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Bevin Lynch Bevin Lynch Life Coach. Event Mastermind.

Bevin Lynch is a life coach and the creator of The Well-Being Expo, a multi-city event that offers tools and information people can use to enhance their own well-being. [www.bevinlynch.com]

From an early age, I’ve been fascinated by the exploration of our selves and our well-being, although I probably didn’t call it that when I was 15. It wasn’t that I was an enlightened guru before I hit puberty; in fact, it was quite the opposite. I had my share of struggles, including losing my dad to cancer, losing three of my grandparents before I turned 16, and experiencing panic attacks and other maladies. But I believed there was something that held a key to surviving it all … and thriving.

This all hit home in the summer of 2009, when I worked with the coaches at Pransky & Associates, in Washington State, for a few days. When I began, I felt calm and centered in my own well-being. Although I was excited to learn what they had to share, my confident (and perhaps cocky) self was pretty certain I already knew a great deal of what they were going to teach me.

It wasn’t so much that I was wrong about knowing things, but in those four days I learned an enormous amount about myself. By the end of the second day, I was a mess. I couldn’t stop crying, I was scared and panicky, I felt lost, and I didn’t know how they would be able to “fix” me in the two days before I was due to leave.

What I learned was that I didn’t have to do anything to take care of my well-being – my well-being would actually take care of me. The analogy that changed my way of thinking is one about a sailboat’s compass. When you look at the bubble-shaped compass on the sailboat, it appears broken. The needle bounces around, seemingly all over the place, never actually settling on north. However, like my well-being, it is always pointing basically in the right direction, towards true north. There is nothing to be done to fix the compass. It simply is.

After I released the need to do anything to fix my well-being, I felt calmer and more relaxed. And I knew I was moving towards my true north.

Well-being is the part of you that knows that everything will be okay, no matter what’s going on around you. You’re born with well-being, just as you’re born happy. Neither happiness nor well-being is outside of you, so there’s nothing to chase. They just are. You don’t need to take care of your well-being. It’s innate. Your well-being actually takes care of you.

– Bevin Lynch

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