Spiritual Coaching is the practice of empowering someone to live as the highest expression of themselves in all aspects of life. In this respect, the goal isn’t to fix or change anyone, but instead to use tools, philosophy and daily practices to live life from a place of wholeness, health, and inspiration.
In order to do so, we must find ways to integrate life’s many facets while maintaining presence and clarity, which for many people includes having a grounded, practical, and comprehensive spiritual practice. It is only when we learn to live in balance that we can achieve our highest potential and maximize our capacity to create impact in the world.
- Cultivate a personalized spiritual practice. It is important to realize that a sane, comprehensive, sustainable spiritual practice can’t be developed by reading the latest NY Times best-selling book or taking a weekend yoga workshop. Spiritual practice is a dynamic work in progress that requires heartfelt commitment, practice, and oftentimes personalized guidance. A true spiritual practice should be a functional system built on authentic practices, with long term goals, and that can be carried out joyfully and consistently. Each person and stage of life are unique, meaning our yoga and meditation practice needs to adapt in harmony with what is present.
Based upon the physical and mental needs and intentions of the practitioner, a true spiritual practice (sadhana) can be developed using a combination of physical yoga practices (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation (mantra, iRest Yoga Nidra guided meditation, silent meditation, mindfulness practices), and yoga philosophy. There is an ancient art and science to the intricacies of each aspect of practice. Applying these practices in a way that is relevant and effective in modern life requires another layer of understanding. When practiced with informed, conscious intention, a spiritual practice becomes a vibrant source for living a fully self-actualized life.
- Deepen yoga and meditation practices: Ideally, our yoga and meditation practices should illuminate life with energy, enthusiasm, steadiness, and uncaused joy. That is definitely not everyone’s experience when they begin practicing yoga and meditation. Let’s be honest- sitting down to meditate can feel a lot like listening to the ‘Top 10 Playlist’ of the thoughts you can’t get out of your mind. It is possible to move from plateaus and stagnation to deep connection and inspiration in your practice. It requires an understanding of the underlying mechanisms that lead to true fulfillment both on and off your yoga mat/ meditation cushion. By always looking to deepen our understanding of these nuanced practices, we can integrate them more holistically into all aspects of life. A spiritual coach can help you navigate the layers of consciousness with insights that transform pain and frustration into peace, purpose, presence, and growth.
- Refining one’s life’s purpose. Discovering our ‘calling’ in life is a practice of deep, soulful listening to discover what wants to take life through us. It also a process that requires a conscious, intelligent, organized thought process and plan. Your ‘dream’ can become a nightmare if it is not thoughtfully conceived and carried out. Living a life of ‘dharma’ brings both our lives and the lives of those around us into harmony. A spiritual practice is incomplete if it doesn’t include our life’s work. Therefore, an essential part of spiritual coaching is to help people identify their deeper purpose in life and guide clients to realize their goals in sustainable ways.
- Creating meaningful change in the world. A fully self-actualized life includes creating a positive impact in the world around us. There are many ways in which we can create change: money, time, intention, goods and services. Yet how can we create the most impact when we give? What is it that actually creates change? How can we create not just short-term impact, but also long term and systemic changes in the process? How can we raise awareness and inspire others to create meaningful change? How can we learn the most from the experience?
Are these questions a part of spiritual practice? Absolutely.