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The Art of Being Nervy

Or “Who do you think you are and what gives you the right?”

As I continue my contemplation of all my Wild Joys of Living I often find myself entering into a construction zone.  You know the kind with all the orange cones and hard hats, just like the roads here in Utah. My latest construction zone finds me knee deep in the murky water of my relationship with myself.

I have the constant propensity to place everyone else and their needs first in my world. In doing that several things have occurred. First, I have lost myself because I am constantly dishonoring me. Second, I have become the hero, victim, or villain in the famous drama dance of life.  Both of these options suck!

In losing myself I have have given away my place of personal power. I have given away my God given right to go out and live my passions or create my dreams. I have done that by filling my world with so much of everyone else’s Stuff.  I have done that by being the hero, the doctor that fixes it, the mom that gets it all done and makes it all better. I have done this by choosing to be the bad guy, holding you accountable for your choices (even while I have not been accountable to me for mine). I have done that by making “their world” feel better for them.

So, Starting today I get to practice what I teach. I get to practice the Art of being Nervy, because It takes a lot of nerve in this world to put yourself first!

So what is being nervy?

First it is following the airline rules…put you oxygen mask on first and then assist those around you.  For me that means making a specified portion of my day that is for me.  The part where I get to fill myself up so that I can go forth and truly serve others from a balanced and grounded place. The part where I can be gentle with myself by relaxing, reading, bubble bathing, massaging, walking and moving, dancing, meditating, journaling….the possibilities are endless. It means speaking and living what is true for me. It means learning to make choices from the place of honoring both myself and the self of others, not the comfortable choice.

Secondly, It is damn nervy to go out and change how you show up for others, even if it is in everyone’s best interest.  It is damn nervy to say “you made the mess, you clean it up.”  “An emergency on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.” “I am sorry, that sucks, but only you can change it.” Being willing to change how I show up though is the only way I can get back to the business of living my passions and my dreams, and  It also puts me in the position to be fully present with (you) the people in my life so that I can  say to them (you) from my heart “How may I assist you?” and be ready and willing to tell that other person if I can offer that level or form of support (is it a yes or is it a no for me).

So who am I and what gives me the right? I am an individual with a purpose and mission in this life. I have passions and dreams that are just as important as yours. I am here to love you and live my compassionate nature by assisting you, but I am not here to do it for you.

We each have the right and the responsibility to take on our own learning full force. My role as a healer says that I am here to offer you assistance, guidance, education, ect… in your process of healing. My role as a healer in no way states that I have to give my entire life trying to fix it for you. My role as a mother says I am here to show up for you and support you in your quest for your own passions and dreams, but it does not mean that your dreams are mine. My role as a partner say “I will love and support you in your learning and your path, but it does not mean that your path is mine” even though we are often on the same path.

So, please live what is true for you and I will live what is true for me. I promise to be honest with myself and with you. I promise to be in service to you as long as that service beings me joy instead of expectation or obligation. I promise to be open to feeling the joys and the ouches of life openly. Finally, I promise to always live the Namaste’ Principle by honoring the light in myself and acknowledging your light by honoring you too.

So am I Nervy…you bet! Because I am worth it and it is the best way I know to create whole-body healing.

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Intention, Willingness and Letting Go: The Art of Whole-Body Healing

Setting a clear intention is one of the most pivotal actions to take when changing your health is what you desire.

Working as a healthcare professional for almost 20 years now has given me a huge chance to exercise my listening skills. especially when it comes to working with people who are in battle with some type of ill-health. Over the years, the most frequently asked question that I have heard is this ( and it is usually prefaced by the statement  “No one has been able to help me”) “Is there anything you can do to get me better?”

In my early days of practice I would move into my  role as reassuring provider. That is, until I learned this powerful secret.

Only the person with the illness, or dis-ease can create healing within themselves.

Think about it….you can apply any number of pills, lotions, potions, medical procedures, etc. to a problem or condition, but it is only what your body does with the treatment that makes any difference.

Many individuals look at me like I am crazy after I have told them that I can’t DO anything to change their condition. Only their body can change their condition by BEING in the space for healing to occur.

The BEING space of healing starts with setting a clear intention about what it is that you are asking your body to accomplish. It also requires a willingness to listen and do what your body directs you to do to reach that outcome.

Here is an example: An lady names Serena came into my office seeking chiropractic treatment for pain and numbness that she was experiencing in her shoulder and neck. She informed me that she had been dealing with these problems for more than 3 years. She then proceeded to give me a laundry list of all of the Doctors she had seen, procedures she had done, medications she had taken, exercise regimes that she had tried, braces and supports she had worn. The list was long and extensive. It was obvious that the medical approach she was taking was not giving her the result she desired.

It was time for Serena to take her healing to the next level.  This is where Serena and I had a conversation about her Intention for  Healing.

I asked Serena the simple question of “What do you want?”  Her immediate response was that she wanted to be out of pain and to be able to use her arms and hands freely so she could live her life. She wanted to do things like play tennis again and be able to hold her child without it causing pain or making her feel like she was going to drop her.

My next question was “What are you willing to do to get what you want?” Serena replied with the standard answer saying she would do anything to create a pain free life again.

I asked Serena if she would be willing to change her job to get rid of the pain.  Here she squirmed but said that she would if she had to. I asked her if she would be willing to look at the emotions like anger, or emotional situations that might be creating or perpetuating her pain. At this point in our conversation Serena became agitated and quite insistent that there was no anger that was causing her pain. I knew we were on to something with her response. What I was looking for though was her willingness with her stated intention. So I asked again. “Are you willing to look at and clear out the emotional components of your physical complaint?”  Serena was so agitated by the question, and so un-willing to step into her emotions that she ended the consultation shortly thereafter and left the office.

What is there to learn from Serena? 

First and foremost is that there must be a clear intention for healing to take place.  Second, With a clear intention there must also be an unwavering willingness to  do things that seem very uncomfortable or that launch us into the unknown. And finally, we must be willing to listen to ourselves,  and listen to our bodies to find the answers for ourselves.

This is what Serena did…

Serena left the office agitated and flustered, but the conversation kept replaying for her.  As she took in the message she decided to dig in and really listen to what her body was telling her.  After a short time of learning to gently support her body with physical care, taking the time to examine her thoughts and emotions, and surrendering the healing process to her spirit, Serena found success.  It took her 4 short months to heal what she had suffered with for years.

That my friends is the Wild Joy and the Art of Whole Body Healing.

A Shift of Perspective

“Beliefs create the thoughts which create the actions that create your results.”

This was the first thing I read when I woke up this morning, and the profoundness of this statement immediately struck me. I have for the past 20+ years of my life been both a student and teacher of health. I have pushed, pulled, and wrestled to the ground just about every idea for sharing all of the concepts that I learn about health on a daily basis. I have even consistently struggled with my own health issues in order to create even more opportunities for learning for both myself and others when it comes to issues of body and health. The reality though is that even with all of the thoughts I have been trying to teach, I have been missing looking at the beginning. I have glossed over looking at my beliefs about health. My beliefs about myself.

I have for a long time stood firm that I have the belief that good health is everything. Looking from new eyes though I can see that that belief was just a grand cover up.

What I really needed was to look from a different perspective.

Last night my perspective shifted. The easiest way  to tell you is that I reversed the statement above. From my results, I began to look at what actions I was or was not taking. I think we all do this. My example for you would be this: I am overweight (result). What I am doing is drinking to many calorie filled coffees each day, or What I am not doing is exercising enough (actions). What I have done here in the past is make some “course corrections” that will stick for a little while. When the initial resolve passes, I gradually come back around to the point where I started. This is the viscous cycle that I have seen so many people run and run myself. This cycle for me has created a lot of defeat and self beat-up, but I kept choosing to repeat it.

So as I said I looked again… I looked past the actions this time

So my result is overweight. The actions that contribute to my overweight are calorie filled coffee and lack of exercise. Then I moved on to what thoughts are creating these actions. This is were for me it was getting uncomfortable. I got to look at things like I’m not good enough, I’m fat, I’m not pretty, I suck. Wow ! That was harsh and uncomfortable!

Is it any wonder that most of humanity stays stuck in the action-result phase. If that is what my thoughts were saying about me it was a miracle that I did not weight 1200 lbs. The thoughts alone would make me or anyone go searching for any type of comfort that could be found. One of my biggest comforts has always been food so…Wah la… my immediate “Action” was to “feed” the story in my head and perpetuate the result.

But Wait! There is more. So I looked back even further.

Result <- Actions <- Thoughts <- (((Beliefs)))

Now I was at the point of really looking at what I believed to be true about myself. Here comes the really painful, yet delicious part. When I looked deeply, really deeply, I realized that what was true for me was that I did not LOVE myself. Now I had to dig a little (a lot) because my thoughts kept telling me that I believed that good health was everything and how could I possibly not love myself.  But then I kept asking myself “If I did really love myself and I really believed that good health was everything, why were my results out of alignment?”

The moment that I got to the place where I could admit I did not love myself the Aha moment came flooding in. If I really had that self love then my thoughts, actions and my results will show that I believe good health to be everything.

The Aha moment said work it the other direction.
I love myself (belief). And by loving myself I am Powerful, Creative, Committed, and a damn Sexy Woman. And from those thoughts arose inspired action that I could Nurture my body and love my body with ease by removing the creamer from my coffee (big calorie dump there) and by lovingly moving my body more (more walking in nature and dancing). From this inspired action I have set the stage to create a new result.

That Brings Me Wild Joy!  

The process was so easeful. When I stepped back and look from another direction, it was simply amazing to find that I really had my own answers all along.

I invite you to give it a whirl with some body issue you have been struggling with…You might just Love your new results. And always remember that good health comes from within!