We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucas G. Irwin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lucas G., what do you attribute your success to?
Authenticity. I find myself in a rather unique space within my field. This was not the result of a deliberate branding strategy or an attempt to fill a void, but the natural consequence of an unyielding commitment to be myself and do things my way. In the mindfulness and meditation environment, there are a lot of stereotypical characteristics and qualities that many practitioners tend to adopt over time. Being completely honest, I had occasionally questioned if I needed to fit the mold, if I needed to better fit the expectations of others. But I wanted to help others and create spaces to help reach those that may, have otherwise, been hesitant to explore mindfulness; remaining unique and has not only made this possible but continues to support my motivation and cultivate personal joy.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have started other businesses in the past, but my approach with Rebel Mindfulness was very different. I only had a general objective, which was to introduce others to mindfulness in hopes that it may help them as much as it helped me. I didn’t have a business plan, projections or expectations. I had no idea what the best way to move forward was, but I was honest with myself about that and gave myself permission to roll with it. I started with a simple introductory workshop and then took their feedback to determine my next step; offer, listen, proceed. I’ve followed those steps since day one and am now in a place that I could have never predicted; I can honestly say that having a plan would have limited me. Learning to embrace uncertainty allows us to grow more organically.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am not a fan of having an itinerary, especially on vacation. Generally when people visit, our schedule tends to hinge upon meals and what we will be making together. However, I do think that the Everglades is a great place to take people from out-of-town; it really helps open up the general perception of South-Florida and the tendency to only think about South Beach.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be the teacher I am today without the incredible mentorship, support and encouragement I received from two incredible women. Lynn Koerbel and Florence Meleo-Meyer of the Brown University Mindfulness Center are absolute icons in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) world and I was incredibly fortunate to receive their direct guidance. It is one thing to be great at what you do, it is another to effectively and whole-heartedly help others do the same. I am forever grateful.
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