It is often said that you teach what you need to learn.
Those of you who see me on a regular basis have at some point had me point out to you that you did not speak up about something in your life. This topic is important to me because of what I have learned in my life and what I see in the world today.
I grew up as an extremely shy child. I never said anything in class, never raised my hand to ask or answer a question and was terrified to do public speaking. This failure to speak up, say what I was thinking or even to help and defend others when I felt I wanted to, lead me to have an autoimmune disease that attacks my thyroid. After working through the physical, emotional and mental patterns associated with the disease, I have gained more insight on how my body reacts when I don’t say my truth.
When I work with people, I can pick up in their spine where they are holding back. Your body and spine not only gives you signals about what it’s saying i.e. I’m in pain, I’m stressed, I’m experiencing anger, frustration, sadness, etc. but how you are living your life.
I am passionate about your voice. You are unique in this world. No one alive has had the same experiences, life, family, etc that you have had and so you have something to contribute. You have a viewpoint, skill set, talents, gifts that are different from all others and that needs to be shown in this world.
This world needs more people who are strong, who are confident, who will stand for others, who are creative, who have meaningful things to say. Look around. This world needs you. I am passionate about helping you find your voice as I continue to grow mine. Thank you for the opportunity.
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My friends have been raving about their crockpots and so I decided that I would see what all the fuss was about. What interested me the most was that I could throw all my ingredients into something that would do the cooking for me all day and have a meal all ready by the time I got home.
For my first experiment, I made Vegan Lentil Potato Chili.
This makes 8 servings and takes about 15 minutes to prep. It took me about 25 minutes to prep as I am slow at cutting veggies.
I set it on low for 8 hours.
In my crockpot, I combined all the ingredients and stirred to combine.
I covered and cooked on low for 8 hours (until the potatoes are tender).
I served with avocado.
Verdict? Not bad for a first try. Do you have a favourite recipe? Post below for others to enjoy.
Do you ever get stressed wondering what you are going to cook for dinner? If you’re like me, when I get home at the end of the day, I’m tired and hungry and I can’t wait to eat. I rush through my prep so that I can get to the eating of food as fast as possible.
I was sick and tired of this weekly cycle of prepping and making food ….so I decided to change the way I think and feel about my food.
Let’s take a look at what it actually takes to get my food on the table.
Imagine a dinner of brown rice, veggies and chicken. We will look at the rice portion. What has been sacrificed in order for me to have this rice? Rice is grown in fields in China and people work long days to harvest the rice. The rice is then transported to Canada and sold in stores where I have been fortunate enough to drive to and then had the means to buy it. When we look at all the components to get rice to my table, I become grateful.
When I eat the rice, I take a look at what it does for my body and for my family. The food helps to nourish my cells, organs and tissues and give me energy to get through my day. It also feeds my family so they become strong and healthy.
When I have gratitude for my food, I become grateful to the process of preparing food. Instead of looking at preparing food as a chore, think of it as an act of love for yourself and your family. The more you add the ingredient of love into what you do, the more you change and the more your family changes.
Try taking the time to be grateful for the different aspects of your food. See what effect it has on your and also, how it tastes differently.
Leave a comment below to let me know your experience.
"Your days are your life in miniature. As you live your hours, so you create your years. As you live your days, so you craft your life. What you do today is actually creating your future. The words you speak, the thoughts you think, the food you eat and the actions you take are defining your destiny — shaping who you are becoming and what your life will stand for. Small choices lead to giant consequences over time. There’s no such thing as an unimportant day.” - Robin Sharma
Every month, I take time to reflect back on the previous month and check in with my yearly goals. This allows me to see what I’ve accomplished throughout the year and what I have left to do next year.
Some of the questions I ask myself are:
After I complete these questions, I take a look at different areas of my life and decide where I want to focus on.
Here are a few areas:
Once I have my focus, I break them down into weekly goals and sometimes daily goals.
So, what were your goals for 2017? How are you monitoring them? How will you make this year epic and unforgettable?
In this blog, I’m going to use "problem" to mean a situation regarded as being unwelcome, negative or harmful and needing to do dealt with or overcome.
We are always going to have some sort of problem in our lives. This is because humans are dynamic and continuously learning, moving, evolving, interacting with others and growing. So, if we accept that problems are going to be a part of our life, we want to have, better quality problems.
Let’s take the transition between school and work as an example. When you’re in school, your problems include studying for exams, getting assignments done, passing your courses and interacting with others. As your studies come to an end, your focus shifts to getting a job. Your problems are resume writing, going on interviews, managing your finances. When you get your job, your problems turn into getting a raise, keeping your job, etc.
Through the different stages, there are what we perceive as problems. When we look back at the events, they seem less like a problem compared to what is currently going on. Remember how stressed you were writing an exam? When you thought that it was the end of the world? Now compare that to trying to keep your job when your company is downsizing.
We will never get rid of all our problems, what we want is to exchange them for better problems. Both having too much money and not enough money are problems? Which would you rather? In business, having not enough customers lead to one set of problems. I’d rather exchange that for, having too many customers.
Whenever you think you have a problem, instead of wishing your problems away, look to find a better quality problem.
Comment below on what your current problem is and what could be a better quality one for you.
When you see other people’s successes, what is your reaction? Are you jealous of what others have or are you happy for them? Your response is a good measure as to how you are living your life.
Are you excited and grateful for who and what you have in your life? Or do you feel like you’re missing something and you can’t have it?
Our reactions give us a lot of information about ourselves.
When you are happy in your own life, you will be happy for others in theirs as well. That’s not to say that you can’t strive to have more, be more or do more. It also doesn’t mean that you feel bad about goals that you have. It only means you celebrate other people's success because you know that if they can achieve a goal of theirs, you can also.
Next time you scroll down your Facebook newsfeed, check-in with yourself on how you react to hearing good news from others.
Remember also that the grass is not always greener on the other side. It is greenest where you water it. Just because someone has something that you are striving for, it does not mean that they are happy.
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A few weeks ago I had made it a goal to set better work boundaries. This came up because I had been working more and I wanted to make sure I had enough energy to give to my patients in my practice.
This intention got tested over the weekend.
A personal friend of mine had a question about an aspect of her care and got hold of me on a Sunday while I was running errands.
At that moment, I could have chosen to answer the phone or write her back at a different time. I was about to stop what I was doing (I was at Costco at a busy time) to answer her when I remembered my commitment to setting boundaries.
It wasn’t easy for me but I chose to stand my ground. I responded that she would have to discuss her care with me at the office during office hours. If she had something to say in regards to our friendship, she was at liberty to contact me at any time.
In the past, I would have either written back at that moment and then been resentful towards this person for disrupting my family time or ignored the message and continue to be annoyed.
Once I chose to stand up, I felt instantly relieved. Her response was that of understanding.
Choose discomfort over resentment. The discomfort is usually only short term while resentment can build up over time.
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Back in October, I attended a business strategy seminar to help me to start planning my next year. As most of you know, I’m often at continuing education seminars to improve my neuro chiropractic skills and take various courses for personal development and growth. The intent of this seminar was to work on my business and instead, we worked on life.
Here are 5 lessons I learned that apply to business, life and health.
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When I was growing up, I was taught the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In other words, treat others as you would like them to treat you. I have since found this statement to be less accurate that originally taught.
People don’t want you to treat them like you want to be treated, they want you to treat them how they want to be treated.
Let’s say for example that I have an outgoing and loud personality. If I were in a classroom setting, I may want to be called upon in class and to do speeches and participate. Imagine if I treated everyone in class like that? What would happen to the shy, introverted people? They would be terrified and never come back to class.
Instead, treat others as they expect to be treated, to the best of your ability. This holds true especially in the service industry. When you go to a restaurant, you have certain expectations. You expect to be seated, someone to bring you drinks, order and serve you. If your expectations we not met, you would probably not return to the establishment.
What happens when you have certain expectations about your kids, spouse, friend etc and they are not met? An upset will probably occur.
Some will say that you should not have any expectations. The challenge is, we all do. Until we have the chance to explore our limiting beliefs and change our expectations, remember to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see how they might want to be treated.
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To my patients:
Above all else, I want you to know that your body has the ability to heal. You will learn this during our treatments together, from attending workshops and through weekly articles. The lessons on healing are in how you connect with yourself and how you connect to others.
I want you to engage with your body from a place of worthiness. You will learn that you are worthy of healing, love, belonging and joy. Healing will increase exponentially when you practice self compassion and embrace your imperfections.
Together, we will practice courage by showing up, letting ourselves be seen and being open to new possibilities and perspectives. We honour vulnerability and know that it is the starting place for healing. We will share our stories of struggle and strength and there will always be room in our conversations for both.
Together, we will practice compassion by first having compassion with our bodies; then with others. We will set and respect boundaries; we will honour showing up, hard work, hope and perseverance.
You will learn accountability and respect for your body through making mistakes, falling then rising up and trying again. You will learn to observe how your body reacts to your thoughts and feelings.
I want you to know the joy of your body, so together, we will practice gratitude and awareness.
I want you to feel the wonder of your body, so together we will learn how to be vulnerable.
When uncertainty and scarcity visit, you will want to run away and instead, choose to draw strength and comfort from the spirit that is a part of our everyday life.
Together we will face fear, grief and pain. I will want to take away your pain, but instead I will sit with you and teach you how to feel it.
We will laugh and learn and heal and create. We will always have permission to be ourselves with each other. No matter what, you will always belong here.
As you begin your healing journey, the greatest advice I can give to you is to heal courageously, love with your whole heart and to dare greatly.
I will not teach or show you anything perfectly, but I will do my very best, and will always hold sacred the gift of seeing you.
Please comment with your thoughts and additions.
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.