Welcome, Dear One! My name is Maria de los Angeles and I’m a writer and teacher of heart-centered living based in Washington, D.C. I came to the nation’s capital early in 2018 after being a caregiver to my parents in my hometown of Miami. After they passed, I started life over fresh. The challenges of dealing with Alzheimer’s became my greatest teacher, and led me to a life path that helps others doing what I know best–writing and teaching. I’m thrilled to be part of the city’s emerging movement of spiritual entrepreneurship aligned with an intention for a more compassionate world.
When someone asks me what I do, the answer seems unconventional: what and how I write and teach depends on the moment, the audience and the student. I’ll ask: What does “heart-centered” mean to you? The answer is the guide. I listen intuitively. But to put it a little more formally, here’s two tenets that capture my approach to heart-centered living.
WORD TRUTH Language shapes reality–our sense of self and the world. Heart-centered living is all about the way we tell a story about our lives, and in our fast-paced, digital world, it’s important to stay connected mindfully and with gratitude.
BODY TRUTH A life well-lived is fully authentic, even when it seems impossibly awkward and hard. Heart-centered living is about consciously connecting to and integrating with the body. Full self-expression is intrinsically connected to physical well-being, which involves the practice of presence.
I am currently working on a collection of vignettes titled Journey to Now about becoming a parent to my parents and starting life over after they passed from Alzheimer’s.
I also write independently for select media outlets whose ethics I trust and organizations whose missions are aligned with my own to connect the world, one heart, one reader at a time. As an award-winning, social media savvy writer with journalism experience, I write human interest stories with integrity that strengthen our practice of kindness in the world, which is why I created #heartcenteredmedia–it’s an intention that brings mindfulness to how we write and read in the world, how we consume information. Please visit the writing section of this site to learn more.
Heart-centered media and events
As an experienced speaker, online radio producer and host, I’m also telling meaningful stories in my forthcoming HeartCenteredDC podcast, which will feature entrepreneurs of heart-centered practices in the nation’s capital. The podcast is part of a spiritual entrepreneurship media startup called #HeartCenteredMedia. As the founder of HeartCamp, South Florida’s original heart-centered living event, I’m now developing HeartCampsDC, a series of gatherings and “unconferences” that help connect a heart-centered community through moderated dialogue. Please contact me for more information.
I teach “unlearning” through various practices such as yoga, breathwork, meditation, storytelling activities and more. The concept of “unlearning” may seem a bit unusual, but self-care involves “unlearning” habits that keep us wrapped up in anxiety and from being our best selves. Language and movement come together to create a whole new narrative.
As a teacher, my work is intergenerational, which means I’m a devoted ally of self-care for people of all ages, with a focus on women. We can’t do it all alone, and I’m here to support you through my moveable “school” of heart-centered practices. All my services are customized and thoughtfully curated to meet each person or group’s unique needs, and I sometimes collaborate with other amazing heart-centered teachers in the Washington, D.C. area to craft the curriculum. Let’s have a conversation about where you are, and we’ll take it from there. Visit the living section of the website to learn more about my services.
I’m so glad you stopped by and would love to connect, as always, from the heart.
Maria de los Angeles
about the heart
I sometimes illustrate my own Christmas cards; this drawing is from 2002. “Love is the greatest gift. The binding of love, the fire of love, the freedom of love. The greatest gift of all is love.”