Moving from Resistance to Service and Stewardship

 

I was on the phone today with my good friend Diana Goldman.  She is a successful entrepreneur who runs a company called Beantown Kitchen.  She is passionate about sharing vegan cuisine information and teaching others how to provide highly nutritious, easy-to-prepare and delicious meals for themselves, their friends and families .  Recently she created and taught a five-week healthy cooking program designed to show particpants living at a low-income housing development that healthy vegan food can be affordable.  Diana is heartfelt about her desire to reduce suffering to humans, animals and the planet and loves everything about coaching, teaching and providing people with the resources they need to live more balanced healthy lives. 

 

We have so much in common as passionate entrepreneurs, we care about the health of our families, friends and clients, we care about our growing teen and young adult children.  We love creating beautiful experiences that help people find balance in their lives.  We also find it effortful, and challenging to share our goodness and love in a medium like Facebook or LinkedIn because as Diana pointed out, we have negative stories running in our heads about self-promotion.  After we collectively discovered this, I asked her with curiosity if she could create a different story for herself. I see that social media could be a helpful medium for her to share her knowledge and passions with the world.  Afterall, there is no question that when she is cooking and teaching she is in her element.  I would call that flow in my mindfulness based eastern view.  It’s a place when all things come together, and our work becomes seamless.  It is our stewardship! That sort of passion is worth sharing.

 

Many health professionals, healers, nutritionists, doctors, psychologist want to provide their services to others, but stepping into the world of social media can feel daunting and against our historic ideas about what is right, gracious, and acceptable. 

What if we were able to really tune in and ask ourselves from our highest most truthful inner source, is it true? Is it true that when we present our work on the internet we are self promoting and acting in a self-centered way?  If we tune into that soft place in our hearts, that inner knowing, we might become more comfortable sharing our passions without feeling showy or inconsistent with our need to be modest or genuine about who we are. 

 

In reality it’s quite daunting to present ourselves in social media.  That means we have to look deeper at ourselves and be authentic!  One of my yoga teachers Troy Hadead has been encouraging me to peel away the layers during my yoga practice, to dig a little deeper in every pose.  To revisit the pose each time as if it is brand new.  Applying this technique to my life off the yoga mat, I see that the challenge of sharingis caused by many layers of resistance.  Michael Lee,  my lead yoga teacher from Phoenix Rising reminds me that if we pay deeper attention to the body and the sensations of the body, with curiosity and openness, we may gain some awareness.  I notice that my thoughts and the stories in my head are not always in service to myself and others.  With awareness, perhaps Diana and my collective struggle with our historic stories about self promotion and sales might find a new pathway to love and service to others.  Perhaps we can begin to discern a new relationship with the resistance of sharing ourselves on a bigger platform.

 

Taking this realization to a new level, right after I got off the phone today,  I read that theNational Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) carefully assessed how recent developments in science, medicine, and health care have affected the Center’s strategic approaches in the diverse arena of complementary and integrative health. NCCIH seeks to identify strategies for promoting health and preventing disease. Behavioral risk factors, including an unhealthy diet, being overweight or obese, living a sedentary life, smoking or using tobacco products, and the excessive consumption of alcohol, are linked to increased rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. Preliminary evidence indicates that some complementary health approaches may be useful in encouraging improved self-care, an improved personal sense of well-being, and a greater commitment to a healthy lifestyle. For example, analysis of the 2012 NHIS data indicates that many people who practiced yoga reported that it motivated them to practice healthier behaviors, including eating better and exercising more regularly.”
 

We are both passionate about using our yoga and healthy eating knowledge to address this national crisis and guiding our clients to towards more happy, healthy and balanced lives! If social media can be helpful in this way, perhaps we ought to address the resistance and follow our hearts leading us on the path towards stewardship and service to others!