What Is Mindfulness? Here’s What Happened When I Tried It
Mindfulness is one of those buzzwords that has sort of lost its meaning over time. How many times have you heard the phrase, “Be mindful,” without actually knowing what it entails? So much more than a trendy word, mindfulness is a powerful way of thinking with mental, physical and emotional benefits.
I chatted with Tristan Coopersmith, Chief Inspirologist of Life Lab in Hermosa Beach, California—a women’s wellness studio dedicated to empowerment, healing and self-love. We met one morning in Life Lab’s “Zen Den” room to discuss mindfulness, meditation and making positive changes. We dug into some of the misconceptions surrounding the practice of mindfulness, the physical and mental benefits and how to incorporate mindfulness techniques into your daily life.
As someone who can never turn off her brain, I was skeptical about whether mindfulness is something I’d ever be able to do. But Tristan, who is also a licensed psychotherapist, quickly dispels this way of thinking. “Mindfulness is not about stopping your thoughts,” she says. “It’s about quieting their power.”
What does all of it mean—being mindful and quieting the power of your thoughts?
Meet Tristan Coopersmith of Life Lab in Hermosa Beach
April 3, 2017 / VoyageLA Magazine / VoyageLA Staff
Thanks for sharing your story with us Tristan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I found myself on my bathroom floor, door locked, ala Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat Pray Love… I knew something in my life had to shift. So the next day, with sheer impulsivity and just enough of a sprinkle of faith, I quit my highly desirable, glamorous and successful career as a trend forecaster. Destination completely unknown...
Fast forward 6 years later and the idea of Life Lab was born… purely out of a selfish desire to create a space to connect with other bold, beautiful women who wanted to create lives that they were unapologetically madly in love with, I built the sanctuary now known today as Life Lab. Combining the 3 pillars of my own personal growth journey, mindfulness, creativity and soul work, Life Lab offers fresh, vibrant, inspiring, head and heart provoking experiences for women to connect, support and celebrate each other, develop an unshakable core of self-love and commitment to personal development, surrender to a calmer, more mindful and intentional life… and have fun through immersive and creative activities.
Hermosa Beach's Life Lab: a Pinterest board come to life
January 4, 2017 / The Beach Reporter / Genie Davis
Founder Tristan Coopersmith is a licensed psychotherapist with a small private practice in the beach cities, and a background as a trend forecaster. And one of the trends she uncovered from a therapeutic standpoint was a need for personal connection, particularly among women. Calling Life Lab a “gym for your spirit,” Coopersmith established a mix of classes designed to help people create a life they love.
Focusing on experiential programs for women felt natural for Coopersmith.
“I have found that many women are missing real connection and vulnerability in their lives. I started thinking that people needed a space to connect to each other and to create better, more purposeful, and happier lives, to create relationships not based on food, or working out,” she said.