s enough to help me find clarity about myself and my life situations, it’s helped me slow down and feel like I have time to think about my options in life, and has created within me an emotional resiliency like I’ve not experience prior.
- How does meditation affect your sense of belonging, community and connection?
I feel I belong with people who choose to work on their life, consciously and diligently, and who feel they can change the world through bettering their relationship with their mind and with other people, through meditation.
- What gets you most excited about the upcoming virtual classes?
The virtual classes are short enough for someone to take on a 15-minute break and provide enough depth to radically change your day. You could grab headphones and go hide out in a break room for a 10-minute meditation and come back feeling relaxed and ready to approach your world in a different way.
- What are your hopes for Be Meditation?
I’d like to see Be Meditation leading meditation in corporations, so that those of us who spend 8 hours a day in an office building, plus an hour each way commuting, get to develop a meditation practice. I would like to see individuals all over the world take daily, virtual meditation classes with Be. If it is easy to attend 2 sits per day and see and feel the benefits of meditation yourself, why would you say no? If we can change the world through changing ourselves, why would we say no?