Alice Hu, founder of Woo Woo Company, sound healer and intuitive business coach, started her business to introduce others to spiritual practices and concepts like manifestation, chakras and sound healing. We caught up with Hu about Woo Woo Company and the productivity of rest. Note: This interview is a part of our 20 Masters of Mindfulness, Movement + Connection roundup, which ran in our Winter 2021 issue.
Tell me about your journey and how it brought you to your current role.
It all started with a regular yoga practice. The yoga helped my mind to quiet, and I began to listen to my intuition. Manifestation, mindfulness, chakras and more began to help me really figure out my truth and purpose. I knew I needed to share these modalities as tools to help others, so Woo Woo Company was born. I like to describe the company as a gateway into the world of woo woo and spirituality. Until a few years ago, I was a skeptic working in a PR agency. Now, I’m super grateful to be able to learn about these topics every day and share them with others in accessible ways.
How are you practicing and prioritizing self-care, especially mid-pandemic?
Rest is productive. I can’t stress that enough. It’s easy to get into the cycle of doing and forget to be a human being. I’m incorporating rest into each day. These last few months, I’ve also added in days for creativity and learning. I block time off and find that I am more efficient when I return to work. Another way to describe self-care is: How do you have fun? Self-care looks different for each person. Find what works for you and don’t compare it to anyone else’s routine.
What does self-compassion mean to you, and how do you incorporate it into your practice?
You can only feel as compassionate for others as you feel for yourself, and the ways we speak to ourselves are harsher than when we speak to a friend. When I am feeling critical of myself, I know I need to shift and ask myself, “What would my best friend say?” The mind is where we truly live. We must make it a safe and supportive space. Self-compassion for me means more flow and less force.
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