heart-centered-maria-de-los-angelesWelcome, 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. where I am also engaged in spiritual entrepreneurship. 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. 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. Isadora Duncan said it best: ” to be the highest intelligence in the freest body.”

Heart-centered writing

A published poet and essayist for over thirty years, I am always engaged in the act of writing. I recently completed a collection of verse entitled Journey to Now about becoming a parent to my parents and starting life over after they passed from Alzheimer’s. Publication details pending. Since arriving in Washington, D.C., I have also read poetry at open mics, live storytelling events and co-produced a poetry and music concert.

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

Leaning on my experience as a journalist, speaker, online radio producer and host, I’m also in the development stages of HeartCenteredDC, a hyper-local media startup, which will feature a newsletter and podcast highlighting the abundance of heart-centered practices in the nation’s capital, and provide a central media outlet for the spiritual, interfaith, conscious culture, health, wellness and many other related communities. As the founder of HeartCamp, South Florida’s original heart-centered “unconference,” I plan on continuing this path of spiritual entrepreneurship by providing a similar experiential container in Washington, D.C.

Heart-centered teaching

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 movable “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 am always a student. I have recently embarked on a course of study in mysticism, pastoral hospice care, and am an avid practitioner — sometimes performer — of modern and Spanish dance. In the past two years, and also studied with spiritual author and scholar Mirabai Starr, and on full scholarship with Eckhart Tolle in The School of Awakening. Some of my grounding influences include Radical Forgiveness practices and Course in Miracles.

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.”