We had the good fortune of connecting with Maura Moynihan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maura, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I get this question ALL. THE. TIME. And it primarily comes from professional mothers. Growing up in the 80s and 90s, we were told that we could do it all. Be successful in our service. Have a wonderful marriage, beautiful and healthy family. Travel, friends, meaningful experiences, etc. So that is why it can be so confusing when we grow up, do all the “right things”, call in all that we have desired and are completely overwhelmed and unhappy. The usual conclusion that is made is one of “I’m doing it wrong, I need more balance.” No sister, you need to approach your life and yourself in a different way. I think the entire premise of balance is baloney. I don’t think there is ever balance for this population that works and tends to children and runs a household and wants to have meaningful friendships and a loving partnership. I think that the mindset that success comes from all the things being in static, precise, measured BALANCE screws us over. When the concept is held that way, it makes yet another thing for us to manage. Oh crap! I spent 47 minutes working out rather than 45, now I will have to make up those 2 minutes preparing lunch for the kids. Ummmm no. I would like to invite everyone to think about managing our life energy and focus as a dance. For instance, what does it feel like to hold ourselves to the option of relating to ourselves with – some days we devote more attention and energy to creating in our business. Some days our children need our attention the most. Sometimes it is years. But when we are approaching our life like it’s a scale and that in order to “do it right” our attention must be divided precisely to keep everything running, we paint ourselves into a corner and begin to judge ourselves for not being able to do it all. Because what is the truth? The truth is that life is a dynamic dance. That things shift and events happen, priorities change and new creations emerge. The truth is that we are meant to move with the changes and be flexible, that way we can be open to the next thing that life is offering us. The truth is that when we do this dance with others, when we have a village for support EVERYTHING is better. The truth is you are doing the very best you can with the tools and skills that you have. The truth is when we start being kinder to ourselves life, we experience more grace. The truth is you got this.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Wow! What a juicy question!! I love the opportunity to speak about that which I am SO proud of – and that is the collective of holistic healers of Rosewood. These magnificent beings have gathered and collaborate in support and health of the families of Los Angeles. Each practitioner brings their deep wisdom of how to tend to bodies and minds and hearts using their skill set. I got where I am today completely from word of mouth. I have never used marketing, only supporting one family at a time.Each year my business grew, and my hours expanded to accommodate my patients. It grew slowly and steadily and now in retrospect I can see the grace of how it unfolded. I had small children at home and a smaller operation was all that I wanted and could devote attention to. As time marched on and my kids grew, I had more space to devote to my business, and naturally the spark to be of greater service was ignited. I had the insight to move my practice into a bigger space and to create a center. It took about 9 months to move in and incorporate the practitioners I deeply loved and trusted. Now, it’s been 3 years of running and working in the center. In that time I have learned so much, there definitely have been challenges, but the challenges have only been difficult when I have tried to override my gut. Running this business has been a spiritual practice, when I stay open – inspiration flows, when I try and force something – I am stagnant. It has been pretty powerful to use this as my practice and to ride the wave of creativity and allow myself to be the vessel – not only towards my patients, but towards the business.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Gosh, this is a fun exercise in this time of quarantine! If I had a week to show a friend a great time here in Los Angeles, the places I would take them include, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier and Promenade, Lake Shrine, Agape International Spiritual Center, hiking in Topanga and picnicing in Will Rogers, taking a bike ride along La Ballona path to the beach, Brunch in Eagle Rock, Lunch in West Hollywood, farmer’s markets in Santa Monica and Culver City. Dinner on Abbot Kinney and walk around after and get a drink.
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?
My husband, Jason Amoroso- he is my greatest supporter and expander. We are high school sweethearts and have four vivacious sons. FOr the past year we have colaborated in creating Revelation Breathwork trainings, combining our backgrounds – my healing experience, coaching and facilitating women’s groups with his 5 years working in Major League Baseball as a mental skills coach, life coaching – with our combined Spiritual Psychology Master Degrees. It has been incredible to cocreate with him in this way and witness him in his genius zone, supporting others connecting with their inner healing capacity using breathwork. He is by far the best person I know and I could not do any of the callings of my heart without him.
Facebook: Rosewood Family Healing Center
Yelp: Rosewood Family Healing Center
Other: www.revelationbreathwork.com is the website that has information regarding the trainings that I co-facilitate with my husband.