The Power Living Pledge

I just graduated a couple of weeks ago from a truly extraordinary year long program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and am now a Certified Holistic Health Coach.  IIN is the cutting-edge leader in holistic nutrition education, and the largest nutrition school in the world.  Through IIN, I studied all the dietary theories from Eastern to Western, ancient to modern, traditional to innovative ~ learning to integrate traditional nutrition philosophies with the most current health concepts.

We learned from the nation’s leading health and wellness authorities, including Andrew Weil MD, Barry Sears PhD, Mark Hyman MD, David Wolfe,  and Deepak Chopra MD to name just a few.  I really love that the school teaches bio-individuality, which takes in to account that one person’s food is another person’s poison.  There is no one “right” way of eating, so my job as a health counselor is to work with individuals by guiding them to discover the healthiest food and lifestyle choices for them.

What I love most is that IIN bridges the gap between nutrition and personal growth by teaching a concept called Primary Food. Healthy relationships, regular physical activity, fulfilling careers and a spiritual practice all nourish our souls and satisfy our hunger for living. With this in mind, the food we eat becomes Secondary.  Because while the food we eat plays a critical role in our health and happiness, food can fill us, but it cannot fulfill us!

Throughout the entire school year, I felt my core values and beliefs were re-affirmed time and again, and it was the most rewarding experience.  In my last blog post I shared a great tool called Think Right Now that I find to be an amazingly effective combination of affirmations, meditation and psychotherapy all rolled in to one 30 minute a day at-home practice.

So knowing I’m a huge fan of affirmations, it felt natural to share the incredibly powerful and purposeful affirmation that I was left with in my final week at IIN.  Our guest lecturer was a very accomplished and inspiring woman, Terri Kennedy PhD, and when she read this affirmation, or pledge, it resonated with every cell of my being.

I immediately ordered her book, The Power Living Pledge, and as I read it I felt like I was reading my personal mission statement for how I choose to live my life, and what I hope to inspire in others!  Her “Power Living” Practice is a systematic approach to becoming conscious and living from self-awareness and self-control.

And this is what I blog about ~ making Conscious Choices so that we can truly live and experience life to the fullest! Kennedy says that the ultimate goal of Power Living is to get in the habit of consciousness and action …. and I couldn’t agree more! 🙂

“Power Living is being spiritually connected, mentally focused, physically energized, emotionally engaged, and environmentally supported.  It is a way of being that allows life to flow.  It is committing your energy to what you care about on a day-to-day basis.”

The practice is guided by Five Principles, each of which represents the five dimensions, which are all inter-related:

1. Live on Purpose (spiritual)

2. Tune your Mind to the Positive (mental)

3. Honor Your Body (physical)

4. Be a Humble Warrior (emotional)

5. Sanctify your Surroundings (environmental)

The bottom line is, if you are NOT currently living a powerful and purposeful life, it is because you are blocking the flow of energy along one or more of these dimensions.

Kennedy shares that Power Living is about knowing who you are and what you value, and then organizing your life around it ~ from what and when you eat, what you do for work, the relationships you choose to surround yourself with, to how you communicate with yourself and others.

It’s about living on Purpose, not just with Purpose.

With this in mind, I want to now share with you The Power Living Pledge.  I have been reading it every morning and evening (it seriously takes 30 seconds of your time!), as a promise to my Self to live a powerful and purposeful life each and every day.  As I mentioned, this pledge felt like the epitome of what I’m all about and what my work as a Holistic Health Counselor is all about, and so I’m excited to share that with you!  🙂 You can learn more about my practice at my new website, Conscious Choices Wellness.

Enjoy!

The Power Living Pledge

I live on Purpose every day;

I look to my Creator to show me the way.

I choose thoughts that nurture my mind;

I eliminate views that are negative and unkind.

I honor my body as the temple of my soul;

I choose foods that are nourishing and whole.

I serve my Self, and others with Love;

showing gratitude to my Source above.

I seek order, simplicity and peace,

creating space for my blessings to increase.

I choose wisely in all I do, prioritizing

my energy to live authentically and true.

I pursue every task with conviction;

I view unconscious inaction as an affliction.

I am fully Present, living as if,

this is the last day for me to enjoy my Gift.

I take time to Pause and Play,

giving balance and joy no delay.

I live these power-filled principles every day;

I do my best to get out of the way!

Purposeful and Powerful, indeed! 🙂

Kennedy continues the book by explaining each of the 10 affirmation statements in the pledge through discussions on Clarity, Focus, Energy, Gratitude, Simplicity, Choice, Action, Presence, Balance and Faith, and offers questions for journaling so you can fully sink in to your true Purpose and Self.

It is a short and sweet read, yet so perfect that I’ve incorporated this in to my gift package for my clients.  It was such a wonderful way to complete my school year ~ the greatest affirmation of my mission and vision in life.   I hope you enjoyed it, and if you feel that your friends and followers would enjoy it, you can use the social sharing buttons at the top of the post to pass it along.

With Purpose,

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74 Responses to “The Power Living Pledge”

  1. Great post Beth Allen.
    This is spot on.
    I love the The Power Living Pledge at the end.
    You could have one million dollars and the one is Health, you do not have your Health you have zero!

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Maggie ~ I couldn’t agree more! 🙂

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  2. Hi Beth,

    This is just awesome! I love it. Particularly the pledge. It is such a great thing to read every day to keep in the best mindset we could have. I’ve copied it and will print it out for myself. (thanks!)

    I’m so proud of your accomplishment, graduating and now being a certified holistic health coach. That’s something I would love to do someday, as you know.

    Looking forward to learning more from you!
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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Deb ~ I thought you’d enjoy this pledge! And thank you so much ~ I appreciate your support, and definitely love getting to know a fellow kindred spirit. 🙂

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  3. How do you come up with so much info on what people are looking for Beth? Nice post and all the links are what people should be looking for. The Think Right Now link Is very interesting and seems like it works wonders for people who tap into this type of learning. Great info on the site.

    The new website you have is interesting too as I have a son that has serious medical issues right now. Learning this or even becoming a Holistic Health Coach is where it’s at. I find all this on your post very helpful. I want to find out what’s in that Power Living book too. Gotta be really good.
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    bethallen Reply:

    Do I? Great to hear! I suppose it’s just pursuing my best self and sharing what I learn along the way! 🙂 I really appreciate your comment, Rick. Yes, this post is filled to the brim with great resources. I’d be happy to chat with you about my school or any resources I know that might help your son. There are a lot of people who attend IIN not because they plan to be health counselors, but for the education so they can take care of a loved one. Let me know if I can be of service in any way, and thanks again.

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  4. Ah Beth!
    Wonderful post – and btw thank you for your wonderful post and support on my “Be a Birth Leader” movement and congratulations to you as well.. Everyone should have something like this to read to themselves daily. I like to meditate and there is a daily prayer I say from Reiki. Sometimes I’ll open my IChing book for daily direction too. But connecting with source, God, universal power, whatever you want to call it is what makes living on purpose even more meaningful and personally significant.
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    bethallen Reply:

    Thank you, Lesly…and of course! As I suspected, sounds like we have a lot in common. 🙂 Always great to hear from people who have found effective resources to ground themselves, connect with source, and live on purpose!

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  5. Beth, this is so in-tuned with the way everyone, should be aware of truly, living. Natural food is last!

    WOW! I can’t say enough for your enlightenment. This information will go along way, in the Amis household. We are strong in faith, and serving others.

    I can understand, your excitement of finishing, your education. Well done!

    You passion, for helping others, is displayed, with the content you presented, so well.

    Thank you, for sharing this valued information. This is a location, to learn from. Great, usable presentation.

    You have a platform developed, for all to come, and learn. Then an easy application, to start utilizing, in our lives, now!

    Thank you! Nothing else to add at this point…
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    bethallen Reply:

    I really appreciate your comment, William! And thank you! 🙂 I am happy to hear this information will serve you and your family. Thanks so much for visiting!

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  6. Beth what a wonderful post. I love The Power Living Pledge. We all need to post this in our house everyday and read it often. Thank you for posting this.

    To Much Success,
    Barbara Harnsberger

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Barbara, isn’t it amazing?! Enjoy it….I certainly have been. Very empowering and a great way to start and finish the day. 🙂

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  7. Hmmm…I don’t know if my fav principle is #1 or #2…wait or 3, 4, or 5. They are ALL what I believe in and follow in my personal life and also what I teach those that look up to me or whom cross my path.

    What a super way to complete your school year indeed! And what a great idea to incorporate the pledge in for your clients’ gift package. I can only imagine what kind of gratitude and feedback you receive from them!
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    bethallen Reply:

    You are so cute, Jaclyn! So glad you resonated with ALL 5 principles and that they are the way you live and what you teach! No wonder we both like each other so much! 😉 Thanks for your support, it is greatly appreciated!

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  8. Hi Beth,
    Congratulations on finishing your course.
    What an amazing amount of knowledge that you can share with everyone.

    That is an excellent pledge and hope you don’t mind me using it.

    Will be coming back here often to absorbe some of your knowledge.

    Excellent post…thanks for sharing.

    Cheers
    Bryan
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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Bryan ~ and I wouldn’t have posted the pledge if I didn’t want others to benefit from it, right?! 🙂 I’m glad it resonated with you, and thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Congratulations on your achievement, and what an inspirational course of study. I love the Power Living pledge at the end of your article.
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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks so much, Marquita! Glad you enjoyed the pledge. 🙂

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  10. Hi Beth ~ Congratulations on becoming a Certified Holistic Health Coach ~ how exciting! What you wrote about one person’s food being another person’s poison and that you need to find the right food and lifestyle for YOU is so true!!! Isn’t it amazing how different we truly are as far as physical makeup and nutritional needs, etc. This is something I very much have an interest in, and have spent many years fine tuning to what works best for me, nutrition-wise and physical fitness level-wise. Appreciate you having shared about this 🙂 Christine
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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Christine ~ Thanks, yes very exciting! Sounds like you are committed to your health and the journey that is required. It is often challenging and often enlightening, and definitely takes fine tuning along the way. Not only is one person’s food another person’s poison, but over time, our needs change! It really is a life-long journey. Glad to know you’re enjoying the ride! 🙂

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  11. Hi Beth,
    Thanks for sharing the Five Principles as well as your passion and journey with us. I appreciated the systematic approach to intentional living. I really liked the items about emotional and environmental dimensions. I am really working on balance because I seem to only be able to focus on one areas of improvement at a time. The work is not forgetting what I worked on before as I move on to learning new skills. And I love posts that I can immediately apply to my life but challenge me to learn more. I’m looking forward to hearing and learning more. Have a POWERFUL week! Allegra
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    bethallen Reply:

    You’re welcome, Allegra! What you are talking about is an obstacle that so many face ~ integrating what we’ve learned into our lives while continuing our growth at the same time. I think it is wise to focus on one area of improvement at a time, but to continue practicing and engaging in the other areas with what you do know works as you learn. So spend time each day/ week on all the areas to keep yourself balanced and operating at your highest level, and choose one area that you’d like to see growth in the most and put extra energy and attention there. I hope that helps ~ I’d be happy to chat with you more about this anytime! 🙂

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  12. Beth,
    Congrats on graduating. I have thought about going to school for the same thing. I would have to do it online, though. I don’t know of a school who offers it around here.

    I haven’t read ‘The Power Living Pledge’, but since you share that positive affirmation it might be my next book.

    I am always looking for ways to grow.

    Jaden
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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Jaden! Yes, my course was distance learning. They do have a physical course in New York, but I coudn’t go there every weekend for a year at this time in my life, so when they started their distance learning program a couple years ago I was ecstatic! They have a great online community so you don’t feel like you’re in it alone ~ if you’re interested, you can contact them and they will talk with you to see if it’s a good fit for you. They are WONDERFUL! 🙂 Let me know if I can help with anything.

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  13. Hi Beth,

    Thank you so much! I have got to get this book and read more. The Power Living Pledge is so in tuned with how I strive to live everyday in wellness and through personal empowerment.

    Congratulations on graduating from IIN as a Certified Holistic Health Coach. I love your approach towards health and wellness and I look forward to visiting you often to enjoy your insight.

    Dena 🙂
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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Dena-Lynn, and you will love the book ~ short, sweet and oh-so power-filled! 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

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  14. Great post, Beth! Congratulations on finishing your course and earning your certification! These are some great affirmations. I’m going to have to remember them.
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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Steve, and feel free to print it off if you’d like! 🙂 Enjoy!

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  15. Well, this post is very thought provoking and deals with some very practical aspects of our life. You have a spiritual ascent with affiliate profession. 🙂

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks so much ~ I always try to be thought-provoking and practical. 🙂

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  16. Hi Beth,

    Congrats on finishing your course!! This book sounds fantastic and so up my alley of interest. I love positive living and how important that is to other areas of your life, including your work life. I can’t wait to check it out. Great job on your summary :).

    Janette

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  17. Awesome pledge to yourself! Glad to see that you are committed to your self-development as you then can use that to help others.

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  18. Beth,

    The Pledge is something to be read daily. It so puts much of my philosophy into succinct couplets. I sense a bit of Kabbahlah in Dr. Terri’s teachings. Many thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    RICK
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  19. Hi Beth

    Thanks for a great post and congrats for the completing your study.

    I am also a great fan of affirmation.

    We create our world from with in and affirmation come from in and program your mind to create your outer world.

    What you say is what you get so if we say things that is uplifting to our self and other them we will see the world around use change for ever.

    Thanks and I am goint to book makr your blog to learn from you,

    Thanks
    Theuns
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  20. Beth,
    Congratulations on completing such an amazing program. As a former Professor of Health and Physical Education, I have always been cognizant of stress management, healthy eating, the importance of all forms of exercise (not just aerobics and not just weight training). I have also been trained in a variety of body therapy methods and healing modalities (including shiatsu and Chinese medical theory and Ayurveda). I have also taught yoga, studied meditation and been involved with spiritual teachings. And I have followed the works of so many of your teacher in the incredible program you just completed.

    Just be proud of what you have learned and how your knowledge will help so many people who need to learn what you already know. I am so impressed.

    Warmly,
    Erica
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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Erica ~ it really was amazing! Sounds like you have trained in so many wonderful modalities that are right up my alley! No wonder your blog is so powerful and inspiring! 🙂 I appreciate your kind words ~ and yes, I am proud. This work feels so needed and important at this critical time in our world….and it’s an honor to be able to serve and support people in discovering health on all levels. Thanks again.

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  21. Hi Beth
    Its wonderful that you’ve discovered a method to live life to the fullest. Repeating positive affirmations daily is a great way to
    live life and I so agree with you regarding the integration of the spiritual, mental, physical, emotional and environmental parts of life. Thanks for sharing
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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, affirmations are incredibly powerful, aren’t they?! I definitely believe that it is IN the integration of all these areas that we can live and experience life to the fullest. Thanks for stopping by, Anne!

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  22. Congratulations Beth, on completing the course! It sounds like a very “well rounded” course, studying all parts of a person’s life, not just the health part. And, of course they all fit in together anyway. A lot of the time (maybe all of the time), when someone gets sick, it’s because of some kind of emotional disturbance anyway.

    I wish you success in your coaching practice Beth, it sounds exciting for you!

    Hope you’re having a wonderful long weekend, regards from Julieanne
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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Julieanne ~ yes, the holistic approach is so important to me, so it was important to find a course that encompassed all of that ~ and IIN did it in a way that exceeded my expectations time and again! You are so right ~ all parts are connected and communicating, so when there is dysfunction in one area it will bleed over into another. That’s why it’s important to address the whole. 🙂 Thanks for your support!

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  23. Hi Beth

    Congrats on having just graduated, I am sure it was a journey. I can only imagine how much information you had to soak in. I believe a holistic and organic approach is the way to go for sure it has so many benefits.

    My eyes were opened by an author Kevin Trudeau, not sure if you have heard of him or not. But so many things just blew me away with his books, the and why behind the info was just mind boggling. And ever since I try to live as best I can, I have made some changes in my life but have some more to go.

    I often find there is an overload of info out there in regards to holistic medicine and the organic industry I can only imagine how much more info than the average person you were exposed to.

    It is amazing what some people believe because certain organizations tell them that is how it has to be,I think everyone should do their homework in these fields if they truly want to change their health and not look for the easy answer in drugs.

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    bethallen Reply:

    It was, and will continue to be, a journey. That is the beautiful thing! 🙂 Yes, I’ve definitely know of Kevin Trudeau. Glad to hear that his information made an impact on you in such a powerful way. There is indeed a lot of information out there, and I was certainly exposed to an insane amount of it ~ what’s cool about IIN is that you learn all these different theories and viewpoints so that you can find what works best for YOU, and help your clients do the same. And while drugs and masking symptoms may appear to be the “easy” answer, the long-term damage and suffering is significant, and the people who go that route will have all that to deal with. So it makes sense to me to put in the effort to find the root and truly heal ourselves. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, CJ!

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  24. Brandon Wraith 24. Apr, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Hey beth, congrats on graduating!

    The part of the post that grabbed me the most was the quote, “It’s about living on purpose, not just with purpose.” If you are truly in the now, and in the flow of life what ever you truly want will flow to you and come into your life. When you throw the wanting into the equation you also welcome the possibility of not having that want, which can be detrimental to your success.

    Live life in the moment, let go of all wanting, let go of all pain.

    Just accept things and yourself the way they are.

    BW
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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Brandon! So glad that quote grabbed you….powerful, isn’t it? It has been a pleasure getting to know you a bit, and I look forward to all that you are and will be creating moving forward. Definitely in the flow! 🙂

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  25. Hi Beth,

    it is so good to be reminded of the principles which contribute to our health.

    The book sounds great. Will add it to my list to read sometime.

    One thing I just remembered from Deepak Chopra’s book “Ageless body, timeless mind”is the sentence that

    ” our cells are always evesdropping on our thoughts”

    Thank you so much for sharing this.
    Yorinda
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    bethallen Reply:

    Thank you for sharing that passage from Deepak’s book ….. it definitely embodies what I am saying here! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the post, and thanks again Yorinda!

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  26. Hi Beth, I know I read and commented on this post last week so I re read it and it was just as good this week as last. 🙂 “Make it a Great Week”
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    bethallen Reply:

    You are too kind, Ross! Glad to hear it, of course! 🙂

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  27. Wow Beth, it’s very powerful this Power Living Pledge.
    I am going to print it out and state it out loud. As I was reading it I noticed how my vibrations were raising up rapidly.

    I admire you for being you. For daring to educate yourself in powerful ways and to putting together such comprehensive posts that give so much value.

    Thanks for being you, you are an inspiration to me (and even tough I haven’t read ALL the comments I am pretty sure I am not the only one 🙂

    Sigal Zoldan
    Clinical Hypnotherapist & Master Results Coach

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  28. Congratulations on graduating and finishing the course study. I wonder what you learned about frequencies. My beliefs on health are centered around frequencies and sound healing, but unfortunately I have not had much time to attend any meetings lately. I am a member of the International Sound Therapy Association. All things are based in vibration and frequency. If we can alter this state our health is altered. Our emotional states and thoughts are steeped in vibrations and I just don’t think there is any real healing on the physical plane until we can tap into our emotional and vibrational selves. I would be curious to hear what you know about this.

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