With our “Mindful Men” series we are showcasing some of our favorite dudes who are continually carving out change in the wellness space.

Who he is:

Zev Eisenberg, graduate student in Psychology at NYU.

What he does:

Currently choosing to spend his days reading and studying psychology textbooks, Zev was previously a top art gallerist in New York City.

What makes him different:

His pre-mindful existence was one ruled by profound fear and addiction. In his former life Zev was unable to find contentment in the present because he was forever trying to figure out what was next. He was perpetually fixated on the future and crippled with anxiety. During his high intensity art gallerist days, he went through some especially dark and even suicidal times, but he ultimately found that through facing the roots of his demons, he has been able to access a transcendent freedom — something he had never previously known could be experienced.

“Healing from my pain brought me to such a gratifying acceptance that I am even grateful for all the shame, self hatred, and fear that I experienced,” Zev shares. “It led me to my own clear mission and purpose. I want to exist as a force of love for other people.”

How being mindful has enhanced his life:

Through embracing the principles of mindfulness Zev has acquired a deep relationship with both awareness and acceptance. He explains, “I’ve learned to become aware of myself in the present moment and compassionately accept all thoughts, feelings, ideas, and sensations that exist within me as they occur. It’s a beautiful healing relationship of the spirit, mind, and body co-creating peace.”

What he does to be mindful:

Committed to his healing journey, Zev remains connected to mindful living through intentional service within his recovery community. “People want to be heard and they want to feel a connection,” he shares. “And some need to be reminded that they are worthy of connection. To me, this is the best way to be of service.”

Wisdom for other men:

Zev would love to see more men lead with their hearts — to approach fear with curiosity and love. As therapy and service have been integral parts of his healing journey, he hopes to encourage any men who are currently struggling to find help in therapy and supportive communities that emphasize service.

Jasmin Jenkins is an intuitive connector and community builder based in Los Angeles. She was most recently the Head of Partnerships at THINX, and is currently consulting with mission driven startups. You can find her at The Class, over The Standard.

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