About Lisa

Lisa is the co-author/illustrator of Whose Mind is It Anyway? (Penguin Random House, 2016). She has a master’s degree in science. She regularly guest blogs on Tiny Buddha and has her own popular blog where she writes and draws about how to feel contented even when crappy things happen. Lisa is the author of Reach Your Big Calm: 52 Powerful Messages to Quiet Your Mind and her e-book 7 Secrets Your Mind Doesn’t Want You to Know was downloaded over 12,000 times (it was the first incarnation of Whose Mind Is It Anyway?). Lisa has completed Dr Amy Johnson’s Life Coach Training Program.

At the age of 20, Lisa Esile was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Over the next 15 years it came and went, with the worst period seeing her in bed for 5 years. As well as healing herself physically Lisa realized her thoughts were making her sick too.

“I know what it’s like to feel desperately sad. It felt like everyone else had a normal life and I’d been dealt a bad hand. I saw therapists, I read books. I felt truly desperately sorry for myself. And for a long time I thought it was my situation causing my unhappiness.

But then I started to see that my mind was getting snagged on some dysfunctional thinking.

Some of the things I did to come to this fresh way of seeing things include:  spending a year being silent and “doing nothing”, conversations with retired psychologist Don Morrison, driving round New Zealand in a van for a year and moving to the US at a time when I wasn’t sure I was able to make it.

I came to have a clear understanding of the mind’s agenda. I realized that most of us spend our lives unwittingly trailing around after our mind, unable to access the deep reservoir of inner calm and self-assuredness that resides within. I could see that feeling peaceful and contented comes from knowing how to use the mind’s awesome power for what it’s good at, and knowing how to put it in its place when it starts to become a nuisance and run amok.

From that point on the world looked different. And the more I applied this fresh way of seeing the more hopeful and excited about life I became. It was easier to make decisions than it had ever been. I wasn’t as affected by what others thought of me. And I felt better about myself, regardless of what was happening in my life.

Since then I’ve been helping people apply these insights to their life.

Because we all have these habits of dysfunctional thinking.

I love helping others going through a tough time, because I know how painful it can be. But I also know that in those devastating times it can be easier for life-changing insights to sneak in.

I grew up in New Zealand and now live in the U.S. with my husband, Franco.

You can contact Lisa by emailing: lisa at lisaesile dot com.