Join Me For Some Stress Relief! Movement and Meditation Every Monday

Hello fellow wellness seekers!

Join me every Monday night at Flourish Foundation in Hailey for 30 minutes of movement followed by 30 minutes of and mindful meditation. The movement portion is a slow flow yoga sequence which is for all levels and body types followed by 30 minutes of meditation based on the 4 foundational mindfulness practices: breath awareness, body scan, sitting meditation, and loving kindness.

The Goal: Reduce stress while cultivating balance and well-being.

I hope you’ll join me!

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All My Offerings…Join ME!!

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Join Me For a Free Coaching Consultation!

 

Recovery & Life Coaching with Caitlin

My name is Caitlin Hegwood and I am a Certified Recovery and Life Coach based out of Sun Valley, Idaho. I work with clients to achieve their recovery goals. I have an office located in Ketchum or can meet via video conference or over the phone. If you’d like to know more fill out the form below, email me at Caitlin4wellness@gmail.com or simply give me a call at 208-309-1948.


Working with Me

Working with me means looking closely at all areas and aspects of life as YOU define. We then create action steps toward achieving your goals.

Whether you are wanting to make a shift toward a healthier life style, live in line with your values, or get back your time and life, I am here to work with you on creating a life well lived, as defined by YOU. Along with my unique coaching technique we also read inspiring literature, which we don’t just use intellectually, but rather put the concepts into action, define values, realign and re-balance our lives, wake up everyday with mental clarity and live purposefully.

During recovery obstacles, challenges, and obstructions call our attention. When working together we’ll address these by developing the skills and strategies to handle situations that arise, as they arise, and learn from the experience.

My Clients

The clients I work with are the most intelligent, driven, emotionally and spiritually connected individuals I have ever met. Each has their our reasons for turning to substance abuse and an equally good reason for turning toward recovery. Their journey now is to navigate back to their path; the path to happiness, joy and freedom. Which is where I come in. I help jump start and sustain growth and evolution during the process of regaining health and sobriety.

When in an addictive cycle, one cannot live a full life. It takes time to source, abuse, withdrawal and recover from the use of any substance. When in recovery we work diligently to free ourselves of this cycle: mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. In doing so we literally get our lives back, our time, our emotional and physical energy. We get it all back.

Recovery From What?

I help clients recovering from alcohol abuse, tobacco use, and eating disorders. I have direct experience recovering from these disorders of compulsion and self-harm, which I have recovered from and continue to work toward my recovery goals, which is why I am dedicated to helping people achieve their own recovery goals. It is my belief that addiction is a compulsive thought to self-harm, and therefore believe I can help those ready to rewire their brains creating healthy mental patterns. This starts with the physical addictions, then moves toward the mental, and finally the emotional aspects of why we have a compulsion to self-harm.

My Background, Training, and Expertise

I have a Recovery Coach Certification through the State of Idaho, Mindfulness Based Substance Abuse Treatment Certification through the Center for Adolescent Studies, Meditation and Psychotherapy training, and a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification through the Yoga Alliance. I use the recovery coaching model taught and approved by Idaho Health and Welfare, as well as the Idaho Board of Alcohol/Drug Counselor Certification. This sprinkled with Eastern spiritualism, Stoic philosophy, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Substance Abuse Treatment techniques.
My expertise comes from my training and my own experience moving into substance abuse, overcoming internal and external obstacles, and recovering. I bring this to my clients in a unique and holistic manner.

Coaching is Different

Coaching is different than working with a counselor or a sponsor. In coaching we focus on the present circumstances, not what led us to them. We’ll identify obstacles currently happening in your life, create sustainable goals, and take action steps for a better future. I do encourage my clients to also work with a counselor to gain further support toward mental health.
Is it like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)?
AA is a non-profit meant to support those seeking sobriety. Its 12 steps are greatly powerful for some. If you like the 12 step process, great. If not, great. Recovery coaching is different in the way we approach recovery. We take an active approach to regaining physical, mental and emotional health. I encourage and guide my clients to do whatever they need to do to remain on the path to sobriety. These supports include working a coach, a counselor, family and friends, job/ career, ongoing education, and community groups (AA, meditation groups, ski clubs, etc.).

Ready to Work With Me?

If you or anyone you love is ready to get started on the path to living a full and sober life contact me by filling out the form below, email me at Caitlin4wellness@gmail.com or simply give me a call at 208-309-1948. I am here as a resource, support, and guide on the path to recovery. Join me and living this wonderfully awake and fulfilling life.

Great Expectations: Overcoming Unnecessary Suffering

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I woke up on a Friday morning with great expectations. The list included wanting to spend quality time with my partner; making breakfast and drinking coffee in a relaxed manner. This followed by working out, cleaning and organizing my entire house then meeting briefly with a client at noon (already you might be thinking, “All of that by noon?!” Yes, I’m ridiculously driven as well as naive:). This was to be followed by several hours of dedicated writing and packing the car for a weekend in the wilderness. “All of this is to be done by 3:00 pm” I told myself.P_20180928_104356_vHDR_Auto

 

Morning unfolded in the most pleasant of ways; breakfast and coffee led to running on a path lined with changing deciduous trees near the river with an unexpected sheep which lingered behind us the last 1/2 mile, to whom which we gave the name “Steve”. Finally, looking at my watch, I realized noon was fast approaching. I hadn’t accomplished what I had set out to do for the day. I felt my anxiety rise. I projected into the future, sensing the expectations I had set for the day not being met. Suffering ensued.

Sitting in front of a coffee shop doing my best to remain equanimous, I felt huge waves of anxiety rise and fall. I knew I had to let go of something or this pain would continue and negatively affect my inner tranquility and my relationships with the people around me. I had to look directly at what I choose to value in life.

As a practice for focusing my life, each month I reevaluate my values, goal and action steps (see attached photo). Having this list of values that I’ve created each month is a reference point for having a life well-lived as defined by me.

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Values:

  1. Myself: Cultivate and care for my physical, mental, and emotional self
  2. People: Family, Partner, Friends, Community
  3. Career; Recovery Coaching, Workshops, Yoga and Meditation, Writing

Looking at this list and cross-referencing it against my current obstacle, I reflected on specific questions. Did I offer myself self-care? Yes. Next on the list are the people in my life. Am I giving 100% of my attention to the person in front of me, whom I choose to spend the majority of my time, to create with, have a career and a life?

It is amazing to me that someone has chosen to spend their life in conjunction with my own. Is this not the most amazing aspect of any relationship? As I realized the answer to my question (if you haven’t gotten it yet, the answer was “no”…) I made the conscious choice to realigning my thoughts, words, and actions with the values I set. Letting go of the expectations I held for myself, I gained back my mental fortitude, equanimity and energy. After jumping over this mental hurdle, I was able to flow through my day with ease and joy. I got what I could done and was able to go camping; truly enjoying myself in the process.

The take-away:

Don’t let your own or others’ expectations lead you away from the values you set. Allow life to unfold in its own time without fighting against reality. This is where happiness can be found.

Photo Credits: http://www.davidbain.org/value-of-suffering-project 


Work With Me!

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Last Chance to Register!

Last Chance to Register for the Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships Workshop that starts TONIGHT!

Register HERE for the Relationships Workshop

JOIN CODY LEE AND CAITLIN HEGWOOD

OCTOBER 4TH, 11TH, 18TH, AND 25TH

5:30-7:00 PM AT FLOURISH FOUNDATION IN HAILEY, IDAHO

This workshop teaches skills to create healthy relationships in every context of life, whether seeking support and information to develop your relationship with your partner, family members or co-workers. There is something for everyone! We will focus on communication as a foundation for everything, mindful listening/ speaking skills, sexual communication, addressing charged issues, and developing a plan to co-create life.

For more information or questions, email Caitlin at Caitlin4wellness@gmail.com or call her at 208-30-1948. Reach out to Cody by emailing mannavprocess@gmail.com.

Register HERE for the Relationships Workshop

Creating and Sustaining Healthy Relationships Workshop 2018

Register HERE for the Relationships Workshop

 

Opening the Doors of Communication

Neil and Barbara’s Difficult End-of-Life Conversation

Four weeks ago his world had been upended when his wife of 35 years, Barbara, had complained about feeling fatigued.  

“I just can’t seem to find the energy to do anything anymore Neil,” She told him one night after dinner.

A few days and a couple doctor’s visit later they got the worst news they could imagine.  Lymphocyte Leukemia, a life ending prognosis. From the moment they’d received the news each had handled it differently; his way was to put up a strong, stoic front while silently tormenting himself, hers was to go about her business as usual.

The string of uncontrolled thoughts occupied every waking moment of his day, “How do I do this? How do I bring up what is going on in my mind? What is going to happen to her? What is she thinking about? What is she feeling?” After four weeks of mulling these questions over he was in a space where he was able to have the conversation without losing composure.

He chose his words and his demeanor wisely, dedicating himself to the present moment, with a sense of open kindness. He wouldn’t have guessed at the time the yoga classes Barbara had suggested they take together would have help in dealing with her passing. “Today was the day,” he told himself as he got out of bed that morning.

Neil’s wife lay in a hospice bed located in the center of the living room overlooking the Boise Foothills.  After pacing for a few moments outside of the room he walked in and initiated the difficult conversation.

“Barbara, Are you feeling up to going over your after-life plan today?” Neil asked, apparent discomfort washing over his face as he pursued his own emotional strength for the task. “I’d like to finish my coffee and have a little breakfast first, then we can begin that process, okay?”. “Of course” He replied. Each of them knowing and communicating their needs with relative ease.

As the hospice nurse moved her frail and diminishing body from the bed to a wheelchair, she moaned. The pain from the spreading cancer and overtaking of her body was great. Although in pain, she was also ready for the conversation to be ensued.

With a list of questions given to him by their home health nurse, he began the questioning, “How would you like your body to be handled after death?”. “I want to be cremated. Half of my ashes thrown along the Atlantic Coast of Florida, the other half along the Salmon River near Big Casino Creek in Idaho”. He nodded his head and smiled as he wrote her wishes down so as remember them with accuracy, recalling the wonderful times they’d shared at each of those locations. Questions continued such as their financial state, funeral arrangements, and notifying friends and family of the current state and progress of the disease.

After the business of death has been addressed other, more personal, questions began to arise, “What are you most worried about in leaving this earth?” “You, of course, and Macie (the cat)”, she replied. “What can I do to help? What do you want for us?”, he stated trying not to dismiss her wants and desires, trying to stay open and truly hear what she had to say. This was their practice, ask and listen deeply. “When I die, I need you to take care of Macie (the cat). Remember to leave the door open during the day so she can come and go as she pleases”  “What else?” he asked. “What I want most of all is for you to find someone else to love and share your life with” Barbara said.

Saddened by this thought, his brow furrowed, but he kept her gaze. By doing this he was about to show her his presence, knowing that he would soon not be able to partake in these moments. They were few in number now.

When is the last time you discussed your needs, wants, and desires with the people in your life? Learn to do this and much more by joining us for our workshop, Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships, beginning this Thursday October 4th from 5:30-7:00 PM at the Flourish Foundation in Hailey.

Register HERE for the Relationships Workshop


WANT TO WORK ON THESE SKILLS IN MORE DEPTH?

JOIN CODY LEE AND CAITLIN HEGWOOD

OCTOBER 4TH, 11TH, 18TH, AND 25TH

5:30-7:00 PM IN KETCHUM

This workshop teaches skills to create healthy relationships in every context of life, whether seeking support and information to develop your relationship with your partner, family members or co-workers. There is something for everyone! We will focus on communication as a foundation for everything, mindful listening/ speaking skills, sexual communication, addressing charged issues, and developing a plan to co-create life.

For more information or questions, email Caitlin at Caitlin4wellness@gmail.com or call her at 208-30-1948. Reach out to Cody by emailing mannavprocess@gmail.com.

Register HERE for the Relationships Workshop

Creating and Sustaining Healthy Relationships Workshop 2018

Register HERE for the Relationships Workshop

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The Communication Process

Week 1 of our upcoming Relationship Workshop

Communication as a Basis for Everything

Wouldn’t you agree?!

For instance: If you have a headache, communicating that to your significant other, co-workers, or children is important. If they don’t know what is going on with you, they might take it personally. Rubbing your temples and sighing audibly doesn’t exactly communicate to them you care!man-with-migraine-headache-massaging-his-temples-and-frowning

Or maybe you are walking in the door, coming home from a long day at work, and your partner immediately begins sharing important details about their day but you are still processing the events and conversations from your own? Telling them you need a few moments to wind down so you are able to listening fully can mean the difference of them feeling valued and heard vs ignored and discredited. This interaction sets the tone for the rest of the evening; Will it be loving or contentious?

I know which interaction I’d rather have!

Effectively communicating with those around us creates a healthy emotional climate which we share with those around us. Inevitably there will be less frustration, irritation, hurt feelings, and unplanned hiccups. 

Communicating well is a process. Although the below listed process is easily read, putting it into practice can be a challenge. Our old, and often ineffective patterns for communicating can get in the way, but we know the brain is flexible. With deliberate action toward incorporating these into your communication process, the healthier your relationships will be and the more quality time you will be able to spend with yourself and the others in your life, whether that be at work, at home, or in your community.

Process1. Know yourself: Your thoughts, emotions, feelings.
2. Use your words wisely: Practice deliberate and mindful speech.
3. Ask: “Is this a good time to discuss….”.
4. Use “I” statements – Stick to the unarguables: Sensations, Emotions, and Wants.

5. Look and Listen: Open and receptive body language and mental space is required when communicating effectively.


Want to Work on These Skills in More Depth?

JOIN CODY LEE AND CAITLIN HEGWOOD

OCTOBER 4TH, 11TH, 18TH, AND 25TH

5:30-7:00 PM IN KETCHUM

This workshop teaches skills to create healthy relationships in every context of life, whether seeking support and information to develop your relationship with your partner, family members or co-workers. There is something for everyone! We will focus on communication as a foundation for everything, mindful listening/ speaking skills, sexual communication, addressing charged issues, and developing a plan to co-create life.

For more information or questions, email Caitlin at Caitlin4wellness@gmail.com or call her at 208-30-1948. Reach out to Cody by emailing mannavprocess@gmail.com.

Register HERE for the Relationships Workshop

Creating and Sustaining Healthy Relationships Workshop 2018

Register HERE for the Relationships Workshop


September and October Movement and Meditation Updated Schedule

No Wednesday class in Ketchum until we can solidify a space.

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