Game Changer Interview: Rajes Pillay

Game Changer Interview: Rajes Pillay

Name of Your Business

Zen Earth.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

I have a passion in engaging with people and for helping people and in some way improving their life and wellbeing. The results I see from the feedback from my clients inspire me and gives confirmation that I am making a difference.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

A client who is curious and enthusiastic to alternative treatment and ideas.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

The combination of the application of the highest quality of Essential oils delivered through a unique and effective methodology known as the AromaTouch Technique. Combine this with a meditation leads to a compelling mind and body experience.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

I am South African and grew up during the Apartheid/Segregation era. Apartheid existed in South Africa from 1948 – 1990’s. I was judged by the color of my skin so that meant which school I could attend, where I live, which bench I could sit on in the park, etc. My role model was non other than Nelson Mandela, or Madiba, as he was fondly known to us.  Madiba was the beacon of hope for all South Africans and represented freedom. His life thought me valuable lessons to stand up for what I believe, to see people as human first before the color of their skin or race, to forgive even when you think it’s an impossible thing to do, and to have selfless love and to always stay humble. The sacrifices of Nelson Mandela gave me freedom, the right to vote for the first time at the age of 24 in the first democratic election and have a voice.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

 I love walking in nature. It keeps me grounded and connected to Gaia.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Daily meditation.
2. Taking time off for me.
3. A massage or facial.

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

I love dancing. I am an Indian classical dancer. I enjoy some Bollywood dancing too and of cause a whole lot of salsa and disco 🙂

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

Happiness Becomes You by Tina Turner. It is a book filled with amazing life lessons and deep realizations to recharge your soul.

Favorite Movie and Why?

Shawshank Redemption. There is a short quote in the movie which is impactful and inspiring ‘ get busy living or get busy dying’. These powerful words for me speak of overcoming what we perceive as impossible by daring to dream, stay hopeful and aspire to our full potential.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

” It always seems impossible until its done ” Nelson Mandela.

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Even after leaving a high level executive banking career my greatest accomplishment is being a Mom and my daughter, After years of failed pregnancy attempts we were gifted with my daughter. I can’t be more grateful and thankful for her.  She is now 16 years old, a bright, strong, ambitious, courageous and kind human, I am so proud of her.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

Take chances, take risks, take the road less traveled, you’d be surprised where it takes you! I am so thankful to have lived in three amazing cities Milan (Italy), Basel (Switzerland) and presently Boston. It’s been a great adventure filled with amazing experiences, great food and meeting super interesting people. Life is way too short … Live a life full of love.

Advice to Younger Self?

You are ENOUGH.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

My ability to connect with people this has always been a gift and it has lead to me meeting and befriending some incredible people. And I have to admit my eyebrows 🙂

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

A wonderful group of talented women. A tribe where you feel you belong and an incredible community for networking.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

Namaste . I look forward to meeting you all.

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Finding Your Flow

Finding Your Flow

You know that feeling when you are totally in sync with the world around you?

You trust that the Universe has your back and everything is happening in divine order.
You have an abundance of energy and feel inspired to spread positivity everywhere you go.
You believe with your whole heart that everything you want and need is already flowing to you and that life is amazing!
Perhaps it’s been a while since you’ve felt this way, especially after the year we’ve had. But it is that very state of flow that I’m aspiring to this year. A flow state, also known as being in the zone, is when a person is performing an activity in which he/she is fully immersed with energized focus, full involvement, and pure enjoyment. To be in the flow means that you are consciously being in harmony with whatever it is you are doing in that moment. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? But that begs the question…how do we fall out of the flow?
The culprit is resistance. What we resist, persists. We are all made up of energy and energy is in constant motion… so it makes perfect sense that when we resist something, things will stop flowing naturally. When you start to feel out of the flow, simply ask yourself if you’re forcing something that doesn’t align with your true intentions. Determine what is blocking you from moving forward. Most of our blockages come from lingering limiting beliefs that were shaped in our formative years (between ages 0-7) and reside in our subconscious mind for years to come until we uncover and unblock them.
The good news is that each new moment provides us the opportunity to shift our mindset and change course. By mindfully bringing awareness to our thoughts and feelings we can significantly modify our behaviors. This shift helps us make the transition to a place of allowing – a state of mind where we trust things to unfold, as they are meant to unfold – and find our way back into balance and harmony. Once you shift your mindset and align with these energy patterns, it can still be challenging to stay in the flow because life happens and we get knocked off balance from time to time. But don’t give up.
Take a quiet moment to tap into your intuition and listen to your inner guidance. Notice any physical signs from your body that may be showing signs of distress and breathe slowly and mindfully into those areas. Pay attention to your emotions and then consciously choose to take actions that bring you back to center. Finding and staying in the flow is a continual practice. It’s a state of evolution but returning to it time and time again is worthwhile. I look forward to my practice of living in the flow and hope you enjoy the journey of your own personal growth and expansion in the days, weeks and months to come.
High Vibes and Grateful Heart, XO, Jenn
A New Dawn

A New Dawn

“This is the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius”
You may be too young to remember this song by The 5th Dimension but I’m a child of the 60’s and running across these lyrics last week was no accident. Every 2000 years or so we enter into a new Astrological Age. 
It takes several hundred years to gradually transition from one age to another and we are currently transitioning from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. You may have heard the buzz about the Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn which apparently hasn’t been this profound since the 1600’s. 
These astrological events, coupled with the Winter Solstice occurring today, are generating some very powerful energy shifts. I’m not here to make predictions, I’ll leave that up to the Astrologers. But what I do know is that 2020 uncovered some not so pleasant truths that have been bubbling beneath the surface for some time now. We’ve stared the darkness in the face and are being called to make big changes. It as though we’re witnessing a breaking down of systems and ways of being that no longer serve us. And through this deconstruction, we’ve been given time to reflect on who we want to be, what is most important to us, and how we want to move forward. 
I am being reminded to stay in the present moment, appreciate the simple things, and connect in more meaningful ways in my personal relationships. I’m setting healthier boundaries for myself to better preserve the flow of energy that’s going OUT…and to embrace everything that is coming IN with an open heart. I feel a renewed sense of purposefulness in my mission to offer safe, sacred space and build a community of people who share a common goal of raising the collective frequency and vibration. 
As we approach this much anticipated New Year & New Age, I encourage you to ask yourself these questions. What is being illuminated for you? What are you ready to let go of? And how will you turn your insights into actions in 2021?
I wish you peace, love, & ease as we step forward together into the light of a brand new year full of endless possibilities. 
High Vibes and Grateful Heart, XO, Jenn
Gratitude is Good for You

Gratitude is Good for You

It’s a brand new month and an important one at that! Our high vibe consciousness movement took a hit with the most recent confirmation to the Supreme Court. Please exercise your right as a citizen of the U.S. to vote on Nov 3rd to protect the freedoms that Americans before us fought to secure. Let’s lose the “us vs them” mentality and work together as a “we” to create a kinder, more accepting nation where ALL people can feel safe with who they are and who they love and have access to equal opportunities. I encourage you to read Dalai Lama’s Education of the heart.
I am genuinely grateful to live in a country where we have so many freedoms. There’s a great deal to be gained from being grateful. Research has linked gratitude with a wide range of benefits such as strengthening your immune system, improving sleep, experiencing more joy, and feeling less lonely and isolated. Counting your blessings and having an attitude of gratitude can even reduce depression and anxiety which is running rampant with the pandemic and upcoming election.
Even in times of trouble and despair, we can all find things to be grateful for. Most of us spend time and energy pursuing things we currently don’t have which only attracts more lack. But when we consciously practice gratitude and appreciate the people and things we do have, we bring more of what we want into our lives.
This month, I invite you to start a Gratitude Practice. Spend 15 minutes every day writing down 5 things for which you feel grateful. Don’t just think it, you have to physically write it down! Write why you are grateful for those five things. For example, I am grateful for my Tribe because I’m surrounded by like-minded people who believe in the power of community and have my back. Remember, the goal with this practice is to connect with all the good in your life – experiences, people, circumstances. When you pause and reflect on what is going well in your world, you shift your vibration and elevate your life. I challenge you to write your gratitudes every day for 30 days and watch the abundance unfold.
High Vibe + Grateful Heart, XO, Jenn
Vulnerability & Surrender

Vulnerability & Surrender

I can’t help but feel empathy for the year 2020 as it’s going down in history as the worst ever. Let’s be mindful that this year is not over yet. We still have three beautiful months left and we can make them count. Please exercise your privilege and VOTE for change this November.
We’ve entered into the Fall Equinox which always puts me in a reflective space. I’ve been thinking a lot about vulnerability and surrender lately. We live in a culture where we are taught to be strong, independent, and “in control” of our destiny. As a parent, I cringe at the number of times I’ve told my daughter how important it is to be self-sufficient and never put herself in a position where she has to rely on anyone else. This is how most of us have been raised and as Mothers we want our daughters to feel confident and strong. And, while it comes from a place of good, I wonder, is this idea that we don’t need help from anyone else actually sending the wrong message?
 In her book, Daring Greatly, brilliant Brené Brown, describes vulnerability as “uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.” It’s that unstable feeling we get when we step out of our comfort zone or do something that forces us to loosen control. She reminds us that honoring those feelings is when we find the courage to overcome our own limiting beliefs about ourselves or a situation that is blocking us from moving forward. Vulnerability is the core, the heart, and the center of all meaningful human experiences. 
So why are we teaching our children to go it alone? I’m having new conversations with my daughter about the fact that we are humans who have been divinely designed to connect with another, to love, and to give and to receive support. While our children need to learn to be independent, it’s important that they also recognize that we all need help from time to time. When we can shift the paradigm and learn to surrender, ask for and accept that help, we find our way back to a place of power and strength. 
When we let go of the crazy misconception that we are supposed to be superhuman…that’s when the magic happens. I encourage you to release and let go of the burdens that weigh so heavily on you right now and make you feel alone it in all. Take a deep breath and reach out for a helping hand from someone you trust. Then stay open to receiving their love and support with appreciation and gratitude. I’m certain you will begin to see things in an entirely new light.
High Vibe + Grateful Heart, XO, Jenn