Transformation Through Mindfulness
Grace De La Rosa
Transformational Mindfulness Coach
Challenges to your health and well-being can come in many forms. I know about this from a deeply personal level. As someone who overcame many childhood adversities, I found myself as an adult challenged once again to heal from the effects of cancer, challenging family dynamics, and more.
In my journey through recovery, I found myself at the mercy of systems that did little more than the minimum. I had to learn to be my own advocate in order to transform my life to a place of healthy happiness and fulfillment.
Today, I apply what I learned to help others to transform their own lives. Whether you've suffered emotional or physical trauma, or are grappling with the pain of loss, the practice of mindfulness can completely change your life for the better.
Whatever difficulties you may be facing, just know that you, too, can experience a healthy life full of good health, joy, accomplishment, and peace.
Health, Movement, and Wellbeing Through Mindfulness
Health is more than just a lack of disease or illness. Rather, it is a balance of the whole human experience - mental/emotional, physical, spiritual, educational, occupational, financial, social and environmental - that determines one's overall wellness.
You're conscientious of your diet and you work your body hard, but how often do you think about the fitness of your mind, especially at a time when it seems like mental health issues, including stress, depression, suicidal ideation, and PTSD are front, center and on the rise? Training the brain is just as important as exercising your body along with the rest and recovery necessary for neurogenesis (neuronal growth) and hypertrophy (muscle growth) to take place. Ironically, neuronal and muscle growth only happen during rest and recovery, not while in use. They go hand in hand along with being mindful of your eating habits and your spiritual and psychic compass. It's about achieving homeostasis, balancing your chi, your energy, your life force: your body/mind/soul.
We can certainly recognize our state of consciousness through our actions and inactions. Thoughts and words are things. So too are emotions. They color your world and it shows through all that you do and don't do. And when your thoughts and emotions are in alignment with your values, you will find yourself at peace no matter the challenge.
Chapter President, Jacksonville Beaches, Holistic Chamber of Commerce (Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach)
Advisory Council Member, The Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), 2019-Present
First Coast Recovery Advocates (FCRA) (RCO), 2019-2020
Volunteer, Forensic Peer Work Group, Dept. of Children and Families, 2020-Present
Member, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice (CSSJ), 2020-Present
Member, Northeast Florida Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NEFCADA), 2019-2020
Member, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, 2019-2020
Member, Jaguar Car Club of North Florida
Member, Taoist Tai Chi Society
Volunteer, Families of Slain Children, Inc. (FOSCI)
HOBBIES AND ACTIVITIES
How I love spending my time...
I was born in Virginia and grew up in Atlantic Beach, FL--the eldest of four in a family where my parents are still happily married after 56 years. My ethnic background is diverse: Filipina, Spanish, Hawaiian, Chinese, Norwegian, English and Sub-Saharan African. I'm a proud U.S. citizen and consider myself a "Born-Into" Military Supporter. My father retired from the Navy as an MS-1 Cook. He then worked as banquet chef at the Marriott at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, FL while my former spouse was a Navy F/A-18 Hornet Strikefighter jet pilot (think Blue Angels) and a P-3 pilot.
I strive for joyful learning and living by practicing a spiritual life of Mindful Living and am willing to step outside of my comfort zone. I've experienced piloting a plane, snow skiing, scuba diving, skydiving, paintball wars, and traveling. I like to soak in the culture's history of traditions, arts, architecture and daily lifestyle--eating and sleeping as the locals do.
I enjoy the arts (e.g. music/theatre/live entertainment, museums, paintings, photos, architecture), literature, and botanical gardens. I'm a beach girl at heart. Anything related to the sun, clouds, moon, stars, rainbow and other skyscapes capture my attention. My favorite splashes of color are bright citrus orange and gold. A few of my favorite scents are from flowers such as magnolia, rose, gardenia, peony, plumeria, honeysuckle, jasmine and orange blossoms; aromatic wafts of food cooking in the kitchen; the ionic shift just before rainfall; and the scent of a freshly mowed lawn.
I am a voracious researcher, quick learner, and a lover of life experiences. My interests include health and wellness on an individual, community and global scale to include *Social Services, Justice & Equanimity; Leadership; Cultural Diversity; Global Cohesiveness and CommUNITY; Childhood Trauma & Domestic Abuse/Neglect; Giftedness; Extrasensory perception (ESP), Psi or psychic abilities (we all have them) and Mediumship; Homelessness; Corrections; Mental Health; Addiction, including Alcoholism; Colon Cancer; Education; Policy Reformations; Feminism/Women's Empowerment; Communications; Media; Psychology, Spirituality; Alternative Health and WellCare Options; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Astrophysics; Quantum Physics; Cosmology; the Collective Consciousness; Biology; Science; Semiosis; Audiology; Multi-Dimensionality; Biodiversity; Consciousness and the Ethical and Moral Implications of Super Artificial Intelligence (AI).
I've traveled and lived around the world, including the Philippines, Japan, Spain, Guam, California, Australia and Greece--where I left my heart in Oia-Santorini. I have two adult children: daughter Armani and son Andrew. After having moved from South Carolina, Hawaii and Maryland, I'm happy to be back home in Jacksonville, FL.
Why you can trust me to help you...
After many years and an exciting path of diverse careers, I decided to leverage my experience as a health-conscious consumer, contemplative practitioner, non-denominational ordained minister, former group fitness trainer, and colon cancer survivor to serve as a Holistic Wellness Consultant. In this role, I am an advocate for mental health, contemplative practices, non-violence, and alternative and integrative wellcare, with communications at the forefront of importance to be addressed not only in our local community, but also throughout the world. My mission is to help relieve and rejuvenate over-worked and over-stressed executives, organizational teams and individuals, and to create communities of peace and collaboration.
I have over 35 years of experience and extensive self-studies in the health, wellness and fitness industry as a former AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, professional fitness and swimwear model, contributing fitness magazine writer and NPC fitness and bikini competitor.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and TV Broadcasting with a minor in Psychology from the University of North Florida (UNF). I am certified as a Mental Health First Aid practitioner and trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Polyvagal Informed Somatic Wellness Technique, all derivatives of CBT and Mindfulness.
I provide informative presentations, seminars, speaking events, panel discussions and workshops as a public speaker on topics from Mindfulness and Meditation to Technology, Corrections, Justice, Education, Communications,Trauma, PTSD, Nutrition, Mental Health, and Spirituality. I develop systemic programs to create improved work flow for executives, organizations and entrepreneurs.
I also provide professional content as a spokesperson and voiceover talent. Check out my demo reel as a commercial and corporate training spokesperson and listen to my voiceover demo. Some of my past clients include Homeland Security, IRS, Bureau of Prisons, JEA, Department of Labor and Energy, Walt Disney World, Comcast and the United Way of Northeast FL.
I have known Grace since my time as an FBI Special Agent in the Jacksonville office. On my departure from the FBI in 1988, I operated a high-line investigative operation. Grace worked with me, another investigator and my father, Dale Carson, former Sheriff of Duval County. Her character is impeccable. She was well thought of by her co-workers at the FBI. For my part, and I would speak for my entire organization, I would not hesitate to highly recommend Grace for any position of trust and confidence.
Dale C. Carson, Esquire
Former FBI Agent and Private Investigator
Grace has the amazing ability to get to the heart of any issue people are going through. She has helped me personally with some major life changes and the process has been transformative in a positive way. Grace shines out the most beautiful Light from her Soul and she is very easy to talk to. She exudes compassion and kindness and listens intently. These, in my opinion, are all keys when it comes to working with an awesome coach.
Author, The Light books
Founder, Your Book Angel
Grace is a perfect example of a spiritual and compassionate meditation leader and business leader who came and led a meditation with all of our clients last year at Pearl of the Sea Retreat. Grace has a way of connecting with people and especially those suffering or in need. She has my highest recommendation.