Ali: Prior to Chorus I worked in investing and corporate strategy, and generally considered myself a very “happy” person, but during an especially hard year I realized I didn’t have the tools to deal with the difficulties I was facing.
A friend recommended meditation, but I was resistant because when I had tried meditating in the past, I had challenging experiences. Trouble sitting still, couldn’t quiet my mind, and wrote it off as “not working” for me. But because I felt like I had nowhere else to turn, I committed to trying it every day. After a while I started noticing amazing benefits. The pressure I was feeling had been subtly turned down. I was sleeping better, more productive at work, better at communicating with my partner, more patient with my parents. I generally felt more connected with myself and those around me.
It felt like magic, and I wondered why more people didn’t do this. Then I remembered my initial experiences and how hard it can be to develop a practice because the initial experiences with traditional techniques can be so challenging. You sit there, wondering if you’re doing it wrong since you don’t notice the feelings people rave about. It’s frustrating! So that’s the goal for Chorus — to remove the friction of developing a mindfulness practice and make it something you WANT to do, not feel like you “should”.
I was lucky enough to get introduced to MK through a mutual friend who knew we both shared this passion and we totally hit it off. I’m so grateful she and I came into each other’s lives because I truly believe what we are creating with Chorus can help so many people.