Today I’ll be offering free coaching sessions for non-profit professionals at the Craigslist Boot Camp at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. This event is designed to inspire, nourish, and support people whose work directly benefits our communities-- and I’m really looking forward to being part of it as one of 50 volunteer coaches from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).
As part of my coaching there, I’ll also invite the Boot Camp participants I work with to honor and listen to what their bodies are saying to them. I distinctly remember a photo a colleague took of me hard at work in our non-profit office many years ago. Now, after my training in somatics (body awareness), I can clearly see the rigidity of my back-- leaning tensely forward over my desk and locked into itself-- that went with my shallow breathing as I strained all my awareness into my work.
Over the years, as a somatic therapist giving stress-management workshops, I’ve seen that type of body posture often in professionals from other non-profits, software companies, schools, and business firms. The message so clearly embodied is: “Work is hard. It takes all my energy and leaves none for breathing and feeling. I will myself to focus only on my work and not my well-being, unless maybe there’s time for that later (and there probably won’t be).”
Recognize yourself? When did you last stop to check in with yourself at work, inhale and exhale slowly and deeply, and actually feel the sensations in your body? For it is in this way that your body speaks to you, through sensations-- warmth, cold, tension, openness, flexibility, depletion-- and can help you learn to access the energy and aliveness you need in order to find fulfillment in what you do and how you are in the world.
For me, it took a change of profession (into my own businesses of somatic therapy and coaching), plus meditation, yoga, and qi gong to learn that I could stay present with both my work and conscious opening in my body. In fact, when I stay pliable and open by breathing and moving with awareness during working hours, I notice that my mind focuses more easily, my interactions with people flow, and I feel better, physically and emotionally, at the end of the day.
This is the experience I’ve seen replicated with the many people I’ve worked with through their career and life transitions over the years. Listen to your body talk-- at work and in all the other areas of your life. Listen to the wisdom of your body self, and just breathe into it.
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