As a corporate speaker and a progress specialist I teach others how to achieve their goals, adopt a growth mindset, and increase workplace engagement, but success and progress are not just in the material world. The most important progress we can make in our lifetime is in the area of self-examination and self-knowledge. Successful leaders and employees know where their natural inclinations lie and use this knowledge to boost or compensate for those inclinations.
Have you ever:
– felt frustrated for repeating the same situations, patterns, and behaviors that get in the way of your progress in work and life?
– felt lost because you don’t know who you are outside of expectations and influences?
– doubted whether your decisions have really placed you on a path that satisfies your passions, talents, and life goals?
I did. And that’s why for two years I embarked on a self-discovery experiment where I carefully dissected and examined my past. My goal was to look for recurring patterns, themes and dots that connected that led the way to my true self and answered some of my questions about who I am today. Little did I know that this journey would take me deeply inward and what I saw was a glimpse of something much greater.
They say the best way to learn about consciousness and find spiritual growth is through your own direct experience. Your experiences are gifts that you can use to free yourself from your inner fears, insecurities, destructive behavior patterns and mental health issues. Through examination and awareness of inner disturbances you can find the source of your blockages and achieve healing.
I published my experiment and what I learned in Approaching Midnight. This is a journey for the brave – not one that many dare to take. The pain inside is so uncomfortable and challenging to face that most rather remain in ignorance, keep themselves busy, and even create entire personalities, thoughts, and beliefs around it just to avoid dealing with it. But facing it is the price for freedom. Are you ready?
COVID-19 has shown us just how connected we are. The collective trauma we’ve experienced in the last few years has dumped a heavy load on our nervous systems. Adding to that is the weight of our own unaddressed personal trauma and we get crushing stress responses that get in the way of doing good work.
My poetry chapbook, “My Solitude, My Secluded Wilderness” is about my years of exploring solitude and embracing aloneness in a chaotic world. Mindfulness has been proven to improve mental and physical health and help us lead happier lives. Much growth happens in stillness and I hope you will join me in the exploration.