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Why I Coach

As you may know, I’m a student of Wayne Muller. His book, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives was a total game-changer for me. In fact, I kept my own non-traditional sabbath for several years inspired by Muller’s words. This practice still influences how I live my daily life and my work in the world. You don’t need to be religious to benefit from this profound book–I’m not.

Muller has a fantastic new book out: A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough. Doesn’t the title just make you happy?! I wanted to share this excerpt from the book with you because it so wonderfully sums up why I coach and what I love about coaching.

“So in order to live well from the inside out, to listen for the right choices and the firmly and courageously act on them we simply cannot do this alone….

Because we are not taught or supported to live in this way, rarely educated or encouraged to listen and act from our own inner wisdom, never told how to follow the firm but invisible thread of the next right thing through the world, we will always need the support of good, honest friends.

We are called to be strong companions and clear mirrors with one another, to seek those who reflect with compassion and a keen eye how we are doing, whether we seem centered or off course, grounded or flailing.

As in all sacred, life giving practices that require a deep and confident faith in ourselves, we need the nourishing company of others to create the circle needed for growth, freedom, and healing.”

- Wayne Muller, A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough



This post was originally published in 2011. I republished it because it’s one of my favorites and I wanted new followers of my work to see it. Additionally, I have a few spots opening up for new coaching clients in January. I would love to fill them with women desiring a more well-fed life. If you’re interested in coaching with me in 2013, get in touch soon.  tweet

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  1. David Richeson July 11, 2011

    Excellent quote! Very, very true! It’s why I coach as well, and why I surround myself with those who help me uphold my highest self.

  2. Dana V July 11, 2011

    An excellent definition of sangha, too.

    • rachel July 11, 2011

      Yes! I’m taking refuge.

  3. Kirsten December 3, 2012

    Thanks for the Wayne Muller book reference. I was turned on to his book, Legacy of the Heart from a Dharma talk and i have found that book for helpful. I will have to Check out A Life of Being, Doing and Having Enough. Oh, how every day circles back to that issue.

  4. LisaZ September 14, 2013

    I love this, Rachel. I am a new follower (pretty much) so thank you for the re-post. I too have loved and tried to incorporate Muller’s Sabbath book and am not very religious any more–more spiritual than religious. As a newly CTI-trained coach, I’m not anywhere near where you are in the coaching world but I feel you and I share some very similar philosophies. I am so happy to have found you and your work as it is so inspiring to me.

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