Aug 17, 2017
I met Amanda
Hemmingsen at the Yogahealer Mexico Retreat in Feb. 2017. I knew
Amanda as a member of Living Ayurveda Course. She’d impressed me
with her unique digestion and expression of Ayurveda. She was
perhaps one of the high ether element types I’d even met, who also
had the gift of being able to put the formless into
Seeing her natural tendency to isolate (as is
common for high ether Vata’s), I felt a strong desire to get to
know Amanda and draw her deeper into the
posted the following on Facebook - about her new job and the
friction and chaos involved in becoming part of a team - I wanted
her on the Dharma & Dollars Show.
months of navigating the turbulent waters of organizational chaos,
I think I can finally say that my job has been fully integrated
into the team.
I have learned
so much about personal and organizational chaos and about
developing a kind of creativity that knows when to pick herself up
from defeat, when to set a battle aside, and when to immerse in the
celebration of small victories.
To everyone out
there who has uncomfortable, life-affecting friction with their
job...there is hope and possibility to influence things to the
better, if you take the long view and find a support network that
doesn't tolerate empty venting.” Amanda Hemmingsen
- Understanding how to be a
leader up echelon and laterally
- Understanding that every
situation we are placed in is an opportunity to shed light on the
- Understanding the energetics
of a bureaucracy and how to navigate culture and personalities to
get something accomplished
- Thinking as an empath:
understanding the difference internally between one's individual
identity and one's group identity.
- What is anger before its
anger? Fire. Learning to rechannel the fire rather than alternating
between smothering it and watching it burn out of
- "In order to make correct
decisions in your life, you must gain objective self-knowledge.
This is not accomplished by exploring one's own dreams, attitudes,
and opinions. These are useless in self-examination. Instead,
contemplate your effect on the world around you. There you will
you’ll get out of tuning in:
- Letting go of the millennial
need for quick fixes.
- Learning to speak one's truth
and refining the process of effective communication in professional
settings with people who don't think like me
- Developing a judicious
understanding of how to tap into one's social support structure.
The energetics of complaining.
- How the more we reject
something, the more we end up clinging to it. (i.e., I used to
reject being 'smart' and therefore needed lots of compliments to
prop me up)
- For the most part, modern jobs no longer consist of laborers
performing their own separate tasks: most jobs today require a
certain degree of teamwork. Therefore, in order to live your bigger
dharma, it is important to learn how to collaborate in a team
- For many companies, and especially growing ones, new positions
are added frequently, and won't have an exact onboarding process.
So, it's imperative for the new person to be able to listen to the
group and adapt to it while also contributing fresh
- By actively listening to and learning from the dynamics of an
already established team, you can figure out how to communicate
with each person in order to create leverage for whichever task you
need to accomplish.
- Learning to let go of your personal attachment to results allows
you and your company to become more efficient: by delegating tasks
instead of doing everything yourself, you can get more done with
- In many business settings, the personal and the professional are
strictly separate. But bridging the gap of the personal and the
professional can actually bring much more clarity to the capacities
of a company based on its team members.
- When you get a new job, or adopt another role in your current
one, you go through a shift in identity, which is inherently
disorienting. But by aligning with the habits of yogis, even while
being in this inner chaos, you can still be relaxed, accessible,
and connective at the same time.
needs done, but it's not efficient for me to be the one to do it.
So how can I help find the person who needs to do it?" - Amanda
can start to see the threads of our own dharma, and the more we can
articulate that..., the more that becomes an asset to the
organization. If everyone's doing that, we're really not in chaos
at all any more: we're in higher systems collaboration." - Cate
the professional world, you have your separate parts of what you
can and cannot talk about, even though some of that other stuff
matters." - Amanda Hemmingsen
are ways that I can bring a little bit more of the whole person
in?" - Amanda Hemmingsen
me, I need the stillness. When I have the stillness, whatever the
next piece is will come out." - Amanda Hemmingsen
- "Chaos is opportunity!" - Amanda
do you create a much more resilient nervous system? You can be in
chaos and still be relaxed, and accessible, and available, and
open-hearted, and connective at the same time." - Cate
Having dived deep into her own core being, Amanda has learned to
build channels for her emotion energies to flow through her being
and express in the world. An empath working for government
bureaucracy, success has come from being the change.