Last week I spent 6 days in Las Vegas hanging out with blogger Steve Pavlina and helping out behind the scenes of his Conscious Growth Workshop. Steve’s workshop provides an intensive weekend of personal development that encourages attendees to examine several aspects of their lives and consciously make changes that lead to improvement.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that I attended the same workshop in January of 2010. Since that time Steve and I have become close friends. You may want to read this post about how our friendship spontaneously manifested not long after I photoshopped a picture of the two of us and put it in my vision book (unfortunately I’m still waiting for the manifestation of the picture of me, Johnny Depp, and Tim Burton).
Anyhoo, I attended last weekend’s workshop as a staff member but completed all the exercises as if I were an attendee. So it was interesting to notice how much I’ve changed since the last “CGW”.
The biggest change I noticed was my attitude towards personal development. During the first workshop, I realized that the whole reason I was into personal growth was because I felt like something in me was broken and needed to be fixed. This viewpoint caused me a lot of anxiety and emotional pain because no matter how much I grew, I never felt “good enough”.
This time around I had a completely different perspective. The emotional pain I experienced during the first workshop was gone. I realized that I’m now into personal development simply because it’s FUN. My new personal development philosophy is that since the nature of everything in the Universe is to grow and evolve, I’m destined to grow and evolve too. When I take part in this process without trying to be perfect at it, it turns into an adventure rather than a chore. I’m now much more comfortable with the fact that I’ll ALWAYS be a work in progress.
Another thing I noticed is that most of the social anxiety I experienced during the first CGW has dissolved. I felt a lot more openhearted and less shy, the courage exercises were easier, and I even introduced Steve and gave announcements in front of the group with very little anxiety. Though I still consider myself an introvert, I’m happy to be getting more comfortable around new people.
After my last trip to Vegas in 2010, I experienced a massive amount of change in my life, especially during the first 6 months after the workshop. I ate 100% raw vegan food during this time and also took up Anusara yoga. It’s hard to imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t made these changes.
Many of the changes I made were unplanned. Even my dietary choices seemed like more of a spontaneous occurrence since I never made a conscious goal to become a raw vegan. I just ate what I felt like eating, which just happened to be fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds.
I’ve only been home from Vegas for 2 days, but I’m noticing the same kinds of changes happening again. I’m strangely attracted to the 80/10/10 raw vegan diet, which I’ve always been somewhat critical of! I also have a ton of new ideas to improve my career and social life including attending a new Toastmasters club and checking out a local Spiritualist church. So it’ll be interesting to see what unfolds in my life during the next few months.
One of the best things about Steve’s workshops is the social aspect. I met tons of awesome, supportive, like-minded people that I know I’ll be friends with for years to come. I also had a chance to hang out with the friends I made last time, including my hero Darlene who is my #1 raw food inspiration and an all-around awesome person. I really cannot express the degree of pure love I have for friends like Darlene (I LOVE you Darlene! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOU!!!)
I also enjoyed spending some quality time with Steve and his girlfriend Rachelle. We did yoga together, goofed off on the strip and ate TONS of yummy vegan food. When they dropped me off at the airport I was sad to leave them because we had so much fun together.
The good news is that I’m heading back to Vegas in less than a month to help out at Steve’s next workshop on subjective reality. I’m so excited to repeat the whole process of personal development, awesome friends, yummy food and tremendous fun all over again.
So if you’re not otherwise occupied, please consider joining us. ☺
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