Being a teenager is a rough time for anyone, even if you are a football player, cheerleader, or the president of your class. As we developed in our younger years, we have to make so many decisions. It would seem that most of these choices were whether to follow the advice of teachers, parents, mentors, and even the law. All of those obstacles didn’t keep any of us from going through those hard times to understand ourselves further and reach into the future for answers. However, many of those struggles left wounds that sometimes linger well into our middle ages.
Now, imagine the world and the challenges we had and multiply it exponentially with Internet bullying and texting teenagers sending Instagrams and pictures simultaneously as life happens, catching all our mistakes and awkward beginnings in real time for the world and all our friends to see. Personally, I can’t imagine how much more difficult maturing must be in this computer age. Pubescence presents a completely new spin on all the normal teenage problems I faced as a child.
Over thirty years of my past had been spent teaching children and adults vocal lessons. The kids often came to me with tears in their eyes, explaining the traumas they dealt with daily at school or at home. Some were wealthy and had struggles with parents. Some were poor and couldn’t get the money to take lessons. Some got taunted by classmates. Some were simply kids making irresponsible mistakes and having to pay the price. Nonetheless, the stories kept unfolding as I sat behind my piano listening.
What I noticed most about the teenagers is that each seemed to have a paralyzing fear that they would make the wrong choices and decisions about their future. Can you imagine being 15 years old and wondering if your father would love you if didn’t take the summer to learn Chinese? Because, if you didn’t learn the language of the future, you may not be marketable, should he choose to go into finance. That happened to be one of the problems of a child who studied voice.
So, learning to sing, for me, became the desire to teach children to have a strong voice—to understand what they felt and be able to voice it with power and authenticity. I was so proud of a couple young teenage kids who came out of the closet in high school. I couldn’t have imagined a feat so terrifying as a child. Coming out was hard enough at twenty.
Yet, with the dawn of a closely-knit communities of friends able to speak to people around the world in seconds, we also get the great premise of absolving some of our children’s challenges by the dawn of blogs and trend setters speaking up about their truths. If television and movies hadn’t been so kind as to create great gay characters for us to laugh at and cry with, we wouldn’t be as encouraged to face our own insecure selves. Equally, television and movies did the same for African American, when television and movies were completely homogenized, some brave producers and writers created African-American characters we all began to love and invite into our living rooms. That, of course, was the first step to challenging all of our prejudices. I’m thankful for those brave souls, and, of course, the companies who stood behind them financially.
I know that some of my readers are teenagers. Today, I want you to know that we hear your voice. We do understand how difficult it is in this day and age to grow and develop into young adults when life presents you with more than a person should have to handle at your age. My advice is to find someone or some place secure to be heard. If anything, many of my clients would continue to come to lessons, not because they were so much interested in singing, as that they knew they could share their lives with me without judgment. Being heard is important to your growth.
If you are an adult who has children growing through these years, listen and be gentle. I know sex and drugs and Internet make it more and more difficult to monitor our youth, but we simply have to take a bigger role in the development of our next generation.
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A Year to CLEAR Challenge:
(Please Know: You Can Join Us At Any Point in the Year Challenge.)
The masses search outward for things that qualify them as a person, but I always go inward for that which quantifies me for greatness. At twenty-five I preached on street corners in NYC as an in-the-closet Pentecostal minister. One day I heard a still small voice say, ‘God cannot be contained in a book or a law or even in a religion. Dig deeper, reach further to find me, and you will find your authentic Self.’”
A Year to CLEAR Challenge!
The acronym CLEAR stands for (Compassionate, Loving, Enthusiastic, And Relationship-Ready). The goal of this project is to engulf readers in a weekly study that will transform them by removing blocks, promote self-growth, and give them wings to fly freely into daily life. Each week, by going to BoSebastian.com and choosing the Year to CLEAR Challenge tab, a new challenge or thought to provoke conversation, growth, and group functionality.
My vision is to make Finding Authentic You the book to have in your Kindle or on your computer. The book is a comprehensive look at growth—spiritually, mentally, and physically.
As a yoga teacher and student of the Ayurvedic tradition, I bring to the table understanding of physical challenges, the ability to overcome mental problems with Life & Health Coaching, as well as hypnotherapy, and expertise in meditation and spirituality as a minister.
The combination of all three in one book with an interactive connection to like-minded readers, for one year, is what makes this Year to CLEAR Challenge a must-do for every spiritual seeker.
The One-Year Approach to Change
No one believes he or she can change overnight. But success in change comes from the metaphors of nature. Seasonally, life changes all around us in nature. Finding Authentic You offers a gradual change perspective, looking at the triune aspects of change as in yoga: Body, Mind and Spirit.
Accessing the ability to change and finding yourself actually pursuing change must be a daily search, which I call getting to the “observer mind.”
In this frontal cortex of the brain we find the anatomy of change and the power to counter every negative trigger of the human process. The workings of Hypnosis, NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are all positive actions to help the mind and body flow to a positive space for change.
Every aspect of FINDING AUTHENTIC YOU fulfills this constant need for diffusing the negative past and dreaming of a fulfilling future.
Step 1: Recognize That Change is Inevitable
Step 2: Release from Resistance to Change
Step 3: Understanding Change and Allow Spirit to Define It
Step 4: A History Lesson—About You
Step 5: Look at Your Past with Compassion
Step 6: Making a Strong Commitment to Change
Step 7: Dream Your Fabulous Future
Go to www.bosebastian.com for Week One Challenge:
TOOLS FOR CHANGE:
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• Introduction to Meditation
• Smoke Cessation mp3
• Weight Loss mp3
• Hypnotic Lap Band surgery Mp3
• Insomnia mp3
• Eternal Om mp3
• Meditation Music mp3
• Guide to Meditation mp3
• Healing the Body mp3
• And my “Lessons from the Heart” book ready for your download purchase.
Go to Home Page: www.BoSebastian.com
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