Coach FEATURE: Meet Sura Kim

We continue to meet our fellow coaches, get inspired and build coach community with these "Meet the Coach" features! This month we meet Sura Kim from Seattle, USA. 

Sura is a Meditation Coach & Trainer and teaches coaches how to share meditation with their clients in a simple and accessible way. Her programs focus on how to integrate leadership coaching, energy healing and meditation for optimal performance and flow. Read on to learn more about Sura...

About Sura Kim

From: Seattle, Washington, USA.

Business name: Sura Center

Describe your coaching business in one sentence: I am a Meditation Coach who works with leaders who want to achieve greater flow through softer meditation practices that promote creativity, focus and deep well-being.

Meet Sura:

QUESTION 1: What one book should every coach read - and why?

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.

The work we do as coaches is an art as much as a skill. The Artist's Way is a spiritual book about living a higher path through creativity. It helps you get in touch with your inner-genius, your spontaneous effortless self. We can learn to tap into this flow state in coaching. By being in touch with our inner-guide, it cultivates a space where both you and the client can more readily tap into insight and creative solutions. The more in touch you are with your inner-genius, the more enlivening your life becomes, and the greater service you are to your clients.

QUESTION 2: Which website do you visit the most?

I enjoy visiting Facebook in doses. We also host our Meditation community groups for Sura Center through Facebook.

QUESTION 3: Whom do you admire most?

My mother is my hero. She was an orphan during the Korean war and set an intention to immigrate to the States when she was 9 years old. She eventually did come here in her twenties, settled and raised a family. My mom is one of the kindest people I know. I believe her deep compassion comes from the deep suffering she endured in her childhood. When I was growing up, she would say, "You can do anything." She has always encouraged me to follow my heart.

QUESTION 4: What's your vision for your life? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I think the visions for our life come from a higher place that often surprise us. There are times when I receive glimpses of what's to come. In 5 years, I see myself doing much of what I'm already doing now. This includes sharing and coaching others in meditation. I also see myself teaching through a wider platform that includes media, as well as offering unique spa-like meditation retreats.

QUESTION 5: What is your "big project" at the moment?

My big project at the moment is writing a book. It's a book that offers a softer approach to meditation that helps people achieve a higher level of flow, purpose and power. It's about learning to how to cultivate your energy and find your purpose so that you can joyfully live your unique dharmic path.

QUESTION 6: What has been your favourite coaching moment so far?

It was with my very first coaching client, who was an old client from Wall Street. He called me into his office because he said he was really stressed out and wanted to learn to meditate. I was going through my coach training and I had no idea how really to help him. When I showed up, we just went with the flow. We did some yoga stretches together in his office, meditated and at the end, I gave him an energy healing. Afterwards, he got up, stretched his arms and said he felt great. He came back with a big check and tears in his eyes saying, "This is your new work."

He experienced a major transformation, as did I. It was the first time I experienced seeing how these tools truly served people in their personal growth. He was the CEO of a hedge fund and eventually transitioned to being a chaplain for hospice.

QUESTION 7: What are your Top 3 favourite coaching tools and/or resources?

  1. Meditation coaching - what I describe as the combination of meditation and coaching. It's a technique where you ask your clients coaching questions when they are in a relaxed flow state. This allows them to access their creative intuition and find solutions instantly. I developed this practice for my clients so that they could learn meditation and receive coaching in a relaxed way.
  2. Synchronicity - oftentimes, after my clients have learned meditation, they will experience more synchronicity in their lives. I enjoy helping them discover the potential meaning behind these synchronicities to support them in their growth and healing.
  3. Morning pages from the Artist's Way - 3 pages of journaling, stream of consciousness writing every morning. No editing or censoring, just writing what comes through without force or much thought. It's a life-changing practice. Morning pages accelerates our spiritual growth and puts us in touch with our inner-guidance.

QUESTION 8: What do you love most about being a coach?

Serving others, while constantly learning and growing. It's always dynamic and it never gets old. It's incredibly fulfilling and humbling.

QUESTION 9: Tell us a secret about you...

I enjoy living in solitude. I was single for 8 years and lived on a remote island in the woods. It was a profound, rejuvenating experience.

QUESTION 10: If you could change one thing in our world, what would it be? And how would you go about it?

More women in positions of leadership. We need greater balance and representation in world leadership.

We all have aspects of feminine and masculine, but the masculine perspective is often more valued in society. So our leadership has become very yang (masculine). We need leaders who are not only powerful and decisive, but also nurturing, empathic and sensitive.

The way I support leadership balance is to share meditation techniques that cultivate feminine "yin" aspects such as receptivity and letting go. These practices are softer, more relaxed and help cultivate flow.

When you show leaders how to restore their energy through nurturing practices, they are more open, calm and flexible. They become receptive to innovative and creative ideas. We do this by inviting in softer meditation practices that we teach through our Meditation Coach training LIBERATE and our Sura Flow approach. This softer approach allows both men and women to cultivate their feminine essence and experience greater balance within themselves.

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Interested in learning more about Sura's upcoming Meditation Coach Training Program in April >>?
Be sure to mention The Coaching Tools Company, and you will be eligible for a special discount!

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