We continue to meet our fellow coaches - and build our coach community with these articles! This month we meet another of our Guest Authors, David Frank Gomes, from Canada. David is a life and mindfulness coach. Read on...
About David Frank Gomes:
From: Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Business name: David Frank Gomes - Mindfulness & Life Coaching
Describe your coaching business in one sentence: I make change easier for people though a simple and effective process of Mindfulness and Active Coaching.
QUESTION 1: What one book should every coach read - and why?
"A More Beautiful Question" by Warren Berger because it's about the power of enquiry to spark transformation, and it’s my belief that our lives unfold according to the questions we ask ourselves, so it's very helpful to understand how to ask better questions.
And runner up is Lynne Twist's "The Soul of Money", as I feel every coach would benefit from a deeper understanding of the concept of sufficiency.
QUESTION 2: Which website(s) do you visit the most?
QUESTION 3: Whom do you admire most?
Paramahansa Yogananda - one of the greatest teachers of meditation and modern mystics in the 21st century.
He came to the shores of America in 1920, did not know a soul and in 30 years created a worldwide spiritual organization. He was a mystic, poet, writer, builder and a modern yogi, who's mission was to unite east and west through the power of meditation and spiritual unfoldment. He was also a true pioneer, sending his teaching and lessons through the mail, so anyone could study them. This was the precursor to the online world, and something no one was doing back then.
QUESTION 4: What's your vision for your life? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Physically, on a Gulf Island (Editor's Note: This would be one of the islands in between Vancouver and Vancouver Island off the West Coast of Canada) or somewhere a little more quiet. I have no idea where I see myself in 5 years, I try only to live in the present moment and take care of that to the best of my ability. I can imagine I will still be doing this very fulfilling work of helping others create transformation and find deeper purpose.
QUESTION 5: What are your Top 3 Goals at the moment?
- Building out a Mindfulness course on line.
- Several other collaborations with other coaches to bring more of what we do to more people.
- A small book I'm writing which I hope will be a culmination of simple wisdom for living along with coaching ideas. Kind of a modern version of the Tao Te Ching. Right now, it's pretty well a jumble of notes!
QUESTION 6: What has been your favourite coaching moment so far?
There have been so many, it's hard to answer this question! I delight in the process with all of my clients, both big and small moments - there's a magic to the process that I love.
But I do remember a particular moment when I had just started coaching and did a perspective shifting technique for the first time. This client had a complete epiphany and make a radical change in her life almost overnight, with an issue she had struggled with for years. To be able to be a part of that moment with her was the first glimpse for me that perhaps, after a life time of looking for something I felt I might be masterful at, I realized I had found something that I loved doing, and that I felt I could be good at, that fulfilled all of the things I had been seeking in my life.
I've also just had so many deep and meaningful conversations with many people over the years, and I feel very fortunate to be a part of people's journey. This is sacred work for me. Often times I don't really know who's giving and who's receiving, I just understand that transformation is taking place.
QUESTION 7: What are your Top 3 favourite coaching tools and/or resources?
- Strength Finders
- Coach Accountable
- THE PUBLIC LIBRARY!
QUESTION 8: What do you love most about being a coach?
Helping others, being an energy in people's lives they can count on to support them in their journey.
QUESTION 9: Tell us a secret about you...
I can cut hair and make films!
And I taught my dog to ring a bell by the door when he wants to do his business!
QUESTION 10: If you could change one thing in our world, what would it be? And how would you go about it?
I'd teach people how to have a better relationship with themselves. If we loved ourselves, we wouldn't start wars, buy things we don't need, over-consume or contribute to other people's unhappiness. I'm going about changing it now; I see coaching and the work I do as improving the world one person at a time. In the Tao Te Ching says:
Do you want to improve the world?
I don't think it can be done. The world is sacred.
It can't be improved.
If you tamper with it, you'll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you'll lose it. There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger.
The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle.
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