Broken and Blooming

I met with this tree during my morning walk this morning. First thought came to my mind was “look at this incredible being, it is broken yet it continues to bloom…” I stopped to take the picture of it and its magnificence towards wanting to contribute and create regardless of its situation…I wonder what is different in us that in most cases, when we go through the challenges of life the first thing we give up is our creativity and contribution. Instead of taking our role in society with our “broken-ness”, we resort to feeling of being less, bitter, sad or whatever it might be, and retract…

I then thought about the word “heart-broken” in English. It feels as though when we are hurt, our hearts are not physically broken but rather scarred. There is an interruption of the flow of blood and life source through the scar tissue. That I believe we interpret as “broken-ness”. More of these scar tissues being held in the heart more parts of the heart become inaccessible to the natural flow of grace. It is in our perseverance, compassion, forgiveness and love that we can massage the scar tissue and bring it back to life with the wisdom and richness that comes through that experience.

Compassion can be defined as for quality that is enabling us to stay within the circumstances otherwise, we would run away from. Resilience can be achieved by being able to stay when we are challenged and engage the circumstance with our curiosity. This pathway allows us capacity to stay close to the scar tissue. I recommend that observing the broken-ness like a masterpiece that you have created and learn to appreciate its beauty. Some of them may appear to you as an odd art piece that you have no interest in looking at, even to an extent detest; some of them you may understand easier. Eventually you may learn to love and adore these “Art Gallery of Scar Tissues” of yours if you manage to stay with them and observe them long enough. It is when you start to bloom once again with more endurance and resilience…

To support your journey into such resilience I am offering a Guided Meditation Session that you may find details of it here.

May you find courage to bloom in wholeheartedly no matter what you are experiencing…


Tijen Genco, MS, MCC, NBC-HWC, E-RYT200

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Tijen Genco is a certified Professional and Life Coach. Her client portfolio include C-Level senior executives, division heads, and chiefs of staff across wide variety of fortune 100 companies; country managers of non-profit organizations; entrepreneurs, lawyers, and seasoned coaches. Tijen holds Master of Science degree in Management with concentrations in Organizational Behavior and Coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has obtained Master Black Belt in Lean/Six Sigma Productivity Improvement Methodology from Merck Sigma Center of Excellence. Tijen’s engagements as trusted advisor and management consultant have resulted in multi-million dollars in productivity benefits for fortune 100 companies. Tijen holds certification in various Yoga methodologies, Pilates and Meditation. As a wellness coach she has been instructing mind-body classes at prestigious clubs in the US since 2008. Tijen specializes in Executive Coaching, Organizational Development and Cultural Transformation along with Process Excellence. She provides individual as well as group/team coaching and workshops to corporate clients and private audiences worldwide. Tijen is passionate about social issues and participates in Social Responsibility efforts. She extends her specialty of cultural transformation and behavioral changes in the healthcare industry to non-profit organizations for enabling desired behaviors towards better health. In 2013, she served 3 months in India helping to improve the quality of Maternal Health services in the rural areas, coaching non-Government Organization resources. She has served at the board of International Coaching Federation (ICF), Philadelphia Chapter, as the VP of Education and Professional Development. Along the side of her coaching business, she is chairing the Global Executive Coaching Community of Practice of ICF, and instructing mind-body classes.

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