My job as a career intuitive coach is to point to the “X” that is marking the spot of your life’s buried treasure—you know, the one you’re standing right next to while you look wildly at the sky? Then, I help you to notice the shovel you’re holding in your hands. Yes, it’s been there all along. Finally, my coaching sessions can be summarized in one word, “Dig.”
Read on for the first of three questions I ask my clients to help them find their “X”, notice their shovel, and to begin to dig toward their buried treasure.
Question 1: Are you a body-mind with a soul or a soul with a body-mind?
Spiritual seekers around the world generally follow the adage that we are souls first and body-minds second. But many of us live in the opposite extreme.
Close your eyes and take a deep breath. What part of your existence “talks” to you first? Your body, your brain, or your soul? What most people will notice is that their brain, specifically their logical left brain, talks to them first. It might say something like, “Why are you asking this question? This isn’t very practical.”
The left brain is an important component of our human experience, but it was never meant to operate in isolation. Many people enthrone this part of themselves, and in doing so, they lose contact with their bodies, souls, and right brains. Imagine if you only ate one food group —grains perhaps. Grains are good for you right? But they aren’t meant to be our sole source of sustenance. If we only eat one food group, we develop nutritional deficiencies. By only using and noticing our left brains, we are developing dangerous levels of spiritual malnutrition.
In the study of Yoga, one of the ways we are taught to create change is to cultivate the opposite. Socrates affirmed this ancient teaching when he said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
Begin by noticing that you have a right brain, a body, and a soul. Close your eyes and scan through your experience, observing each of these aspects of your self in turn. Notice your right brain, which is the seat of big-picture, global, and creative thinking. Scan your body, taking time to feel each part on its own and then feeling your body in its totality. Finally, seek your soul. The mantra “Sat Nam” can be helpful in this practice. It translates to True Name. Repeat it until the left brain quiets down.
Make a promise to yourself, what we call Sankalpa in Sanskrit, to cultivate all aspects of yourself on a daily basis.
Check back in a few days to read about Question #2.
You've got a big decision to make.
"Can you give me 24 hours to think about it?" you ask.
But why don't we ever ask for time to feel about our decisions?
You're pitching a new idea to your boss or co-worker. You sign your email with this: Thoughts?
But why not this: Feels?
I just completed my certification as a Career Intuitive Coach, a training that included instruction on connecting to our intuitive feelings and helping our clients to do the same. I'm so excited to do this work because in hindsight, the best decisions in my life were based on my right-brain feelings or intuition instead of my left-brain logic. On a good day, my left-brain spins me in circles.
There's a lot of debate as to whether our left and right brains really do process information differently. I'm of the camp that would argue that the people who've shot down left-brain/right-brain processing are left-brain thinkers instead of right-brain feelers.
After watching this incredible TED talk by Jill Bolte Taylor I am even more convinced, not that I needed convincing.
So let's just do it. Let's start a revolution of Feels. Our theme song can be Feeladelphia Freedom.
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