Interview with meditation teacher, Cassidy Thedorf

Cassidy Thedorf meditation teacher Radiate Happy

Follow Cassidy at @radiatehappymeditation and visit radiatehappy.com.

What do you do?
I am a meditation teacher (with Radiate Happy), also offering both mindfulness coaching and reiki healing.

How long have you been in this field for?
I have been offering reiki since 2016 and meditation since the beginning of 2017.

What inspired you to pursue this career?
Meditation has made a really profound impact on my life, touching nearly all aspects – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. As I move through my own healing work, I realized that I have to share what I’ve learned with both my loved ones and community at large. Our abilities to heal from within, to change the course of direction towards one of love and compassion, is incredible.

What was the biggest hurdle in attaining your career goals?
Juggling the balance of my regular 9-5 job in ad tech with my love of meditation and mindfulness has had it’s challenges. It’s scary to think about leaving the stability of a guaranteed income.

What do you like most about your work?
The people I meet through meditation amaze me with their courageous vulnerability, pure authenticity, and genuine desire to grow. I also love to watch how a meditation group quickly sprouts into a community, a circle of compassion and support. Strangers become friends quickly when meditating together.

What do you find most challenging about your work?
Some of the stories and challenges I learn about from my students are gut-wrenching. You just never know what someone is up against; it’s really increased my capacity to practise compassion, and to keep my own problems in perspective. Recently I noticed that two students were chatting with each other at the back of a class, during a guided meditation. I soon learned that they were mother and son, that the son was translating the class to his mother, who didn’t speak English. The mother had urged her son to attend that day in order to receive reiki healing for his brain tumor, which I had not been aware of. She was there to support him, and watched tearfully as he received reiki. This is just one example of the challenges people bring to a meditation group or class.

If you weren’t a meditation teacher, what would you be?
I’ve always had an interest in holistic nutrition, and am inspired by friends who work in the field. I will at the very least continue to learn from them!

Name one hobby you have that’s not related to your work.
I love watching live sports, especially the Toronto Raptors!

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
When my feet hit the floor, I say “thank you” (one foot at a time: THANK. YOU.) I’m so happy to get to live today.

And last thing you do at night?
Before bed, I write down on my gratitude calendar what was awesome about the day. I’ll often fall asleep listening to one of my favorite guided meditations by Louise Hay.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you enjoy your work.
Only up to 10? I love my work—it’s my ultimate passion. I can’t wait to see where meditation takes me, knowing that it will always be to this moment, right now.