Powerful. That was the word that kept repeating in my head as Kevin and I chatted with Mitra Manesh, a mindfulness educator hailing from Iran. Her stories, her wisdom, and her presence all struck me as someone who moves deliberately and acts with purpose. 

Born in Iran, Mitra Manesh walked out on her home country (literally, walked out, like, on foot) during the political upheaval they experienced in the 80s. Since then she has lived on 4 continents, traveled to over 60 countries and has had a mindfulness practice for the last 32 years. She currently teaches at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Center and is the Chief Serving Officer for Innermap, a new story-based app for mindfulness coaching.

Click the link below to listen to our full conversation where we discuss Mindfulness, Transcendental Meditation, Rumi, Artificial Intelligence, religion, and more!

“The difference is between doing and being. I can do mindfulness, but I need to be mindful in order to hold the space. Another short story from a teacher, my teacher told me you should be able to teach mindfulness if you lose your tongue. And I said ‘Vivekananda, how can I teach mindfulness if I lose my tongue?’ He said, he took his hands out and said “By holding it and being it, by showing it, not by saying it.”

— Mitra Manesh

David Khaydatov
David Khaydatov has had a personal meditation practice since he was 17. His experience includes assisting with and facilitating Meditation groups at his alma mater, SUNY Buffalo, where he also conducted an undergraduate thesis examining the effects of mindfulness on moral intuitions. After exiting his research position for Rhode Island Hospital/Brown, he has been involved with numerous projects in the healthcare technology and Meditation spaces, including Meditation Magazine. He currently practices the vedic “One Giant Mind” Technique which he learned while studying under Jesse Israel.