meditation

"Claim Your Calm": Francine Steadman & BuddhaBooth

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Francine Steadman, founder and CEO of BuddhaBooth, has been an entrepreneur ever since she was 14 and her parents stopped giving her an allowance. She immediately took action and a “little” office and house cleaning business was born - her first! She has never looked back. Her latest business, BuddhaBooth, is an actual booth that is portable, soundproof and upholstered; it stops vibrations, which alleviates the senses, providing a sensory safe quiet space to have a moment, take a breath, and just be. The tag line is ‘claim your calm’ and business is booming! Francine has wonderful practical advice for women already in business ventures and for those dreaming of it but afraid to take the first step. “Use guided visualizations and your imagination - actually see yourself step into the role of Founder/CEO,” she tells us. “Have courage and conviction to pursue your soul’s work.”


Meet This Episode's Guest

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Francine Steadman 

Francine is an innovative lifestyle guru. As a serial entrepreneur, prior to founding BuddhaBooth, she spent her time consulting and developing business for international companies such as La Playa Insurance and Source-Lifestyle, as well as nurturing her line of eco-friendly artisan packaging, Fabrilopes. She is perpetually inspired by her diverse clients and loves navigating the ins and outs of the art world.

  She is currently thrilled to be a founding member of the Centre for Social Innovation's Women's Lab "Founding 40" as she combines her mission of bringing quiet spaces to noisy places with a focus on helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual crimes find peace and quiet through meditation. She is committed to growing her company by offering opportunities to those who have been previously incarcerated and have shown an effort in building careers in furniture making or other areas that support the production and social mission of BuddhaBooth.

Francine’s soul work is embedded in her not-for-profit organization, Art and Soul New York, which provides a platform for individuals to heal their spirit by way of painting, drawing, writing, meditation, yoga, reiki, and other holistic healing modalities.

Originally from Los Angeles, she's lived in Olympia, WA, Cleveland, OH, and has been living in New York since 2005. Her greatest joy is being a Mom to three amazing children and sharing a rich, meaningful and loving life with them.

Learn more about Buddha Booth on their website!

Stay with You With Kevin Pinzone & Jean Vitrano

With Your Mind and In Your Body

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Jean Vitrano is a massage therapist and a mindfulness facilitator. Kevin Pinzone is an acupuncturist and a Zen Buddhist. Together they know a lot about the mind/body connection and speak eloquently on the concept of ‘being present’ versus the practice of it. The practice of being present - think of what an athlete has to do every day - is a ‘doing’ thing.

From Jean the practice of mindfulness is staying with what is going on in your body right now, feeling your feet on the floor, asking "where do I feel tension" and staying with what ‘is’ without having to react to it. From Kevin it’s letting the table support you and ”doing less.”

Over and over during the course of the conversation they come back to the breath. Return to the breath. Become aware of the breath. With each breath we have the chance to begin again.

 

Meet This Episode's Guests


 
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Kevin Pinzone

Kevin completed his Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture. He trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kiiko Matsumoto Japanese Style and Acupuncture Physical Medicine. The integration of these and other styles of acupuncture and modalities such as Cupping, Moxa and Gua Sha, Chinese Herbology and Kampo (Japanese Herbology), allow him to present the best possible outcome to his patients.  Zero Balancing and Tui-Na are also incorporated to further harmonize each patient’s internal balance. 

He is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in Clean Needle Technique. He interned for a year at the Tri-state College of Acupuncture Clinic on the Kiiko Matsumoto Clinic Team and is a member of ASNY and AAAOM.   

Kevin also has a background in Hotel/Restaurant Management. This training paired with his strong desire to help others shapes his practice.


Jean Vitrano

Jean has extensive experience working with the body and mind through years of training in contemporary dance, therapeutic massage, movement awareness, meditation and yoga. For the past 20 years, she has practiced mindfulness meditation and has enjoyed sharing the practice with others by leading weekly mindfulness groups and workshops. Her primary teaching influences have been Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and Insight Meditation Teachers Tara Brach and Sharon Salzberg. 

Jean also teaches workshops on managing stress by combining meditation and everyday mindfulness practices to manage our reactions to stress and to strengthen the pathways to happiness. She holds a BA from NYU, has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002, and graduated from the Feldenkrais Method Training Program in 2011. Jean currently has a private practice in Maplewood, New Jersey and in New York City.

You can visit her website where you can read her blog and listen to more recorded meditations at www.jeanvitrano.com.

 

 

Listen to a 5 minute mediation from Jean below!