This week’s practice was a challenge, but a bit easier than previous weeks; I kept falling asleep, and after the third attempt was successful in completing the meditation. Purifying my mind, speech, and heart, and allowing myself to be embodied by the Dalai Lama’s compassion, love, and wisdom was a new place for me to be. Allowing myself to be the healer, and serve with purpose and wisdom felt as though I was elevated to a space inside myself which requires a lot of patience, and practice to maintain. Conducting regular mindfulness practice has slowed down my knee-jerk reactions, which is replaced by observing then responding with loving-kindness, compassion, gratitude, and forgiveness.
I can make mindfulness an intentional, vital part of my daily practice, to ensure greater health and wellness; in the same way I participate in physical activities on a daily basis, I must incorporate daily meditation in my life.
“One cannot lead where one has not gone himself”, means that if I don’t have the knowledge and experience of a topic, concept, or subject I cannot impart knowledge of the subject to others; I cannot give what I don’t have. As a health and wellness professional I must first develop health, happiness and wholeness within myself; know and understand what it takes, and feels like to be healthy mentally, physically, and spiritually in order to be a leader or healer to others.
Not developing oneself as a health and wellness professional would be much like, “the blind leading the blind” when attempting to lead a person towards health, happiness and wholeness.