Thursday, March 13, 2014

When You Walk Into a Room Everyone is Blessed

I recently attended IIN Live and listened two days of lectures from a dozen or so amazing leaders in the health and happiness movement. I studiously took notes on the good guidance I received, with optimism that at some point I'll review them so what I heard will sink in better, but one message was instantly engraved in my heart.

"Become the person that when you walk into a room everyone is blessed." -Tosha Silver, author of Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead.

I love this quote because it demands us to be big, confident, and put ourselves out there. It requires using muscles I feel I wasn't encouraged, raised, or educated to buff up. I think a lot of other women reading this can relate. (Holler if you hear me!)

I also love the Tosha Silver quote because it engages the imagination and spirit. It's not a "do blank and be awesome" command. We need advice and more things to do like we need a hole in the head! Instead Tosha invokes the questions, How can I do this? How can I be a blessing to everyone I encounter? And trust me, you know the answer.

Since I can't turn into a cat, for me becoming the person that walks into a room and everyone is blessed means...

Embracing my mission as a votary of the Lotus Sutra and striving for kosen-rufu (world peace through individual happiness). I do this by praying for others, introducing others to the practice, believing in everyone's infinite potential and reflecting that faith to them, and recommitting to be my best self at every breath.

Embracing my mission as a health coach. This means listening to others and guiding them to trust and listen their intuition so that they can heal their bodies and spirits. This also means believing in others so that they can believe in themselves. I not only do this with clients but look for opportunities to do this with everyone who could use a little support. 

Sharing IIN. Studying at Institute for Integrative Nutrition has transformed my life. I am surprised by how many people I meet are actually curious about becoming a health coach or getting an intensive education on wellness so they can heal themselves and their families. I'm happy to be the person in the room letting folks know, "Yup. There's a school for that!"

Treating myself like a treasure. Treating myself well and loving myself gives everyone else permission to do the same. How wonderful would the world be if we all did this? Honestly, this is something I struggle with at times but I'm fortunate enough to have my own health coach who gently urges me to maintain my self-care. (Thank you Michele!)

Dancing. It's impossible to dance and feel bad. I dare you to try! It's also hard to see someone else dancing and not dance yourself. Okay, maybe some die hard dance-phobes won't dance but they will at least smile and share my joy. My favorite dance and joy activists are Samuel J. Kirschner, Jess Grippo, and Jeanine the Dancing Chef.

What are some ways you can be a blessing to everyone you encounter?

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