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Do you feel you need some time for yourself? Are you trying to find some time out in the chaos of modern women’s life? Perhaps you need to find an easy way to meditate.
Silatha is a new meditation app specially designed for women. Its founder, Veroniek Vermeulen, decided to start it after making a major life change nine years ago. With her own version of Live, Love, Pray, Ms. Vermeulen set out for the Himalayas and discovered meditation.
Silatha is a portmanteau of the Sanskrit words ‘sila’, which means noble life, and ‘atha’, which means now
“I realized that the status and money I was making from my job didn’t make me happy. Even though “I had it all” I felt insecure, unfulfilled and lost. So I went looking to find the real meaning and purpose of my life. “
“And surprisingly I found meditation on a trip to paragliding at 5,500 meters in the Himalayas. For the first time I could remember I felt so intensely happy inside. I knew there was more to it and I went to meditation retreats, stayed in monasteries and learned the meditation techniques, ”explains Ms. Vermeulen, a former UK engineer.
During her studies, she found it easy to concentrate, but back in everyday life, practicing meditation was more difficult.
“I did tons of research and developed the anchor meditation. A way to anchor your intention to a physical object, which will help set up a meditation ritual, ”says Ms. Vermeulen. “Also, I couldn’t find an app that really supported the specific issues my friends and I were suffering from, and that breathed life into Silatha.”
Meditation is the way we lead women, but the ultimate goal is to empower women
When Ms. Vermeulen realized that developing the app and spreading the idea of meditation aimed at women would be more important than her main job, Ms. Vermeulen quit her job. Instead, she set out to “inspire and support women to discover the self-confidence in themselves to shape the life they want”.
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Silatha is a portmanteau of the Sanskrit words “sila” which means noble life and “atha” which means now.
“We want to help women of all ages to dissolve blockages, dissolve self-sabotaging patterns, inspire them to break the social norms and taboos that can prevent them from leading the life they want. To inspire, connect and support them to discover trust in themselves. Meditation is the way we lead women, but the ultimate goal is to empower women, ”says Ms. Vermeulen.
Women experience a myriad of major life changes, from relationships, pregnancy and new motherhood, career problems, and menopause, to name a few. Ms. Vermeulen says, however, that these important topics are often not explicitly considered in general meditation courses.
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According to Ms. Vermeulen, “80% of women feel they are not good enough, 88% feel pressured to be perfect, and women are twice as likely to develop depression as men”.
“Not to mention the many mental health taboos surrounding pregnancy, menopause, motherhood, etc. Women suffer; they feel exhausted and overwhelmed. The Silatha meditation app [focuses] specifically on these emotions and the taboos of mental health in order to support women with all of life’s challenges. “
Ms. Vermeulen says the Silatha app is like “a friend who is always by your side to support you whenever and wherever you need it most”.
You can download the Silatha app from the App Store and Google Play. You can find more information about the app at silatha.com.
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