Ashley Hunt

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Ashley Hunt, Modern Meditation Teacher

Ashley Hunt is someone who I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside, getting to know as a friend and learning meditation from. She has lived and worked around the world, and you can tell – she is wise, incredibly resilient and warm.

 We ‘sat down’ to talk hospitals, hustle and Wonderwoman.  

Why do you do what you do?   

I had a moment about three years ago when I realised the importance of meditation, which is when I developed arthritis. I remember being in hospital and looking around me, and noticing that a lot of people weren’t coping. I don’t know what I would have done without it. Everybody deserves tool of meditation, so made it my mission to share it with as many people as possible. 

As the old saying goes, ‘No pain, no gain’. What pain are you willing to endure in your life to achieve your goals?

I’ve moved away from hustle and into rest and flow. I spent a long time doing the daily grind, getting nowhere.

Since I took a step back and slowed down, things have come naturally. Not trying so hard is an amazing feeling!

Having said that, if you have a vision you have to be willing to do what it takes to see it through. The biggest for me is getting over the need for judgement and comparison. 

I need to have freedom and control. When I judge myself by others’ standards – friends, family or society – I have no control.  

What does being ‘real’ mean to you?

Accepting yourself and accepting that we are all different. Not saying what we think people want to hear, and expressing ourselves honestly.

Who do you look up to?  

Very opinionated women! Clementine Ford, Jacinda Ardern, Natalie Portman. Anyone who stands up and goes against what everyone’s doing to share something real.  

I remember watching WonderWoman for the first time – that was so empowering.

What are your thoughts on women’s media at present (traditional and/or new)?

We’ve traditionally been presented with very two dimensional images of women, which is so confusing. The more honest we are with ourselves, the better example we are setting.

What’s one of the most courageous things you’ve ever done?

Each time I moved overseas, throwing myself into a different culture - South America, London and New Zealand. Every time I did that it was scary, but I did it because I knew I was going to grow.  

Did you listen to your mum’s (or dad’s) advice growing up?

As a teenager, definitely not. Later in life, absolutely, I respect their perspectives every day.  

I probably should have listened more! My parents were always super encouraging, and emphasised my happiness as important. They saw so much potential in me, and still do.

What do you think about leadership quotas?

I don’t know if it’s the solution we need. Do I think it’s a bad idea? No. We haven’t had enough role models and women in positions as power.

Do you believe in mistakes?

We’ve all made mistakes, the problem is when you see I as a bad thing. Setbacks, rejections, they come constantly – but they can build resilience. Mistakes should be seen as a neutral.  

Who have you been reading, listening to or following lately?

Women Who Run With Wolves, by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

To find out more about Ashley, or to enquire about her meditation teaching, visit www.ashleyhuntmeditation.com or follow @ashleyhuntmeditation on Instagram.

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