Hello everybody! It’s time for my monthly Q&A with one of my online wellness buddies. This month, I’m pleased to introduce you to George Lizos. George is a spiritual life coach, who spends his days working at the next desk over from me – he’s a lucky guy, what can I say – and his evenings working as a spiritual life coach, helping people to reach their highest potential using spiritual tools. Welcome, George!
What inspired you to set up your coaching business, and what do your clients want your support with?
My coaching business was inspired by my own spiritual journey. Growing up in the small and conservative island of Cyprus wasn’t easy for a bashful boy who disliked sports and would rather spend his time talking about fairies and angels. As a result of always being the odd one out, I spent most of my childhood trying to live up to other people’s expectations.
Things escalated when, at the age of 13, I realized that I was gay. Homosexuality was illegal in Cyprus until 1998, hence gay people were considered to be criminals and paedophiles – words that would completely destroy any chances I had of finding the acceptance I longed for.
As a result, for the next two years I tried to change every aspect of myself that could betray my sexuality. I monitored the way I walked, talked, and acted in an effort to turn myself into the macho, straight guy that I thought people wanted me to be. Having tried everything and failed, I rendered myself a human abomination and decided to take my own life.
At that moment, I made the decision to accept myself exactly as I was, and do everything in my power to learn how to love me. Eight years later, having fulfilled this mission and turned myself into my own spiritual guru, I had an irrepressible urge to share the knowledge I’ve accumulated in my path, to help those who want to do the same.
What are your non-negotiable wellness practices?
Meditation is my absolute non-negotiable. However busy my schedule is, I ensure to wake up early every morning and put in at least 10 minutes of pure nothingness.
Meditation is one of the most powerful tools to regaining your balance. When you cease thinking through meditation, even if this is for 1 minute, you allow your mind to recalibrate back to its original state of being: unconditional love.
What tips would you give to anyone trying to live a more balanced lifestyle?
Have a daily spiritual practice. Whether this is through meditating, praying, journaling, exercising, doing positive affirmations, or cooking yourself a healthy meal, it is vital to schedule time dedicated to coming back home.
My guitar teacher used to tell me, “When you let go of your guitar, it will let you go too.” In the same sense, when you let go of your spiritual practice, you’ll eventually disconnect from your divinity and things will get murky! Conversely, when you spend time deliberately tuning yourself to your eternal, loving, perfectly balanced, Divine Self, life flows effortlessly.
Who or what inspires you the most?
I am inspired by spiritual books in general. I’ve been called a book addict several times, a title I proudly accept, because books led the entirety of my journey.
I grew up in a traditional Orthodox Christian environment where anything that had to do with Tarot cards, energy healing, psychic skills, or even life coaching was considered heresy, even satanic. Therefore, my adolescence consisted of me, in my room, reading book after book and allowing spiritual concepts and modalities to guide me.
As a result, to this day I have a deep love and appreciation for books. They are personal and vulnerable, and they hold a space for you to grow and heal in your own pace and rules.
What do you eat to kickstart the day and stay energised throughout?
I practice a vegetarian-based Mediterranean diet, which keeps my energy level at its highest! I’ve always looked for ways to maximize my productivity – I simply refuse to succumb to the lethargy that comes following heavy consumption of meat and dairy – and my secret to this are legumes, or pulses. Beans, faba, lentils, chickpeas, okra, taro; they are dense in nutrients, rich in fibres, they provide a great source of protein for vegetarians, and are much more filling and tasty than salads.
What is the number one tool you teach that you’d recommend we try?
Getting on your knees to pray. Your physical body is your ego’s most emblematic tool. By submitting it to the ground through prayer, you let your ego know that it is powerless in the face of your Divine Self. This powerful symbol of surrendering lets the Universe know that you are ready to be guided in service of a higher purpose.
What’s in store for you this year?
I’ve recently released my first online programme, A Course in Instant Manifestation, which is something I’m very proud of! It comes in a PDF format with step-by-step processes, concepts, and guided audio meditation, helping us reclaim our innate skill of manifesting our desires instantly. Additionally, I’m currently working on self-publishing my first book Be the Guru: A Step-By-Step Guide to Become Your Own Spiritual Teacher, which comes out this summer.
Thanks, George! For more info on George’s work, head on over to his website or follow him on Facebook to stay connected. I’ll be back with a brand new interview next month – where oh where is the year going?!