47 minutes | Apr 5, 2021

The Art of Mindfulness: Meet Vani Shiroor - Founder of DotUrMinds

Please welcome to the show, Vani from DotUrMinds. Vani is a special needs mom, raising her daughter with Epidermolysis Bullosa, or EB, is a rare genetic connective tissue disorder that affects 1 out of every 20,000 births (in the United States - approximately 200 children a year are born with EB). Her daughter is now 19 years old, thriving, now in college at UCLA and was able to give her graduation speech at her High School graduation. Vani is also the founder of DotUrMinds and is here to tell us all about her journey, words of advice for parents and about her DotUrMinds sessions, bringing mindfulness and art together! In this episode, we cover so much ground:What is EB and when was your daughter diagnosed?  We talk about her journey with her daughter, when she was diagnosed with EB just a few days out of the womb.Her biggest challenges as a parent of a daughter with special needs. How Vani handled her emotions and mental health through her journey.We talk about self-care, when she realized it was important in order to care for her daughter. How she discovered dot art and how she came to become the founder of DotUrMinds. It's not just another art class - this is a mindful activity - retraining your brain, where you’re focusing your time and where you focus your thoughts. You can only access your joy if you are intentionalSlow yourself down to observe and createRelaxes your brainHer biggest advice to parents is all around fear.  Don't let your own fear can get in the way of the progress of our own children. Give them the lane to move in - give them the room to make decisions and help them feel like they have control. Instill the fearlessness in her - it’s a bargain and decisions to make - to experience life.  Mindfulness, being in the present and pushing through our own fears is why Vani is so special, an incredible mother, woman, entrepreneur who is impacting others in a very positive way. I'm so grateful I have been able to meet Vani and showcase her strength, compassion and innovation in mindfulness on my podcast.  Connect with Vani:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dot_ur_minds/Website: www.doturminds.comWatch this space for upcoming 6 week Mindfulness for Busy Special Needs Parents Workshop: www.flowcode.com/page/doturmindsConnect with her daughter Mahi Shiroor:Check out Mahi's youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUauNofQo8aSr14Sf44GVIGQSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/susanfink.rise)
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