We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Malekan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I grew up in Long Island New York but both my parents are from Iran. The world that they grew up in was vastly different than mine. Having immigrant parents raising a little girl in America led to tremendous conflict. I grew up in a home with mental health disorders. It was a roller coaster at my house to say the least. Be it my environment or my biology… it was evident at a young age that I am a highly sensitive individual. This sensitivity propelled me towards my journey of understanding emotions. However, I’m grateful for my family, my upbringing and even for the unhealthy environments I experienced. These challenges have fueled my desire to gain a deeper understanding of humans. Why they hurt and how they heal.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business basically involves finding the best way to meet my clients where they are at and guide them on their own healing journey. I use both psychotherapy and sound healing in order to assist the mind and body in healing, releasing emotions and trauma, and facilitating growth. My own healing journey also serves as a conduit in my ability to serve and assist others in their healing and expansion.
I took a leap of faith when I left my job as a Clinical Director at a treatment center to start my own business. I leaned on (and continue to lean on) friends and mentors for support and guidance. I learned sometimes you need to push yourself, and sometimes you just need to be kind and practice self-compassion. What I learned most along the way is to listen to that calling, that inner voice guiding us to our highest self. That’s where our purpose is. We all have it, and it’s up to us to get quiet and have the courage to listen.
My own story of healing and acceptance of myself is what drives me. There was a time where my life was dark. I experienced some pretty serious trauma. I was unequipped in knowing how to deal with it all. The unbearable pain from suppressing my trauma inevitably lead me to find unhealthy ways to manage the inner turmoil. I fell deep into an opiate addiction and found myself wanting to end my life. Even in the depths of all the darkness, I could still hear that voice, that undeniable desire to help and serve others. It is my own healing journey that fuels me to serve people in the way I do.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love Ojai or Joshua Tree. Nature is my medicine. I love to go on hikes and eat French macaroons…not at the same time J. My favorite macaroon spot is La Macaroon in Santa Monica. I highly recommend it if you’ve got a sweet tooth like me.
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?
Shout out to the teachers that helped me during my academic years, the many mentors I have worked with in developing spiritual practices, my supervisors, friends, family members, and my incredible soon to be husband! Also…shout out to my fur baby Nelly Furtado.
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