Living Wholly is honored and excited to share an exclusive interview with Doula, Yoga Teacher, Meditation Guide, Facilitator of Women's circles and Mother, Paula Merritt Mallis. Find out Paula's tips to living a healthy, fulfilling life and her self-care rituals.
In her practice, she blends together her experience as a Mother, expertise as a Doula and her extensive training in yoga, as a Meditation Guide and Facilitator. Her deepest passion is sharing her knowledge and supporting women as they make their own journey into motherhood.
LW: How are you serving the world and contributing your gifts?
PM: I am a Doula. I am working with my pregnant clients and families and supporting them and bringing their child into the world. I am supporting the transition from maiden to mother and Papas into Fatherhood. I am also in service as I lead and facilitate women circles to support them with manifesting heart-felt dreams. I create a sacred safe space for woman to come together in community
LW: What does living wholly mean to you?
PM: For me, it means fully living in Authentic Truth. Being open to experiencing my Highest Potential and my Highest Self.
LW: What are your top 3 tips for living a healthy, fulfilling life?
LW: What is your self-care practice?
PM: Pretty much those three things. I have a spiritual practice and what I put in my body is medicine for me as far as food and herbs. I also have a Pilates movement practice that is very mind-body centric. It is the physical piece for how I take care of myself. I do acupuncture and get bodywork as well.
LW: What teachers have you worked with and/or currently work with to inspire and support your evolution in consciousness?
PM: Ron and Mary Hulnick, my daughter and my husband
LW: What has been the most challenging experience in your life that turned out to be the most meaningful opportunity to your life's path?
PM: My brother’s death in the year 2000 and the birth of my daughter. They were both life changing and the biggest opportunities for spiritual growth.
LW: What is your super-natural gift?
PM: Not going to give one of mine away, that’s for sure. It’s the place that I am getting to in my journey at USM and on my path. It is this super natural power of love, unconditional love. It is heart opening and the fullest expression of love.
LW: Who inspires you?
PM: All the women that I have had the opportunity to facilitate and work with, pregnant mamas, woman giving birth inspires so much in me. My grandma when she was on the planet inspired me
LW: What music are you currently listening to?
PM: Either listening to mantra or electro music – chill station on Sirius XMU or Kundalini mantras
LW: What is your present state of mind?
LW: What are you reading right now?
"The Surrender Experiment" by Michael A. Singer
LW: If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
PM: I would go to India because I’ve never been there and I would love to experience what it is like to meditate and process there.
LW: What has been your most memorable revelation while traveling?
PM: First thing that comes to mind is peace and contentment within myself and realizing wherever you go, there you are.
LW: What are your "must haves" while traveling?
PM: I always bring rose water for the plane, it’s hydrating, I bring a scarf, and an inspiring book.
LW: What is your favorite quote?
PM: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” –Marianne Williamson