Hello! I am Dr. Angela Nevins and the founder of State of Bliss. I am a long-term meditator and a Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor in the Indianapolis area.
My Mission Statement
My mission is to teach, support and encourage anyone who wants to learn how to meditate or who wants to deepen their own practice. I want to help others on their inward journey towards healing and transformation, and to find a sense of peace and purpose.
My Meditation Story
I began meditating in 2010 after feeling the physical, mental, and emotional effects of long-term exposure to unmanaged stress and an overall dissatisfaction with my career and relationships. These effects showed up for me as insomnia, chronic back pain, headaches, exhaustion, depression, and anxiety, I was a hot mess. I desperately tried to control my external world in hopes of finding relief, contentment, and happiness. Through meditation, I found the peace and happiness that I was searching for, only it was not in the outer world but rather within me the whole time. I learned to connect with my true self and I am free of much of the self-limiting behaviors that kept me unfulfilled and in a constant state of stress. I feel privileged and honored to teach meditation to others and help them develop their own practice giving them a foundation to start their own journey towards healing and transformation; a sense of peace and purpose. I believe meditation has the power to heal us, our relationships, our community, and ultimately humanity and the planet.
My Professional Background
I received my Bachelor Degree in Biological Sciences from Southern Illinois University in 1994 and my Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Indiana University in 2006. I have worked in academia and the pharmaceutical industry as a research scientist and in the medical device industry as a medical writer. As a scientist I was always on a quest to investigate and uncover how the body works in order to develop medicine or medical interventions to treat the problems in the body. After many years, I began to question not how the body works but what is telling the body how to work, and how our mind and spirit influence our body, overall health and well-being. It was around this time I began to meditate. Through meditation, I began to understand the roles my mind, body, and spirit played in my overall general health and happiness. Meditation transformed my life and I wanted to be able to share what I have learned with others. In 2017, I completed a meditation teacher training program and now I am a McLean Meditation Institute Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher.