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Director & Mindfulness Trainer
Carmen spent 15 years in the corporate world initially starting out in marketing and business development before moving into strategy, revenue management and consulting, providing advisory services to some of the largest retail chains in the world. At some point in her corporate life, she suffered from a period of ill health as a result of working long hours which set her into an auto-pilot mode of constant doing, thinking and fulfilling expectations of others and her perfectionistic self. After being drained of the innate ability to simply take notice of her physical and mental health, she decided to press the STOP button from the corporate work to recalibrate her life.
Thankfully, her meditation practice which started nine years ago, together with her inquisitive nature, kept her going and the six months' break to ‘marvel at the meaning of existence’ was well-spent in re-uniting with her inner being, and shaped her into making life’s decisions that are now closer to her heart. Today, she is grateful for “difficult" period she encountered years ago, which played a big part in giving her the courage to pursue her passion in life which is to share her knowledge, joy and experiences in mindfulness with others. She now sees suffering or difficulties in life as the most wonderful friend and teacher.
Drawn to evidence-informed approaches, Carmen is trained with The Mindfulness Exchange (TME), a spin-off from Oxford Mindfulness Center (OMC) for workplace based training, in delivering Mindfulness Programmes for the Workplace. She is also a certified .b Mindfulness Trainer with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) which delivers mindfulness to young people aged 11 to 18. While she loves scientific research, she is in full respect of the human evolution that has a much richer, complex and mystical history that science has not caught up with, yet.
Carmen has a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) from the NUS Business School, Post-grad Diploma in Branding from Nanyang Polytechnic and a Master of Management from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. However, she does not see education as important as compared to the impact we make in other peoples’ lives, as she counts Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela amongst the many who inspire her in her life. She is also a certified yoga instructor and kids’ yoga teacher, an approved PA Trainer and regularly attends silent meditation retreats. She is born and raised in Singapore and lived in the U.S. and Cambodia for short periods in her life. She has five young nieces and nephews whom she credits in keeping her inner-child nature in checks.
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“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day. Never lose a holy curiosity.… Don't stop to marvel.”
~ Albert Einstein