Monday, November 15, 2010
What Are You Feeding On?
I keep on ending up where I started with my coaching conversations. It goes something like this: “so what do you really want?” Rarely do I get a straight answer. Most of the time she goes on explaining something that happened or is happening, hoping that I can infer what it is that she wants. I’ll listen and go back to the same question. She gets frustrated, she says she doesn’t know, or she comes up with another story.
We walk together to the same place, the place we started. Sometimes I am the provocateur, sometimes a teacher, a companion, a friend, and most of the time she knows that I have walked in those exact same steps. She trusts that I won’t belittle the pain, frustration or exhaustion she is feeling. In fact, I won’t even pretend to take it away. She knows that I honor her journey, her choices, and her experience. I have nothing to gain or lose regardless of what she does or doesn’t do.
We sometimes gently and other times, not so gently investigate her food source. What has she been feeding on I ask. Sometimes it is an old memory, the way things used to be, a fantasy, or a dream. Sometimes it is her work, she likes being busy, it numbs the feelings. Sometimes it is her children or her family. Sometimes it is an ex-husband who just won’t go away. Sometimes it is worry about the future, what will happen to her or her children. Sometimes it is the fear of the “what ifs”, her ending up in a situation she had worked so hard not to end up in. Sometimes it is her addiction to control and to perfect. Sometimes it is the drama in her life, her work, or on TV. And sometimes it is food, when she isn’t even hungry.
Once we know what she is really hungry for, then we ask the question again: what do you really want? From this place, abstaining from the junk she really doesn’t want to be feeding on anymore, she can go within and embrace who she truly is and then the real journey begins.
This is why I love what I do. I get to walk with amazing women who inspire me with their courage, honesty and a desire to change every day.
Questions to Ponder:
1) What have you been feeding on?
2) What are you really hungry for?
3) How will you know you’ve found what you’ve really wanted?
Spiritual life coaching is a process that helps clarify your real wants and desires in life. Without the filters and feeding tubes, you can now make conscious choices about where you want to go and how you want to get there. If you’d like to investigate if spiritual life coaching might help you on your journey, please contact me.