“By making observations, stating their point of view, and inquiring into practice, coaches erode stagnant and unchallenged routines to spark analysis, reflection, and appropriate change.”
-Jim Knight, Coaching Approaches and Perspectives
I have four ‘principles’ or ‘universal truths’ that guide my coaching style.
Everyone has experienced stress.
Whether it be perinatal or transpersonal, you have encountered a stressful, possibly traumatic event. We may not consciously remember all of our trauma, but our body does. Research is beginning to show that our bodies can even remember transgenerational trauma. In other words, we feel the stresses that our ancestors endured.
Stress often leads to imbalance.
Our bodies, as biological organisms, cannot experience perfect symmetry. We all have literal and metaphorical forces pushing and pulling us off balance. Addiction is just one example of an imbalance that can occur following traumatic stress. It is easy to get caught in habitual behavior, since volitional action requires balance and mindfulness.
The goal of healing is homeostasis.
Homeostasis is a medical and biological term which refers to a mechanism that keeps bodily processes stable and constant — in a word, balanced. Disease is the result of homeostatic breakdown, and thus, diseases are essentially an imbalance in one or more bodily feedback loops. ‘Curing’ diseases is quite literally restoring balance.
Consciousness is designed to find balance.
I have devoted my entire life to the study of consciousness and I have gathered extensive knowledge of philosophy, behavior, and biology. We all have the power to heal ourselves and create balance in our lives. As Dr. Antonio Damasio says: “Consciousness [is] the most sophisticated means at our disposal to regulate homeostasis and manage life.”
You may be wondering, “If consciousness is the answer to healing disease, stress and trauma, why aren’t we all perfect and healthy? We’re all conscious after all…” Consciousness is a powerful tool, but most of us aren’t taught to use it properly. That’s where eightstep me comes in to play — the name and associated logo are a representational map of the intricacies of human consciousness. Reach out to learn more.