On December 13, 2018 many local area high school students attended the Future Makers Coalition Dream Summit. They received FAFSA and scholarship information, student resources, prizes, and inspiration to follow their dreams. The event was held at the Collaboratory which houses Southwest Florida Community Foundation's new regional offices and offers meeting, tenant, and social gathering places, special event venues, and shared working and collaboration spaces.
Bobby Petrocelli, the motivational speaker, told his powerful story. His main message was that "You Matter." There is no one exactly like you. And because you are here, you have a purpose that only you can fulfill. Like Bobby, I have found that when we do harm (to our self or others) it is because we feel inadequate and are hurting inside. Healing occurs when we acknowledge the pain and forgive.
When it was my turn to present, I shared the I Matter Meditative Movement™. This is a new mind-body technique that has been found to reduce anxiety, depression and fatigue while improving emotional and functional well-being per the 2017 University of Minnesota research study. The movements are designed so you can have fun moving your body while retraining your brain with nurturing messages. For many of us, we were never told that we mattered. While it is great to have someone else tell us we matter, it is imperative that we acknowledge this for ourselves. We invite you to give it a try. The key to living a whole and healthy life is knowing you matter even when you make mistakes.
As you start this New Year, may you affirm that You Matter. Perhaps now is the right time to begin a new practice.