Emily Scolaro: My update: the only word that can I use to describe this experience this far is unreal. I choose unreal because it is exactly that. How many people get the opportunity to intern and learn from such an amazing person in their undergrad? Not many!
Throughout this journey I have learned skills and gained knowledge that I could not have gotten from just reading a book, or going to a class. Working with Dillan on a weekly basis has opened my eyes to a variety of opportunities. Engaging in a professional environment has made me become more self-aware. I have learned how to place limits in certain aspects of my life, which has helped with my overall health; mentally, emotionally, and physically. The constant feedback of positive affirmation and constructive criticism from Dillan has driven me to be more passionate about everything I’m learning. I can see my future more clearly now and I’m hoping that one day I will be in a job where I feel so inspired and self motivated.
Dillan encouraged Jillian and I to attend a talk that was held by the Integrative Health Collaborative of Boston. They were hosting “an evening of networking with integrative health colleagues and a presentation from Dr. Darshan Mehta.” He talked about mindfulness as a tool for healing and staying healthy and how practitioners at the Benson-Henry Institute use and teach mindfulness as a treatment strategy. After seeing his presentation I was in awe, mostly because I could not understand a good portion of the words he was saying. Aside from that, the networking and knowledge I gained was amazing. Jillian and I were probably the youngest people there, but we were treated as if we were just as equal as everyone else (whether one was a doctor, medical student, pharmacist, cook, health coach, etc.). I felt honored to be at this amazing place, with a breathtaking view of Boston, and have remarkable people with common interests around me. The networking aspect of the whole journey was probably the most beneficial. I saw how Dillan advocated for herself and for her business, listened to others and what they had to offer, and could gage where to place her energy and focused attention. This is one of the moments that I will look back at this internship and remember the impact it had on me.
I plan on continuing my internship in the spring so that we can proceed with some amazing ideas that we are developing.
Holistic psychology has always been a passion of mine, even before I knew it actually had a name. As a sophomore I have dove deeper into the field of holistic psychology and holistic living has become such an important part of my life. Interning with Dillan has been one of the major catalysts for this love and passion. This semester with Dillan has not only been an amazing work experience, but has also been changing my life for the better.
Working with Dillan has most definitely added to the primary foods of my life, particularly in the aspects of my career, relationships and spirituality. Each week that we meet I have learned more and more about myself (I feel blessed to be able to do so much self-care at an internship!). One of the experiences with Savor Your Existence that has helped my self-care progression was teaching a class at Lesley College with Dillan and Emily. I spoke about the daily hardship of cravings and the correlation to primary food. Being able to share my personal experiences with my peers was such a liberating feeling for me. I was able to share my hardships and teach my peers how to cope with theirs as well. I learned a lot about myself that day; the most important lesson was that I learned how well I was actually doing in my own life. Learning about issues such as cravings, holistically, has strengthened my self-awareness and mindfulness.