About the Author

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I am Ana Barreto.

I’m a Brazilian American author, teacher, business professional, meditator and founder of the Body, Mind & Wisdom School. I am passionate about mindfulness, education, and women empowerment & development.

“I have been blessed with a challenging life that forced me to look for ways to find clarity, alignment, and a spiritual connection, and then teach others.”

I am honored to share my gifts with you through my mission: helping women improve the quality of their lives.

I have studied and continue to study Women’s History, Women in Business, Women and Leadership, Meditation, Psychology, Neuroscience, Metaphysics and Eastern Philosophies. 

For my formal education I earned an Associate degree in Business Marketing, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master degree in Business Administration. I also have self-study Mindfulness and attended classes since 2002 with great teachers such as Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Joe Dispenza, Jack Canfield, Nancy Santo-Pietro, Mario Martinez, Carolyn Myss, Tony Roberts, and others.

My mission is to help women find their inner-compass to live a great life through her inspirational self-help books, classes, coaching and mentoring programs. This way, all the people around them will be in good hands.

My Story

Growing up in a strict home and in a non-women inclusive culture in Brazil let me to come to the United States, earn an education and support women’s development and growth from a young age.

Like many women, I was a stressed-out working single mom for many years.  I felt as if I couldn’t devote enough time to my children, my personal goals or to my career as I envisioned.  My busy life led me to look for ways to find happiness in my daily life and still live on purpose.

Contact:

To request a review copy, media or interviews, please contact Giovana Guimaraes at Giovana@ana-barreto.com

Ana can be reached at ana@ana-barreto.com

Speaking:

If you are interested in scheduling an event, please send an inquiry to Giovana@ana-barreto.com

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A Conversation with the Author

What inspired you to write the book?

I was inspired to write Women, Rice and Bean by my mother’s life.  My mother is a wonderful human being.  For years I had some resentment towards her.  I believed that she could have been a better mother by protecting me and my siblings from my father’s abuse, which they called parenting.  My intent was to write a book about the lessons my mother never told me so women would learn what their mothers felt like my mother.  When I went home to Brazil to care for her after she was hit by a car, I began to understand the lessons, but not the way I imagined it should be.  Love and compassion are powerful life tools.

What do you expect readers to gain from reading your book?

I would love for the readers to learn how to pay attention to their lives and understand the wisdom of everyday life.  I would be thrilled if daughters would clean the lenses through which they see their mothers and themselves.  I would be grateful if the reader would start meditating and using some of the tools I give for them to connect with their spirit and live their heart’s desires.

Why do women need to practice self-compassion?

Early in childhood, we learned from our mothers, who learned from their mothers who learned from their mothers that we are not enough. That we are not pretty enough, or smart enough, or mothering enough, or worthy of more, etc.  It’s all so unconscious! Our ancestors didn’t meant to pass this message, but most of them did and we learned the lesson by osmosis.  We live these unconscious beliefs with our daily actions such as rushing all day long, running our bodies to the ground, not speaking out, not asking for help, etc. That’s the main reason we need to practice self-compassion and I teach how to do it in the book.

  
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What is the deal with meditation? 

Meditation is the easiest way women and man can find out the essence of who they really are.  Through meditation, people become less reactive and have easy flow lives.  When we meditate, our mind stops thinking that we are in danger and all the universe resources are available for us.Meditation is the difference between living in our heart and living in someone else’s distorted perceptions of us.  Where would rather be?  Meditation has all the answers that Google doesn’t even know how to ask yet.

Why are our minds thinking that we are in danger?

Our minds don’t know what is real or what is imaginary.  When we think a thought, our mind reacts to it regardless of what we are experiencing.  For example, when a zebra is being chased by a lion, at that moment, the zebra mobilizes every inch of her body energy to outrun the lion by creating stress.  In humans, when we think we are in danger just by thought alone, our body reacts just like the zebra.  It mobilizes every bit of energy in the body to protect us from danger.  The problem is that when the zebra is able to outrun the lion, its body goes back to grazing.  Human, on the contrary, can’t stop the energy mobilizing, because we are always thinking a stressful thought.  The mind doesn’t know that we are making it worse than it is.  So the body stops from operating normally and create more stress hormone that leads to disease, lack of focus on what is important, and most importantly, connecting with our own spirit that is a guide of joy, health, love, etc.

Any final thoughts?

People are surprised when I tell them that I wrote the book in Portuguese. It was via divine sources of inspiration.  Then I re-wrote the book in English and a third time because I learned the book was so disorganized.  I meditate before I write.  There are parts that I still cry when I read today.  they are so beautiful and emotional.  Someday I think… did I write this? I guess I get a bit impressed with myself.

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