Having worked for 15 years in the helping profession I have developed some core beliefs about human wellness. Simple holistic living provides a firm secure foundation from which people can build their lives and fulfill their destinies. The opening of the Wellness Centre is a move toward raising the consciousness of people who are interested and eager to reach for more in life.
“Living in the now” is at the forefront of current popular culture. The Centre promotes the philosophy of mindful living through using programming, life coaching and the environment. (The property is equipped with 85 acres of walking trails, and an in-ground swimming pool, a peace pond, waterfall and many sitting areas, all of which are located along the beautiful St. John River).
The mission of the Centre is to facilitate each individual’s personal journey in life-a journey that requires a person to come to terms with the integration of their mind, body and spirit. This is a difficult journey that we take alone. However it is clear that a supportive environment and a caring community often ease this daunting endeavor.
Lori-Ellis McKinney Owner/Operator (2008)
Dipping in and Dipping Out
All through my life, laughter and music has been a wonderful form of healing and release. I utilize music along with therapy in most sessions as it frees the mind and loosens the body allowing me access to a person’s inner being. Our minds can easily become locked in on cyclical repeating patterns that become externalized through verbal content. If I follow the trappings of the mind, I too can become locked into the world that I am trying to release the person from. Solely talking about problems will not provide healing. Some relief may be felt but they quickly return as the mind once again circles around the negative patterns or stories.
Following the teachings of the mind- body connection, it is imperative that I assist the person to become aware and awake of the emotional and body systems as well as the mind. That I assist the person to be comfortable and feel safe to discover and unfold all that exists in them.
Because we live in a doing world where persons have become highly skilled in the mind and comfortable in this realm there is a resistance to this process, even fear.
As I teach people to dip in and out of their emotions and body awareness I am cognizant there is a genuine fear that they will get trapped in these suffering states.
Healing is all about learning the balance of travelling within and then pulling yourself out. Neither being too far in or too far out.
Often in deep healing sessions once the pain has been released the session will move into joyous laughter, this is my favorite part and a sure sign that the person I am with is gaining competency, confidence and perspective about their true ability to process the struggle of life but also to