Today I want to introduce you to an awesome holistic wellness coach and registered nurse, Erin Smallbon. Erin is one of my favorite kinds of wellness coaches – she’s been there and been through her own journey to get well after discovering in 2009 that she had a gluten intolerance. Her own journey for healing lead her to becoming a Certified Health Coach and now she helps others heal both body and mind as a whole. I love that!
Here Erin is going to share with you more of her journey and the power of having a simple meditation practice.
Guest Post by Erin Smallbon
Life is an amazing thing. It’s filled with so many twists and turns, ups and downs, curved balls and walls which come out of nowhere which you go flying into like no tomorrow. And it can all feel so hard. Like a struggle. You can feel alone, unsupported, drifting through this life untethered and with no anchor.
I used to feel this way. I would feel like I was trudging. Waking up, going through the motions, wanting something more, but no idea what that was.
A bit over twelve months ago, I followed that feeling that ‘there must be something more than this’ and began my own journey to a new perspective and possibly a new way of living.
For a long time the practices that I had didn’t have anything to do with being spiritual – whatever that meant. Being spiritual, had way to many connotations for me. It was weird, hippy. Crystal laden, long haired women. It was woo woo. And I was SOOO not that woman (I say with a smile on my face now). I didn’t know who I was, but it was not her.
So, I began to implement a few things – merely because they made me feel good! I began meditating. Not to connect to some holy divine, but because it calmed me. It gave me a reset. It helped with my reactions at work and at home. And I really began to notice when after a few days I had not done it. The stress would build and build with no where to go. I was unpleasant at work. I would be negative about my partner. I would contribute to negative conversations.
At first I did not notice the connection, but through observation of myself, I started to work it out.
It was only after a lot of months, that mediation began to become someone more for me. It was not only calming, but the stillness that I came to during that time felt so incredibly amazing, it actually did feel like a connection. A connection to what, well that remains my own journey. But the desire to go to that place, was sometimes overwhelming.
The place where my thoughts were quiet. The mind chatter no longer existed. My body was at peace.
However, over time, meditation – which is really just being present, in this moment – was something I sought in all moments.
So, I worked to try and be present in all moments. Walking outside, going to the beach and when I was at work – I sought to just be in that moment. And Dancing – well, that has become my thing! Dancing gives me a beautiful sense of freedom – allowing my body to move as it feels to – is such a feminine form of meditation, I almost can not go back! It was about bringing that feeling of peace to every moment of my day, not just when I was ‘meditating’.
At that is the point I seek to make here. When you begin the process of meditating, you begin to realize that beneath the thoughts, the worries, the stressors, the fears, the resistance is the peace you most desire. A quietness. But out of the quietness, you find you are not alone. Because in that space you find who you are. In that place lies your inner wisdom, the answers you seek to everything.
In that place, you learn that as you walk through life you are incredibly supported, guided and loved. And it feels so damn good!
And it is there for you any time you are brave enough to slow down, resist your thoughts and enjoy being peaceful.
Erin Smallbon is a Holistic health coach and Registered Nurse on a love filled mission to help women find happiness, inner peace and pleasure in their lives, fall back in love with themselves and to live a life that feels truly them.
To download her free e-book, Map to a More Peaceful You – 9 Ways to Inspire, Nurture and Cultivate a Little More Self Love, visit her website here.