What are Life Metaphors? Do you have one, and if so, what perspective does it provide? How does it affect your life through its inherent strengths and weaknesses?
During my NLP Practitioner training at the iNLP Center, we completed a module on Life Metaphors that has profoundly changed my life. Prior to the module I tended to look at life as a destination. The challenge with this type of Life Metaphor is the constant rush to get to where one is going (literally and figuratively)! It was not a healthy Life Metaphor for a Highly Sensitive Person, much less for non-HSP’s. Since the training module, I’ve adopted the Life Metaphor “Life is a Journey”. This particular statement has been much more empowering and provides considerable more freedom than the prior. “Life is a Journey” encourages a slower pace and enjoyment of the moment, both keys to reducing over-stimulation. To the HSP, this can also be used as a mantra to stay on track when tempted to get sucked into the whirlwind of life!
There are all sorts of Life Metaphors, and the key is in first identifying the one we’re living with. If the current version works for you, then great. If not, perhaps it’s time to try out some other options, and ultimately adopt a new Life Metaphor. I unconsciously lived with “Life is a Destination” for way too long, and really wish I had known of this powerful concept much earlier in life. NLP Life Coaching provides some wonderful tools to get there in a fun and efficient manner. Please contact me to discuss how NLP Life Coaching can enhance your life!
Joe Capriotti – “Coaching to Thrive Through Sensitivity”