There are multiple health benefits, but what it gives me personally is solitude and challenge to be still.
Many of us don’t know what it means to be still – physically or mentally. We’re so engaged in thought and racing around with activity that we never have space for actual peace.
Through the work of personal and professional development coaching, I’ve taken on Eugene Peterson’s words, “How can I lead people to the quiet place beside still waters if I’m in perpetual motion?” Facilitating the thoughts of others requires inner peace. Coaching requires listening, understanding and challenge for clarity in thinking that leads to conscious action. If I’m unable to facilitate my own consciousness, what good am I in helping others with theirs?
But it’s not just with coaching.
It’s parenting, teaching, marriage, business decision-making, and relationship building.
One thing I’ve learned over the last two years working with leaders is that you can only lead as far as you yourself can go. If you’re angry, you’ll lead others to anger. If you’re hopeless, you’ll lead others to hopelessness. And if you’re peace, you’ll lead others to peace.
When energy is jammed up inside, conditional habits show up to cope, avoid or distract us. When we make an opportunity be still to sit with that energy and let it run it’s course, we’ll find it will dissipate.
All really is well.
Reflect: What energy do you notice yourself leading with most often? What keeps you jammed up?
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