“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
In this quarter’s newsletter I highlight a few of the wellness tools that I will teach you about, and encourage you to use, as I partner with you to recover from your trauma, or help you through a major life-changing decision you are faced with. Wellness is defined as the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal. Good health involves your spiritual health, mental health, and physical health. Those that I work with quickly realize that while all three are important and worked on together, your spiritual wellness is key to your recovery from the results of trauma. I cannot overemphasize the need for talks with our God, who created and loves us, and self-reflection through meditation. Prayer and meditation are important parts of wellness, no matter what stage of recovery you are in, or what major decision you are contemplating.
Prayer. Prayer in the Hebrew Bible is an evolving means of interacting with God, most frequently through a spontaneous, or individual form of petitioning and/or thanking. In biblical examples, such as with Isaac, Moses, Samuel, and Job, the act of praying is a method of changing a situation for the better. Through coaching I will demonstrate the use of prayer and show you how it can become one of the most powerful tools God has given us. Interaction with God can occur through spoken words and through written words. Prayer becomes a daily activity that when combined with study of the Bible, become significant wellness tools for recovery and critical decision-making.
You will learn to read the Bible and your favorite daily devotional. You will learn various settings that lend themselves to prayer. You will learn to use short prayers throughout the day, such as “help me Jesus”, “fill me with your peace”, as spiritual nutrients – soul vitamins that will fill you with joy even in the toughest times of your life. Finally, I will show you how to journal your prayers and thoughts on a frequent basis; helping you to look back at things in your life that you have dealt with or still need to deal with.
Meditation. I emphasize two aspects of mediation that I can help you better understand and use. They are mindfulness meditation and movement meditation.
Mindfulness Meditation. Mindfulness meditation involves paying attention to your thoughts as they pass through your mind. You don’t judge the thoughts or become overly involved with them. You simply observe and take note of any patterns. This practice combines concentration with awareness. I will show you how to focus on an object, or your breath, while you carefully observe your bodily sensations, thoughts, and feelings. This type of meditation starts with coaching and practice, and then becomes a technique you can use on your own for the rest of your life.
Movement Meditation. This technique involves movement activities to aid in meditation. It’s an active form of meditation where the movement guides you. Although most people think of yoga when they hear movement meditation, this practice may also include walking through the woods, gardening, swimming, and other forms of physical motion. It’s a physically active form of meditation where movement guides your thoughts. I find movement meditation most effective for clients who find peace in action, and prefer to let their minds wander. The added benefit to movement meditation is the release of the hormones serotonin, and dopamine, that provide calming effects and feeling of happiness.
My prayer is that the information in this newsletter will help you as you walk the journey of recovery and critical decision-making. It represents only part of the tools a certified coach can bring to you. If I can help coach you through your difficult time, please don’t hesitate to contact me.