The Whole Person Blog: Week Eight, Day Five, Part 1/2 - The Art of Cultivating
Thursday, February 20th, 2020
Over the next ten days, we will dive into the guideposts Brene shares on leading a wholehearted life, from cultivating authenticity to intuition to laughter. Each quality is preceded by the word cultivating, which means to nurture and help grow. The "ing" is a gentle way of saying you need to be involved, and cultivate conveys change as a process, which inherently manages two expectations that often go unmanaged.
Twenty years ago, as a personal trainer, the word cultivate wouldn't have symbolically meant much to me. I would have probably wondered what plants had to do with personal training. At that time, I'm not sure I understood that there were a Mind and Spirit attached to the Body I was training...and I was in very good company. Conversations in the trainer's office would center on intensity, aggressiveness, and superficiality. This was not bad or wrong as much as it was a cultural measure of success.
As a MindBodySpirit® Coach, my nomenclature has shifted along with my paradigms. I find myself uttering words like healing, generosity, evolution, acceptance, and dignity, all of which share the same spirit as cultivating. The days of top-down accountability and outside-in, guilt-based training is falling by the wayside, and people are craving to be treated as A
Whole Person. As professionals, it is our responsibility to cultivate environments for people whereby their success long outlasts our engagements with them.
"Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are." Brene Brown