The first responders to our mind-body experiences are our senses. Sensory data is metadata, corrupted into emotional and cognitive data in the brain. Let us coach sensorily if we wish to be respectful, curious, empathetic, authentic, and generative.
The journey towards understanding the intricate connection between mind and body has evolved over centuries. In the realm of mental wellness, it’s crucial for practitioners to acknowledge and explore this unity to offer effective and respectful coaching. Let’s delve into the importance of sensory coaching and how it can transform the coaching process.
In Vedic scriptures, the mind and body were considered one entity comprising senses, memory, ego, and intelligence. Modern research, exemplified by Bruce Lipton, Vayalur Ramachandran, Candace Pert, Deepak Chopra, and others, has solidified this understanding. The mind-body connection is a holistic entity, with energy as the integrating factor.
Unfortunately, some in the mental health domain still treat the mind and body as separate entities, risking the well-being of those seeking help. To bridge this gap, retraining is essential.
Sensory Exploration for Respectful Coaching
In the mental wellness domain, practitioners often explore the unconscious through conversational and cognitive means. However, these conversations often result in twice-corrupted data, losing the essence of the original sensory experience.
Sensory exploration not only makes the process easier but also ensures confidentiality. Clients share their sensed energy sensations without divulging specific situational data, adhering to privacy and GDPR laws. Coacharya’s sensory process starts with an empowering anchoring step since clients who seek help start from a disempowered state. The entire process is explained to the client and agreed upon first.
Empower and Anchor the Client
- Trapezoidal breathing:
- Heart-focused visualization
- Kinesthetic anchor with thumb and index fingers
- Relaxation and repetition
These steps take about three minutes and empower the client to anchor positive states in their daily life.
Exploring Disempowering Incidents
- Experience the incident with prior permission
- Identify energy sensations in the trunk region
- Relieve discomfort through deep breathing
- Reflect on what was learned about oneself and the external situation
This process, termed “Reliving & Relieving,” goes beyond coaching; it’s a healing journey based on Chakra energy principles and supported by psychological and neuroscience experiments.
Self-Coaching for Clarity and Empathy
To become an effective coach, self-coaching and clearing oneself of conditioned baggage is crucial. This process ensures coaches operate from unconditional and positive empathetic regard, fostering a positive coaching experience.
(Originally published on Coaching The Spirit, a LinkedIn Newsletter by Ram S. Ramanathan: How to Coach with Respect?)
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