Palma Michel is the Co-Founder of Profuse29, an organisation that introduces mindfulness and mindful leadership to organisations and individuals. Palma is a mindfulness and meditation teacher, executive coach and sought-after public speaker. Her international client base includes creative businesses, global fashion conglomerates, art collectors and artists.
For Palma, mindfulness and creativity are closely interlinked. Both require the ability to tap into a space beyond the boundaries of the ordinary mind, a deeper seeing and the ability to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Palma has a keen interest in applying mindfulness to building purposeful, innovative and sustainable cultures that allow enterprises and individuals to thrive in the 21st century.
Palma regularly speaks about the link between mindfulness and creativity, mindful leadership and mindful living. She has recently been hosted by Google Campus, the iconic Second Home London and The Soho House Group.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
The work of Hilma af Klint. Her paintings are a doorway from the natural to the supranatural and represent so many things that I believe in and try to share in my work - offering a path of harmony between the spiritual and the material world, breaking the boundaries between good and evil, man and woman, religion and science as well as the ability to tap into a space that can't be expressed with language yet holds most answers.
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
Ai Wei Wei, for his courage and fearlessness and the ability to create powerful messages using the ordinary to create the extraordinary. The Dalai Lama for his unlimited compassion, love, unshakeable peace and his relentless efforts in transforming the world to be a better place.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
Travel and curiosity are in my DNA – I have a childlike curiosity and sense of wonder and do not seem to get tired of exploring new places and things. There is so much that I still want to see and revisit, but I don't have a list, just go with the flow. I would like to empower as many people as possible to move beyond the boundaries of the ordinary mind and reconnect with their creative genius. Eventually I would like to write a book about meditation, my work and the meaning of life, but that is probably a few years down the road.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
Having lived in Asia for a long time, I am particularly curious about these emerging markets, how they use art as a vehicle for change and where these markets go as the collectors are maturing.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
Continuing to establish Profuse29 as a leading partner for international multinationals, creative businesses and busy professionals.
I hold monthly talks and meditations within the Soho House Group and will start hosting meditations for the art world in collaboration with a well-known art fund in London from October onwards – stay tuned via my Twitter/Instagram for more details.