This story is about my journey from meeting Michel Gribble-Dates to becoming a member of the Fruitful Living community and how the Fruitful Living course has changed my life for the better, especially “Ritual 2: Early to Bed”.
In November 2017 we had a program at my church in which Michel was invited to talk about small steps to simplify and de-stress the Advent season. I knew that she was a yoga teacher and that she had created a Story and Stretch program for the preschoolers at our church the summer before. I teach a specialized style of yoga for pain, Svaroopa® Yoga, and I was curious. So, I attended the program.
Afterwards, I introduced myself to Michel. We discovered similarities on our paths to teaching yoga and both mentioned that while yoga practice is essential to living a healthy life, the practice itself does not help one to reach all her health goals! Initially, I experienced so much relief from pain in my Svaroopa® Yoga practice that I assumed all of my issues would be solved with just it. At the time, I was also working with an alternative health practitioner and had learned a great deal from her. I knew A LOT of techniques to improve my health, I just didn’t do them consistently!
I scheduled a Wellness Strategy Session with Michel, a conversation in which you share your current health issues and how you want to feel in the future. Based on where you’re at and where you want to be Michel helps you identify the next small step to take toward your goals. My deepest desire at the time was to strengthen my immune system so that I could visit my daughter and family at their mission site in Liberia on the continent of Africa. After our conversation Michel knew I was a good candidate for the Fruitful Living Community. The next quarter was not scheduled to start for a couple of months, but I was eager to get started so Michel helped me make a plan that would positively affect my health before I officially started in the course. Based on my behaviors at the time and my goal to build my immune system Michel suggested that the first thing I do was back up my bedtime in small increments.
I had labeled myself a “night owl”. I stayed up until 1:00 or 2:00am playing computer games, working on projects, or chatting with my daughter in Liberia. Since I am retired, I figured this was fine because I was sleeping later in the morning and still getting in my eight hours!