In general, we tend to be a society focused on doing. Setting goals and getting things done. Doing homework, doing work, going here and there. We sometimes forget the importance of who we are being while we are doing.
So, how are you being? Are you being happy? Stressed? Frustrated? What is your state as you go about doing your activities.
The importance of this is because we will remember events not by what we did but how we felt as we were doing.
Imagine we had 2 surgeons, both with the same education and knowledge and yet both with very different patient outcomes. What could be a possible explanation?
What if one was frustrated and tired with their work. They didn’t want to be there but they were doing their job to make a living. They treat their job as a job and clocked in and out.
What if the other was passionate about surgery and enjoyed helping people get better. They were invested in the lives of each and every one of their patients. They were willing to go the extra mile. Stay later and work extra if that was what their patient needed?
How would each person treat their patients differently? Which would you prefer during an operation?
Both people could be performing the same task with the same skill and yet who they are being makes a huge difference to the patient being operated on.
Who you are being makes a big difference to your family, friends and relationships as well.
Observe who you are being for one week. If you find out you don’t like a part of yourself, change who you are being.
Choose to be compassionate, happy, joyous or loving.
Leave a comment below when you discover who you have been.
There's an old addage that says, where your attention goes, your energy flows.
When my car battery was slowing down, I observed how my focus shifted. I went from not worrying about something to focusing only on that. This happens often in my practice as well. Once sometime hurts a part of themselves, it becomes their entire focus.
I began to worry about the possibility of my car not starting. I would leave the house earlier in case it wouldn’t start. I would park in different places so I didn’t block anyone and to make it easier for others to help. I would worry about where I was going in case the car wouldn’t start. This went on until I changed my battery.
Once I changed the batter, all these worries disappeared and I returned to my normal behaviours. I also noticed how much extra energy it took to do all this worrying….and this was only over 2 days!
The same thing happens when we’re in pain. Let’s take chronic, long-term low back pain for example.
Behavioural changes could include:
Eventually, you stop doing the activities that bring you joy. There are times when our bodies do need a break and we do need to stop everything but this is usually for short term.
If the pain lasts long enough, we soon develop behaviours that aren’t like us. People close to us may start to notice that we are the way we used to be. This could lead to depression.
SO, what do we do instead? It’s time to seek help. Change your battery! Get your low back checked out by a non-traditional chiropractor. 613-761-1600
Sometimes, life sends you teaching moments when you least expect it.
It was Tuesday morning and I woke up at 5am. I was particularly grumpy and wanted to stay in bed but talked myself into getting up. I went about my usual routine and got ready to go to the gym. When I went to start my car, it wouldn’t start. I tried a few times and it still wouldn’t start. This woke me up pretty fast. After trying a few different things, I finally got my car to start. Phew! I made it to the gym and on I went with my day.
I was feeling run down that day and small things started to get the better of me. I got irritated with others, went on social media too much and was just feeling drained. It was the day that I decided to take my social media break to recharge.
After the decision to focus on recharging and refueling for a week, I decided to get to my to-do list...the first task, figuring out why my car wouldn’t start. I spoke to someone about my car. Of course, it was the battery that had trouble starting that fateful morning!
My car battery was letting me know that it too, needed recharging! I am thankful for I received the messages that day. You never know what life is trying to tell you until you listen carefully.
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To my dear practice members,
Thank you for another wonderful year. It has been an honour and privilege to work with you throughout the year.
Each year, I reflect back and take account for what went well and what I can do better. For the process that I go through, please come to our New Year, New You workshop on Monday, Jan 16 at 6:15pm.
Here is a list of what I have learned this year.
My wish for you in 2017: “Smiles when sadness intrudes, comfort on difficult days, rainbows to follow the clouds, sunsets to warm your heart, laughter to kiss your lips, hugs when spirits sag, friendships to brighten your being, beauty for your eyes to see, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, love to complete your life.”
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.