Mindfulness Trainer and Coach
When Abigail Somma’s twins were one and a half, she needed a break from her daily duties — so she decided to take a meditation teacher training once a week. When her kids were 3, she took another class. By that point, she figured it was time to start teaching, and a local business owner asked her to teach about mindfulness in parenting. She worried she was the wrong person for the job — she struggled with the sleep deprivation and endless demands of being a parent. “You’re exactly the person who should be teaching this class,” her sister told her. “You didn’t enjoy it, but you found the beauty in it anyway.” Abigail’s path to meditation began with a desire to live more meaningfully. “Of all the things I’ve tried, and I’ve tried many, it was meditation that helped me to understand that while our brains may have been wired a certain way, the power to rewire them — toward more fulfillment, resilience, and purpose — is in our hands,” she says. She currently teaches a number of classes related to mindfulness and formerly worked as a speechwriter for United Nations figureheads, celebrities, and business personalities. She has worked for a range of other organizations, including the World Bank, UNICEF, think tanks, and NGOs.
- Mindful Parenting
I have run the gamut from resisting meditation to zoning out my friends who extol its virtues. Now, like the old song goes, "I’m a believer." It must be your gentle persuasion backed up by scientific facts. Another selling point was getting to sample six different ways of doing it.
Thank you for facilitating the wonderful mindful meditation series for Johns Hopkins University. You guided us with honesty, integrity, and insight while creating a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment. Given that we are experiencing a pandemic, this program was just what we all needed to find a little peace amidst turmoil. I know that personally, I’ll be using the techniques you taught me from now on.
Search Inside Yourself Leadership InstituteCertified Teacher Nov 2020 - Present (3 years)
Nalanda Institute for Contemplative ScienceCertified Meditation Teacher Nov 2020 - Present (3 years)
Villanova University2020 - Present
Johns Hopkins University2020 - Present