Saturday, November 6, 2010

Shedding My Darkest Secrets with Rhodes

Shedding My Darkest Secrets with Rhodes
Wake Up to Live with Desiree Leigh


I miss my past school mates at Rhodes Wellness College. We made such a tight bond in our three months together. The school is not solely focused on learning new material as a 'helper.' Theory as we call it. The school has a special way in which many of us opened up and shed our souls to one another. When we shed our deepest and darkest secrets to one another, we learned to trust, allowing each other to go even deeper into the places that we buried so long ago. Those memories that we were hoping to forget yet still shatter our daily lives. As we shed our deep, dark, and scary secrets, we began to move forward with a sense of ease and lightness. Love was brought forth naturally, and a deep connection of unity happened.

Can you imagine, three full months of experiential learning, shedding your soul daily? Feeling stripped and naked, totally exposed and exhausted by the end of the day. Yet even with this exposure, you get a sense of lightness and serenity, and above all, the connection with one another deepens. Initially, the journey was scary, being called out and being challenged, but over time, the learning from each other was the best that could ever happen to me. I will always remember the empathy, acceptance, understanding and love that I felt from others.

I had my guard up for some time. As the instructors and students created safety in the room, I slowly let down the walls and began to trust. What was so marvelous, was learning from each others unique personality, how we are so different yet so much the same. We come in all shapes and sizes, various hair, eye, and skin colors, many different cultures with many different traditions and rituals, but many of us are still carrying deep hurts such as shame. Seems to me, that we are all looking for that open door to give ourselves permission to bear our souls and heal ourselves. Rhodes Wellness College is the place. If you're ready to fully expose yourself and be challenged every day, this is the school to be in.

Thank you for all the learning and love. I miss you all and wish life's best for each one of you.

Wake Up to Live with Desiree Leigh

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