When Does Your Personal Growth Journey End?

“We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Where does personal growth begin and end? With your first visit to the metaphysical bookstore and your last session of therapy? Unlikely. The process of becoming – self, whole, enlightened, fulfilled – is a lifelong adventure.

In the final episode of 30 DAYS OF INTENT on The Chopra Well, Natalie and Iman sit down with Deepak Chopra to discuss their amazing journey of the last few weeks. From watsu massage to kundalini yoga, spiritual psychology to death and dying, they not only got a thorough review of the wellness options in Southern California, but they also took a tour of their own inner worlds. And what a trip it was!

Their final experience on the show was a death and dying dinner with hospice nurse Laurel Lewis, Deepak, Mallika, and several friends. Considering death seems to be an apt way to close the show. As Deepak tells Natalie in their debrief, many of the personal growth tools they explored provide peak experiences that temporarily jolt them from the mundane and into heightened awareness. But this level of consciousness is equally attainable through mindfulness. Meditating on death and, by association, what it means to be alive, can start attuning us to the true nature of our paths. Who am I? What is my purpose? These guiding questions act as the compass, ever directing us toward wholeness. Flaws, memories, ambitions, and all.

This lesson resonates deeply with both Iman and Natalie, in slightly different ways. At the beginning of the experience, just coming out of a long-term relationship, Iman emphasized purity. He intended to chip away at his identity, rid himself of unwanted attributes. Over the course of the journey, but particularly during the difficult and cathartic therapy session with Alyssa Nobriga, Iman’s focus shifted. Balance, rather than purity, became his goal. It’s about loving and accepting yourself, as opposed to striving in vain to fit some mold of perfection.

For Natalie, who struggled with self-criticism and judgement throughout the show, learning to have compassion for herself became key. She intended, at first, to realize her full potential and focus on “being” rather than “doing.” What she came to see, however, was that she lacked the self-love necessary to get herself there. In the end, she left with the intent to be her own best friend, to love and support herself unconditionally. Both Natalie and Iman’s new intentions – balance and self-care – are among the hardest but most essential lessons that move us toward transformation.

It would be impossible to say at what moment in the journey these realizations emerged. But there is one thing that is certain:

Shifting awareness onto transformation is the first step. Set the intent to grow, to learn, to become radically and unashamedly yourself. By participating in 30 DAYS OF INTENT, Natalie and Iman focused attention onto their own health and wellbeing, sending themselves the message, “Yes, I am worth it.” Personal growth is an opt-in adventure that you can start right now, and which ends…never.

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photo by: Gane