curiosity illuminates the root; compassion ignites the way
COMPASSIONATE INQUIRY / COACHING
Any good journey starts with knowing where you are
It may sound easy, to 'know where you are', but unlike the Google maps that most of us rely on to navigate the outside world, it takes a safe space, patience and honesty with oneself to navigate the inner world. This territory is often unseen, misunderstood and complicated by the competing parts of the mind. Compassionate Inquiry is a loving 'light' to shine on this inner-world, to better understand and build a compassionate relationship with ones Self.
Compassionate Inquiry is a somatic-based relational therapy that reveals what lies beneath the appearance we present to the world. An aspect of this work is in unearthing belief systems that hold us in the past, so that the possiblity for living in the present is accessible.
“The purpose of Compassionate Inquiry is to drill down to the core stories people tell themselves – to get them to see what story they are telling themselves unconsciously; what those beliefs are, where they came from; and guide them to the possibility of letting go of those stories, or letting go of the hold those stories have on them …That’s what Compassionate Inquiry is.” ~ Dr. Gabor Maté
Coaching is complementary to Compassionate Inquiry, albeit with different focus. Coaching is a more forward looking relationship that offers guidance, encouragement and challenges for those who are in, or seeking a transition process of one sort of the other. This might be in one's work, a personal relationship or an internal process of building awareness and behavioural change. Coaching provides support along the journey, whatever the goal.
Often times coaching and 'CI' can work well together, with the persmission of the client. In the course of a coaching session, unresolved obstacles may come up, in which case slowing down and opening an inquiry to better understand the nature of the obstacle can help in moving forward.
If you believe you would benefit from some guidance in your life but uncertain of whether or not Compassionate Inquiry or Coaching is best for you, it may clarify things to book a free 30 minute discovery call.