Are You Living Together, or Dying Together? This book is divided into three parts: Part 1 includes my personal journey and experiences growing up as an African American female in the south, a "victim" of physical, sexual and emotional abuse as a child; raised in a home where domestic violence was common. I witnessed the slow death of my father from liver problems (alcoholism) and the slow death of my mother who was confined to a nursing home for five years after two strokes. I witnessed the death of close friends who literally died from "broken hearts", i.e., heart disease (the #1 killer of women today). All were in toxic relationships. I share my path of personal growth and transformation through my story, how and when these tools came into my life. I want the reader to open up to how their relationships may be affecting them holistically, i.e. mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. I want them to know that there are ways to improve their relationships with the application of these practical tools. I want the reader to become so empowered so that they may BECOME THEIR OWN HOLISTIC COACH. I have deduced that if I can not just survive, but also to thrive with my background and experiences, anyone can. I was not born with a "silver spoon" in my mouth. Some of my experiences I write about include the time in my life when I was filled with anger, hate and hostility against the "dominate" culture in America (white folks), my experience as a Black Muslim where I disavowed my "slave name" and became "Sister Wanda X". I also how I was introduced to the "Nation of Islam" through the Champ Muhammad Ali. I write about my experiences after two failed marriages and becoming a single mother, I was eventually "led" to a path of self-discovery and inner growth. I write about my spiritual quest which has taken me all over the world. The most powerful was the time I spent in India. Part 2: Introduces the reader to the high lights of each of the tools I was led to which has resulted in my life being turned around 180. Today, I a fully functioning, balanced, vibrantly healthy "youthful" wife, mother, grand mother and great grand mother.... full of optimism, living in harmony with my "soul mate" as well my family and extensive family of friends and relatives. I use my own life an EXAMPLE. I still use the "tools" I write about. There are seven distinct tools that I highlight. These tools represent the model I use in my coaching practice. I am truly full of and peace every day with the full knowledge of "it is not what happens to me or around me...it is how I respond to what happens to me and around me." Each of my clients is coached with this theme. The most important theme is "knowledge is power". One of my favorite sayings to my clients is: "You cannot stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can darn sure stop it from making a nest there!" Part 3: Is about getting physically fit for life. Physical fitness is a critical part of the holistic coaching model. This is a book of hope; inspiration and practical tools, which I hope, will appeal to the masses around the globe. It is written is simple, conversational language with each word coming from my heart. I started Coaching at the University of California back in 1991. As a Management Specialist for the five Southern campuses of the University (UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Riverside, and UC Santa Barbara), my role was to train and individually (one-on-one) coach women and minority employees of the University with the goal of preparing them to move up in Management at the University. This, of course, meant coaching the whole person, hence, my "holistic coaching" practice began. Leaving the University in 1993, I continued my training and coaching this time to employees of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. After leaving the Laboratory, I started my own Training, Consulting and Coaching Company (Padilla Industries, Inc.). As a Holistic Life Coach, I can only reach a very limited number of people. I have an intense desire to reach more people as my service to humanity during these transformational times. My goal is to educate and empower people, so that they can be "their own Holistic Life Coach." Each of us has an "inner Coach"; it only needs to be awakened. Like a good carpenter, you need the right tools to awaken this "inner Coach". Experience, education and tools are what I am offering you through this book. According to Benjamin Crime in his book The Awakening of Humanity, where he writes "You will find a world out there longing for information.... for experience: longing to participate, to know what meditation is and how they can be involved, longing to know what the experience of others has been, how they entered it, and how it has changed them." My book is one way of responding to this "longing" from humanity. Writing this book for the "masses" is how my inner Self is responding to this "longing" from humanity. I have opened myself to the Creator as a channel (or opening) through which some of the wisdom of ages (written by me in simple, practical language) can come through me to reach people of all races, classes and spiritual backgrounds. Thus, the writing of this book. I affirm daily that "I am an Instrument of the Creator" and the message I'd like to bring is that despite appearances, in truth, "all is well, all is in Divine order"..... LIFE IS GOOD, LIFE IS FAIR. A Native American Chief once said "what the people believe is true." Hence, this book telling my story, my experiences.....how I entered each one and how I have changed and how you can too.
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September 18, 2011
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