Narcissism. Selfishness. Self-love. These three terms have some common roots, a shared family tree you could say. There is of course also a distinct difference between them, non more so than the meaning of self-love.
Following on the energising happenings last night, detailed in Flight, 3rd Issue, where I was fortunate enough to witness the sprouting beauty unique to projects of passion, today is a lovely fit as I have the opportunity to consider another soul, further along on their journey, and blooming.
The smell of unread pages
Self-Love: The Authentic Path to Conscious Leadership is the newest expression of a long winding and particular road walked by someone I have been fortunate to get to know. Its roots stretch from multinational consumer goods, corporate consulting, yoga philosophy & practice, as well as executive coaching and the academics of business administration.
Taken from the back cover:
Self-love is a topic that many of us seek to avoid, yet it is one that has a profound impact on our happiness, effectiveness and spiritual growth as human beings. What is less well-known is how self-love influences leadership ability.
Personally I try to avoid reading multiple books at a time, so I have had to satisfy my excitement and curiosity with covering what one may understand without delving too deep.
Starting at the ground floor, the book defines and re-educates us about what self-love truly means, how it evolves and develops in our lives and why it has become a rarity in modern society. It then links self-love into the working environment and we are off to delve into the five constructs of self-love, given a framework across which to build a more wholesome understanding of it. Finally it is all brought back to a practical level, covering the experiences and reflections gained from coaching the topic to a vast and widely varying clientele.
Who made it take shape?
Nerisha first appeared in my life through a mutual friend, later becoming my life coach, yoga instructor and finally a trusted friend. As the list implies she became a strong influence in my life, particularly in a time of increased pressure and opportunity around 2013. Quite likely, much of my current life and the unfurling of my personal sails would have been but a pipe dream without her guidance.
With her impressive credentials and background available elsewhere, I would rather share the joy and authenticity felt in her work. Whether it be a yoga class, a couching session or a workshop on related material, there is never doubt about the sincerity and giving-of-herself that is put into her work.
It may be that not all of us are able to meet our heroes in the flesh, but the mark of a true passion is the presence felt in the unconnected guest, the one experiencing without prior knowledge. Without a doubt I believe each of us will experience some of this passion in the pages to come.
For more information on the book or the author, feel free to visit NerishaMaharaj.co.za.
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