Jessica Ainscough is a Mindful Wellness Warrior


Jess AinscoughJess Ainscough is a writer, holistic health coach, and the creator of the hugely popular health and wellness website, The Wellness Warrior. Through her e-books, daily blog posts, and videos, Jess’ goal is to empower people to take control of their health and show that the quality of our lives is directly linked to how we treat our body and mind. After she was diagnosed with a rare, incurable cancer back in 2008, Jess took responsibility for her condition and healed herself with two years of Gerson Therapy. She is now dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to take control of their own health and happiness.




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1. What led you to meditation?

I learnt how to meditate when I went to the Gawler Foundation for their 10-Day Life & Living retreat. I had recently been diagnosed with cancer, and was on a mission to do absolutely everything in my power to heal my body – and a massive part of this was meditation.

2. What value has practising meditation brought to your life?

It’s taught me patience, compassion, self-acceptance, and self-kindness. It’s made me a better listener, a better friend, a better girlfriend, a better daughter – a better person overall.

3. How has meditation supported you in your professional life ?

It’s helped me not freak out when I’m overwhelmed. Previously I would stress out big time if I had a lot on my plate. Meditation helps me remain calm and composed internally when things are chaotic externally.

4. What are the biggest obstacles to your practice?

The quality of my practice fluctuates – I can be really enjoying it some days and other days bored by it or tortured by it. Realising that this is all just part of the beautiful process was an obstacle, but I get it now and love the fluctuations.

5. What is a quote that most inspires you and why?

“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.” – I’ve always been incredibly impatient, so having this quote on my vision board behind my computer soothes me when I get ahead of myself.

6. What is a book that has opened you to new ideas and inspired your growth, why?

The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It’s opened my mind to the idea that I have complete control over my mind, and can use it as a powerful tool in creating the happiest, most blessed life possible.

7. What Mindful Music do you listen to (ie. music that grabs your full attention and brings you into the moment.)

I don’t meditate to music, but I have so many different types of music that I play when I want my mind to fully absorb into it. At the moment it’s Ben Harper, Ben Howard, Alt J, Rodriguez, Lisa Mitchell.

8. Why are you being Mindful in May?

To raise awareness of this life-changing practice and raise money for this brilliant cause.


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"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."




Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.

A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.

Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.

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