Anthia Koullouros, Naturopath & CEO of Ovvio Organics
When did you realise your love for what you do? I knew I loved it before I started studying. At the age of 12, I found a booked called How To Get Well by Paavo Airola, a Naturopathic Physician. I knew this was my calling. Something so aligned and so true for me. It brought me instant joy and comfort.
What do you love most about what you do? As a naturopath, helping people heal. As a creator of my tea company Ovvio, I love the platform I created to reach more people and inspire health and wellness beyond the one-on-one consults. I also love creating and blending new teas and drinking tea all day long.
What’s the most significant piece of wisdom you’ve received or acquired through life experience? Remember who you are—a spiritual being having a human experience. And that we have the innate wisdom to heal—we just need to get present, slow down and tune in to what we need—mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
What’s been one of your biggest challenges you’ve faced, and how did you navigate through it? Getting comfortable with death to get comfortable in life. Especially with loved ones who were diagnosed with cancer. Some survived and thrived, and some passed on. Helping patients with this similar diagnosis or prognosis. Transforming fear into love, compassion, kindness, acceptance and joy.
What are 3 of your daily non-negotiables? 1. If it’s good for me, it must be good for all policy in all aspects of living and choices I make. e.g. choosing well sourced and well-farmed plants and animals—good for the soil, good for the plants and animals, good for the farmer, good for the manufacturer, good for the consumer. Eating well—organic and wholefood. 2. Meditation or cultivating consciousness/presence. 3. Coming back to myself so I approach all decisions in a non-reactive, fear-based way. Love rules.
What do you believe is your greatest asset, and how does it serve you? Listening (comes with the territory of being a practitioner) and considered thinking—always wanting to know how things work or why things are the way they are, the underlying causes and contributing factors.
How do you elevate and empower those around you? By reminding them about who they are. Helping them come back to presence. From this place, we can heal and solution in a non-reactive and non-fearful way.
What does the word failure mean to you? It means I’ve tried and done my best. Expectations may not have been met, but it just means I pivot to something more aligned with my truth.
In your opinion, what’s the number one thing that holds people back from going after what they want in their lives? What would you say to them? FEAR. Be aware of this—fear is taught to us growing up. Do the work. Self-inquiry. Break down the blocks created by fear. It can paralyse the best of us and keep us small and in suffering.
If you could share one seed of inspiration for those chasing their dream, what would it be? Our beliefs create our reality. Discover your current beliefs, are they true for you? Your external world is a reflection of your internal world. And dive deep into presence (go in before you go out). Respond by choice, with love, kindness, compassion, acceptance, non-judgment and consideration rather than fear-based reaction.
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