Today we’d like to introduce you to Austin Uhl.
Hi Austin, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Growing up, I spent my whole life focused on one life path – to be a professional golfer. I played on the Brophy team as Varsity Captain and was on my way with a full golf scholarship to the University of Denver as a D1 Athlete. My path diverged more than I could ever imagine when I suffered a major golf injury during the last few months of my junior year, leading to a herniated disc in my neck, my back, three cracked ribs, and vertigo and psoas syndrome, all at once. My whole life was turned upside down when I was told I would never be able to play competitive golf for the rest of my life. I was devastated and honestly had no idea what I would do. I chose to graduate a little early with a double major in marketing and management, which led me on a unique path of diving into the world of serial entrepreneurship. By the time I was 25, I had helped start 12 companies ranging from product development in travel, fashion, and cleaning to other industries that included marketing and real estate. I had everything on paper I could ever want, but something was missing. I felt a deep sense of unfulfillment and sadness for the first time. I had always been cheerful and generally happy, so this new feeling didn’t make sense. I had everything to be grateful for, but why was I still unhappy?
After years of lingering pain and growing unhappiness, I knew I had to find another way. Then, an opportunity came to go to Sedona, Az, for a weekend to hike and do something I never really knew about Meditation. Little did I know that this trip would be the start of a life-changing journey, one that would help me shed all that I wasn’t to embrace who I am. It started on a beautiful weekend morning in 2014 when we climbed close to the top of Bell Rock. I stepped away from everyone to sit down on this beautiful rock, looking out to the vistas – it was 360 degrees of uninterrupted natural perfection. It was at this moment that I chose to have my first Meditation. I didn’t know much, so I started by closing my eyes and breathing (like I’ve briefly seen in movies). It was amazing how I could begin to feel an instant sense of calm and relaxation fall all over my body. All the worries, stress, and concerns of my life just faded away, and when I opened my eyes to see the beautiful nature around me, all I could feel was pure happiness. This feeling left me slightly perplexed for a few weeks – how could I spend each day for years doing things to help make me happy, and the moment that I stopped doing it, I felt happy?
I wanted to explore this phenomenon deeper. I desperately wanted to know how I could turn that fleeting moment up on the mountain into a way of life. After weeks of searching for meditation centers or somewhere that could help me learn more, I realized that meditation wasn’t that common. I could find great yoga centers, but not exactly what I was looking for. I was looking for a place or person dedicated to practicing meditation who could take me on a deep dive into the unknown. Finally, one night after visiting a few different yoga and exercise centers, I found myself in a parking lot near Gainey Village – somewhere I hadn’t planned on being and wasn’t 100% sure how I even got there. I looked up and noticed I was in front of a gym; weirdly; everything was telling me to get out and walk in. I had only had what I now know are “intuitive hints” on the golf course, helping me navigate difficult shots or creative approaches, but I had never actively had one in my regular life. I got out of the car, walked in, and a woman stood there with a big smile. Immediately, I had this overwhelming sensation of happiness and a feeling like I was home. While this feeling overcame me, she kindly stated, “I’ve been waiting for you.”
Now, if this were anyone else, I no doubt would have bolted. But, for the first time, I could genuinely feel my heart, and I knew it was true. Not only that, but I also knew that I had been waiting for her. This woman became my mentor – helping me achieve more through meditation, yoga, and diet in a matter of months than I ever did with physical therapy for my body for years and years. Through this process, she helped me recognize that I am not my identity – I am not the roles I play. I can choose who I am in every moment, compounding to create the greatest version of the grandest vision of myself, all in the foundation of self-love. And my true limitless potential exists in the unconditional, but first, I had to be that which I desire (Loving, Caring & Happy) to myself because I am not a human doing. I am a human being. How we choose to be can help us determine what we do. This understanding was beyond liberating. It was the pure essence of what I was seeking – unlocking my purpose of why I’m here. On top of all this personal transformation, I was gifted something more beautiful than I could ever imagine. Amber and I became best friends, and over time, I fell in love with my best friend and united in a relationship filled with more love than I ever knew possible. Through the love I felt for myself and my amazing partner, I felt invigorated and full of passion. I knew that I deeply desired to share what I have learned with others to help them align with who they authentically are and become their purpose.
I share this story in detail to help shape why it is I do what I do. Amber and I started a nonprofit multi-faith organization called Suivera. In May 2020, we launched on social media – sharing videos on personal growth and transformation designed to assist people in aligning body, mind, emotion, and spirit. To learn at a deeper level the very things we deal with every day but never learned in school.
How do I listen to my body to help heal and prevent future problems? How do I build a positive mental framework to help me think and speak more lovingly to myself and others? How do I create emotional clarity to effectively move through what I feel instead of becoming owned by my feelings? How do I connect spiritually to myself and all things – allowing whatever faith or belief I hold to be a vehicle for personal transformation, helping me to become the best version of myself and, in return, a loving example to others.
In the last 2 years, we have grown to over 1 million people in our community from 86 different countries. We have tons of free resources, online courses, coaching, and a weekly podcast called The Heart Leader Podcast to highlight people in the Suivera Community around the world. They combine heart and compassion with intellect and logic to make an impact.
How did all this happen?
Because in a world that has become so disconnected from self, one another, and a heart-centered approach to life. Our human ability to love and hold compassion for ourselves and those around us has faded. We created Suivera as a united platform to reconnect humanity with our innate ability to lead a life of love, aligning heart and mind for a fuller and richer life experience. Many people worldwide are yearning and searching outside of themselves; only the same answers they seek are within. Yet, society is not set up to help people learn how to go within. We are dedicated to helping anyone who is dedicated to helping themselves. Together, we are stronger. And from the heart, we can all make an impact. This is why our mission is to create a global movement of love.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has been an exciting journey that helped me recognize that perspective is everything. Sometimes I would feel very down and almost locked into the struggle, only to realize that if I didn’t flow into the why, then I wouldn’t have been able to overcome whatever fear, doubt, or anxiety that initiated the situation(s) in the first place. What feels like a mistake in our life may be the path we need to take to get us where we desire to be all along, and if that’s the case, was it a mistake? Or simply a part of the experience that allowed the desired outcome to unfold? It’s one thing to understand this perspective but another to apply it. Continued dedication to the practice of overcoming whatever you are navigating through is just as important as continued forgiveness for your missteps.
We are excited about a few new initiatives in the beginning stages. First, we are beginning to bring on new coaches to help us create more courses and free resources for people looking for personal growth and transformation. This will include multiple forms of coaching and even retreats!
Second, we are building out programs based on The Heart Leader Podcast for individuals and corporations. The new evolution of leadership is focused on embracing heart and compassion to affect change on an individual, collective and global scale. It’s about aligning heart and mind to make a greater impact.
Our goal is to provide quality programs to invoke personal and corporate transformation centered on love and heart leadership. For any corporations seeking to enhance their corporate culture, we are open to discussing the creation of a custom Heart Leader Program.
- The Heart Leader Podcast (Free)
- The Heart Leader Toolbox (Free)
- Website: https://www.suivera.org/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suiveraofficial/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suivera.org/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCywak7jxsgWJC4h3kEt7QQw
- Other: https://www.suivera.org/the-heart-leader-podcast
Austin Uhl & Amber Mikesell