We had the good fortune of connecting with Catherine Auman, LMFT and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Catherine, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance means something entirely different to entrepreneurs than it does to the rest of the population. Our lives probably look like we’re workaholic, in fact, I’ve been accused of that. What other people don’t know is –entrepreneurs love our work so much it is like play. We don’t want to be doing anything else. The creativity involved, watching things come together and build, the great honor to be of service to others — there’s nothing better! So I don’t really believe in balance per se. If you want to be more than moderately successful in anything in life, you need to be a bit obsessive. Whether it’s in business, the arts, or even in your own personal fitness — considering all the tempting options these days to ruin your health — you’ve got to be willing to appear “unbalanced” to produce better-than-ordinary results. It’s definitely changed for me over time. Back when I was a wage-slave I lived for weekends and holidays. These days there are too many delicious projects going on to have time for those.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m the founder and director of The Transpersonal Counseling Center where we specialize in working with people in the yoga and meditation communities. The issues of this populations tend to be about how to incorporate spirituality in to daily life without spiritual bypassing. We don’t particularly see adjusting oneself to mainstream society to be a goal, rather, we’re looking for higher levels of development than that. We need to be able to adjust, but growth doesn’t stop there. This sets us apart from mainstream therapists. We also offer psychedelic integration services which of course most counseling center do not. I started my career working with anybody who showed up, and this is something I advise my students — don’t specialize too early. Build your skills, be willing to learn from everyone. Pay a lot of money for mentorship – I certainly did and still do. Get really good at what you do before you try to put yourself out prematurely. Then you’ll be able to stand strong as you educate people about how you want to help, and they’ll be attracted to your integrity.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have always loved visiting spiritual spots around L.A. After many times being asked by my friends, “How do you know all this stuff?” I decided to compile it into a book which will be coming out soon: Guide to Spiritual L.A.: The Irreverent, the Awake, and the True. Favorite spots from that book include the Lake Shrine, the Vedanta Temple, Yogananda’s grave at Forest Lawn, and the Bonnie Brae House where the Pentecostal Church began. Most people assume that began in the Deep South, but no, it’s right here in our ‘hood. I’d take visitors to eat at the Hare Krishna restaurant, Govinda’s which has delicious vegetarian/vegan food. If it was a week-long trip we’d head out to the desert and visit the Integratron and Salvation Mountain. Let’s go!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout for business help to the YouTube creators who share their expertise in so many areas (and for free!): social media, advertising, online business, how to make videos, and YouTube marketing, especially Sunny Lenarduzzi, Justin Brown, and the guys at Think Media. For relationship expertise I credit my mentor, Vince Kelvin, Mystery, and of course my husband, Greg Lawrence. For spiritual sustenance: Osho For mentoring in badass girl power: the ladies of Spiritual L.A. – but you’ll need to read my book to find out who they are 🙂
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