Integrated Strategies for Whole Person Fitness, Episode 6

by Chip Richards |  Date Released : 17 Oct 2011

Following our overview look at the Congruence Wheel in Episode 1, our exploration of the Mental Body in Episode 2, Emotional Body in Episode 3 and the “external alignment” of the actions of our Physical Body in Episode 4, Episode 5 moved into the realms of the “Energy Body” with the ancient martial and healing art of Qi Gong. This episode we take our exploration of energy to a new level by making an honest assessment of the “life force giving” and “life force draining” activities in our life. We do this with a simple yet profoundly powerful exercise called the Life Force Worksheet. As creatures of habit, we often wind ourselves into schedules and patterns of behavior in life/work/relationship without stopping to consider whether these actions are actually supporting our overall vision for where we want to go and who we want to BE in life. As a result, we may find ourselves busy fulfilling roles and expectations around us, yet quietly restless or unfulfilled within ourselves…In time, we may feel exhausted and even overwhelmed, even resenting the people, places and projects we are working on, without realizing that much of this imbalance could be harmonized by simply taking time to balance our “energetic check book” and committing to doing more of the things that actually give us energy and positive connection in life. The Life Force Worksheet as described in this episode is a simple process with a few key steps: Draw a vertical line down the center of a blank sheet of paper and take some time to consider the different areas and activities of your life. On the left side of the paper make a list of all the primary activities, thoughts, relationships, etc. in your life that are currently “life force giving” (activities that you come away from feeling somehow “more” and closer to your higher visions than when you began). On the right side, make a list of the primary activities, thoughts, relationships, etc. that are currently “life force draining” (activities and habits that are currently working against or draining life away from you and your goals). Once I have helped my clients build this basic list and gain a sense of awareness of their current life force balance, I invite them to do the following: Commit to scheduling 3-5 new “life force giving” activities into their schedule each week for the next month, before making any other appointments. Determine 3-5 “life force draining” activities that they are willing to let go of or otherwise resolve (giving them a chance to move across to the “Life Force Giving” side of the list!). Lastly, I like to challenge my clients to pick ONE THING from their “life force giving” list – or some new activity that they would love to have on that list – and to commit to doing that activity in some form or another EVERY DAY for the next month as a touchstone of their commitment to cultivating and honoring their own life force. Take some time to explore your own Life Force Worksheet this month, and stay tuned for our next step on the path to creating integrated, whole person strategies into the training environment with clients and athletes of all levels.

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Chip Richards

About the author: Chip Richards

Formerly ranked #1 in the US for Freestyle Skiing, Chip served as head coach of the 1998 Australian Olympic Freestyle Ski Team and has mentored Olympic athletes (including four World Champions) from six nations. For the past 11 years, Chip has taken his passion for coaching into various business and creative industries. Merging ancient wisdom with the "inner science" of transformative change, Chip has guided film makers, musicians, business leaders, adventurers and wellness professionals on their journey of self discovery. In 2005, following eight years as Editor for PTontheNET, Chip founded the 4th Dimension Holistic Life Coach and Leadership program, aimed at empowering individuals to transform their lives. An internationally published writer and storyteller, Chip has published a variety of written works on the subject of human development, consciousness and wellbeing.

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