What does it mean to use a truly integrative approach to healing…to growth…to living an exceptional life? I like to imagine a three legged stool as it is frequently used as an example of extraordinary strength & stability. In integrative coaching, the three legs we are referring to are the physical/structural, mental/emotional and spiritual areas of development.
In order to have the most stable foundation upon which to live an exceptional life, we must balance foundational health in each area and grow them simultaneously so as to maintain integrity.
In the physical/structural realm we begin with the shell. The physical body and your surroundings are addressed to provide stability. When we are in pain or chaos it is challenging enough just to “survive” let alone thrive! Areas of nutrition, movement, sleep, use of space, color, light and more are maximized.
Next we look to the mental/ emotional self, by reinforcing the foundational truth that you, and only you, control your mind. Your mind controls your body. So, to remain in health and happiness you must choose it…daily. For some of us, we must choose it hourly, and when facing great change, sometimes we must choose minute to minute… but choose it we must. Although willpower is the greatest force, it will not remain without reinforcement. Therefore, learning basic techniques to reinforce your healthy mind-body connections are essential.
Once you have the linear strength of uniting body and mind is when we must learn to lean on that which is intangible the most: spiritual truth. Maintaining and growing in faith is what completes one’s covenant with oneself. A strong intrapersonal communication is necessary for healthy, happy interpersonal relationships. Our covenant with others relies on a deep and powerful covenant with ourselves.
For those of you who have signed up for the free content library at MY30DAYREBOOT.com, You have likely already enjoyed several episodes where we have been digging deeper into this integrative approach. If you are new to My30DayReboot, I encourage you to consider what working with an Integrative Life Coach one-on-one, in a group or online setting could to to optimize your path to healing, growth and living your best life.