Evolving Patience And Listening Switzerland BeLoved Miracles Couple Jean-Philippe And Liz
Cross Cultural Marriage Evolves Patience & Listening.
Love is not the same thing as logistics, and there are a lot of logistics to bridging love from the shores of two different cultures.
I have much respect for those who choose to build such a bridge of love. I have learned from my own cross-cultural marriage that it takes tremendous patience and listening. Much more than a normal human being is capable of. 🙂 So sooner or later, one way or another it will require of one or both super-human effort.
“Evolving” as today’s interview reveals.
So Jean-Philippe and Lizzie where does your story begin?
0:54 Jean-Philippe and Lizzie MET AT _____________ .
5:11 ________________ CONCEPTS were key to JP’s personal development and growth into becoming a teacher.
6:37 Woodworking EVOLVED into ______________ which is now finding further foundation through yoga instruction.
9:43 As a COUPLE being free of _______________ toward each other naturally brought them together in Basel, Switzerland.
12:21 The _____________ of the HEART is what is driving the advancement.
12:57 The heart speaks with words the ___________ KNOWS nothing of.
15:05 The system is about _____________ EXPERIENCES with others, inspiring an understanding and knowing that anything is possible.
16:01 What the heart _____________ is where TRUTH is.
17:03 A system of writing and using videos as a TRUTH TOOL which can share a message in a way that connects.
21:01 The DANCE of a couple building together is not easy and it can be challenging to find ___________________ and rhythm.
23:37 Good news, you can just be __________________ and talk with each other a lot, so COMMUNICATION is the first thing.
24:23 Second thing, there comes a point when you are both going to want to KNUCKLE DOWN and do some __________ .
26:25 What they are learning is that for at least an ___________ DAILY it is important to plan some time of undisturbed productivity.
28:01 At the end of the day it’s about 1. Communication 2. ________________ and 3. ASSERTING YOURSELVES.
28:47 _________________ is the BEST WORD I can use to describe how you are being with yourselves, each other and dancing with your circumstances.
29:41 JP and Lizzie have very DIFFERENT _______________ .
30:15 Lizzie’s nature is ___________ , not in the SENSE that there is nothing in there, just…
30:51 The gentleness and the swiftness TOGETHER produces something really ______________ .
32:01 PATIENCE is something I still am _______________ . Allowing things there time, too listen more than talk, revealing dignity and grace.
Listen to the Interview Here:
Here are a few words about Jean-Philippe (J-P) and Lizzie Powell.
“We met at work here in Basel, in 2009. Then J-P left his job as a woodworker, to jump into the unknown and train to be a teacher of adults. His dream was to teach adults carpentry, which had been his craft for the previous 30 years or so.
He lived over the border in Alsace, France, and I continued living and working in Switzerland, for the same company where we’d met. We saw each other every weekend and probably could have carried on like that for a long time. There’s something very rich in having one’s own life and yet having a very special person in it at the weekends and on holidays.
In 2010, J-P qualified with flying colours and then began the long slog to find a suitable job. It took him over a year to find one and he had to expand his search to the whole of France.
The teaching job he was eventually offered was in Paris and so, in Aug 2011, he left Alsace and moved to Paris. It was in Paris, that J-P discovered yoga for the first time. He was so blown away by the complete, holistic approach to life that his yoga teacher introduced him to, that it wasn’t long before he decided to become a yoga teacher. At the moment, he’s into year 3 of his 4-year yoga teacher-training course and has already started teaching yoga here in Switzerland.
Whilst J-P was living in Paris, he was working in schools with young teenagers from very challenged backgrounds. For most of them, French was not their first language and their families were living in very difficult situations. For J-P, learning how to relate to these kids was a massive undertaking. He received no support or training from the schools or the state and had to work it all out for himself. One of the first things he worked out was that if he wanted the kids to change, he had to change his approach to them first. He turned to his yoga studies for inspiration – and found it. By the time his final contract came to an end, he was making connections with kids who had always viewed teachers and schools as the “enemy”.
Meanwhile, I was still living in Switzerland and by this time, dreaming of being my own boss. J-P and I were seeing each other every 4-6 weeks, for weekends and holidays only and as time went on, being apart for such long stretches became tougher and tougher.
In the end, we both decided we’d had enough of living so far apart. It was time to make a decision! J-P asked me to marry him and in 2015, that’s what we did. : )
We have a great life! But it’s not been without its sacrifices. J-P gave up his life in France to come and join me here. Up until now, he hasn’t been able to find work, as the Swiss don’t recognise his teacher’s qualification. So he’s spending his time now on his yoga studies and practice, and on building his yoga school, one student at a time.
As for me, I’m still not my own boss and for the moment, I’m very thankful to have a full-time job that pays our bills. On the other hand, working full-time doesn’t leave me much time or energy to devote to anything else.
So what are we doing??
J-P’s English is getting better every day but he still struggles to understand English when it’s spoken fast. So he needs a system that’s in French and thankfully, a lot of the trainings in the system we use has now been translated. In the meantime, while he waits for translating of the back office and marketing materials, he’s working on building a yoga product that he will market to the French-speaking world.
Thank you for the great reminders today JP & Lizzie! 🙂
I am reminded of the statement: “If I don’t go within, I go without.”
Gaining self-awareness, that naturally longs to be shared, which introduces story. The story of relationship as you have beautifully detailed. A shared story by way of:
1. “Responsiveness” in the relationship.
2. Support of a person’s transformation.
3. Then nurturing an ongoing relationship.
4. Thereby building a person, empowering building of income.
5. Next step being the call to unity in relationship…
Because Together, We Overcome.
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