Tay and Val on Choosing Joy
by Stacy Lynn Gilbert
Tay and Val, spiritual consultants, soul mentors and entrepreneurs, live in the Pacific Northwest and work with entrepreneurs around the globe who hear the call to rise and say yes. They are committed to helping visionary leaders meet their call to greatness with clear-eyed vision, groundedness and deep trust.
You have traveled the world and led many different lives before settling here in Seattle. What brought you to the Pacific Northwest?
We were invited to give two TEDx talks here in Washington State, in Bellingham and Seattle. We were inspired by the responses at the talks, and the personal dreams that were ignited, rekindled and shared. We witnessed how a room full of strangers connected over a common theme, that everyone—no matter your background or belief—has a dream, a desire to become the best version of yourself and lead the best life you can live. We saw how these people then became a community. And we stayed, wanting to ripple out this movement throughout the United States.
What is it like to run businesses that deal with being connected and rooted in living your soul purpose?
There’s a quote we love, live and work by from Kahil Gibran: “Work is love made visible. And if you can’t work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy.”
We love inspiring people and helping them create a life they love. To create a living (run a business) doing what we love… for us, is the most natural thing. In fact, our business was created with a vision to contribute to the evolution of an enlightened economy.
Yes, enlightened—defined by the dictionary as “having or showing a rational, modern and well-informed outlook.” For us, it means shifting from a profit-driven economy to a purpose-driven economy. It means a world where everyone can prosper by doing the work they love, with a sense of purpose.
As shared by Mark Zuckerberg, “The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.” Our business is our way of rising to this challenge.
Among your many projects, you created a unique program to help self-starters called Propel Your Purpose and M Meditation where you introduce people to the ABC’s of meditation. What was your inspiration?
Everything we do is grounded in the intention to help people lead their best lives.
Propel Your Purpose was created for our younger selves, twenty-somethings who were driven and had successful careers. On the surface we had everything we wanted. Inside us, we were constantly on the verge of burnout, resentful of the upkeep involved to maintain our success, and spiritually depleted. We wanted something more in life… yet didn’t know what it was. It was frustrating, because as high-achieving A-players, we knew we’d be able to get “it”, we just needed to know what “it” looked like!
In our search to figure out what “it” was, we realized that “it” is a way to bring all of ourselves—our multiple passions, gifts and facets—into all areas of our lives. We found out that our purpose is the way we show up to everyday. It’s not a job title, and certainly not an achievement we have to first unlock before we can be fulfilled and happy.
That’s why we created Propel Your Purpose, to help people get clear on what your best life is for you, on your terms. And to start living that life today.
M Meditation was created with the same intention. Same house, different doors. We’re all wanting to come home to ourselves. Meditation is an excellent tool to cultivate self-awareness, especially if you’re the more cerebral, analytical type. When you know yourself more, you’ll want to bring more of you into more of your life. And inevitably, you’ll find yourself growing your best self, creating your best life. Same house, different door. Welcome home!
What excites you the most about the future of meditation?
Meditation is a hashtag nowadays. Who would have known?! From its beginnings in 5,000 BCE, as it spread throughout Asia, it has always transformed to adapt to the new culture it arrived in. It’s doing the same here in the West—from Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction practice, to Google’s spinoff Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, to drop-in studios in major cities like New York and Los Angeles—meditation is steadily becoming a part of everyday modern life.
When people first started running as a health practice, the majority used to ask, “Who’s chasing you?” Nowadays, we have entire industries dedicated to running; same thing for yoga and juicing. And soon, meditation.
We’re thrilled to be a part of this movement. And as we gather and grow the community of meditators here in Seattle, we look forward to opening doors to its first-ever modern meditation studio!
What advice would you give to those who struggle with taking the first step in starting their own
Start by making a decision. Decide that you’re going to create the life you want. You may not know how, but decide first, then figure it out along the way, because there can be no path without first a decision. Think of it as punching in the GPS coordinates of where you want to go into your navigation panel. Sure, there might be roadblocks and detours along the way, and you might even change your mind halfway. But every step you take will become a movement forward, in the direction of where you most want to go.
On this note, it’s very important for us to emphasize: Once you’ve decided, start where you are, with what you have, now.
We don’t recommend you quitting your job without a more aligned job offer, or a thriving side-hustle on the table. But if you desire more joy in your life, you can most certainly bring the energy of joy to the very thing you’re doing, now. Approach the work you do with joy, tackle the challenge you’ve been presented with joy, do your laundry with joy. Exercise your choice and choose joy. The more joyful experiences you create, the more joyful opportunities will knock at your door.
For more information about Propel Your Purpose, visit TaynVal.com/
SoulPurpose. To explore how to meditate with M Meditation, visit M-Meditation. com/schedule.