I heard an amazing story about the women of the Himba tribe in North Namibia.
Before a woman decides to try for a child she goes out into the wilderness with some of her closest friends and she waits until she hears the song of her coming child in her heart.
Upon her return she teaches this song to the child’s father so they can sing it together at conception and birth. The song is then the child’s and is sung over the child at every important life event.
Here’s the best bit!
If that child loses their way or lets anything steal the dream of who they are, then they are called to the heart of the village and their song is sung over them until they remember again.
I think there are times when the song of our heart can be bullied into silence or we’re made to feel as if we should be singing a different, more acceptable song. The thing is, silence or another song will not feed us and make us feel alive and connect us to our dreams and purpose.
It is a great gift to have friends who know your heart song and can sing it back to you when you forget it. Coaching can help us rediscover that song too; to find the right starting note and to reconnect with what is really in our hearts and brings us life.
Take a moment to listen for your heart song today and then sing it out! Our songs are unique and sung together they make the most beautiful noise!
A client sent me this feedback and it really made my day. It was lovely to receive such positive feedback but mainly I felt completely humbled that this client trusted me to walk with her through a hard season.
Her words really struck a chord and for me they describe what life coaching is about: Its a place of challenge and invitation.
The challenge of really looking at things, being willing to explore the hard questions and the hard emotions and embracing change and the cost that comes with it.
The invitation into a safe space to stop, think, find peace and clarity and just be.
I love what I get to do and who I get to do it with!
This is the result of one of my birthday gifts last week. We’d just come back from ten fabulous days with extended family so for my birthday I asked for some alone time!
I’m an introvert, which contrary to many dictionary definitions doesn’t mean that I am shy or reticent or that I don’t like people! The literal definition of the word ‘introvert’ means inward focused and that makes sense to me! I have a very busy internal world and like to process things privately before I talk about them. I love proper conversations that challenge and change things.
I actually really love people and love being with people (which is a handy quality for a coach!) but when my batteries start to go flat I need a quiet space to recharge rather than looking for more social interaction.
This means that for my birthday, hubby took the reins so I that had a few hours of silence to felt this little guy and now I’m ready to go again and looking forward to a very exciting week ahead!
Self care is vitally important for everyone and it looks different for everyone too. It’s good to learn what you need and to have the courage to ask for it!