2014 is just around the corner, can you believe it? I remember the first month of 2013 went by so fast it was hard to notice if I had stuck to any of my resolutions, self promises, commitments? Now, months later, I have to ask myself, how am I doing? I know in my life I have identified many patterns of past behaviors that no longer serve me. Daily I am recommitting to change those old patterns and beliefs. It is a process, and it is happening. What about you? Are you happy with the way your life has unfolded this year? What are you doing that is positive for yourself?
I often hear from the many people I meet and see around town, "I have been meaning to call you for a massage", or "I keep thinking I'll join your class." What are you waiting for? All it takes is one phone call to find out more about how massage or an exercise classes can help you!
In fact there is a really easy way to find out more. Stop by my studio this Saturday, November 2, between 2pm and 5pm and feel for yourself the benefits of Massage and/or Yoga and/or Tai Chi. I am offering FREE 15 minute sessions on a first come - first serve basis. You choose what you want - a massage, a short demo on Tai Chi or Yoga. Come in comfortable clothes, and allow yourself to finally do what you have been meaning to do ALL year - Take care of you!
Take control of your life by taking control of your health. Change begins with you!
I recently finished reading "Golfing with God" by Roland Merullo. My massage therapist plunked it off his bookshelf and tossed it into my lap after my last session. You see, I took up golf this summer. If you play golf you know what that means. If you don't play, you may not understand until you do. It is one of those life experiences like having a baby, or witnessing death, that you have no frame of reference for unless you have gone through it.
I am thinking that Merullo was an excellent student of golf and life. Here is an excerpt from chapter two of the book I found particularly funny and truthful to golf and life. God's lieutenant, Julian is taking Hank Winston, a golf pro, to see God, to help Him with His game.
"I've never seen anyone in a hurry in heaven," I said nervously, holding onto the edge of the gilded roof with one hand.
"God is impatient."
"But that's impossible."
Julian turned his eyes to me for so long that he nearly drove off the gravel path. "Listen," he said, facing forward again and jerking once at the wheel to keep us from careening into a ditch. "If you're going to work with Him you're going to have to get rid of all these assumptions. The universes move incredibly slowly to His eye. The suns and planets twirl as if mired in honey. People learn their lessons over thousands of lives, when, in fact, those lessons seem to Him almost absurdly basic, ridiculously simple. In His frustration, He keeps sending saints, saviors, and various kinds of prophets down to speed up the process. People listen for a while, some of them, then keep forgetting what they've been taught and start reverting to old habits-hatred, greed, murder, war, and so on. Plus, on top of that, He's been playing golf perfectly since the day He invented it. And when I use the word perfectly I mean exactly that. Now, suddenly, as of yesterday morning, something has gone terribly wrong."
I have talked to enough golfers who agree that every so often their game is off and they revert back to old habits. I have lived long enough on earth to have repeated life lessons over and over and over again until I got them, and then had to relearn them again. If all these lessons in life and golf are so basic, why do we make it so hard and struggle so much? An ironic part of life and golf? Or just human nature?
What are your thoughts?
Recently I was talking to a client about this phenomenon of the Mind/Body Connection. My own example is my eyesight...Yes there are genetic tendencies, but there are also, mind/body tendencies. In 8th grade I became near sighted. To me that means that I chose not to see what was far away from me or metaphorically what was in the future. When Lasik surgery first came out, I thought how wonderful it would be to get my eyes fixed. And then I thought - Lasik can't fix my eyes, I must fix my thinking. Even if I had the surgery, my thoughts about my future sight would not be fixed, and eventually I would revert to my habitual way of seeing - not seeing far away. I'm still working on my thoughts about the future. I am sure one day as I see clearly that there is nothing to fear in the future, I will wake up to perfect sight.
Here is a quote which corroborates this Mind/Body Connection.
"Wellness that is being allowed—or the wellness that is being denied—is all about the mindset, the mood, the attitude, the practiced thoughts. There is not one exception, in any human or beast; because, you can patch them up again and again, and they will just find another way of reverting back to the natural rhythm of their mind. Treating the body really is about treating the mind. It is all psychosomatic. Every bit of it, no exceptions."
Excerpted from the workshop in Philadelphia, PA on May 13, 2002
So when you really want to work on a physical problem, whether it be aches or pains, eyesight, or a diagnosed dis-ease, you must also look at the thinking (mindset, mood, attitude, practiced thought) that got you there. Without addressing the thoughts, there can not be a total healing of the body.