April 11, 2013


Recently, I had the opportunity to spend 6 days working with Teens. The first 3 days were spent at a treatment center co-facilitating a Level Three "Balance" Seminar with Greg Barton. The next 3 days I was able to lead a Level One "Wakening" Seminar with teens locally from the St George, UT community and surrounding areas. As a result I relearned some very profound things. I would like to take a minute and share those with you. 

First off, I was reminded of how powerful the future generations are and how much we often times, as adults, focus on the fears of what the next generation will be or what the next generation is going through. Within the spirit of each of these young men and women is an understanding that each human life is important. The desire to give respect and receive respect is inherent within all of them. When they are given an opportunity and are guided, the love and acceptance they give one another is overwhelming. 

I also had the reaffirmation that young men and women crave structure. When they are given an opportunity they will choose a structure that will benefit all concerned. Often times we don’t recognize this as parents because within our homes there lays family dynamics that can often create behaviors within our children which lead us to believe otherwise. Children crave an even playing field. If all young men and women sincerely participate in an activity there is an automatic unspoken respect that occurs. The ability for each young man and woman to see the value of each other becomes magnified when all participants are engaged. They tend to operate in this forum without agenda, understanding the end purpose is for each to help move one another forward. 

Finally, at the end of the week in my closing remarks with the families, I challenged each of us as adults to now give those teens the opportunity to lead us to create a similar environment within our own world. We can learn to create a structure within our own lives that will be mutually beneficial to all concerned and once we have created that environment we can show up within it, fully engage and participate. Too many times we allow ourselves to resist structure and participation due to our own fears and regrets of the past. We lose out on the opportunity to sit still within our own being, to be at ease and to listen to our own souls for answers. It’s this rising fear within us that takes away our opportunity to hear the answers and be free. The last few days I have had the opportunity to check in with a few of these teens. Within them I can see the resolve to continue this environment because they recognize truth as truth. They are committed to creating that environment into their own lives. I pray we can follow their lead.

Dean N Nixon
Seminar Director, Life Coach

TurningLeaf Wellness Center