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The Tao gives birth to One.
One gives birth to Two.
Two gives birth to Three.
Three gives birth to all things.

All things have their backs to the female
And stand facing the male.
When male and female combine,
All things achieve harmony.

Ordinary men hate solitude.
But the Master makes use of it,
Embracing his aloneness, realizing
He is one with the whole universe.

Tao Te Ching (chapter 42)

Few men ever drop dead from overwork, but many quietly curl up and die of undersatisfaction.

Sidney J. Harris

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Coaching and the tai chi symbol

The Taoist Yin Yang or Tai-Chi symbol to the left is a well-known symbol of balance. The symbol visually represents the light and dark, or duality within everything. The larger light and dark sections have a small circle of the opposite aspect showing that a small amount of the opposite exists within each. We usually see the symbol in 2-D, but it is actually a 3-D rotating sphere symbolizing that all is ever moving and changing.

Using the Tai-Chi symbol as a metaphor of our always moving and changing lives, when one aspect is stagnant or disproportionate for too long, we can feel discomfort of some form. It might manifest mentally, emotionally, physically, or spiritually. Check in with yourself, is there anything that you're aware of in your life or business right now that is out of balance and asking for change and balance?

Rock Climbing

People often think that rock climbing is all about strength and power. Those aspects can help you perform some impressive climbing moves, but the core of climbing is all about balance! You balance hard skills such as using technical equipment such as climbing rope, shoes, and other protective equipment with soft skills such as discerning between life threating fears of rock fall with perceived fear of heights (exposure).

As a climber, you practice, practice, practice your skills and balance on a move until it becomes habit for you. Then you discover another move that challenges you and you start it all over again utilizing your previous experience to improve .

A climber usually has a partner that acts as a spotter. They help you by encouraging you, pointing out holds, body positions, and other perspectives that you might not see because your focus is too close.

As your coach, I act as your spotter, I help you find your route from a different perspective. Before you know it, your habits change and you are on to another move that challenges you.

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