Managing a seniors’ residence can come with some beautiful rewards as well as some major challenges. It requires patience, understanding, and a deep love for the people living there – on top of an ability to stay organized, level-headed, and enthusiastic. For Tina, despite the challenges, her profession is her calling.
“I know it is in line with my soul’s purpose,” said Tina. “I can be of compassionate assistance to others.”
For Tina, it is fulfilling, learning more about each person and finding ways to connect with the seniors and their family members. It is uplifting to provide the seniors with the attention and care they need, from assisting residents with housing to organizing activities and programs.
However, that doesn’t mean things will always come easy. We can do what we truly feel is our calling and still need something to help us manage with the hurdles. For Tina, her time meditating and connecting with her Higher Self is what really helped her.
“Many of my work challenges have become easier to deal with,” said Tina. “I try to put them into perspective by not becoming emotional and choosing to actively listen to what another has to say.”
The same way our work life will influence all other aspects of our lives, the meditation and self-discovery techniques found through Higher Self Yoga helped Tina’s life as she interacted with not just her seniors and their families, but her husband, her family, and her close friends.
“Higher Self Yoga has helped me to communicate in a more loving manner,” said Tina, who is now one of the Executive Directors of HSY. “I remember the importance of speaking from my heart when I talk to my husband and family members. Our relationship has become happier and much more joyful.”
Like so many others who take the time to listen and connect with themselves and towards that Higher Self, Tina was able to better relate to and be more accepting of others. She was able to learn how important it was to be of service in the community. Her own personal growth only intensified as she participated and contributed towards the communities and organizations closest to her heart. HSY helped her gain a larger perspective and be more accepting of those around her.
In a similar vein, friendships became more deep and fulfilling, providing Tina with the supporting, loving friendships everyone needs.
“As friends, we talk about and accept both our positive and negative characteristics in one another and our own lives without judgment,” said Tina. “We can compassionately support each other in tough times and really enjoy the good times together at a deeper level.”
It is incredibly fulfilling to establish those deeper connections within the community. However, that time connecting with the wise being within all of us is not just about how we interact with the outside world. It is a time of self-inquiry, self-discovery, and self-care. As we do that internal journey to truly discover ourselves and our connection with our Higher Self, we learn that time for the self is as sacred as the time we spend helping others.
“Higher Self Yoga has taught me to not be judgmental, nor critical, or myself,” said Tina. “I now honor and appreciate personal time taken, as I know I can best help others when I am feeling healthy, cheerful and optimistic myself.”
For Tina, all aspects of her life – physical, mental, and emotional – have all benefited greatly from the life lessons learned through her experiences connecting with her Higher Self. Her physical, mental, and emotional health has improved in part from the soul-searching reflection exercises she found in HSY books.
“I try to live my life speaking from heart, being mindful of others and respectful of nature, remembering to strive to be my highest self in all that I do,” said Tina.
Tina respectfully advises those new to yoga to look through the Higher Self Yoga website, or pick up a HSY book to see if one of the chapters might speak to them. The beautiful thing about this path of self-discovery is that we can give ourselves a chance to see what interests us and simply go from there.
“Often we simply hear about something at just the right time to help us on our path. I am most grateful for the compassionate guidance and insightful encouragement from Nanette Hucknall, founder of HSY, as I learn to walk life’s meandering path with an open heart. Thank you.’
To read more inspirational stories, please check out the other articles in the HSY Member Spotlight Series.
By: Abby Rosmarin