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Bill Murphy, of Annapolis, Maryland, made his breakthrough at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School ( “While I wanted an adventure and to put myself out there, I also wanted to know that I was in good hands,” he says about why he chose a guided trip. Murphy was already in good shape, having competed in a local Ironman event. Following an initial fitness assessment that involved testing his heart rate after running at high altitude, he was deemed fit to take part in an outdoor survival experience in Utah’s desert country. With a knife, wool jacket, cap, gloves, long underwear and suitable shoes—but no tent, sleeping bag or food—his group learned to live off the land with the assistance of three instructors in an initial phase of the program. “After two days we were given our backpack with the critical blanket, poncho and food rations. I have never been so happy to hear the words ‘1,500 calories’ in my life, and though I have eaten at some wonderful restaurants, the soups we made with those rations tasted better than anything I have eaten in my life,” he says. Murphy learned how to purify water, make a tent from his poncho, start a fire with minimal tools and bed down in the cold without a sleeping bag or blanket. A crucial part of the survival training was the need to go even further when the group thought their adventure had ended. “We didn’t know whether that would be in 10 miles or 30,” he recalls. His ability to physically push past the mentally established timeframe led Murphy to see that he could also move beyond his either/or boundaries: either family or business; either business or adventure. “I realized that I don’t have to choose one over the other. I feel a better sense of balance now.” Jeff Primack’s Qigong event (, held in Orlando each spring, is also a pivotal event for many people. Nearby or far away, for a few days or longer, a healthy escape can be truly restorative. Judith Fertig regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

At Home with Working At Home

Interview with Marie Glasheen, Co-Founder, Satvatove Institute by Kylie Devi KD: I am really excited to speak with you, Marie. I am noticing that life coaching as a set of skills is becoming increasingly more valuable in so many ways. What inspired you to create a career as a transformative life coach? MG: From a very young age, I really wanted to help people in a practical way. My father was a psychologist, so I looked into that field. My experience was that the paradigm of “people need to be helped or fixed” was not empowering. I left that field, and travelled the world. I noticed that people were frequently coming to me for help, advice, or to talk. This was a very natural process, and in a sense, I became a coach in this way. But then I wanted to acquire skills that could really empower people to create transformation for themselves. KD: I hear this type of story a lot from the life coaches I know. They had a natural sense of empathy that attracted people to them, and then they learned to sharpen their skills in order to serve most effectively. What would you say is the most rewarding aspect of your work from a day-to-day perspective? MG: The most rewarding part for me is the work with my clients. It is deeply satisfying because as my clients grow,

I also find myself growing. And for me, each coaching session is a spiritual experience, where I get to see the resources each person has or learns, to resolve their own life situations. I get to witness how the universe is really creating and supporting each person’s spiritual growth and self-realization. That is very enlivening for me, to experience that. And then there is the practical aspect that I work from home, and several of my clients are over the phone. In between sessions, I am able to take care of my household, my daughter, and still be involved in this way. KD: So it sounds like you are getting the benefits of a home-based business type situation, with a deeply rewarding daily experience with your clients. Lately people are speaking about the “empathy based economy.” This means that we are able to actually make a living doing work that is in alignment with our life purpose, a purpose-driven career. How do you see life coaching fitting into this new paradigm? MG: I believe that is exactly what I am doing. I believe we each have a special contribution to the world, to our society, our community, our family. That activity is connected to our psycho-physical nature. Through coaching, people begin to understand what their nature is, and how to align it with activities. When they begin to discover this, they are naturally happier. As a coach, I help people connect with their personal power, and this creates more peace in the family, the community, and the world. KD: And it seems to me that doing the work of a coach is deeply connected to your nature. So you get to experience the “empathy based economy” from both perspectives. Thank you for speaking with me, Marie, I feel enlivened by what you have shared. MG: Thank you! For more information, visit www.

July 2012


“Natural Awakenings” Magazine, July 2012 issue  
“Natural Awakenings” Magazine, July 2012 issue  

“Natural Awakenings” Magazine, July 2012 issue. The full-color monthly magazine about green, local, organic, wholistic, natural, fun, health...