Courage, the original definition of courage, when it first came into the English language – it’s from the Latin word cor; meaning heart – and the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.
Melissa King is the founder of Inspired Mindfulness Meditation, and is a certified meditation teacher, self-care encourager, and mentor. Her teachers have included Jivasu (Pradeep Kumar), Mira Rostami, and Heidi Dotchin who taught her the Naturality or Sahajta practice, a program in association with the Canadian Yoga Alliance. Melissa incorporates elements of meditation, sacred healing, spiritual prayer, and ceremony she has learned while travelling, including Tantra meditation taught by spiritual teacher Dada (Acharya Vibhakarananda Avadhuta) in Bali. She is also trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, a program modeled on the MBSR program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
In her personal meditation practice and teaching, Melissa explores and shares her life themes and story including love, death, courage, and more recently vulnerability, rebirth, and finding joy. A core value of her teaching is cultivating compassion, empathy, and caring for ourselves, extending to our circle of family and friends, and outward into the world. She holds a sacred space for her students to be vulnerable, to explore and connect their own life themes and story, and to find a stillness that allows them to listen with their whole heart.
Melissa teaches weekly and monthly meditation classes, workshops and retreats, as well as an 8-week Mindfulness & Grief program, and an 8-week Mindfulness & Stress Reduction: Fear to Courage program. She gives back through her Mentoring Women program offering free computer and business skills training to women in need, and paid programs for entrepreneurs/start-ups. Melissa is a student of Ayurveda and Holistic nutrition, and has been a vegetarian since the proud age of 10. She loves to travel and experience new cultures, religions, ceremonies, and also enjoys the healing powers of the ocean.
Off the cushion: Melissa is a corporate trainer, and past co-chair for the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD), Simcoe Chapter. With an extensive background in adult education, she holds several training and computer technology designations, including Certified Training & Development Professional (CTDP), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), and is a qualified Adult Education instructor.
I have determined to regret nothing. I release the past and bless all of its perfect lessons. I act with courage, passion and honesty in the present; and I create a future from my highest inspiration.