Liz rethinks healing through the lens of personal passion.
Rethinking Self Healing
Q: Tell us a little about yourself
Well, I’m Irish, I live in India and I spend most of my days coaching and giggling with clients and in between thinking about cake. It’s a good life.
Q: Tell us about your path to creating your business and your vision
I worked in film for many years, producing visual effects for big budget Hollywood films. It was rewarding work. But the long hours, stress and sitting in dark rooms almost motionless for weeks at a time, meant that eventually I became very ill. My body grew lots of unpleasant lumps and I had to have surgery. It was terrifying.
Once I’d recovered, I had racked up large medical bills and had to go back to work twice as hard. I worked like a dog for a few years and paid everything back. But… I’d missed a scan and when I did eventually make it to the doctors I needed surgery again. You can’t call me a quick learner!
But even I could see I had to make a change – so I began to set up Rethink and begin to inch my way out of the industry. It’s hard to leave something you love, even if it’s killing you.
And that’s why I now support people find their perfect careers and to work sensibly, even if like me, they’re secretly workaholics. I truly understand how tough it is to get sensible working practises in place!
Q: What is your philosophy on healing or overcoming health challenges.
I think it comes down to just three words – listen to your body.
If I had really been tuned in during the years I was driving my body so hard, I’d have realised that something was seriously not right. Sure, I did yoga and detoxed and drank fresh juice… but my body was showing me subtly that things weren’t in balance. I just ignored it. Eventually, it couldn’t be ignored any more.
Now, I urge people not to wait that long.
Q: How have you used adversity in your life to fuel your commitment to balance and wellness?
I know that I can’t ignore my body anymore. If I get sick again… well, there won’t be an afterwards. Knowing I have to be sensible means I am much kinder to myself. It’s about doing that all the time, not just on the yoga mat, or when I’m glugging down a green juice.
Q: How do you stay healthy, resilient and vibrant?
Yoga, meditation, and green juice – and lots and lots of sleep
Q: What tips do you recommend for your clients dealing with / healing from illness?
First of all it’s important to be gentle with yourself. Forgive your body for getting ill – it took me a long time to do this, but it’s essential.
Don’t rush getting back to healthy – your body will take time to heal.
And finally do expect the odd setback here and there. That way you’ll be energised by them not depleted. I know that sounds odd, but if you can find it in yourself to think, ‘ah ha, I knew this would happen at some point – this is when I can move to my auxiliary plan and come back even stronger’, you will bounce back much more quickly.
Q: If there was only one thing a person could find the energy and resources to make a priority what would it be?
Meditation – even five minutes a day will make a massive difference. Hell, even two minutes a day will really help.
Q: What is your favorite inspirational quote for healing?
Again it just this: ‘listen to your body
Liz Scully is founder of Rethink Retreats, which is dedicated to supporting clients through stressful times with sensible coaching and a nice slice of cake. She likes cake and has even written a best selling Amazon kindle book of healthy cakes, imaginatively called, Cake! 12 Healthy recipes. Get a free slice of the book, containing 4 delicious healthy cakes here.