NEUMA BEING IS AN ECOSYSTEM TO OPTIMIZE YOUR WELL-BEING AND CREATIVE PERFORMANCE
Advocates & Mentors
MEET MANORI & NELSON
Living in Los Angeles and juggling our careers, family & relationships, our well-being, and our interests, can sometimes be challenging. Looking around, we realized we were not alone in facing this predicament. We were fortunate enough to have found the resources - tools, techniques, and a support system / community, to cope with these challenges. Over the years, we learned ways to overcome Stress, burnout, Urban Fatigue, overcome Creativity Drain, and found balance and thrive. We decided to curate and share these resources with other professionals and creatives like us and empower these innovators, change makers, and entrepreneurs to thrive in their lives.
NEUMA BEING emerged from bringing together our expertise and our passions. We combined our expertise in design, technology, and entrepreneurship with over 40 years of combined experience in mindfulness practices, two decades of combined teaching and facilitating mindfulness experiences and our passion for building community. With this ecosystem, we are curating some of our favorite tools and techniques that helped us navigate the rough waters. Our community consists some of our mentors and like minded individuals who are driven, creative, and keen to tap in to their creative potential to make a difference in our world.
Our name NEUMA (pronounced noo.muh)
derives from the ancient greek work Pneuma.
In stoic philosophy pneuma is the vital sprit or
the creative force of a person.
For us, what Neuma Being is to live
fulfilling ones potential using their creative spirit.
Manori Sumanasinghe is a Sri Lankan-American, Los Angeles-based designer and entrepreneur, working towards her California licensure in Architecture. She is passionate about community building both in the sense of uplifting our communities and building environments where communities can thrive. She has over two decades of experience in mindfulness practices. She finds well-being at the center of all her passions and purpose. This has taken her on a journey that led her to found NEUMASCAPE STUDIO & subsequently NEUMA BEING.
Nelson Abreu is a licensed electrical engineer completing a Masters in Design, Business and Technology at USC IYA. He is an entrepreneur, inventor, author and educator. A descendant of Goa, India, he was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal. For years, Nelson has been exploring the intersection of being, society and technology: how extraordinary states facilitate new technical and social solutions (innovation) and how technology can facilitate such states. He has co-developed vibro-acoustic and other technologies and techniques that induce these optimal or flow states of well-being.
Our technologies were developed based on techniques inspired by ancient wisdom, backed by latest research in the fields of transformative states, mindfulness, and meditation.
NEUMA BEING ecosystem was born out of experiences our founders Manori and Nelson faced in their professional and daily life. It is also informed by research on the benefits of mindfulness, meditation, and naturally occurring altered-states. They've realized that these special mental states were powerful tools to enhance creativity, productivity and well-being.
The creative and innovative processes alternates between focused and divergent states of mind. Mindfulness switches on divergent thinking. In other words, meditation opens your mind to new ideas. Second, mindfulness practice improves attention and makes it easier to register the novelty and usefulness of ideas. And finally, mindfulness nurtures courage and resilience in the face of skepticism and setbacks, which is important because failure and setbacks are inextricably linked with any innovation process. Meditation helps practitioners clear their minds, focus more on the task at hand, and come up with original solutions. Studies correlate altered states such as lucid dreams, out-of-body experience, hypnagogia with insight or creative problem-solving.
We have created a vault that highlights academic, scientific evidence and other publication that inform our work.