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    Amena Lee

    Innovating from the inside-out.

     

  • How to Engage

    Three ways of innovating from the inside-out.

    Teaser - 3 one-hour toolkit sessions

    One-on-one (or team) remote toolkit sessions

    Connect for a short experience to get clarity on what it is you want to address as a stuck point or challenge along with some somatic tools to help you through that stuckness, harness your own ability to self-regulate or manage stressful situations better. This is also a 'teaser' to decide whether you want to continue with a committed program (see below options). Format can be 1-on-1 or 1-on-Team.  

    Taster - 6 weeks coaching practice

    One-on-one remote coaching practice

    Deepen your competency through committed practice as we work through 2-3 big "areas" that uncover your conditioned tendencies and how to start relating to yourself differently through skilled practice. Involves weekly one-hour sessions via Zoom along with homework practice to show up to each week.

    Training - 2-day training program

    Executive "Self-Organization" training program

    Working in a team of <20 members to practice self-management skills to help you be a more trustworthy, inclusive, and empathic leader. This interactive workshop covers the neurobiology of how we're wired socially and how the way you move, sit, stand, walk and talk gives insight into how you show up at work. Participants will practice tools that can assist in big picture thinking, creativity and innovation; all by building awareness of their stress patterns and responses.

  • When was the last time you showed up fully to yourself and others with a sense of aliveness and fullness?

    When was the last time you felt true connection with your partner, child or family member where you both felt understood?

    When was the last time you were present enough to focus on the task at hand without getting lost in the past or future?

    When was the last time you felt like you were in charge of your life and knew you were on the right path, even if it felt uncomfortable?

  • About Me

    Hello, I’m Amena! (pronounced “Uh-May-Nah”)

     

    I've spent the last decade working with businesses innovating health & wellness concepts and have always been fascinated by the irony of how 'unwell' many of the teams were.

     

    A workshop might start out with lots of sparky energy, but slowly would I start to sense the level of burn out, stress, lack of focus, poor communication, and inability to engage the faculties required to be creative. It was very relatable as someone who'd experienced burnout herself many times over. I wanted to help people tap into their unknown potential and started coaching in parallel to my innovation projects -- two processes that mirror each other in many ways.

        

    Fifteen years of personal mind-body practice and study of somatics, which coupled with my innovation lens, has equipped me with the tools to sense the world around me (and within me) in order to organize my experience in a more integral way. I’m an expert in this not only because I have learned through formal practice, but mostly because I'm still a diligent practitioner having been overwhelmed by the world around me most of my life, cutting off my lifeline to fully connecting. It's never too late to start or get back on the wagon.

     

    I believe people just want to connect better with themselves so that they can connect to others and their surroundings to feel totally alive in this short time we have to design our lives.

     

    If you want a formal bio, CLICK HERE.

    About You

    Connecting to yourself isn't as easy as a few pats on the back and setting goals. (Though they can help!) Most of the time, you just need to get out of your own way. Because once you eradicate self-doubt, self-criticism and assumptions, you are left with an honest blank slate to ask different questions and reframe situations; then your mind opens up to possibilities so long as you can stay curious.

     

    But even before thinking, your body holds the keys as your brain's governing system; not only regulating against stress and anxiety but assisting in the very big-picture thinking, creativity and innovation that is going to support your change over time. This work is not about gaining insight, it's about embodying new ways of being.

     

      You can't think your way towards change, you have to move through it.
     

    Creating a practice of mind-body congruence is not just a way to get bendy or to perform well in sports, but a core human competency if you want to manage stress, have better relationships, be healthier and more creative. This work is the most important that you will do: being there for yourself, knowing how to access the resources around you and organize around what’s important, not what you're attached to. Easier said than done.

     

    Which is why we focus on practice; not thinking or knowing.

  • How Do You Organize Around Stress?

    I help people organize their bodies and minds so that they can show up
    with more clarity, integrity and joy while being more of themselves.

    Our stress responses happen first in our bodies before they register in our brains, which is why self-regulation and development needs to start from how we "organize" our bodies. Though thinking rationally is in itself a kind of self-regulation which we can use to steady our responses at times, it easily gets over-turned by our emotional responses to stresses, triggers, threats and unresolved traumas. By then, your biology has been hijacked and you likely are saying or doing things reactively.

     

    As social-emotional creatures, we orient around our relationships. Without the ability to self-regulate, it’s natural to either crumble, hide or armor under the duress that is inevitable when we are triggered by those around us. Time constraints, lack of clarity, modern living and social isolation amplify our disconnect and we are left unable to tap our full intelligence to sense, feel and think about our choices through informed perspective. This total alienation of self, other and our environments is creating a broken system, designed by broken people.

     

    But, why bother 'feeling' when it sucks most of the time?

     

    Well, because to feel the good stuff, you have to feel the icky stuff too. This is not my opinion, this is science.

     

    When I say "feeling", we are not indulging in the exercise of describing every childhood trauma you've experienced. Nor are we swimming in emotional soup. 'Feeling' is a sensation in it's purity, before you've put thoughts to what those butterflies in your stomach may mean. Getting acquainted with how your body reacts to stressful and pleasant situations gives you the vocabulary to make sense of what makes up 'you' and all of your kinks. So that instead of sweeping some of those feelings under the rug or gritting it out -- you're making sense of how to organize differently around those triggers from a more resourceful place. So you can change and become the version of yourself you want to become when life hits you hard. Because it will.

     

    Your ability to manage anxiety, overwhelm and discomfort is an obtainable capacity but often lost on us if we never grasped the mindset or made time to practice the tools . Being able to self-manage with a high degree to self-awareness and self-regulation is a felt experience, not a mental game. There’s no “thinking yourself different” — there’s only moving towards a difference; one that you can feel, see and embody to sustain.

     

    My passion lies in helping others increase their sensing intelligence, design systems for change and craft the life and work that makes them feel most alive and fulfilled.

     

    What it might look like:

    • Taking a stand without needing to attack others or seek approval
    • Having control over outbursts without shutting down your emotions
    • Trusting your gut around decision-making from an inner knowing
    • Shifting away from feeling numb, tight or rushed towards feeling more fluid and alive
    • Having a relationship with yourself that feels sincere, honest and connected so that you can show up to your relationships with the same connection
    • Have more presence and engagement and less analysis paralysis or mental chatter    
    • Finding a way to incorporate sustainable change tools and markers that you haven’t been able to access through other mindfulness systems or therapy
  • Changing Perspectives

    What Do You Practice?

    They say the everything you do is in the little things you do.

     

    What do you practice consistently?

     

    Most of our behaviors are so engrained, they become habitual characteristics that make up who we are. The good, bad and the ugly. It's part of being human.

     

    Luckily, we are plastic through adulthood and can rewire our brains and bodies to practice ways of showing up that might serve us better.

     

    But first, we have to get out of our own way.

     

    Life is supposed to be uncomfortable; look how you were born into it! Upside down and traumatic was healthy even from the beginning! So discomfort won't kill you. In fact, it's the secret sauce to what builds you. So long as you can master the ability to regulate your biology, create a sense of safety and trust within yourself and your circumstances, and be open to playing big to feel alive. There will be collateral damage but the rewards are immense.

     

    I'm ready to start practicing with you when you are!

  • Practicing Presence

     
    Being fully present doesn’t mean detaching from your surroundings and taking calming breaths to feel steady or developing a steely demeanor of absolute cool. Nor does it mean making sense of what feels good or bad. Nor does it mean explaining why you think you’re stuck in your entrepreneurial venture, or frustrated with your work team dynamics, or losing yourself in your relationship. Being fully present to your experience is a practice of being awake to your stuck places and getting a sense of how you commonly orient to the world around you. This awareness acts like a lengthening antennae that you can use to navigate the choices you have at any given moment and move through your experiences by responding with grace, intention and wisdom.
     
    It's the art of being able to ride the waves of life; sometimes coasting, sometimes wiping out, sometimes fighting for a breath. How you handle the next one is what counts along with knowing the waves will continue to come.
     
    "We don't fall to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training."
    (unknown Navy Seal quote)

    HOW THIS WORKS FOR ONE-on-ONE COACHING:

    1) You send me an email about yourself and what you want to get out of the engagement.

    2) We set up a free 30 minute call to get a feeling for whether the partnership is right.

    3) You enroll into a 6-week program of practice to start learning the tools through active scenarios in one coaching call per week.

    4) You decide whether you want to follow-up in a rolling course with other people who want to work in mini-groups to deepen their learning through a community of practice as you work through the tools in life and come back to a safe place to share.

    5) Rinse and repeat as needed.

    SOME EXAMPLE PRACTICES:

  • TAPPING YOUR FIVE INTELLIGENCES

    Understanding that your "smarts" don't just live in your head but that you understand your world through other faculties.

    CENTERING

    The practice of finding, accessing and resourcing from your center to amplify congruence.

    PRESENCING

    The practice of moving awareness outside of yourself to connect to the world without losing your own connection.

    LISTENING

    Deep listening goes beyond words you hear into the gut feelings you can harness for better responses.

    RE-ORIENTING

    Rather than deflecting, suppressing or aggressing, learn how to reorient around stress so that it loses power.

    COMFORTABLE DISCOMFORT

    Instead of shying away, moving towards obstacles, pain, or stuckness to create a different relationship to them.

    HAVING YOUR OWN BACK

    Practicing how to find inner and outer resources for support so you don't wait for others' approval, validation or comfort.

    LITTLE EVERYTHING

    Understanding that the little things you do are the everything you do and people pick up on it.

    MOVING THROUGH CHANGE

    Getting out of your head and moving through the things that hold you back with subtle practice and willful action.

  • How It Works for Companies

    Identifying the value of creating practice groups at work.

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    The Problem

    If you are burnt out, stressed out, lack energy and focus for the majority of your day, it’s biologically impossible to create a culture of healthy productivity, collaboration and innovation. The cost of this is absenteeism, presenteeism, retention, and sub-par performance... but what’s really at cost is losing the upside of mitigating that with some really simple “self-organizational” tools. This does not get fixed at the company level (though that’s where it will get support) this gets fixed by individuals who need simple tools to implement into their busy days and every interaction they have.

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    The Solution

    I work with small teams at companies to create systems of self-practice to better manage their time and energy so that they can show up fully to their experiences. Whether it’s the ability to stay focused on a task, getting present to others’ needs, or designing their day to be more productive without being stressed; we work together to instill the working systems, mini practices and resilient mindsets needed to thrive. This kicks off with a primer workshop and then the rest is done remotely through a 6-week rolling program of change.

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    Why It's Unique

    Unlike other coaching and training programs, I don’t work at the level of the mind to change; I work at the level of our body and it’s full intelligence to receive feedback, create a moment of pause, and respond to a situation rather than react. We cover the neuroscience of what makes up the three nutrients all people crave and why we orient ourselves around them to meet our needs. We also cover your individual responses to stress and how you can develop an awareness to willfully engage with stress differently to create a new relationship to it. Then we practice together to change those responses in group forum and triads.

  • Reach Out

    One Day Workshops (teams)

    Six Week Coaching Practice (individual)

    Twelve Week Rolling Programs (groups)

     

    Drop me a message and I'll send program details.

  • Connect Directly

    Let's start learning and practicing.

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