Tuesday, May 13, 2014

{one cannot lead another where one has not gone himself}

The meeting Aesclepius exercise was interesting. I enjoyed it though and continued to do my deep breathing meditations as well this week. I still think those help me relax the most. I have severe anxiety and just came off my medication, but have been pleasantly surprised at how well I have been doing. Just by practicing my deep breathing and such, I have drastically reduced my amount of anxiety:)  

"One cannot lead another where one has not gone himself" is one of my favorite quotes because it is entirely true. How would it be possible to teach someone something you have no experience with? How could you give someone advice on something which you have never experienced yourself? When it comes to being a health and wellness professional, you help people best when you have been in their shoes. For one, they will trust you more and look to you for help, and second, you will have the knowledge to guide them in the right direction. I do believe I have an obligation to be developing my own health and wellness or else I would be a hypocrite. If you are teaching someone how to eat healthy and yet, your own eating habits are not good, how do you expect your client to listen and trust you? 



  1. I congratulate you on coming off from medications and using controlled breathing to help you. I have recently came off medications as well for a pain disorder, and I am using the mind over matter solution. I was taken them for so long that I began to have tremors, so finally discovered that the medication caused it, so now I feel free.
    I do believe that how can someone teach health and wellness if they haven't experienced it themselves, but I also believe the other side of this issue that others still can assist patients even though they do not live it themselves. I believe by doing this, one can instruct and help others while at the same time to try to assist themselves in the same goals.
    Thank you for sharing!


  2. Tayla,
    I am so glad to hear that the meditation exercises are working for you. Think of it as another tool in your healthy habits tool kit. You can certainly use what you have learned to help others.