It’s not enough to know what we’re supposed to do. Advice is all over the web. With the right personal support, we can achieve meaningful change, without feeling pushed or anxious. Health coaching based on mindfulness grounds your good intentions through simple actions in the real world. We promise that.
The profound thing about the coaching is the way it leads to the next step that’s right for you. It’s also a little magical, the way it becomes a catalyst for other changes.
— a Practicum Partners client
Handling the Day to Day Stuff
In our coaching, we get down to the nitty-gritty of day-today activity, and we look at the big picture questions, too. That’s where mindfulness practice becomes useful. How do I define wellness? And for what purpose? How do I want to change? On the other hand, how do I get in my way?
Wellness means living the richest possible life, right where you are now. And celebrating (not worrying) when circumstances change.
Wellness is learning to be more skillful in response to life changes, big or small. The challenge of integrating wellness makes it that much more exciting. Feeling truly healthy transforms our life with integrity and fulfillment.
Why do we so often see the quote, “Be the change you wish to see?” Because we all intuitively know that if we have a desire to change the world, or to change others, then starting with our own heart, body, and mind is a good bet. So let’s start.
Many people go through life overwhelmed by options, afraid of closing off opportunities. But a few … choose the thing they should dedicate themselves to.
— D. Brooks
Getting Real about Feeling Better
When we think of healthy choices, does the phrase evoke self-denial or past failure? Coaching shows new ways to re-organize our life around our perceptions and priorities.
In partnership with a coach, people achieve remarkable transformations, and realize their purpose and intentions. They have a method that allows them to find their own way forward. The program suits the individual.
Even if you spend most of your time online, you can be virtual and be healthy — it’s more than possible.
It’s not that we need to limit the information we consume but that we need better systems for organizing it.
— O. Burkeman
Practicum’s Partnership Model
The research on coaching at Duke suggests that we need to have a partner who is also an advocate and guide for the early stage of the journey. A trained coach to help you develop your intention, and your choice in the path ahead.
In the process, you’ll learn best practices to develop insight, change, and willpower — don’t delay until you feel ready. The process itself will help you deepen your readiness to change.
“Wellness is a physical pleasure … also a mental one, like coming home after a long holiday and looking at one’s house anew — only the house is me.”
— D. Young
Saying Yes to A New You
The program follows the model shown in the Duke Wheel of Health. We gradually apply your vision of health, in very practical terms. We start with your plan and then create accountability, to ensure you enact it.
Then we open up to different approaches to healthy eating and working habits, different ways to manage energy through sleep and exercise. And we’re engaging briefly, but regularly, in self-awareness practices such as mindfulness. The result? Feeling better all the time — and much more joy in living.
A “practice” by the way, is anything that combines these three things for you:
- A means to attain a degree of self control over your body and mind.
- A means for understanding who you are and what you want and need.
- A means for self-care and de-stressing.
Practices for Self-Awareness
Modern wellness is based on simple practices that help us to stay the course of our intentions … and to stay composed in the midst of whatever life brings.
My personal practice happens to be meditation and yoga. Today I teach both, based on thirty years’ of experience, and about 800 hours of teacher training from the world’s leading yoga teachers in the Desikachar tradition (an individually-adapted, non-sectarian practice). If you decide you’d rather not do at-home yoga, but you’d prefer to do something different such as Tai Chi, mindful nature walks, Hot Yoga, or group mindfulness classes, that works fine, too. I can help you find high-quality, low-cost or free resources online and where you live.