Hey, soul sister

Hey, soul sister

Heather Waxman, a 24-year-old Pawtucket resident, has released "Soul Sessions," a modern meditation album focused on finding happiness and inner peace. Her life coaching clients inspired her to create the original tracks when they could not get enough of her one-on-one guided meditation.
Pawtucket life coach releases meditation album

In a time when multi-tasking is the norm and the convenience of technology allows days to be stuffed even tighter with appointments and commitments, it can feel like if you're not stressed, you're not doing it right.

So the thought of taking even five minutes to sit quietly alone in a room - without scrolling through Facebook or taking a #selfie - can almost be laughable.

But not to Heather Waxman, a 24-year-old Pawtucket resident, life coach and inner peace guru who released her debut meditation album, "Soul Sessions," in December.

"When people say they don't have time to meditate, I ask them, 'Well, do you have time to feel like crap?'" Waxman said, sipping on a cup of lemon ginger tea at city vegan bakery Wildflour. "It's four minutes out of your day."

And four minutes, she laughed, that you might otherwise stalk an ex on Facebook.

"Soul Sessions" features nine tracks of original guided meditations and brief songs, written and performed by Waxman, who is also a singer and pianist.

"Morning" kicks off the album for those who need a positive start to their day. "BODYpeace" talks about the purpose of the body to be a "house for your soul" and not something to hate or needlessly critique. "Raise Your Vibration" is something to listen to if you're in a bad mood or had a tough day at work.

Listen to "Forgiveness" every day for a month, practicing its specific techniques, Waxman said, and actually feel space clearing for more positive energy to enter in its place.

"It's a session for your soul," she said, especially when a lot of people think they will find happiness in the next job or relationship. "We look outside before we look inside. We have it backwards."

Waxman, who has been a life coach for a dozen clients since this summer and bases many of her sessions on "A Course in Miracles," acknowledges that her age may raise some eyebrows, but notes that it is not devoid of life experiences.

"I hit my version of rock bottom a few years ago," Waxman said, explaining how her parents' divorce coincided with the eighth year of her eating disorder and a college major in nutrition she was no longer interested in. "I realized I literally hated every aspect of my life."

But the next day, she had what she calls her "surrender moment," when she felt an energy inside of her that told her she still had hope and faith.

Rather than looking for completion through an outside source, Waxman said she turned inward.

"All that was left was for me to get to know my authentic self," she said, so she began to focus on meditation to find inner peace.

She could barely sit still for one minute when she started, but she stuck with it, taking it seriously in its intent, but still having fun in the journey.

It was through that experience that her business was born. "Soul Sessions," featuring soft, indie music, came later, she said, after clients told her they loved Waxman's guided meditations and struggled to find similar ones when they were on their own.

Waxman is currently writing a second album and her first book, which will be geared toward finding the "BODYpeace" she talks about in "Soul Sessions."

T-shirts and tank tops with her message to "Leave the light on" are also available for purchase.

Every part of Waxman's business is focused on helping others find - and maintain - the feelings of gratitude and peace in their lives.

She said, "I will be your wings until you can fly on your own."

Visit www.heatherwaxman.com for blog posts, meditations, information about Waxman's life coaching services, and an online store with clothing and the "Soul Sessions" album, which is also available through iTunes.

Heather Waxman models a T-shirt available for sale through her website, www.heatherwaxman.com, that encourages wearers to "leave the light on."