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October 2011 Issue
One aspect I love about fall is the fall-in aspect. Where I live in the northwest of the United States, like other parts of the world, the summer draws me out into the world. Many of us enjoy exploring, attending outdoor parties, music concerts on the green grass, laying on the beach, and traveling. We are in full bloom. In the fall, it is a natural time to begin to pull inward and deepen our roots.
Although your life may be over-scheduled and pre-planned, it is helpful to take time to pull back and reflect, to become more aware and more conscious of your choices.
I am focused on getting my book 12 Weeks to Self-Healing published by January 2012. Lately, I have been extremely aware of what distractions have been getting in the way of completing the re-write. Now that I have this awareness, I can make different choices.
Do you run into a lot of distractions that keep you from doing what you really want to do? In this day and age, most of us are too busy to live our lives the way we really want to. It is like the concept “nature holds no void.” Whenever a space opens up, we fill it immediately.
It’s time to live the life you really want to live!
What do you really want to do with your time? Not what you are in the habit of doing, what others want you to do and what you think you should do.
If you had no restrictions, what you would do all day?
Write out a list of what you would do if you didn’t have to work, didn’t have all the obligations you now have.
Next, list what gets in the way of your doing what you really want to do. What distracts you? What responsibilities do you put upon yourself? (example: having to work too many hours a day, having to clean house, fix dinner, too tired, habit)
Now, go through your list and see what you can get rid of to create more time for yourself. (example: check emails only once a day, say no when I really don’t want to do something, hire someone to clean 2x a month, get a babysitter every other week for several hours)
Go through your original list of what you would do if you had no restrictions and pick some of these to incorporate into your life.
One of the things I have been doing is pairing activities. I rarely talk on the phone unless I am walking my dog. Recently, I had some teleseminars to listen to and so I paired them with walking; an hour seminar on my iPhone equals and hour walk.
I have also turned down several social invitations and even a prestigious invitation to take a position on a committee. As much as my ego protested, my heart wants to write!
As we move into fall, I hope this process will help you to identify your own distractions, slay your ego dragon and allow your heart to soar as you do what you really want to do!
As much as you may resist, you have more choice than you think! It takes removing the distractions and getting a new perspective. You are the creator of your life!
Bless your heart,
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Becoming Bigger Than Our Pain – Thru Love & Courage
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The Patient’s Part in Holistic Care
By Patrick Dougherty, D.C.
The Patient’s Part in Holistic Care
Patrick Dougherty, D.C.
Surveys show that more people are utilizing Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) interventions than ever before. This includes the practices of chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, supplements, medical intuitives, homeopathy, massage, and much more.
Research shows that these interventions are effective treatments for many common ailments, without the side effects and dangers of the allopathic (drug and surgery) model of health care. Unfortunately, the allopathic model has conditioned people to think that health care is about magic bullets for their pain or named condition.
People often come to the alternative practitioner with the expectation that they will be treated and whatever ails them will go away. This expectation ignores the holistic nature of health and well-being. When we are less healthy than we would like it is because of some combination of physical, chemical and emotional stress.
Often it is possible to “make the pain go away” without affecting the underlying stress. I refer to this as restorative healing. That means it restores a person to the state they were in before their ailment became noticeable. Restorative healing does not take into account that life might have been less than desirable before the symptoms arose. In that case the practitioner has not done the presenting person a favor by restoring them.
The alternative to restorative care is regenerative care. Regenerative care makes more demands of the patient, however. It demands that a person take responsibility for the circumstances that led to their symptoms. Again, these may be physical, chemical, or emotional. The essence of holistic healing is a comprehensive understanding of the patient that allows for not only the symptom(s), but also the underlying stresses to be addressed.
If you want to be regenerated, rather than restored, hopefully you will work with someone who will look beyond your symptoms, and guide you to take responsibility in theses areas:
¨ Changes in diet – People often overlook how important the food they consume is to their health. Even good foods might be bad for a particular person.
¨ Posture correction – Forward postures put huge amounts of strain on the spine that over time manifest as repetitive stress injuries.
¨ Movement patterns – The spiral is the strongest shape in nature. If you watch an infant move you will notice that they use the entire spine when they move. Most adults move in only one or two planes at a time. This causes undue stress on the spine that can cause postural faults to turn into painful symptoms.
¨ Activity levels – I often hear something like this, “Doc, I am up and down, active all day so I don’t think I need to exercise.” Wrong! Studies show that concentrated periods of regular exercise affect not only the physical body, but also the emotional body.
¨ Supplements – Many people do not eat well, and even if they do their stress levels may deplete their organs and glands. This can be one of the most common reasons a person cannot hold their adjustments. Supplements with adjustments can correct this.
¨ Procedures to affect positive emotional states – When the mind is overrun with stressful thoughts, then the body is not good at maintaining corrections. Some people need to be taught techniques to relieve detrimental thought patterns.
¨ Detoxify – We live in an unbelievably polluted world. Heavy metal, parasite, chemical, yeast and mold energies, and more may cause dysfunction in the nervous system that prevents your interaction with a CAM practitioner from being successful.
I have found that those who want to regenerate their physical field are willing to take responsibility. This is often the key to your innate healing ability expressing itself. After all, no matter what field any of us CAM practitioners are in, we do not heal anybody. We merely help you to open the doors to healing. But, only you can heal you.
Patrick Dougherty is a Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, and sole proprietor of Chiropractic Lifecenter, Inc. 2110 North Washington Street in Spokane Washington. He can evaluate you for the underlying stresses that cause your condition and guide you to take responsibility for the results of your CAM care. For more information go to www.spokane-chiropractic.com Call 509-327-4373 for an appointment or brief consultation.