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….