Today marks another spiritual hallmark for me. The solidification of my life work into one concise phrase.
I never dreamed this would happen.
When I became a professional speaker in 1995, I was told by seasoned speakers that I should be able to put what I do on a business card—pare it down to one potent phrase—so people would really "get you" and what you stood for. Especially at cocktail parties.
This has been perpetually difficult for me, primarily because I wear so may hats professionally. (And, I don't go to cocktail parties.)
I am a certified Spiritual Director/Mentor. I am an educator who offers online and in-person programs and retreats. I am an author. I am the founder and editor of an online magazine. Not to mention a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. (Did I mention I wear lots of hats?!)
I gave up trying to put into words, in one tiny nutshell, what it was I did because obviously I just did too many things. I realized those seasoned speakers were right. It's hard to explain to other people what you do when you change hats throughout the day and are never quite sure who's going to greet you coming and going.
A few weeks ago I met a wonderful couple who wear lots of hats too. They are both chiropractors. They work hard at helping people restore their health. They were devoted and passionate, deeply caring people. I loved them immediately.
Perhaps it was all the love flowing. Perhaps it was simple readiness on my part. Perhaps their clarity about their life mission triggered my own.
Whatever the reason, suddenly it dawned on me. I had the words to describe what I do. I help people CREATE SPIRITUAL HEALTH.
I DO. And it's what I've been doing for nearly 20 years. It is what I stand for. My dedication to Spiritual Health has never wavered or waned, not once! Beginning with restoring my own Spiritual Health in 1994. Then, once I had, dedicating all of my energies toward speaking about it, writing about it, guiding people into it through Spiritual Mentoring.
It didn't matter what medium I used (or which hat I wore), the mission was always the same: Creating Spiritual Health.
Eureka! Praise the gods! An epiphany was mine.
It feels so good to be at home in my heart with my passion held close and my mind settled happily on what it is I really do. Three simple words say it all for me ....
Now, if YOU are not sure what I mean by Creating Spiritual Health, I'm afraid I can't put all of that on a business card to hand you. But I can send you here to learn more:
Whew! What a whirlwind. Now, in support of my own Spiritual Health—and in celebration of this grand awakening—I'm ready to take a well-deserved, self-compassionate rest.
How about you?
What is the kindest thing you can do for yourself right now?
Now, that's the ultimate test of Spiritual Health—to ask this question, be able to answer it, then give your whole and holy self the kindest thing. I hope you will ...
Namaste' and blessings,
Note: Special thanks to Drs. Kurt and Laura Froese for their inspiration-by-living, and their beautiful intention of guiding others into greater healing. Gassho!
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Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.