Maddi Rundle is a Spiritual Psychotherapist, Yoga and Meditation Instructor, and Co-Founder of Ebb and Flow Wellness. Her online self-help development program can be found at Pure Love: A journey back to the Self .
What is your morning routine?
I’m still working on my baby’s schedule and trying to recoup lost sleep, so we go day by day. I say a quick prayer, “Make me an instrument of your peace,” or “Where would you have me go? What would you have me say, and to whom?” Then I greet my baby girl and we start our day together. My favourite time of day is when we sit at the kitchen table and have a leisurely breakfast. I’ve made a commitment not to rush during this time. It sets the tone for our day.
Tell us about your career path.
It was in 2012 that I finally bottomed out, started getting honest with myself and others, and began putting the pieces of my life back together. I was enrolled in 889’s Living Yoga Program at the time, and it was there that world-renowned yoga instructor Seane Corn did an “energy reading” on me. In the most loving way possible (if possible?!), in front of hundreds of people, she called me a “fucking freak.” Seane saw something in me that I had tried to suppress for most of my life. She “outed” me in a way. She knew I had visions, lucid dreams and was deeply intuitive. She ended by telling me this: “I’m not sure that you’ll take the risk, but I hope that you do.”
This set me on a path and finally permitted me to entertain the mystical realms we all experience everyday and, for whatever reason, ignore. I began reaching out, asking questions and searching for what my next move would be. Through a series of events, I ended up enrolled in a program for Spiritual Psychotherapy and Spiritual Direction a few months later.
Since then I’ve graduated, started teaching yoga, met my partner and had a beautiful baby girl. Coming into motherhood has cracked me open on every level; spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically and beyond. I’m currently raising my baby, practising psychotherapy and hosting Mindful Mama’s Clubs both online and in person. I’ve just launched my online self-development program, which I’m over the moon about! I’m still in awe of how everything played out. I’m grateful I took the risk.
What challenges do you or women face in your industry?
For anyone, self-employment asks you to wear a million different hats. I often get told how “lucky” I am to have this profession and the “freedom” it affords me. While there is freedom in a lot of respects, running and operating your own business comes with huge risks. It also doesn’t come with maternity leave, so it’s tough for women who are starting a family. Balance is difficult to achieve, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. When you find your calling, I know for certain the Universe conspires WITH YOU and FOR YOU to make it happen.
I love the saying Marie Forleo coined: “Everything is figureoutable.” And when it’s important to you, you’ll figure it out. Trust and faith have carried me to this moment, juggling a million different balls in the air – sometimes really well, and sometimes terribly. But women are strong and capable of anything.
What advice would you give to young girls who want to be the NEXT you?
Be YOU! Don’t allow fears or myths to dictate where you go in life. Listen to the little voice inside you. Your story and your Truth are medicine for the world. Quit trying to be perfect and contorting yourself to fit into these silly little boxes we’ve grown up with. People will chose real over perfect any day of the week. Life is messy and chaos is beautiful – embrace it.
Reach beyond a title and maybe even make up your own. I’m still searching for the right title for what I do and who I am, and I’m beginning to figure out that the title doesn’t even matter. Life doesn’t always turn out the way you expect it to, but if you’re willing to loosen your grip and ride the waves, life will offer you something beyond your wildest dreams. It’s just waiting for you to surrender to the possibility.
How do you separate work life from your personal life?
I’m still learning. I’m still finding my way. I use different tools to bookend my days with clients or teaching yoga class. Having a baby keeps you very present, so things melt away pretty quickly.
What inspires you?
Art. Books. Nature. Music. Kindness. Honesty. Synchronicities (or as I like to call them, winks from the Universe). My daughter. My students. My clients. People living their Truths. Beauty in unexpected places.