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Grace at Work
Debbie Garr

Dr. Michelle Robin is a woman living her mission to connect and inspire people to live well, a woman in step with The Center for Spirit at Work’s vision, which states in part:  “Strengthen the individual and organizational well- being in our working community by promoting, understanding, and facilitating integration of spirituality at work.”  It was fitting then that Dr. Robin spoke at The Center’s final meeting December 7, 2012. Her inspiring talk centered around grace at work –what it feels like and how it’s related to well-being.

 

Dr. Robin is the founder and CWO of Your Wellness Connection, one of the nation’s most successful integrative healing centers.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Washburn University and a Doctor of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College. She has earned several local and national awards and served on a number of local nonprofit boards. Her two recent books, Wellness on a Shoestring: Seven Habits for a Healthy Life and The E Factor: Engage, Energize, and Enrich--Three Steps to Vibrant Health, are a testament to her passion for helping people journey toward a life of well-being and joy by taking simple, consistent steps.

 

She started her presentation engaging attendees with several health-related questions: Should you sleep or stay up all night? Live with clutter or free up your mind and space? Eat greens or French fries? Stay inside or get fresh air? Drink water or diet-coke? We all knew the right answers and yet we were aware that it’s rarely our practice.

 

She emphasized that unhealthy lifestyle habits take a toll on our spirit and that paying attention to our mechanical, energetic, chemical, and psychological/spiritual health can make a big difference in our overall well-being. 

 

Dr.  Robin spoke of positive role models in her life and reminded us that we never know how what we say can change someone’s life forever. She gave examples of how she has been blessed by people who took the time to mentor her and give her positive reinforcement, emphasizing that we make a difference in people’s lives whether we know it or not—that we’re either taking from or adding to the vibrant energy of the world, as mentioned in Dr. David Hawkin’s book Power vs. Force.

 

When she asked attendees what grace feels like, several people responded : people working around a common goal; healthy, clean; joyful, being present in the moment; unity; ability to recognize God’s blessings; peace of mind and a happy heart; release; and safety.

 

Dr Robin then interacted with attendees in discussing what a wellness culture looks like using a handout (attached) that allowed us to rate how we’re doing with a wellness vs. a sick culture at work. She encouraged us to chunk it down and do one simple thing for the next 21 days to move toward the wellness side, something as simple as buying headsets, which are good for neck and alignment, for employees who talk on the phone most of the workday.

 

Dr. Robin gave each attendee a copy of her E-Factor mini-book (copy attached) and encouraged us to think about our “why” and identify the gap, as well as choose something to work on each month to improve the well-being culture where we work.  

 

Having shared green smoothies (recipes attached), which were enjoyed by many, Dr. Robin mentioned some of their benefits--improving cholesterol because of natural fiber and their help in cleaning out the liver.

 

In closing, Dr. Robin reminded us that we plan vacations and budgets, and we should plan our wellness too.  Her final piece of advice was:  Get plenty of sleep.

  

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About the Author: 

Debbie Garr, Center for Spirit at Work Communications Volunteer, is a Human Resources consultant, facilitator, and author in Kansas City, MO. Debbie facilitates the Wellness on a Shoestring program. Email: garrdebbie@gmail.com