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Hi. I'm Scheherzade
(my friends call me Sher)

Let's also connect on LinkedIn 

Becoming a Mind Warrior...

Growing up across four continents I had to be tough and adapt to a lot of change and uncertainty. I was always committed to the well-being of others whether it was a the defender of the "weaker" kids who in the schoolyard or marginalized people globally.  I am descended from the Rajput warriors of India and my late father was a diplomat and a boxing champ. So I know where the warrior mindset came from.  

I studied Economics and joined the Government of Canada to help others.  I worked hard, soldiered on and climb up the ladder fast. But I found myself in high performance cultures where "work above all else"  was rewarded and well-being was dismissed. This went against values so not surprisingly I became disconnected and unhappy. This is when I decided to take charge of my own emotional well-being and started mindfulness meditation.  

The benefits of mindfulness and meditation started showing up quite fast. My stress level dropped and I became more connected as a parent, a friend and colleague.  I was more focussed and this freed up more space and energy.  My work flowed and my performance improved.

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What I never expected to happen is for mindfulness to equip with with resilience and the power to transform and grow through major setbacks. A debilitating traumatic brain injury introduced me to neuroplasticity and mental training that strengthened my neural pathways for greater focus and executive functioning, and less overwhelm. When life-threatening cancer struck I was ready to fight with fierce self-compassion. I kicked cancer's behind and came back with more mental strength, grit, clarity and motivation to achieve my goals. I thrived and also got "unfiltered". 

Getting unfiltered  ...

With time, and a lot of inner exploration, I have gained a deep sense freedom and courage.  This is what I call getting unfiltered. It is about discovering your deeper truth, your values, your strengths and purpose. And It is about getting intentional about what is important to you and what makes you happy. 

This is how I made the transition to become a mindfulness coach for well-being and performance, a keynote speaker and unlikely meditation teacher.

I have taught hundreds of professionals the mindfulness-based skills that I know are transformative. I love seeing people awaken and shift from autopilot to awareness  get unfiltered and build the mental skills that help them rise and thrive through adversity.  And when one person rises, there is a ripple effect that also lifts up others and the world along the way. 

Professional Experience 

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I am a trained teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion from the University of California (San Diego) Centre for Mindfulness (in the School of Medicine). I am also Ottawa's only certified teacher of the Google-born leadership program through the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (San Francisco California). This involved rigorous study in neuroscience, mindfulness and emotional intelligence.  I am also a member of the Institute for Mindfulness in Organizations. 

I have been featured as the mindfulness expert at the APEX Leadership Summit where I curated a mindfulness and compassion learning stream, and was also a speaker. I have also served as a panelist and keynote speaker at many high profile events and conferences. I also brought mindfulness and meditation to politicians in the Canadian Parliament. You can see more of my clients and the nice things they say about me here

 

In community I hosted Canada's largest mass mindfulness meditation on Parliament Hill (Ottawa) which was featured on front page of the national Globe and Mail newspaper. I was cited in the Canadian House of Commons for my work. 

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