Mud Philosophy is all about using your struggles as tools to grow and evolve as a person. Your struggles are like the nurturing minerals in the soil that feed the seeds and enable them to grow and fully blossom.
By embracing the value of the mud, you discover how to heal and how to succeed at being the truest and fullest expression of yourself.
"There is the mud and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus."
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Life's mud takes the form of fear, doubt, lack of clarity, poor habits, negative patterns, rumination, emotionally painful events, life transitions, limiting beliefs, and guilt. It can feel very dark and hopeless in the mud at times. When stuck in life’s mud, you begin engaging in self-criticism, perfectionism, and negative self-talk, keeping you stuck and unable to make the progress you so desire. But a simple mind shift can change everything.
"We seldom become all of who we are until forced to it. "
- Mark Nepo
Life’s mud will always be there. I believe that this is something you can be grateful for because your most difficult and painful experiences are often your greatest strengtheners and preparers. Your struggles offer great opportunity for learning, growth and progress. You can use your struggles- past and present- to become your best self and live a beautiful life.
I believe most people never even come close to achieving the things they are capable of achieving in their lives, in large part due to chronic avoidance of struggle and discomfort- avoidance of the dark depths of the nourishing mud.
Learning to embrace the mud, trust it, and compassionately navigate yourself through isn't easy and requires some help. Working with a coach- someone trained to help you see things you wouldn't see on your own- makes all the difference. I incorporate and teach mindfulness practice in my work, as well as other techniques, to help you access your "wise mind" and free yourself from thoughts, feelings, and habits that keep you stuck and stand in the way of your success.
I will help you learn to use that mud, however it presents in your life. Whatever it is you ultimately desire for your life, whether you know what that is right now or not, I will help you achieve it.
Are you feeling stuck in the mud? Let's talk about it! Click to schedule your complimentary 45 minute strategy meeting.