The Power of IINtuition with Cora Poage | Institute for Integrative Nutrition

I am just going to say it.  I am overwhelmed by what I experienced this weekend at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition MegaIIN conference in Long Beach.   Where do I even begin?

Still wondering how I got here. But, I am here and I am loving it.

The word around town is that IIN changes lives. Would it change mine?  To be honest…I wasn’t sure.  I started the program in January, 3 months ago,  and sure enough….

Five days before the conference a family crisis emerged and three days before MegaIIN I severed a relationship, for the 98th time, with a guy I have known since 1997.  Yes, that is FIFTEEN YEARS. It was on again off again and so unhealthy that I knew it didn’t stand a chance once I took the leap into this program. His utter lack of respect and support for my decision to go back to school and in this family crisis sealed the deal.  No room for that here.  Done.

I have always had strong intuition. Have I always followed it? Obviously not.  Did I hear that little voice inside my head, that feeling in my bones, that strong urge in my gut?  YES!! I heard it often and so loudly it began to echo in my ears and I even caught myself talking to my self out loud about it…even on a good day.  What was it inside of me that let this guy, a legend in his own mind, say such awful and hurtful things to me to the point that I allowed myself to participate in the same game to the point of being unrecognizable to myself.  The moment he turned his venom on this family situation it was a lightbulb…oh no you didn’t….realization.

Cora Poage really helped confirm many of these things I have been feeling FOR YEARS in a handful of minutes on stage at MegaIIN. This is what I needed to hear and the message would not have been the same if he were still at my place. I would have had to go home, do the dirty work that had already been done and sincerely wonder if it really would have happened at all.

Our health and wellbeing does not just revolve around food. It revolves around our relationships, our spiritual connection to the earth, our physical activity and our  mind and body connections.  Out of whack, you end up sick, stressed and a watered down version of who you are meant to be.

Cora talked about not forcing words, how silence really is golden, how beneficial it is to spend time alone and to really trust those nudges we feel inside.  To listen to our intuitive and authentic self and let go of that feeling so many of us have to fix things and people beyond our control.

Joshua Rosenthal, the founder and director of IIN®, stated something that resonated throughout the weekend.  This school teaches you HOW to think. Not WHAT to think.  We are studying hundreds of different dietary theories and preaching biodivesity. No two people are the same.  There is not one diet that is good for everyone. If you are interested in hearing more about it feel free to contact me.  I’m pretty sure I have a scholarship or two to give away.

You know what they say… Behind every great man is a great woman.  Joshua’s beautiful mother, the woman behind the man, in the crowd 80+ years young.

I hear ya Mrs. Rosenthal…..We too love the Institute of Integrative Nutrition…this much….




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  • Marissa @ Where I Need to Be - March 6, 2012 - 6:38 pm

    Beautiful photo! What great emotion you captured!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - March 6, 2012 - 9:43 pm

    Wow, you captured an amazing photo! I love it – such joy on her face, and the appreciation of those all around. I also took a lot away from the intuition talk – isn’t it nice to know that we really are sane? Sometimes we just need a little reminder :) ReplyCancel

  • Barb - March 6, 2012 - 10:36 pm

    I love Cora. I hope to hire her as my personal coach in the future when i can afford it. I think i want to take my own practice in that direction also–of valuing self and not giving pieces away. Best of luck to you. I just graduated in February and start Immersion in a couple weeks.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - March 7, 2012 - 7:45 am

    Wise words, lady. Wise words.

    And an EPIC shot of Mrs. Rosenthal.

    So fun to meet you.ReplyCancel

  • Chassie - March 7, 2012 - 7:56 am

    This was beautiful and just want I needed this morning. I’m a new student and begin my journey on March 26th – although I feel like I’ve already begun. The conference was a beautiful, touching and amazing experience and you did a lovely job of putting it into words. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Cora - March 7, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    Thanks Amy!! Your words are beautiful! I am so glad the lecture hit home! And…BARB, I am THRILLED to know we will work together soon!


  • tara - March 7, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    Go go gadget.
    Thrilled for you.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - March 7, 2012 - 11:07 pm
  • [...]  This post is a long time coming it seems even though it has only been two short months since my last personal update. Turns out my story is a perfect example of how fast things can turn around when you take control [...]ReplyCancel

  • Ashlee - May 8, 2012 - 9:27 pm

    This whole post speaks to me so much!! It’s things that I have intuitively sensed for a long time but can get very afraid to let myself fully believe. It’s hard when you feel like you’re constantly up against the opinions of the medical community and people who just want to pop pills (and then complain that they never get any better!) — I *KNOW* there is so much more than that to being healthy and being fully myself, but lately I’m realizing just how much courage it takes to embrace that in the face of the vast majority telling you it’s completely wrong and unlikely to work. I don’t really have many people around who think like I do, so it’s really wonderful to have found your blog. I look forward to keeping up with it/creeping through all your old posts. ;) ReplyCancel

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