· Practice the universal Loving Kindness (meditation) exercise on p. 93.
When I completed this exercise I felt an increase level of connectedness. I also felt a greater level of responsibility to my part in helping those I work with reach their health and wellness goals. However, what I didn’t feel this time was the helplessness of being only one person who wants to make a difference. Something about knowing that we are all in this course and working on loving kindness meditation made me feel that we are collectively making a difference.
· Describe the exercise and assessment process. What did you discover about yourself? What area have you chosen to be a focus of growth and development? Why? What are some specific exercises or activities that you can implement to foster greater wellness in this area?
This week I chose to focus on the relationship I have with my children. A few weeks ago we were on spring break and we had such a great time. It reminded me how much I missed being self-employed and able to work my schedule around their schedule. When I went back to work after spring break, I felt divided. Now, having a full-time job and still having my wellness business and being in school offers a different set of challenges. The weekends typically are when we get to spend the most time together. What I discovered through the exercise is that I was carrying around a lot of guilt about the having less time to spend with the kids. After doing this exercise I decided to include them more in what I am learning. I have done the loving-kindness exercise with them and also the subtle mind meditation. I have noticed one thing that has changed is right away is that they seem to be having fewer disagreements, which is truly a help to me. I plan to continue to work with them in these areas so that they will have these tools much earlier in life than I did to prepare for their place in there world.