The meditative yogi shares the soulcare essentials that fuel her spirt.
– KEYS SOULCARE
When Mel Mah isn’t empowering women as the director of You Got This Girl, she’s busy building a legacy of joy. Through movement, storytelling, and filmmaking, Mel honors her passions by spreading light and positivity into the world. The multipotentialite doesn’t miss a moment to practice gratitude and live life fully — and she’s gifting us with the healing moments that keep her grounded. Get ready to take note: this mindfulness coach is sure to leave you inspired with her Soulcare 7.
Your favorite daily ritual that’s just for you?
My morning yoga and meditation practice is my favorite way to get grounded and present. Like most of us, I get caught up in all this hustling and doing, so my daily practice allows me to melt into the state of being. It’s in that gooey place that I can remember what my purpose is and set an authentic intention for the rest of my day. It’s a moment of quiet in a chaotic world and a time for stillness where I can really connect to my innermost self.
Your dream for the future?
I dream of so many things! I dream of a future where women are empowered to stand strong in who they are and step into more positions of leadership. I dream of younger Asian American girls who don’t feel like they need to be anything other than themselves and embrace their heritage instead of pushing it away. I dream of making films that inspire humans to be more open-hearted and empathetic. And I dream of building a loving family with my fiancé in a beautiful home that feels sacred to us.
Your favorite part about yourself?
I love that I am fiery. I believe our greatest strengths are our greatest weaknesses, so that passion that comes so easily to me is also the very thing I have to work on. But nonetheless, I love that I get so fired up about something I care about that I will take action. I’m someone who works relentlessly for the things I feel strongly about and I’m proud of my can-do attitude. It’s really all thanks to my mother, who raised me to never stop fighting for what you believe in.
How do you take a moment for yourself?
It’s really helpful for me to gain objectivity of my thoughts by meditation and journaling. On busy days, I’ll sometimes just place one hand on my belly and one hand on my chest to ground back into my body. A few breaths can go a very long way. I also love reading books that lift my vibration. Some examples of those books are Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, Living With Joy by Sanaya Roman, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, or Radical Compassion by Tara Brach.
Your personal mantra of the moment?
Find the extraordinary in the ordinary. I’m currently focused on finding the magic in the smallest of moments. We often wait for the big thing to manifest or for the huge events in our lives to bring us joy, but I’m working on finding the joy in this immediate moment. I’m committed to seeing that there’s magic everywhere, especially in the seemingly ordinary things. There is divine energy all around you if you’re looking.
What music, book, and/or podcast are you vibing to?
I am vibing HARD to Cleo Sol right now— andI always vibe to some old school hip hop like Biggie or Lil Kim. But then, I’m also a sucker for super chill alternatives like Bon Iver or The National. My music taste is all over the place and I like it that way. I’m not a huge podcast girl,but I do love reading books such as the ones I listed above. Some fiction reads I’ve adored recently are Conversations with Friends by Sally Roony, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, or The Leavers by Lisa Ko.
What does beauty look like to you?
True beauty is being unapologetically in love with yourself and the world around you. It’s a raw feeling that radiates and permeates through everyone and everything. Beauty is radiant light that glows, no matter what circumstances you’re put in. It’s having the mindset that the world is a magical place. Real beauty is living from the heart even when there’s darkness in the world and opening up to all the good this Universe has to offer.
Mel is finding beauty and hope, even in the darkest of places. What are you finding beauty in today? Drop some joy in the comments!