I am half-way through the year-long mastery program to become a certified Search Inside Yourself Teacher. I have been teaching executives and practicing mindfulness for two decades, so a number people in my life were surprised when I applied to join the first cohort of SIYLI teachers. But I had a strong pull coming from that place of inner wisdom we all have – and I knew that the SIYLI experience was going to integrate well in my ongoing work.
Three Elements of the Journey
- The Tribe
When I walked into the serene yet buzzing room at Hotel Kabuki on the first day of session one, I could immediately tell I was home. There was a gentleness in the smiles that greeted me near the breakfast buffet. A combination of anticipation, curiosity, depth, confidence and humility emanated from the faces of my cohort members who traveled from Singapore, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Portugal, Mexico, Maine and even Mill Valley, CA. I am humbled and honored to be a part of this group. Our connections have deepened as we continue to experience masterful practices that cultivate presence and connection with one another. We have become a tribe.
- Our Shared Mission
I exhale with relief knowing that I am part of a global “we” in carrying out my own calling. In our deep discussions, and sometimes debates, on the latest findings in neuroscience, mindfulness and emotional intelligence, what emerges is the realization that we are all arm-in-arm. We are unique but so alike in our passion and purpose. We share a commitment to develop ourselves and depend on each other as we forge new ground in mindful leadership in each of our geographies and business domains. Through global Google hangouts, Skype calls and emails- we send each other materials, ideas and encouragement as we do this work together.
- My Developmental Journey
As a confessed life-long learner, the SIYLI experience has been phenomenal. I carry with me a metaphorical string of learning moments from the masterful teachers we have had so far.
- I have a bead for a session with Shauna Shapiro, as she gracefully walked into our circle, sat down in the middle of the room and embodied a compassionate presence that taught us more than anything on slides.
- I have another bead for the morning when Chade Meng Tan personally challenged us to cultivate three qualities to become master teachers.
- There is a bead for the breathtaking way Marc Lesser led an exercise took us into examining our own Ways of Being as teachers – the polarities of competencies that we need to master and integrate as go forward.
- I have a bead for the moments that Meg Levy tuned in with wisdom and taught precisely what was needed in the moment.
- I have one for Dan Siegel who spoke to us as a wise mentor, evoking in me a deeply charged, purposeful focus in how I go forward with the science and lessons that can help my clients become stronger, wiser leaders.
- And I carry one for Elizabeth Lindsey’s wordless teaching. She generously demonstrated that we are wise, loving and connected beings, and she did so in a way that affected most of us in the room at our core.
I look forward to our next two in-person retreats, and all of the connections in between. We will complete our SIYLI program with our shared mission as a tribe of Wayfinders building wise and compassionate leaders.