Similar to expanding your range of motion in your body, you can also expand your range of emotion.
Let’s start with why it would be advantageous to expand your range of emotion. Imagine that you only had 2 emotions available to you at all times, happy and sad. Whatever happened to you, you could only respond with happy and sad. If someone cuts you off while driving, you respond with sad. If you were cut from a team you really wanted to play on, you are sad. Now, if you expanded your range of emotion to include, happy, sad, excited and angry, then you choose the appropriate response to each circumstance.
The way we respond to angry and irritated are slightly different. Happy and ecstatic are also different. Each emotion is hardwired into your nervous system in a different pattern. The higher the range of emotion, the more responses you can chose, the more complex your nervous system. This is evolutionary great because survival does not depend on the fittest of the species but the one that’s most adaptable to change. The more adaptable the range of emotion, the better off you will be.
So, how do we increase our range of emotion?
First, find out what your current range is. For 1 week, write down all the emotions that you experience on a regular basis.
Next, create a list of emotions that you don’t use that often that you would like to access.
Each week, make a conscious effort to add in one of the new emotions.
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No one enjoys struggling or being in a challenging situation. Yet, it happens to all of us at some time or another. So, why not make the most out of your struggles.
Not everyone chooses to evolve through the struggle, in fact, most don’t. They would rather quit. The problem with quitting is, you never learn the lesson, you don’t become stronger and if the same situation comes back up again, you still won’t know what to do.
So, how do you evolve through your struggle?
Every painful experience is an opportunity to evolve. Make your choice today for a better version of you tomorrow.
As you have experienced, it is possible to receive gentle touches along your spine and see huge changes in how you feel physically, emotionally and mentally. But how do you sustain those changes for longer and longer periods of time?
Here are 5 ways.
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There are 3 levels of healing that can be addressed based on the person coming into my office and what their goals are.
In level 1 of healing, we are looking for the cause of something. We want to correct, reduce, eliminate or manage it. This is often where people start. In this level, we address the pain, tension or pattern with a light touch and gentle structural solution that focuses on realigning the structures of the body to take pressure off or reduce the spinal stress causing a loss of health.
Questions I ask in Level 1 of healing
In level 2 of healing, our focus shifts to advancing, transforming, evolving, integrating, progressing, learning or empowering some aspect of a person’s health and life. A person’s goal in level 2 is to make progress and go beyond a previous state. They start to become more aware of who they are and empowered in the healing process. They are searching for improved wellness in physical, emotional and mental aspects of their life. They are motivated by want to make a difference for themself and for others.
Questions asked in Level 2 of healing
Level 3 of healing is about trusting in the self organizing intelligences that govern the body. We discover and celebrate a person’s unique strategies, talents and gifts and them contribution to the world. Goals here include re-oragnizing a person’s life and experience to be more healthy, resourceful and effective. Here, they search for the most effective strategies for them to heal, improve life and for personal development. They want to know their purpose in life and what they are here to share with others.
Questions asked in Level 3 of healing
Not sure which level you are at? Ask Dr. Amanda on your next visit.
I've heard from many patients about different types of injuries and accidents that they have sustained. Some are accidental while others, seem to be giving them a message.
Take Mrs. Smith for example. She came into my office with a twisted ankle after falling down 2 stairs. When I asked her to describe what was going on in her life at that time, we found out that life was quite stressful for her. She was carrying things in both arms and rushing to get the phone that was ringing. She was also taking care of 2 children at the time. When I asked her what her body was trying to tell her with her ankle...her response was to S-L-O-W down.
She admitted that she had noticed that life was going by too fast and wanted to slow down and because she didn't listen to her body, her body decided to make her. For the next two weeks, she was forced to rest and recover.
So, other than injuring yourself...because that's not quite fun...what are some ways your body is sending you a message to tell you to slow down?
Listen to your body! Don't wait until it's too late to pay attention to it.
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.