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One Box At A Time

One Box At A Time

What exactly do you do? This is a question I frequently get and have a hard time summing up in an elevator pitch kind of way.  So I would reply with something that was easy:  I’m a health coach, or I help people with their stress or I work holistically with people on their health. None of those really captured what I offer. Admittedly, I was not comfortable talking about the spiritual aspect of health: fearing I would be judged for being a bit “out there” or “woo-woo”. Brene Brown says that “courage starts with letting ourselves be seen”. So, this new website is letting myself be seen! This is what I’ve been up to for several years; learning and delving into all these aspects of health and healing which are fascinating and powerful.   I am hoping this new website gives you a better understanding of what I have to offer and why I believe this approach is so important.

New elevator pitch – I am a mind, body, spirit practitioner offering ways to bring all three into balance. Maybe still a bit enigmatic but perhaps getting closer!

Creating the new website, which is a better fit for my work, coincided with downsizing and moving into a home that is better suited to our current status as “empty nesters”. It involved getting very clear on what to keep and what to bring with us. What we were ready to let go of and what we were choosing to bring into the space that we live?  The process was difficult and at the same time joy-filled as each closet, box, and drawer became a memory box to sort through. Our new space is uncluttered, open, light filled.  It is peaceful and an easy place to live.

My process working with people is similar.  What needs to go and what needs to come in for you to align with your highest potential; potential for health, peace, happiness.  We approached our household objects in categories:  clothes, books, furniture, artwork, photos, memorabilia, etc. Literally each object considered for usefulness, attachment (love or joy), and does it fit with our new desire to be free of stuff?  Slow at first as everything seemed precious but as time went on, it became pretty easy to toss the majority of our stuff in the sell, trash or recycle categories!

Approaching your whole health is similar.  Using the categories of mind, body and spirit, we can consider what are in those boxes:

  • Mind:   What thoughts, beliefs, old patterns, old hurts, out-dated ways of viewing yourself are blocking your potential or creating stress?
  • Body:  What is the body trying to tell you through your current experience?  What kinds of lifestyle choices need to be added or let go of to care for your body? What stressors or old traumas need to be addressed and let go of?
  • Spirit:  What is your relationship with Spirit? What kind of concept of God or a higher power do you have and does that fit with your inner wisdom or experience or is it something you were handed to as a child? What kinds of approaches might allow you to open to actually experiencing yourself as Spirit, connected to your Source in everything you encounter?

Nothing happens in isolation.  Everything is connected to everything! Like with my move, our attachments can be hard to let go of at first. But, shining a light in just one area will help to bring much into focus and balance which frees up energy. I think I needed to go through all my stuff and let go of a lot (not just the things) to gain some clarity in order to do the new website. I’m excited to share all that I have learned over the years as my journey kept me curious to keep learning– how can I heal my own body? how can I find my center? And now lately – how to live from the True Self?  It doesn’t happen all at once, but rather similar to moving from my big, old house, one box at a time.

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