26 Jun Ten Questions With Tami Roos
Introducing Tami Roos! Tami impacted my life in the most unusual of circumstances! On the way to the bathroom at a business retreat in Fiji I asked her a question and her answer rocked my world and changed my outlook forever. How was it possible that someone could change my life in under 5 minutes? This is the power of Tami Roos.
1. Tami you have a PhD in Parapsychic Science from the American Institute of Holistic Theology and wrote your dissertation on the beneficial effects of meditation. It’s fair to say that it’s not your every day PhD! Why did you choose to study Parapsychic Science and how did your meditation journey begin?
My meditation journey began in 1999 when I embarked on a Primordial Sound Meditation weekend workshop. I had no expectations around it and discovered meditation out of curiosity and an open-minded attitude. Little did I know that I would take to meditation like a ‘duck to water’ so to speak and that I actually did need it! I was burnt out without realising so amongst other things. The many benefits that I started to experience in every area of my life led me on a journey to know as much as possible about meditation and its effects on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual bodies.
Parapsychic Science was the perfect fit for me as it addresses the scientific investigation, validation and emotional aftermath of paranormal phenomena inclusive of intuition.
2. You’ve trained global leaders, CEO’s and AFL football teams the power of meditation, did you ever have any push-back from people who perhaps thought that meditation was a bit wishy washy or woo-woo?
I am often asked this question and to be honest the answer is NO. There have been a few who are skeptical and I actually enjoy having those individuals in the room. I am able to refer to the science, the number of studies and the irrefutable truth that is seen in the data.
3. What do you want the world to know about meditation?
The world is in a state of crisis at the moment on many levels. We are experiencing an epidemic of mental health issues and what most people ‘think’ of as health does not INCLUDE the idea that our mental health plays as big as if not the biggest factor in our overall health and wellbeing; physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
We need to redefine our concept of wellness and health. Learning to LOVE the MIND through a simple relaxation process such as meditation is key to experiencing more happiness, balance, peace of mind and contentment. Meditation is the Universe’s Gift to mankind.
4. Sometimes during meditation, I think about what grocery items I need from the shops, is this normal?
Of course it is normal. Our untrained mind is ‘used’ to running the show and we have many unconscious thoughts daily (actually 70,000 thoughts a day is the average number). The main thing here to remember is that thoughts will happen. It is natural but the more time that you spend in meditation, the more ‘mind muscles’ you generate and the less thoughts you will experience.
5. You are one of the calmest, kindest and grounded people I know, do you ever rage, swear or yell?
That is a very kind thing to say but of course I can, do and will experience anger, frustration and feelings of ‘overwhelm’ at times but the biggest difference is that I don’t experience these feelings for long. I have my meditation practice and I know that I am able to come back to my ‘centre’ and re-focus my self so that I am not staying in a ‘reactionary’ state but a more responsive, mindful state. It is a conscious effort on my part – I choose to meditate as I do not wish to stay in a negative state of mind and being.
6. Our lives are so influenced by technology and there is an app for everything. Watches tell us how long we’ve slept, how much we’ve moved and steps we’ve walked! Sadly, the other day I was witness to a 9-year-old girl crying and refusing to get on the hockey pitch because her Mum was demanding her to take off her fitbit. It seems we’ve become more focused on the data about ourselves rather than being connected with ourselves – mind, body and spirt. How can we balance living in a technology focused world and stay grounded and connected at the same time?
This is fundamentally one of the biggest challenges we are facing today. How do we cultivate an awareness that the most important relationship that we can have is with ourselves and not our devices?
In answer to your question, we find balance through making sure that we prioritise our self-care or self-love practices in order to enhance our lives in the material world.
Change your mindset from the #1 priority being your phone being charged before you begin your day and focus instead on recharging and nurturing yourself first to feel balance, less stress, and more fulfilment in your day to day life.
7. What does self care look like to you?
Self care on a daily basis begins with meditation followed by physical exercise. It is my non-negotiable start to my day. I nurture my mind and spirit and then nurture my body with movement of some sort (running, walking, yoga, core exercise) to feel fulfilled and “loved” –
8. You married one of Australia’s most successful and much loved AFL football players Paul Roos in 1992, that’s 27 years ago!! How have you stayed happily married for this long? (asking for a friend…)
I was very fortunate to have married my best friend to begin with and we have very similar values. Family comes first for both of us and I’ve always joked that it was his ability to make me laugh that attracted me at first. We still enjoy each others company (even after 30 years together).
I believe that communication, respect and honesty are fundamental aspects of any relationship too. We have many common interests such as travel, sport, meditation, and fitness –our similarities drew us together more than our differences.
9. Please excuse this next question, it’s been asked so many times but I love hearing what people have to say! So… If you could invite six people, earth side or the other side to your dinner party, who would you choose and why?
I have always found this an interesting question. There are so many amazing people that we could learn from, share ideas with or be inspired by.
My six would include: Nelson Mandela (yes –other side), Michelle and Barack Obama, Roger Federer, Dalai Lama and Anne Frank (other side). The why’s: I’m inspired by their courage, their stories, their vision, their BEINGNESS.
- Anne Frank “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”
- Michelle Obama “There are still many causes worth sacrificing for so much history yet to be made.”
- Nelson Mandela “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
- Barack Obama “We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it.”
- Roger Federer “I fear no one, but respect everyone.”
- Dalai Lama “The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.
10. What advice would you give someone who hates their body?
Practice self-love. You cannot learn to love your body if you have not begun to nurture your mind and your inner world. Our 4 systems of bodies; mental, physical, emotional and spiritual are all interconnected. If one system is ‘out of balance’ it effects the others.
You are not defined by your body but your “thoughts” about your body.
- Be kind to yourself
- Take small steps
- Feed your soul and body with kind thoughts, healthy food, meditation, exercise, breathe, sit in nature … The more you practice Nurturing the Self the better you will feel.
- Stop being the judge and executioner – Your body is amazing. Love it nurture it and support it.
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Tami Roos Bio
Earning her PHD in Parapsychic Science with her dissertation on meditation, Tami Roos came to a life-changing realisation. And that is alignment with our untapped highest potential is the missing link to a life of fulfilment and well-being. The tool that leads us there: meditation. A best-seller author of Presence to Power: I AM the Gift, Tami offers timeless wisdom for the individual seeking to slow down, gain clarity and experience more calm in their life. An accomplished keynote speaker Tami addresses audiences ranging from CEO’s looking to embrace more influence, efficiency and professional impact – to those people seeking to access the power mindfulness has to improve their lives. To learn more about the work of Tami Roos visit her website.