I'm Steven Budden
After a series of unexpected awakening experiences, Budden Enterprises was founded to inspire, orchestrate, and nourish these states in others.
In 2005, my father and I were walking along a beach just south of Mendocino, California, when a woman ran past us. As she shrunk into the distance, her footprints caught my eye. I knew I'd never see her again. A thought flashed in my mind about the transitory nature of life, and the legacies we leave behind. When a glistening wave swept in and washed away her prints, I experienced an awakening experience; am glimpse of the inexpressible underlying harmony.
The state of pure joy was so intense and so foreign that it was difficult to 'contain' physically. I tumbled out. In 2008, I was bodyboarding in San Diego, and a wave slammed me head first into the ocean floor. I broke my neck, and when I crawled out of the water, Budden Enterprises was born. In working to heal this injury, the somatic component (including the body more directly) was introduced to the life enhancement equation.
While training in touch-based modalities, I discovered that by using a certain quality of touch, or by making micro-adjustments to posture, fundamental life shifts occurred in the client. Life shifts so profound that they rarely occurred through conversation alone, or meditation, or movement, or plant medicine... or anything. Lifetime patterns often collapsed, sometimes instantly; sometimes in layers.
I orchestrate breakthroughs for leaders, combining radical somatic strategies with compassionate, directed conversations. I don't 'contribute' anything; I simply clear obstacles.
We work with the sole aim of exponentially enhancing the quality of life and navigating life changes, often within seemingly 'impossible' timeframes.
I work with a handful of clients..., leaders, executives, creatives, and entrepreneurs... mostly by referral.
I've been refining these solutions for years, obsessively working to discover subtle and profound ways to enhance aliveness and increase effectiveness; to decrease the friction that slows the translation from intention into reality. If a little healing or awakening happens along the way, there will be space for that, too.
Your evolutionary leap, delivered.
PS. I owe a lot to meditation, which has laid the groundwork for much of my understanding. I'm an avid student of religions, though I consider myself more spiritual than religious. I've been influenced by Werner Erhard, Gurdjieff, and various Zen teachers. Songs I've written can be found on Pandora, under my pseudonym. I practice Tai Chi (Chen) in the woods. I taught English in South Korea for a time. I lived on a yoga retreat / organic peach farm one summer. I've lived on a sailboat in the Bay Area for a few years, while writing a novel. I moonlight as a graphic designer, branding expert, and copywriter. I am a lover of mechanical typewriters, my favorite being the Olivetti Lettera 32, which is usually on my desk, with a half composed rant jutting out. I was once a professional portrait artist, rendering life-sized portraits in oils. I have an MFA from SFAI, where I focused on the notion that abstract painting could provide healing to the creator and viewer. I'm passionate about studying what drives people, and the ideal diet for optimal functioning. I've completed a number of water fasts and juice fasts. I spent a year eating mostly fruit, while living in a cabin in the redwoods. I once wrote a screenplay, Enlightenment is Guaranteed, about a company that provides enlightenment experiences, many years before I began life enhancement consulting. That creative vision has guided me. I am the father of a new daughter, Rose.