In this member spotlight get to know Laura Naomi, founder of the Awakened Foundation.
What do people often thank you for?
People often thank me for truly listening. In especially vulnerable moments they feel accepted for who they are; they feel heard and seen. People thank me for my openness, for feeling a deeper sense of connection, and for holding them while they go through difficult things.
What's been inspiring you lately?
Everybody has a story to tell that needs to be heard. Being in a space of honesty, rawness and depth is incredibly powerful. Being able to hold others in their stories and see the beauty inside them beyond the suffering is an immeasurable gift. Also allowing myself to be held by others while being transparent and vulnerable is very healing. I am in a place of trust and I grow as a human being rather than remain in fear.
What do you love most about Women of Denver?
I look forward to connecting further with women in WOD. I love to collaborate and create opportunities for each of us to be supported in our visions, passions and gifts. When women come together the energy is unmistakable. Having sisters around me who encourage me both in the challenging times and also when I experience success keeps me focused and connected to why I do what I do.
Tell us about a recent accomplishment you're proud of?
Consciously choosing to be in a space of compassion. Last year I decided to challenge myself to a new level and fully commit to a cause I am very passionate about. Through a non-profit I support people who have experienced abuse. I also share my own stories in hope that it will inspire others. It can be an incredibly vulnerable place, yet so deeply empowering to have a voice. I have shared a lot of my experiences through artwork, music and other creative avenues because speaking about it was very difficult. I encourage others to also share their experiences through creativity. Indeed sometimes 'a picture is worth a thousand words'.
What else would you like our readers to know about you?
I have been deeply connected with shamanic communities in my life, so I feel at peace and at one when I am in nature. I also love traveling, all things creative and I'm a bit of a romantic! If I'm not painting, I'm singing or dangling from a tree to get that perfect photograph across a lake. Life is an adventure and I love it!
What actions do you take to support and empower other women?
Through my non-profit (The Awakened Foundation). I found my voice, and there needs to be a sacred space in order for others to find theirs. There is a Goddess within every woman and she is being woken up. A colleague and I also hold a Sacred Women's Circle every month. I encourage women to share their wisdom and it is a space where each sister can connect in authentic ways. Genuine encouragement and collaboration overcomes competition and comparison.