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Elese Coit Elese Coit Radio Personality. Coach. Conversation Starter.

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When my comfortable life fell apart, I discovered the difference between comfort and meaning. Feeling comfortable never made me feel better, but finding meaning makes me feel deeply content, no matter what’s happening around me.

Here are my keys to having a life of meaning:

Know what I care about. When everything I’d gathered for a cushy life disappeared, I realized I had nothing left that sustained my life. I didn’t want to look back on an empty but “comfortable” life. I saw that meaning was deeper than comfort and maybe even deeper than happiness. Then I learned that a meaningful life is one brimming with what I truly care about. Now I ask, “Does this matter?” and, if it does, I do more of that. (And I’m deeply happy. Go figure).

Drop my mask. One ingredient that had been missing my entire life was … me. I’d made an art and profession of not being me. I lived through so many personas! But who cares if people love the mask? To live meaningfully, I have to take it off.

Listen to my inner mumble. I turn my attention from outside to inside. Focused outside, we always see something that promises to make us feel better. Meaning isn’t about “feeling better.” I noticed that I literally entertained thoughts. And I saw that I have choices. So I began to speak and think with loving-kindness toward others and myself. Today, I know how to observe, step back, and inquire into my thinking – and peace of mind is never far.

Practice makes perfect experience. We can connect with a sense of our own innate wellbeing at any moment. But even instantaneous shifts take practice. I seek out new ideas and I road test them myself. When I experience a change in myself, the truth is undeniable. Personal truth creates meaning.

Create conversations of possibility. A huge part of my life is about creating meaningful conversations with other people (as well as within myself). These conversations open up a place to “be with” differently and to see in a brand new way. They allow insights to float up. I facilitate conversations that create space for the buoyancy of insight. Having these conversations gives my life meaning. And if I get mixed up, I just remember: I care about this.

– Elese Coit

 

lifebyme would like to congratulate Elese on her Foundations of Wellbeing Teleclass Sessions starting this month! These sessions create a Spa for the Mind, notching down zooming brains to hear, see and realize what’s going on within and create our own state of mind. We love the idea of taking a weekly mental spa day with someone as lovely as Elese! www.elesecoit.com/wellbeing-classes

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