About Laura Smith Biswas
I think it’s the really hard stuff in life that brought me to my knees and forced me learn how to love myself and others. I was raised in a deep-rooted traditional religious environment and experienced a profound transformation from looking outside myself to looking within for truth, guidance and power. I grew up in a family of 12 children and learned to grapple with the reality of a scarcity of affection and attention. My father died from a brain tumor during my late teen years and then I faced the death of my brothers, Spencer and Drew in their early 20’s. Grief taught me to work through that sense of separation and understand the enduring quality of love beyond death. I also learned that there are no guarantees and that I had stop living for others. I was sexually abused as a child. Healing from that experience taught me to embrace my inner child and how to heal from guilt and shame.
I was married for more than two decades and found that to my surprise the relationship called for a transformation to a new form of friendship and a co-parenting partnership. While it is still undergoing this shift, our family is working together to create a new type of family based on mutual support and authenticity. I am honored to be mother to three amazing young women who reflect back to me where I am strong and where I need to grow in self-love. I share my own story to provide the context in which I learned how to create loving relationships (both with myself and others). My deepest desire in life is to assist others to experience greater love and create a world that is more loving for all of us.
About Stephanie Miller
I never really felt comfortable in my own skin. I never liked my body. As a tall kid I felt awkward and uncomfortable most of the time. My head and my body were engaged in an unhealthy battle. My bossy head always demanded that my body look or be a certain size or certain way. I spent years battling anorexia, exercise bulimia and an obsession with my weight, dieting and food. Over the course of almost 30 years I developed a deep sense of being just plain wrong. I believed that I was basically bad. I didn’t think I HAD problems I thought I WAS the problem. I lived my life in shame.
Fortunately, in my 40’s I met a woman who understood my problem and gently guided me to a solution. I began to see that contrary to everything I believed, the road to success couldn’t be found by beating myself up or perfectionism. The road to personal peace and fulfillment is a deep understanding of my basic goodness and wholesome experience of self-love. For me that was the beginning of a revolution that has resulted in, among other things, the creation of The Love Mandala. The work I want to share with you has transformed me, my marriage and all of relationships around me.