We had the good fortune of connecting with Elijah Hawken and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elijah, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
That in order to be successful you have to devote yourself only to your business for a year.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have dual practices which do overlap: a Traditional Chinese Medical practice, which I launched in 2005, and a life coaching practice. After 12 years of clinical practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine, I realized I wanted the skills to go deeper with people, and help them motivate to make the changes they desired. This inspired me to train and become Certified as a Life Coach. Because of my own decades-long commitment to formal meditation practice, I trained as a Mindfulness Meditation teacher and have begun offering beginner classes in meditation. Over the years I have offered workshops on being with our grief, and mobilizing and honoring our anger. In all of my offerings, I think what comes through is that I am committed to empowering people to make healthful shifts in their lives for themselves. One of the most rewarding things in my practice is celebrating a patient or client while watching them implement what they’ve learned from me, or uncovered within themselves as a result of our work.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
During this global pandemic, I would invite them to Fair Park to wander around and look at the architecture and the turtles and fish in the lagoon. At a different time in history, I would have insisted they visit during the State Fair of Texas! I like to take visitors to Avila’s Mexican Restaurant, on Maple Ave, and the AllGood Cafe in Deep Ellum. I’d like to show people the mural of the Rolling Stones behind the old Hit Records on Ferguson Road.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to shout out to Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, MD. I read her book, Kitchen Table Wisdom, when I was still in Traditional Chinese Medicine school , and it reminded me that before we are doctors, we are human beings, and before anyone is a patient or client, they are a human being. Recognizing our common humanity and our common suffering can change the face of an encounter, making it an opportunity for connection.