I see my purpose as a coach and consultant to support others to feel and be more resourceful.
So when I was a participant on a workshop recently, I appreciated that one of their opening questions to the group was… What resources you?
To reflect on that is resourcing in itself.
We remind ourselves of what energises us, refuels and recharges us. We actually feel better by remembering. And definitely more so by actually doing that very thing.
We have an innate wisdom to seek and do what resources us. It’s called life. And it’s deeply personal and particular to each of us. We notice in our bodies what and who brings us alive. What helps us function effectively. And what make us feel good and whole. We know what stops us from feeling depleted and fills us up when we do. What buffer us to weather those storms. These are the strategies we adopt to overcome difficulties. They build our resilience and feed our soul. In times of stress we can draw on them to offer immediate relief and perspective. But we also engage in them as part of our lives. Out of sheer joy and love.
Filling up the energy box
The external act of resourcing enables us to access our internal resources. This is its real value. The more we are conscious of what we tap into, the more we can nurture that strength. That quality and how we integrate it into our daily being. For me, what a colleague referred to as ‘filling up the energy box’ is meditation and being in nature.
Meditation helps me feel aware, balanced, at home with paradox. This aids me in change and ambiguity. So I give priority to meditating every day. In a heated moment, it is enough to access those inner qualities by a pause and coming into presence. Similarly being in nature is deeply resourcing for me. It makes me feel more connected and free. This helps me be centred and deal with complexity. Even if I cannot be deep in mother nature, I can imagine it or reflect on my own nature. Or the natural form of what is around me. This facilitates a sense of that same interconnectivity.
One of the wonderful things coming out of the Covid19 crisis, is the way in which people emerged ‘out of the homes’ virtually to offer their gifts and various ways for us to reset and resource. A fellow consultant Mike Hurst took this to another level, and created a YouTube channel For You, bringing in various collaborators. From inspiring stories in business, sport and life in general, to exercises we can do in our home, laughing yoga, meditation, art music and activities for children – it is an eclectic mix of content to comfort and inspire. Here on the channel, I talk about nature in ‘lockdown’ and here I mention 3 ways to deepen your connection with nature.
Reflect on what resources you. Fiercely protect that very thing. And go easy on yourself when you can’t. What you need is within you.
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