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Ora Nadrich is a life coach, mindfulness meditation teacher, and the author of “Says Who: How One Simple Question Can Change The Way You Think Forever” available January 19.
1. What is the most liberating thought you’ve ever had?
That I can turn any thought I have into something positive and productive.
2. What did it liberate you from?
Being at the effect of any thought that does not serve my well-being.
3. What does it mean to live a good life?
To be true to your authentic self, and always come from a place of love and compassion.
4. What illusion have you suffered from the most?
That I can fix human suffering more than is sometimes possible.
5. If you could go back and whisper in the ear of your 16-year-old self, what is the one thing you would tell them?
Love yourself no matter what difficulties you face.
6. What does love feel like? (Real love, not hormonal love or I-like-the-idea-of-you-so-I’m-on-a-high love).
Romantic and enchanting, but realistic, meaning everyday can’t always feel like a honeymoon.
7. What does your daily routine look like?
Wake up at 6:30am, meditate, do Pilates, shower, take my son to school, work with my team producing workshops, writing articles and blogs for magazines, scheduling speaking engagements and signings for my book, seeing private clients for Life Coaching and Mindfulness Meditation sessions, having dinner with my family, reading, and meditating before bedtime.
8. What’s your favorite thing to look at?
My children and husband; sunsets at the beach.
9. Describe your perfect weekend.
Wake up and meditate, then have my favorite Chai tea outside on my veranda catching up with my husband. Make breakfast or brunch for my family, and meet up with a good friend for lunch, or take a long walk at my beach cottage. Go out to dinner with my husband to one of our favorite restaurants, and then off to a movie where we can have date night all to ourselves. Also love dressing up glamorously for the opera, or in jeans and boots for a concert.
10. What do you worry about the most?
The state of the world.
I want my children and their generation not to inherit the serious problems we are facing today like global warming and terrorism.
12. What makes you cry?
When a loved one is hurting, and human or animal suffering of any kind.
13. What do you doodle on the sides of your papers?
Mostly hearts, stars, and Roman Numerals.
14. What is the most serendipitous thing that has ever happened to you?
Going to a party I didn’t want to go to, and meeting the man who became my husband.
15. How did your biggest struggles become the pathways to your greatest success?
I overcome a personal hardship that led me to writing my book, and created a method to help others transform their suffering like I had.
16. What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
17. What do you wish you had more of in your life?
The ability to stop time from moving so quickly.
18. What do you find to be the most genuinely beautiful thing in the world?
My family, love and peace.
19. If you could be free of one thought or fear, what would it be?
20. If you had the chance to tell every single person in the world just one thing, what would it be?
They are beautiful, worthy, and deserving of love.