The Spirituality of Coaching
Coaching is a spiritual act. It's a practice grounded broadly in beliefs about who we are as human persons--that we're created whole and resourceful, that our connections to one another and to the world around us open our lives to meaning, and that we best find this meaning through a mindful attention to the purpose that we each uniquely hold. My commitment to this spiritual view of the world and of each one of us enables me to see in you the resources that you need only tap to find a life that is rich and true.
“Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to ultimately be at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be.” – Abraham Maslow
"There is in all things... a hidden wholeness"
Too much of our cultural history tells us that we are flawed, broken, incomplete. Religious teachings on human depravity and psychological teachings on the pathology of human psychodynamics are examples that come readily to mind. Coaching, on the other hand, is rooted in a broad collection of traditions that claim that we are gifted and whole. So much of what prevents us from realizing ourselves in not our inadequacies, but that we don't recognize and act on the many ways that we are more than adequate. Too often our gifts and our wholeness are hidden from us. A first goal of coaching is to help you to uncover the resources that you possess but don't recognize so that you can use them to live out your values and fulfill your purpose in the world.
"You didn't come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here." Alan Watts
"Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need." -- Frederick Buechner
This emphasis on our wholeness begins with a belief that we are intimately tied to the world in which we live. Each of our lives are an expression of the Life of the world, and that is a source of direction and meaning for us. We can listen to our lives and discover where Life might be calling us. And in following Life's call, we find meaning through our connection to the broader world.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” – Proverbs 29:18
You are here for a reason. I can't tell you that reason. It lies within you. But I can promise you that there is a reason, that you will find joy in fulfilling that reason, and that you can discover that reason by listening to your life. When you recognize your reason or purpose in life through an exploration of your values, your gifts, and your desires, then you can craft a life that is coherent with your deepest self. Then you can live truly the wholeness that is hidden within you.