After going through an eight-week mindfulness program with April Hadley a few years ago, I knew I wanted to ask her to be on this podcast one day. Every week, I was inspired by the human behind the teacher. April shared with us the real struggle in her life, what brought her to mindfulness and how the struggle is still real. It's these raw accounts that bring the greatest inspiration to me. It's a sigh of relief. An "I'm-not-the-only-one-who-doesn't-have-it-all-together" reminder that we all so desperately need in this crazy world of "Let me show you what's perfect and wonderful."
From parenting, performance and art to post-partum depression, anger, fear and laughter, we move through many real and vulnerable spaces in this episode. In it, there's a great depth of comfort.
April Hadley is co-founder of Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness, has a psychotherapy practice and is a storyteller, writer and artist.
*Special thanks to Jim Bonney for helping me clean up the audio with this one
In this podcast, you'll hear April talk about her experience winning a lip sync contest for HQ, a homeless youth drop-in center, along with her artwork. Here's a peak!