“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” (World Health Organization)

What is complete physical, mental and social well-being worth to you?

Since my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in 1992 I’ve invested a significant amount of time, money and energy to be physically, mentally and spiritual healthy.

I started buying organic back when organic was hard to find.

I’ve paid out-of-pocket for healthcare services I consider essential even though my insurance company did not.

I paid out-of-pocket for my personal psychotherapy over the years because I didn’t want my mental health (or lack thereof) to be anyone’s business but my own.

I’ve given up work (and the money I could have made taking on those extra clients or jobs) in order to have time to exercise regularly.

But most of all, I’ve invested countless hours learning to listen to my body and to make choices about eating, drinking, moving, sleeping, relaxing, working, playing, engaging, serving¬† based on the wisdom that comes from paying attention to my own experience.

Taking time to listen to your life–body, mind, spirit–is the most important investment you can make in your health.

Health coaching, therapy and spiritual direction are different modalities that help you do that.

Coaching focuses on behavioral change. Coaches listen, ask questions and help you to discover your inner wisdom about where you want to be, what you want to do and develop strategies to get you there.

Psychotherapy focuses on mental, emotional and relational health. Therapists listen with you and help you listen to yourself to increase self-understanding, better regulate your mental and emotional energies and improve your relationships.

Spiritual direction focuses on your relationship with your soul, God and things of the spirit. Spiritual directors listen with you to hear what your soul is saying, what God or the spirit might be saying and help you deepen your capacity to live from these depths.

I’ve invested a ton of time, money and energy in all three modalities–both as a recipient and as a student/practitioner. Of all the investments I’ve made for my health, these have provided the greatest return-on-investment.

What about you?

Learning to listen to yourself and become your own expert on good health will make the money, time or energy spent on nutrition, exercise and other pursuits much more effective and sustainable.

If you’re interested in finding out more, check out my services page or contact me for details. I or my colleague Lisa would love to explore with you how learning to listen to yourself can support your complete physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being.