I don’t just teach Mindfulness. It has made me who I am…

Marike Knight - Cool Karma Collected - Founder & Director - Mindfulness

It’s hard to believe it now, but before CKC I was an expert in stress. No, not in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – but in how to be stressed. All. The. Time.

I was a perfectionist. Straight out of high school I jumped into a law degree. I didn’t really want to be a lawyer. But I was determined to show everyone I could. So, I invested years becoming fully qualified, secured a job with a leading law firm and found myself constantly striving for the next step, the next pay rise, the next job. I had done everything I set out to achieve. And in spite of this – I was not satisfied. There was a niggling voice in the back of my brain that refused to be silenced – “Is this really it? Is this really what life’s all about?”

I’d always been interested in Eastern philosophy (in fact I had undertaken yoga teacher training while juggling full time work. Yep – overachiever!). By day I was a corporate high flyer running from one task to the next, by night I studied mindfulness meditation and yoga. It was a growing passion and it helped me better cope with the stresses of daily life.

And then… my dad suicided. And it changed everything.

Dad had been a high-flying businessman – a qualified lawyer and entrepreneur (Yep – that’s where I got it from). Losing him was devastating. I thought it was going to destroy me.

But it didn’t. It actually made me who I am today. In the depths of my grief I realised the power of what I had been learning. I wasn’t destroyed. I was actually fully alive to the present moment and had everything at my disposal to be fully awake to everything that life had to offer.

It became my absolute mission to share these tools with as many people as I could.

I quit my corporate job and changed my life direction to invest every ounce of energy into my newfound passion: helping others to live a more mindful life and really be AWAKE to the present moment. However enjoyable or difficult that moment was.

Fast forward to today and I am filled with gratitude to have directly helped tens of thousands of people use mindfulness and yoga to live a more fulfilling existence thanks to my individual courses, trainings, retreats and corporate programs.

I truly believe in the transformative power of mindfulness and am privileged to be one of the few qualified practitioners in Australia delivering the most renowned, evidence-based Stress Reduction Program in the world.

My mission is to improve the lives of all Australians by teaching individuals and organisations to live with presence and have complete access to all the tools they need to do that.

So I’ve shared my story – now it’s your turn. I’m so excited to start a dialogue with you and help you become completely awake to your life through our offerings. Get in touch today.