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What is a Holistic Coach?

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To me, a Holistic Health Coach is someone who looks at others from all aspects of their being while seeing them as Whole, Creative, and Resourceful.  As a Holistic Health Coach, I help people discover what they are really wanting, why, and how to get there.  We remove the blocks that are standing in the way so that possibilities can unfold.

We have a habit of separating things in our culture.  You may go to one doctor to solve a problem, and he/she looks at only one aspect of your being.  You may wonder, like me, is there a better way?  Related: Holistic or Wholistic?

How I healed my Wrist with a Holistic Approach:

For one, I had wrist pain for 6 years, I eventually had surgery on my wrist, after 6 months of rehab, it still hurt.  When I went back to the Dr, she said, “I think we need to take out another bone.”  You can read my holistic healing story Every cell of my body screamed “NO more surgeries!”.  So I set out on a mission to heal my body by looking at many aspects of my being like:

  • Eating better
  • Changing my thought patterns
  • Creating better habits
  • Understanding my beliefs and patterns so I could shift them
  • Getting in sync with my circadian clock/nature’s rhythms
  • Lowering my stress
  • Eliminating toxins in my air, water, food, skin products, etc.

Undoubtedly, I healed my wrist after many years of deep investigation of my life and being.   It has been worth every step, every sacrifice, and every challenge to now feel Whole, Vibrant, Energetic, and Alive.

Other examples are when we focus on diet to lose weight trying trend after trend.  Perhaps we lose weight and later gain it back again.

Or, you may injure your back and see a chiropractor and/or a massage therapist, but have you taken a look at other aspects that contribute to your weight or back pain, like:

  • The thoughts that go through your head
  • How you utilize your emotions
  • Your belief systems
  • How you stand, sit, walk, and sleep
  • What you eat
  • Toxins you are exposed to
  • Things that drain your energy
  • Things that light you up
  • Sleep habits/patterns
  • Unhealthy Habits
  • Exercise or lack of
  • Your relationships
  • Stress levels

A Holistic Approach…

…is about taking into account your whole being Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit to deeply understand yourself.

The coolest part about a Wholistic Approach is that it feels good.  Understanding oneself from a variety of perspectives is powerful and life-changing in the best of ways.

Sure it is more comfortable to stay in the ‘comfort’ zone, but that is not where we find the exhilaration of life or the expansion of our being.

What Makes Me a Good Holistic Coach?

As a certified Health Coach, I learned how to use the philosophies of Ayurveda, a 5000 yr old practice, that helps one understand the makeup of one’s unique being.  This gives me a knowledge base to support others in understanding who they are.

In addition, the Ayurveda habits teach us how to find alignment with nature’s rhythms/circadian clock.  Studying how to create healthy habits and teach them to others has been life-changing and transformative for me.  It is absolutely available to you too.

Furthermore, I am trained as a Professional Leadership Coach.  A Coach is someone who sees others as Creative, Resourceful, and Whole.  As a coach, I practice deep listening to understand:

  • Who you are?
  • What are your deepest dreams and desires?
  • What stands in the way of you getting there?
  • How do you limit yourself?
  • What perspective might you shift that would change everything?
  • If you were being bold, what would you do in this world?

What is the difference between Holistic and Wholistic?

They are basically the same:  Holistic = Wholistic

As described by Merriam Webster: 

Holistic was coined by South African soldier and statesman Jan Christian Smuts in the 1920s…….Viewing the universe in terms of “wholes”.  …… he defines holism as “[the] tendency in nature to form wholes that are greater than the sum of the parts through creative evolution.”

‘The sum is greater than the parts.’

To me, this means that it is important to consider the whole person and not just separate parts of a person.  I actually love the spelling, Wholistic, as do many writers, because it contains the word Whole.  ‘Whole’ is defined as:

  • All of; entire
  • In an undamaged state, in one piece
  • A thing that is complete in itself

So I will use Holistic and Wholistic interchangeably.

Most importantly, a key part of my healing, that may help you too, was to begin to see myself as ‘Whole’.  In addition, how I help others is to see them as ‘Whole’, and guide them into recognizing and creating that reality for themselves.  Instead of letting my mind go down a rabbit hole of negativity and worry, I choose to say to myself things like:  “I am Whole!”  So let’s get Wholistic!

What do Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit mean in the Wholistic Approach?

To be our best selves, I believe we must find Coherence between what we think, what we feel, and what we do.  Below are some tips to do that.

How do I find Coherence in the Mind, Body, and Soul?

MIND

From the perspective of your mind and a Wholistic Approach, you can ask yourself these questions:

  1. What are my thought patterns?
  2. Where do they come from?
  3. Are my thoughts kind, loving, and supportive?
  4. Do they help me thrive?
  5. What do my thoughts have to do with my well-being?
  6. What else is possible for me?
  7. I wonder what I am capable of creating?

Your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy.  If you don’t look at it, observe it, and take accountability for your thoughts then there is a predictable default reality awaiting you.  However, when you get intentional and design the best thoughts, the best visions, and use your creative mind, it can serve you in finding Coherence and achieve your dreams. Related article: What is mindfulness?

BODY & NUTRITION

Of course, everything is connected, so your mind affects your body.  What you say in your mind, the body will follow.  Your body has so much to share with you.  Here are some tools that will serve you:

  • Practice feeling and listening to your body
  • Slow down and use your senses more fully
  • Feel your emotions as they arise in your body, how are they trying to serve you?
  • Take good care of your body
  • Develop powerful habits that make feeling great easy and effortless
  • Listen to all your brain centers – mind, heart, and gut
  • Cultivate your Intuition
  • Move your body daily
  • Feed your body the best

These are key elements of your health and wellbeing that can help you feel Vibrant, Energetic, and Alive.

SOUL

To me, the Soul describes the part of us that is different than anyone else.  You are a unique special being on this planet.  There is no one like you, never has been and never will be.  When we tap into our souls we can start to see our own desires and gift to offer the world.

Emotions are part of the Soul communicating with us.  Each emotion is a vibration of love and a gift.  If we can start to see the beauty and gift of our emotions and gain tools to use them to serve ourselves and others, then we will easily create and connect powerfully in this world.  When thinking about the soul I think of these things:

  • Emotions
  • Personality – the uniqueness of each individual
  • Intuition – listening and feeling to gain understanding

SPIRIT

How is your Spirit different than your Soul? Good question.  I see the Spirit as different from the Soul.  To me, Spirit is the higher self and universal consciousness.  I believe we are all connected.  We are all one.  This one big consciousness that is all of creation is Spirit.  When I think of Spirit I think of these things:

  • We are all one.
  • I am a part of something bigger.
  • What I do for another, I do for myself.
  • If I change myself, I help change the world
  • Spirit is the pure essence of love – eternity
  • Seeing the big picture

In summary, as a Holistic Health Coach, I engage in a creative partnership to inspire others to connect to all parts of their being to align their mind, body, soul, and spirit so they can creatively offer their greatest gifts to the world.

I help people dig deep into their dreams and recognize old thought patterns that keep them stuck.  One insight at a time, life is transformed on an exponential life-changing trajectory.

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