Every morning, a free inspirational DailyOM message arrives in my email. How did I first hear about DailyOM? I have no idea. But what I do know is that I count on the daily messages written by Santa Barbara-based Madisyn Taylor to start my day.
Editor-in-Chief Taylor and her husband, CEO Scott Blum, founded DailyOM in 2004 in Los Angeles when they decided to “do something bigger that could help shift the planet.” Previously, Taylor created and operated a successful aromatherapy company in Los Angeles, and Blum, the person whom Taylor lovingly refers to as the “brains” of the company, was in the music industry.
They agreed that their new business should have a global impact and wouldn’t be product based — so DailyOM began with Taylor’s writings and daily messages.
“I walk around with a journal attached to my hip,” says Taylor. She also takes Tuesdays “off work” to meditate at home in front of her personal altar to see what inspiration comes.
“The most common email that I receive in response to DailyOM is, ‘Dear Madisyn: How do you know what I need to hear every day?’ We are all going through the exact same thing, but it looks a little different for each one of us,” says Taylor. “No one is spared his/her lesson.”
Accompanying each DailyOM message is a stunning photograph and an online course offering, like Becoming a Peacemaker by international spiritual leader Deepak Chopra and the free Dalai Lama Speaks by the Dalai Lama. Santa Barbara locals Sadie Nardini and Beth Alexander offer courses on DailyOM as well, and local Zumba sensation Josette Tkacik is currently developing a course.
Almost all of the courses are offered at a low sliding-scale price of $10 to $40, and individuals choose what they pay.
“Healing should be available to everyone,” says Taylor.
Two of Taylor’s four published books were directly inspired by DailyOM, including DailyOM: Inspirational Thoughts for a Happy, Healthy and Fulfilling Day and DailyOM: Learning to Live.
Taylor understands better than many the importance of taking care of oneself. She’s had a lifetime of managing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and mononucleosis. She is a highly sensitive person who has struggled with bright lights, overstimulation, anxiety and depression. Taylor found that meditation became her way to health, as well as healthcare and supplements prescribed by her doctor, David Allen M.D., a Santa Monica-based integrative physician.
Taylor’s newest book, Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness, chronicles her years of illness and her path to wellness. Through her self-identified four pillars of wellness—clear your mind, nurture your spirit, strengthen your body and find your tribe—Taylor takes readers on a journey toward reclaiming and rediscovering their own minds, bodies and spirits.
Taylor is the gift that keeps on giving. How fortunate we are to have her inspiration, compassion and light in our community.
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This story was originally published in the spring 2018 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.