Who Are Today's Wellness Coaches?
I help you recognize your true priorities, and set goals...
I bridge the gap between "thinking about it" and "taking action"...
I provide a safe environment to promote healing...
I have dedicated my life to serving the highest good...
Who am I?
I am a wellness coach!
Each and every coach you come across is unique, but overall you can expect us all to do our best to embody these foundational qualities. In today's world we have many opportunities for healing. We can heal our oceans and rivers, air, and soil. We can heal our communities, and schools, governing bodies, and countries. We can even heal our neighbors, by healing ourselves. The opportunities are truly endless, but healing isn't easy if we live a life that is energetically out of balance. We are surrounded by energies, and in our modern day western culture, much of this energy is masculine, very business oriented, factual, action packed, serious, stressful, analytical, etc. As a holistic wellness coach, I move you towards balancing the feminine and masculine energies in your life, and teach you how to live rooted in love.
So to answer the question "Who Are TODAY's Wellness Coaches?" I want to talk about the difference between health and wellness, and why the difference is worth highlighting.
According to dictionary.com Health is defined as,
"the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor"
"soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment"
Wellness is defined as,
"the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort"
"an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases"
Typically we go to the doctors office, or emergency room after we are already sick which is a sign that things have been out of balance for a long time. There you typically discuss your symptoms , prescriptions, any diseases you are at risk of encountering or currently have, and maybe your diet. Maybe. I know I've never been asked what I was eating until I mentioned I was a vegan, then my doctor was worried if I was "getting enough protein"... SMH. Now don't get me wrong, western medicine is very important and lifesaving in many situations, but not all of us want to wait until we have severe enough symptoms to be diagnosed with a named disease, to then be prescribed "medicine" and never get to the root of the dis-ease, to take the opportunity to truly heal. This of course is my attempt at summarizing a whole system, and of course not all of it's parts are going to fit into this simplified observation, but I feel most, if not all of you, will agree that the way we "make people healthy" is far from perfect. Our healthcare model is based on reductionist science, and the people who created it looked at it with a reductionist mindset. Reductionism is considered to have mainly masculine energy. More on reductionism later.
So let's say I'm a 45 year old man who was has high blood pressure, and I'm going into my doctors office to review the test results from my stress test, I'm only slightly overweight but not obese, and have above average muscle tone, working out 3-5 times per week and eat a Standard American Diet (SAD, lol). I sound healthy right? So when I get to my doctors appointment, and they go over my poor results, I'm likely to be checked to make sure I am on the appropriate dosage of prescription drug for my blood pressure, and add another medication for the newly found coronary artery disease. And then, after I have added a pill or two to my regimen, they might mention lifestyle changes. This, is not acceptable, not with the nearly indisputable research that we have had sitting under our noses for decades that continues to be backed up as we further research holistic (or as one of my favorite plant based doctors, Dr. T. Collin Campbell would say, Wholisitc) healing.
THIS is why the wellness coaches are needed. People are tired of not being well. People don't just want to be "healthy" they want to have vitality, independence from medications and invasive procedures, they want to feel alive!
I truly believe that wellness coaches are going to become the new norm. It will be like having a hair dresser, or primary doctor, or a dentist. What makes a wellness coach unique in today's ever growing service based work force, is we are treating you as a whole being, a body, a mind, a soul, and a heart. When is the last time you had a dentist recommend that you use biodegradable floss, to lessen your impact on the environment? Or what about a mental health professional mentioning the idea that, when you consume something that comes from violence, ie: a piece of a cow, or fish, or cheese, that it may be adding violence to your life? We are more than a body. We are more than a consciousness. We are more than the sum of our parts and cannot effectively heal if our tools lie in a reductionist mindset. Wellness coaches are trained to see you as a whole, and we understand that every person who comes to us with "the same problem" will all have vastly different paths to healing. That's our specialty, empathizing, and understanding you well enough to tell you what you need to know, and aide you down your path towards wellness.
Today's wellness coaches are anyone who has dedicated their life to healing. Healing themselves, so they can heal their neighbors, so together they can heal the community, the city, the state, the country, our world. Your wellness coach is going to be someone you feel you can trust and open up to, someone who has potentially had similar life experiences as you, and someone who wants to dedicate their time to your healing journey, not because they have to, but because that's their calling and they simply can'y deny it.