Two years ago I got an unexpected call from an Intermediary Organization of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme (which surprisingly enough I had never heard about) and managed to arrange an online meeting with Slovene entrepreneur Urška Merljak.
I remember feeling quite surprised that I was proposed to host this new entrepreneur and wondered whether I was up for it. A sense of responsibility and duty came over me and reminded me how important it has always been for me to have a "mentor” someone I could learn from and grow with.I was an Erasmus student back in 1998/1999 and Urška somehow reminded me of myself a couple of years back but in a more mature version. I quickly realised this was to work both ways!
As a result, my business gained a deeper level of meaning. I expanded my Coaching, Mediation and Training services and included Mindfulness as a support platform for it all. This alone, in the long run represents a greater achievement that any of the number of events we did together (and they were numerous). It meant deepening the foundations of my business and making it more solid and sustainable. Urška and I created an ongoing project called Mindfulness Intelligence. This project encompasses all our know-how and multi-disciplinary experience in the fields of mediation, coaching, psychotherapy, training, dance and mostly inner wisdom. Thanks to the programme and the collaboration with Urška, I develop a special interest in the vast field of Mindfulness and have since our interaction met many people who I can collaborate with and I managed to invest in a train the teacher course with the Centre for Mindfulness of an American University, allowing me to offer my own MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - 8-week courses. I believe this will have a significant impact on the lives of many people who will learn and benefit of this type of Meditation in their daily lives.
I also feel very proud to have contributed to Urška’s achievements in creating her own company - INTINITI, psychotherapy, mediation and dance, Urška Merljak s.p. – and knowing she has achieved many concrete results in less than a year, namely having her own ongoing individual psychotherapy clients and conducting a regular group of mindfulness dance therapy workshops. She has also developed partnerships to spread her mediation, communication, conflict management and mindfulness skills and this means that we will in the future carry on working together. I have already got dates to go to Slovenia to meet other conflict mediators and create a wider network. I am also expanding my own business by providing more workshops in Portugal and abroad and together we will be delivering our services.
Another huge achievement is that soon, I will also have the privilege of being a part of a great International Festival that Urška is putting together – INTINITI–Dance-Bliss-Festival, to be held in Slovenia in October 2017. I have been invited to help promote this event, to be a moderator on site and also a facilitator for the Mindfulness component of the event. Urška is also promoting me and my services worldwide on the festival web site.
All in all, it has been a gift to benefit from the programme and having met Urška, who followed her heart and helped me to follow mine. I really believe everything happens for a reason. So be it!