Today, in my first post of the new year, I’m thrilled to share a guest post from Megan Lipsett of COPIA Health. Megan and I went to grad school together, and, without realizing it, she taught me a lot about myself. Mostly by having the opposite point of view on just about everything, Megan challenged me to rethink what I considered practical compromises and incorporate personal ideals and principles — not in a pie-in-the-sky way, but in a way that interwove what could (or perhaps should) be with what is: in a way that’s truthful.
Her deliberate, thoughtful approach to human flourishing inspired me to challenge myself, to stretch out in ways that made me uncomfortable, but resulted in personal and professional growth. Megan is an inspirational thinker — a BIG PICTURE, systems thinker — passionate about living her truth, compromising nothing of her vision, and making her own personal and professional ambitions a reality. She’s a peer I admire and look up to, and I’m very proud to share her work with you today!
A Deep Yearning
by Megan Lipsett, Founder of COPIA Health
Let me start by asking you a question that you likely avoid sitting with, but hold in some layer of your consciousness all the time: What is the deepest yearning you have in your life, but can’t quite find a way to actualize? Each one of us has a unique and important purpose on this planet – and each of us goes through a kind of deep initiation to learn to overcome the challenges that can sometimes pulverize us along the way.
In a world that is shaped by extrinsic rewards, addiction to technology, and disconnection from our deepest selves – how do we begin to reclaim true happiness? This is a question resonating from the hearts and minds of many of us today. We desire exhilaration and purpose. We long for freedom and connection. Navigating a complex world, we can sometimes find ourselves stuck, disempowered, and overwhelmed. We may be tempted in these moments to get lost in a world of “shoulds,” we may follow a trail of social media that starts with comparison and ends with self-doubt.
But what if I told you that the first place to begin — if you truly want to create optimal health, sustained contentment, and a meaningful impact on the world — is right in your own wise and loving heart? True: self-reflection doesn’t pay the bills. There is a need for dedication, organization, and practical behaviors that bring us income. AND, when we begin to infuse our everyday lives with a deep remembrance of the preciousness of life and a deep knowing of our unquestionable value, everything begins to change.
Calm and Empowered
When we learn to practice awareness and equanimity, we get to bring a curiosity and compassion to some of our most debilitating fears and limiting beliefs — all of the ways that we have forgotten who we truly are, creating armor to protect the tender parts of ourselves. When we get to know ourselves in this way, we cultivate a sense of ease and personal empowerment. What’s more, we rekindle the passion that fuels our personal purpose in the world. We become discerning — we can see clearly those things that are aligned with our highest good, and have the vulnerability to pursue them!
Don’t Quit Your Day Dream: A Leadership Program to Learn to Live with Purpose and Passion
Five years ago, after graduating from the Integrative Health Studies program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (with the intention to become an Integrative Health Coach) it became strikingly clear to me that the program — as with so many therapeutic or healing focused programs — did not adequately prepare me and my peers to actually be health coaches. There was no training about starting a business, marketing, creating programming, or having a functional and secure life as a health and wellness educator. Further, there was a lack of necessary inquiry into the social and individual root causes of the health imbalances we were exploring in class. Over the last five years, I’ve dedicated my professional pursuits to addressing these obstacles and finding answers.
Today, I teach at my alma mater, where I incorporate many of the practical and psychosocial concepts that were missing from my own experience. I also developed a leadership development program for all of the conscious entrepreneurs out there who are seeking guidance about how to leverage their passions and gifts into an actual career. The program is also for those who feel dispirited in the work they are doing now — those looking for a change.
As a community, we bridge the gap between the mystical and the practical, in order to create meaningful impact in our worlds and contentment in our lives. I urge you, from the bottom of my heart: Don’t quit your day dream. Let your creative and enlivened self shine through each and every day. Be kind to yourself, especially the parts of you that you can tend to judge the most. When you do this, no matter what your role in life or position at your company, you will remind the whole world to shine.
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Are you ready to become a potent and awakened leader in the field of personal growth, health and wellness, or social change?
The COPIA Health 6-Month Leadership Program is designed for conscious entrepreneurs, health and wellness educators, and social change activists. This program supports visionary leaders to develop sustainable programs, build increased leadership capacity, and generate social impact. The program includes: monthly group sessions, individual development sessions, a workbook, a toolkit, online resources, and more!
Now accepting applicants for the January 25th start date.
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Megan Lipsett holds a Master’s degree in Integrative Health. As a professor at CIIS, she teaches about the science of mindset, the role of meditation in health, sustainable health, and the business of wellness. Megan is the founder and program developer at COPIA Health, an organization dedicated to individual, social, and environmental health and wellbeing. Megan has supported visionary leaders within organizations, hospitals, and through trainings. She co-facilitated Off the Mat, Into the World’s Leadership development program, and Project Springboard, where she has been a mentor for the past four years.