Deborah Padilla has spent most of her adult life in the stressful legal field, from courier to paralegal. Now she has opened the Elements of Insight Wellness Center to help others get rid of stress and find peace and personal growth. (Courtesy Deborah Padilla)
We’re such an angry bunch. Stressed. Today our fuses are dangerously short when wearing a mask – or not – can spark an argument, when parents attack teachers for class, when road rage becomes fatal, when even good news is shrugged on.
We’ve become addicted to the indignation, or it seems like we’re more comfortable with our grumpiness than our smiles.
Deborah Padilla feels our pain – and our stress, anger and discomfort about who we are, where we are, what we do.
Been there, done that, she says.
Padilla spent her adulthood in the harsh and tumultuous legal world, ranging from high school as a courier for a law firm to the paralegal she is now for a personal injury practice.
In those years she has seen the worst that can be done to one person, the worst that one person can do to another person, and how all of these can lead to the worst attitudes of lawyers.
“I’ve seen really good people struggle with stress, addiction and imbalance at the highest level in their lives,” said Padilla. “They are highly qualified people, but it’s a tough field. It is difficult. What I started to wonder was why are we going through this career to end up fighting? “
It’s not just the legal profession. The struggle is real for everyone, in any field or in no field.
“We all have a story,” she said. “We all have stress. It is different how we deal with it. “
Padilla admits that she hasn’t handled her stress well for a long time.
“I had health problems that no one could explain to me and I made bad decisions,” she said. “I had this anger and I didn’t know where it was coming from. I didn’t recognize my life anymore. “
Padilla embarked on a journey in 2016 to find out what was going on with her both physically and emotionally. She took health and wellness classes, sought the help of a local shaman, and learned that the ways to heal the body, soul, and spirit are intertwined.
The COVID-19 pandemic, an extreme time of stress, anger, and fear for most of us, became a time of learning and growth for Padilla who continued her studies in health and wellness, integrated energy therapy, and meditation.
It was also a time when Padilla realized that she needed to share what she had learned in order to help others find healing and peace in such a bitter time.
She started working as a lifestyle and wellness coach. In October 2020, she rented a small office and began creating a safe, calming space in which to expand her practice by filling this space with holistic crystals, Himalayan salts, singing bowls, drums and an infrared sauna that was suitable for alternative Therapy and Contemplation.
A year later she is open to business with her Elements of Insight Wellness Center and describes herself on her Facebook page as an “intuitive healer who practices in the areas of meditation, integrated energy therapy, limpias, sound bath and health, mindset and life coaching. ”
In short, Padilla is here to help you find happiness.
“I want people to know that we all have stories and we can all overcome obstacles with the right support system,” she said. “It’s not an easy task with an end result. This is a lifelong journey and daily practice. “
If that sounds like too much woo-woo-cosmic hippie-new-age-y-hocus-pocus joke, Padilla gets it.
“This may not be for everyone and that’s fine,” she said. “My business was created for those who are looking for answers, as I have for so many years, and they don’t seem to find any. Maybe they are experiencing certain feelings and emotions and they don’t understand why. It could be that they want change but don’t know where to start or are crippled with fear. I am there for these people. This is not about a trendy hour of comfort. “
If Padilla’s Elements of Insight is not for you then please find a way out of your stressful slag pits and soon. Walk. Go to the church. Get a massage. Go dancing. Whatever it takes to chill out.
It used to be that when I saw or read adult adults in history class getting tantrums, wearing masks, getting vaccinated, and getting the right number of fries with their burger, I stayed open, curious about their story, where their anger was and their information came from.
But my patience is threadbare these days, and I find myself embracing their anger and intolerance. We are all so interconnected, our actions affect everyone, often at our risk.
So i breathe I write. I hug my dogs. These are my elements of knowledge.
“It’s not about eliminating life’s stressors, it’s about restructuring how you react and react,” said Padilla. “Everyone has this peace and healing within them, but they may not know how to get there. I’ll help them get there. “
I hope we all get there as best we can.
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