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Getting There by Being Here



What keeps us constantly moving?

Through personal and clients’ stories Angela Silva Mendes reminds us to learn to recognize the roadmaps that keep us trapped in the perpetual rat race, for only then we can stop the mindless busyness.

This book is the outcome of over 30 years of integrated experiences , lessons from self-work, work with children, women, refugees, and families, in Africa, Europe and America. The results of Angela’s work are subtle yet groundbreaking. In Getting There by Being Here Angela shares her struggles as well as four principles and eight practices for us to develop the ability to rest here, for this is the moment of all possibilities. It is possible to slow down and listen to what is unique about ourselves to what she calls our Selfprint. If we want to rewrite our story, we can only do it from here and with who we are already. Life’s Invitations aren’t always pleasant but, now, instead of dismissing or fleeing, we can dare to face the music and dance. Are you ready? 

I wrote Getting There by Being Here because, in my practice, I see so many amazing people exhausted, wasting energy chasing something, making this moment wrong, when being here is what makes a difference. With this book, what I want for others is what I wish for myself: to remember my authentic Selfprint and realize this moment, right here, is the moment of all possibilities, of true inner power. I hope Getting There by Being Here will be used as a portal for when there's nothing else left to be, but your true self. 

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Angela Silva Mendes believes that self-work, based on embodied awareness, is a crucial vehicle for social justice. Her diverse academic background includes bachelor’s degrees in education, communication theories, and a master’s in international affairs. Guided by her desire to serve and her thirst for meaning, Angela also holds a range of personal development certificates including neurolinguistics programming, mindfulness, and coaching. Honoring her African heritage, Angela named her practice Upanji, meaning energy, a space of acceptance, holding what arises, and integration. With work experience in Europe, Africa, and the USA, Angela coaches, facilitates, and teaches internationally through individual sessions, workshops, and talks.

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