Earth ~ The Mother

In the Five Element Theory, the organs of digestion and assimilation are associated with the Earth Element ( spleen, stomach, pancreas), as are the female reproductive organs. When this element is in balance, we are caring of others as well as ourselves; while out of balance, we experience neediness, self-absorption, and physical symptoms such as weight issues, headaches, and fatigue.

Each element has a virtue that balances the qualities associated with that element; for earth, it is service and altruism. Imagine a state of mind where someone is stewing and stuck in circumstance, then is encouraged and supported to get out, volunteer at something meaningful, and move through the stagnation ~ that, in turn, affects the organs and systems connected to Earth Element.

On a personal level, we can recall times when our own mothers, or another caring person, helped us through a rough patch and restored hope in our lives. That is the Mother Principle in life ~ the protector, sustainer, and nurturer.

To cultivate the Earth/Mother energies, try this simple practice:

  • Imagine that you are an infant, being held in a loving mother's arms, and that you have just been put to the breast ~ you are content and safe, with no cares in the world.
  • You also see yourself as that mother, giving care and attention, and as the loving father observing over the shoulder of the mother.
  • Hold that image, resting in the awareness that you are wanted, safe, and meant to be as you breathe deeply and slowly.

By practicing awareness of your own inner mother, you will contribute to your vital, good health.

~ John

 

This Week

We will be in Sierra Madre on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Please call 626.224.3476 or email us at drtalevich@gmail.com to make an appointment or with any questions.

 

 

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Your Monday Morning Musing

The ancient concept of Amor Fati is especially helpful when life is not serving up what you wanted. Read on!

Amor Fati

This past week was one where we just couldn't get everything done we had chosen to do. We both tried to write a Monday Musing and came up with fumes. Oh, dear.

This morning, I received a wonderful article from Eric Barker who wrote Barking Up the Wrong Tree. He wrote about Amor Fati and it touched me deeply.  So, what the heck is Amor Fati?

The concept dates back to the Stoics, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, even Nietzsche (who coined the term Amor Fati, or Love Fate). At its most basic, it is the idea that we can choose to love not just those parts of our lives that we enjoy, but also those most awful times and circumstances. What?

Amor Fati is a mindset, a choice to make the best out of anything that happens in life. To treat every incident, each moment, as important, something to embrace and not avoid. I am reminded of Pema Chödrön's instruction to "lean in to the points." By beating our chests, whining and trying to run away, we waste precious energy and opportunities to use the tools we have, to rewire our perspective into something useful, full of energy and direction.

Acceptance of difficulties doesn't equal passivity. What it does afford us is the chance to develop clarity and pragmatism, to clear up our confusion and move forward. Even those worst life happenings will fade and shift with time; we can use our imagination to look forward a few years, to see that we will move on in our journey and heal with focus and attention.

One of my favorite tools offered in the article is that of treating life as a game. We wouldn't take on any boring games, playing without challenges (right, my video game-playing pals?) It is suggested we can play at life much in the same context: Take the adversity as a challenge, choose your tools, and move ahead with solutions. This idea offers a more flexible, even enjoyable perspective when life has you down.

Most importantly of all, remember to discern your gratitude each day. Even when life looks ugly, you do not know what is coming, what good can come out of this present condition. Appreciate the uncertainty.

Here's to a grand week, obstacles and all! May you be blessed ~

Cathlyne

 

 

 

 

 

This Week

We will be in Sierra Madre on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Please call or email us to make your appointment or with any questions.

John M. Talevich, D.C. and Cathlyne Talevich, Physio-synthesis | Phone : 626.224.3476| Email: drtalevich@gmail.com

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Your Monday Morning Wake-Up

Grief comes to each of us. We can work with this deep emotion to more fully feel the compassion and goodness of being human.

Good Grief

It is hard to believe that any good can come from the suffering of others. The fact is that with so much suffering going on around us, we are being asked to find ways of remaining vitally involved instead of living in a state of moral outrage followed by resignation and withdrawal. From a clinical standpoint this leads to a host of physical problems.

The first step in learning to cope with these painful elements is to become familiar with our own personal responses to them. Are we angry? Cynical? Do we check out, blame others? By employing a gentle, unconditional observation of our thoughts, feelings and sensations, we learn to be affected without feeling infected, moving through our sense of helplessness and frustration.

Here is one simple practice to help this along:

  • Pay attention to how you feel and determine where it is centered in your body.
  • Breathe in and out slowly; take in the sensations associated with the breath.
  • As you breathe in and out, allow yourself to fully feel what is going on.
  • Take three breaths, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth, lips partially open.
  • Touch the heart area and gently rub it, sending compassion and grace to all, including yourself.

 

Have a wonderful week,

~John

 

This Week

We will be in Sierra Madre on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Give us a call or drop us an email to make an appointment or with any questions!

 

 

 

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Your Monday Morning Wake-Up

Money in the body bank is a tremendous boon to one's personal economy. Read on!

 

 

Money in the Bank

"Body scanning" is a term describing the way our bodies use the energy available to us. For instance, if it takes more work to break down, assimilate and eliminate that foods that we eat than the energy we get in return, the body runs at a deficit. Over time, the "body bills" go unpaid (delayed maintenance) and we may end up in bankruptcy (health crisis.)

Another example concerns the amount of energy expended to move about; something as simple as a slightly short leg can place a real load on the body as it attempts to maintain equilibrium.

The good news is that the important resources are already there waiting to be claimed. Investing in foods that yield a high level of healthy return and working to correct areas of weakness, such as structural stress and chronic worry, will ensure that the body economy will thrive.

~John

 

Stop by to get your copy of the Spring Cleanse. Only $12.00.

 

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Your Monday Morning Wake-Up

The spring cycle, the wood element, invites us to get in touch with our inner visionary and warrior. We are asked to look at what we wish to create in our lives, and to get up and go for it!

The Visionary and The Warrior

How do you see yourself a year from now? If you find that difficult to answer, then the qualities of the wood element, the spring cycle, may be helpful.The heart of the wood element is a clear vision of how we want to create, or co-create, our lives. You know what this is like: moments, sometimes over extended periods, when your imagination fires and you can see your inner blueprint in all its potential. Our work is to find ways to build from these instructions.

 

Here are a few suggestions to tap into the power of the wood element ~

  • Be kind to your liver and gall bladder ~ a spring cleanse will always change perspective.
  • Be forgiving of yourself and others ~ make a list and affirm your commitment to let go. Become the type of person who does this easily.
  • Make a life map. Spread a large sheet of paper out on a table and map out people, places and things that make up your world. Include what you want to create as well.
  • Keep it simple. Understand that it is your job to weed the garden and cultivate that which is true to your vision.
  • Last, but not least, be patient and know that the blueprint wants to be expressed!

~John

 

Cathlyne here: If you would like to do a spring cleanse, we have one all worked out and available at the office. Contact me and I'll set you up.

 

This Week

We will be in Sierra Madre on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Give us a call at 626.224.3476 or email us at drtalevich@gmail.com to make your appointment or with any questions.

We look forward to serving you ~

 

 

 

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Monday Musings

It takes some time to really become a doctor. The same process applies to each of us

Frank

As an intern, my first patient was the father of a student from the chiropractic college where I was teaching. Frank was in his early fifties and had chronic low back pain. Both he and his son were confident that help was close at hand; myself, not so sure. As my patient poured out his heart, I kept thinking that he must be talking to a real doctor standing somewhere in the room.

What was not clear for us interns was that we were moving from being one of many in the classroom to one for many in our clinical lives. This transition has a profound impact on the psyche, so much so that some do not make it.

The challenge was clear: How to be affected without being infected. Of course, there was no discussion of this at the time, and even today caregivers, teachers, parents, everyone usually plugs along.

One important thing has helped me to gain perspective and develop resiliency in this matter ~ a walk. Walking becomes the teacher and, by doing this, we are shown what is helpful to us. The abundance of emotional overload in our lives can be used as a resource rather than a liability.

Walking is the art of being in the walk rather than going for a walk. A small walking prayer I like is, "I am grateful for each step, each breath, each heartbeat."

Have a great week ~ John

 

 

This Week

We will be in Sierra Madre on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Please call us at 626.224.3476 or email us at drtalevich@gmail.com to make your appointment.

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Happy Spring!

 

Your Monday Wake-up

Ah, tax preparation caught up with me! You are surely already awake, and here is this week's offering. Enjoy!

 

 

The Weaver ~ Part 2

Last week we looked at the work of weaving as a metaphor for shaping thoughts and perspective. As we can create beauty with our hands, so can we create healthy self-awareness with our minds.

Here are some helpful practices to take this idea from the possible to the actual outcomes. Enjoy!

 

In the morning, before arising:

  1. Place your hand on your heart and take 3-4 slow, deep breaths.
  2. What are you truly grateful for?
  3. What is your intent for this day?
  4. What do you need to let go of from yesterday?
  5. Gently smile.

In the evening before retiring:

  1. Light a candle.
  2. Counting your blessings, breathe slowly.
  3. Ask what or who touched, inspired or surprised you today.
  4. Visualize a circle of friends and community.
  5. Send love and grace to those who have harmed you.
  6. Be aware that we are all part of a vast mystery.

 

I hope these simple practices infuse you with peace and the artistry of the weaver.

~ John

 

This Week ~

We are in Sierra Madre on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Call us at 626.224.3476 or email us at drtalevich@gmail.com.

 

We hope to see you!

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March 12, 2018

 

Your Monday Morning Wake-Up

We are all weavers, creating life's tapestries. How will you weave yours

 

The Weaver ~ Part 1

Sitting in the shed, next to the potter's wheel, is a large orange tub filled with freshly sheared sheep's wool. Mangled, embedded with dirt, straw and insect parts, this curly, oily material will be cleaned, carded, dyed, spun and woven by my daughter, Eryn, into articles of clothing and other delightfully colorful things. Side by side, the wheel and the wool bear testimony to our ability to shape our world.

Like the weaver and potter, we too, through the gift of self awareness, can use our minds to shape our brains, thereby creating new and unique perspectives. Some simple tools of the trade are breathing, being grateful and forgiving, being kind to ourselves and others, seeing the world as a miraculous creation, and putting a smile on our faces. It may not come easily, though; millions of years of evolution have taught us to favor fear. This negative bias shows up as anxiety, aggression, isolation and depression. By reinforcing that we belong and are safe and loved, we move from the red zone to the green zone where we can see more clearly how things stand and respond accordingly.

~John

 

 

This Week ~

We will be in Sierra Madre on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Please call 626.224.3476 or email us at drtalevich@gmail.com to make an appointment or with any questions.

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Your Monday Morning Wake-Up

Who knew our brains were three-speed bikes? Read on, and enjoy

 

Moving Through the Gears

Imagine the brain as a three-speed bike. First gear is survival, the reptilian brain. Second gear is cooperation, society, the mammalian brain. Third gear is imagination, intellect, spirituality, or the human brain.

These three gears allow our bike to climb, coast and go far with the least amount of effort. Sometimes, though, we get stuck in one gear; for example, we may become too survival oriented or live in fear. Perhaps we are taking others too personally and becoming one of the walking wounded, or we may be too lofty in our thinking and live in our heads. We begin to rely overmuch on one gear. These three gears have one thing in common: They create a sense of separateness and isolation.

Like the stray cat longing for a bowl of milk to be left on the back porch by a kind benefactor, we recognize in ourselves the need to come in from the cold and find comfort and belonging with our fellow human beings.

This three-speed bike, millions of years in the making, also comes with its own set of instructions, some of which are very clear and others that may require some help in deciphering ~ but there it is, left quite mysteriously in the driveway, ready to ride.

~John

 

Coming Up This Week

We will be in Sierra Madre on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, ready to ride our bikes with you!

Please call 626-224-3476 or email drtalevich@gmail.com to make your appointment or with any questions or concerns.

Have a great, balanced week!

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Your Monday Morning Wake-up for February 26, 2018

A contemplation of a soul and its longing.

 

 

Healing from the Inside Out

Dr. Norm Shealy, M.D., is the founder of the American Holistic Health Association, and is a proponent and developer of a particular body, mind and soul model. He speaks to how mental/emotional stress robs us of our vitality and leads to a nation of medicated individuals from cradle to grave. Is he saying that we are soul sick and, if so, what does that look like?

He got me to thinking about the care and feeding of a soul, and what a soul might be. For better or worse, I have chosen to define my soul as a point of awareness out of which I experience myself. It is the wholeness of me. It illuminates my thoughts, mirrors my feelings, witnesses my endeavors. When I feel lack, or that I don't belong, or that I am unloved, you could say I am soul sick. If my mind and body are out of balance, the soul in its unwavering presence might be poorly mirrored.

So what is food for the soul? Is it religion? Acceptance? Forgiveness? Is it enjoyment? Is it the soul's desire to be uncovered, expressed? What does the soul long for? Each is different, I imagine, as we are all different. Does the soul simply want to be a good human, with all the joys and suffering inherent? I think that is just what the soul wants and anything that distracts us from experiencing the depth of life might cause the soul to be sick. Are we plugging in or tuning out? We spend hours worrying about this and that; does the soul have a chance to experience the beauty of community if it's not allowed to be present? Do we spend time in silence so we might become aware of inner workings?

Is the language of the soul found on the radio, the internet? Is it English, Spanish, any of so many tongues? Or is the language of the soul the sounds of the millions of ancestors who have lived and died before us? Is it the connection that we have to the farthest reaches of the universe? We might want to look at that. Our health may depend on it.

~ John

 

Coming Up ~

We are in Sierra Madre on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week. Please call us at 626.224.3476 or email at drtalevich@gmail.com to make your appointment or with any questions.

 

We are also hosting a workshop this Wednesday evening at 6:30. "How to Cultivate Happiness" should last about an hour and there is no fee to attend. Come share an evening with community!

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The Five Givens, The Five Elements, and The Five Virtues...or simply How to Cultivate Happiness

Upcoming!

When I started pulling together some ideas for this workshop, my daughter happened to be arriving home from classes. As she walked toward the kitchen, she casually asked me what I was up to. When I replied that I was designing a workshop on happiness, she said (without skipping a beat), "What do you know about that?" I had to admit she had a point. My mind flashed back to visiting my father at work, a college professor at Seattle University who, while at work, always had this engaging, upbeat manner, more like a beer route salesman than the dad I knew at home. Because quick wittedness runs in our family, I shot back, "Happiness isn't really about being happy." Now I was really in trouble, how do I explain that? Fortunately, she said she knew it to be true.

Thank God for the information highway with facts on happiness just a click away. I did not know that, apparently, the new face of happiness is Coke. Not the street drug, the drink. You will see by visiting their website that the main ingredient is happiness. According to the Coke website, modern science defines happiness "as the positive range of emotions that we feel when we are content and full of joy." They go on to explain that happiness is (according to a number of venerated thinkers) not a quest after all but a decision, a choice. We are then invited to not wait another moment, to choose happiness by "opening an ice cold Coca-Cola."

So what's a person to do? My daughter is pointing out an obvious truth, that I am not typically enjoying a positive range of emotions that I feel when content and full of joy. And I don't know too many (none) people that do, and if they do, I wonder what kind of meds they are on. Perhaps all I need is a Coke. I do have another idea, one that does not depend on temperament, fortune, or sugary beverages.

 

On February 28th, we will explore what it means to be happy, in part by identifying some essential sources of our unhappiness. The road map for this comes from the Five element Theory of Chinese Medicine and Dr. David Richo's book, The Five Things We cannot Change and the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them." The purpose of this gathering is to reveal to ourselves what it is that we need to know to help us be, simply put, happier human beings.

 

~John

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Jude

Your Monday Morning Wake-up

Saying good-bye isn't easy. Remembering the good times and funny moments can help. This week, we say farewell to our beloved Sierra Madre friend, Jude.

 

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We are all healers. Whether we hold the door for someone at the store, or soothe a child who has scraped a knee, or serve as a trusted confidante. We offer healing.

This spirit was shared by those who gathered at Mary's Market last night to celebrate the life and passing of our friend, Jude. The great spread laid out by Heather and Jenny plus the heartfelt sharing of friends and family was a clear example of how one life touches many.

My mind drifted to an event that took place some years ago. Out of the blue, Jude said, "I hope that you don't go anywhere because I don't know what I would do without you." We were in the midst of many changes, and that consideration was on the table. Jude affected me in a profound way that day. It was as though she snapped her fingers (she would never really do that!) and said, "Hey! You, yeah you, look at me! You matter." Somehow, this cleared up a lot of clouds and it has remained so.

Another memory that popped up was the many times we discussed the shoes she loved: Converse All Stars, high and low tops. My opinion was that the shoes were too thin, that she would benefit from a more supportive shoe. She would agree and, inevitably, show up with a different pair...of All Stars. A friend of Jude's told me, "You know, I have been helping clean out her place and she must have had twenty pairs of those!"

I'm not surprised at all. Good-bye, Jude, we love you.

John

 

This Week

We will be in Sierra Madre on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Please call us at 626.224.3476 or email us at drtalevich@gmail.com to make an appointment or with any questions or concerns.

 

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Soothing the Savage Beast

The parts of the brain that are most active in times of uncertainty developed over millions of years to ensure our survival. It should be no surprise that many researchers believe our normal state is one of unrest and that being relaxed and peaceful is not "natural." Some of us would welcome this perspective, especially if it is difficult to actually relax.

Safety, food and shelter are our most basic needs and our ability to create community further enables us to secure these needs. In a world that is perceived to be unpredictable, our survival instincts may dominate our nervous system's agenda and keep us in the red zone. Because of this, we must develop a dialogue with the frightened animal that lies deep within us.

 

In our workshop last week, we shared a practice from Linda Graham's book, "Bouncing Back -Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well Being."

  1. Place either hand over the center of your chest and feel the gentleness of your own touch.
  2. Breathe slowly in and a bit more slowly out, seven or eight times.
  3. Bring up a memory of a pleasant event whether it involved a person, animal, place, or thing.
  4. Enjoy your moment of happiness as you slowly breathe in and out. After 30 to 60 seconds, relax and let go.

This exercise can be done as often as you like, as often as you remember to nurture yourself in the green zone.

Have a great week ~

Dr. John

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The Guard at the Gate

 

Sarah was a nineteen-year-old who had recently dropped out of her second year in college. Fatigue, headaches, indigestion, and severe joint pain had gradually escalated to the point where she could not complete her work. After a few months, most of her symptoms were gone but she was not ready to return to her studies. In a moment of transparency, she said that all of this would have never happened if she and her sister had not stumbled upon a cache of graphic material downloaded by a trusted family member. She thought things had been resolved, but a relapse had occurred, plunging the family back into a state of chaos. Therapy had been essential and helpful.

In due time, Sarah did return to school with an occasional visit to our office. On one visit, she opened the backpack that she always carried and shyly produced an action figure of HeMan. I recognized it because my son and his friends all had one. She explained that this was her protection and that was why she always had her backpack handy.

Sarah gradually moved on and I heard that the family had relocated. Not long after, while at Costco, I saw a large, well-muscled man moving through the aisle accompanied by a large service dog. In that moment, I appreciated what was going on ~ a gift from Sarah.

Have a great week ~

Dr. John

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Phasic Healing ~ What Is That?

Phasic Healing

"Phasic" means "relating to a phase." Read on to learn about phasic healing and its importance in really getting the job done

After two weeks of treatment following an auto accident, Ann had experienced very little improvement.

At some point, I asked her where she had been headed when the accident happened. It was on her morning drive to work, a route she had taken hundreds of times. After a pause, the tone in her voice shifted as she described the escalating series of events that occurred when the police found the gun in her glove compartment. A heated argument with her boyfriend the night before where he had threatened her, had ended by her talking him down. She had taken the gun the next morning and was planning on leaving the relationship. She summed it all up by saying that she "was going through a bad patch in her life."

Improvement followed, and the cloud of concern began to lift, revealing a much lighter, pain-free version of Ann.

What I drew from this was that the context, the circumstances, may contribute to a problem as much as the event itself. To explore, appreciate, and accept the back story allows us to move forward and complete the cycle.

I call this phasic healing; looking at pain and trauma in this light gives us greater hope for recovery, allowing us to change misfortune into good fortune.

~ John

 

Coming Up!

Don't forget our upcoming workshop on Wednesday, January 17th from 6:30~7:30:

Being Affected without Being Infected

Learn how to create more peace of mind in a world of chaos.

Please join us ~ There is no charge for this workshop.

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Bring in the Light

Monday Musings

Happy, happy new year, dear readers! Feels like a lot of change and energy is in the air! Let's approach this fresh time with joyful anticipation and healthy minds and bodies.

 

Bring in the Light

Each New Year, we gather around light at our home.The ritual is simple, yet meaningful. Utilizing my rest-of-the-year fruit bowl, we fill it with salt and a large candle in the center. We light the candle and, seated around the bowl in a darkened room, we take turns lighting little candles from it, speaking our intentions, hopes, dreams, assertions, commitments, you name it. The central candle symbolizes that creative force, the All That Is, name it what you wish ~ the love that powers us all.

We send all of you our deepest wishes for a healthy, bountiful, joy-filled year, and invite you to accompany us as we travel through it together.

~John and Cathlyne

 

Coming Up

We are pleased to offer new monthly workshops at our office this year. Coming up:

Being Affected without Being Infected

Wednesday evening, January 17th

6:30 to 7:30

There is no charge for this evening. Please join us!

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We will be in the office on Wednesday and Saturday this week. Give us a call or email to make your appointment.

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Your Monday Morning Wake-Up

The Thomas fire has moved on from the little city of Santa Paula. We are all most fortunate. Blessings to those who have lost so much, may they recover fully.

 

Fire!

My, oh my. What a week in Santa Paula...words fail me...almost.

As we evacuated Monday night and spent the next several hours in a Denny's parking lot, trying to sleep, I was suffused with swirling feelings. What if everything is lost? This special antique, John's art, everything? How do people start over from scratch? Oh my god, all the homeless folks, what is that truly like? Feeling all this, then finding no loving support, no resources at hand? Refugees, the poor, the mentally ill...I hadn't felt this closeness to them. Just the tiniest bit of what they must feel daily.

John slept with our cat in the van, I with Ere in the old Prius, and as we were buffeted by incredible winds, watching the mountains burn and lights flicker, I was mostly filled with gratitude. I knew that, no matter what, we would be okay. Everyone was safe. We loved so many and were loved by many. It would work out.

Coming back to work on Saturday, probably still smelling smoky, we were hugged and kissed and overwhelmed by good wishes.

I need to spend my day (it's Sunday) continuing to wash and clean and bring our possessions back into the house. The air is finally not chokingly smoky. Santa Paula is coming back outside, people are marveling that this has moved on for now.

Thank you all so very much. Your offers of shelter and aid, your sweet wishes for a happy outcome, have reminded us just how wondrous human community is.

Have a lovely week ~

Cathlyne and John

 

 

Creativity and Joy in the Holiday Season

 

Creativity and Joy

For so many of us, this time of year is replete with memories, traditions, joys and sometimes sadness. The emotions run high and, adding to that, the shopping is a form of insanity if we don't look out.

As my family has grown up, I have done fewer of the traditional decorations and observances, opting for a more creative approach. We enjoy the freshness, the seeking of new meanings and deepening of our connections.

I am fully enjoying paper art this year. I remembered how much I loved paper chains as a girl and started making them. They feel almost like a prayer as memories bubble up with each link, each dot of glue.

Moving on to wishing stars, I am filled with the happiness of thinking about all those I like and love. Each tiny star is to be unfolded, a wish inside it. At first, I find it a bit sticky to come up with those wishes but, after a very few minutes, they just start to flow.

Ere and I will be constructing beautiful stars for the windows out of kite paper, a favorite tradition borrowed from the Waldorf school.

Beyond the obvious, I find these pursuits a welcome centering and respite from the planning and frenzied activity. This year is a peaceful one for us, but I have had many, many "Mom Moments" in the past, exhausted and concerned about...well...all of it. I'm slow, but I learn eventually!

Take time. Find something that brings you peace and refreshment this year. Make a daily practice of creating something that brings you joy, that takes some thought and focus beyond any other concerns. Find the true meaning of whatever holiday you observe and enjoy it to the fullest. 'Tis the Season. :)

~Cathlyne

Just for fun, if you like Christmas music (Oh, what a great baritone voice!):

 

My New Favorite Carol

 

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'Tis the Season ~ For Gratitude

 

 

Gratitude Season

It isn't always easy to find gratitude in one's heart. Times can be hard, feelings can be hurt, daily life can be just plain...plain.

I'm thinking about Dr. Rachel Remen who has taught many doctors, and others, about healing on levels deeper than the purely physical. One of our favorite practices of hers is centered on gratitude.

At day's end, take a few minutes to review the day and ask yourself three questions: What touched me today? What surprised me today? What inspired me today? No need to spend hours on this, simply alight on the first answers that come to mind. You might want to keep a journal or, as John and I like to do, ask your partner these questions and share them together.

The point is simple: Through practicing awareness of gratitude, one becomes accustomed over time to catching the moments, the often simple delights that invite gratitude. After each of my several surgeries, I have been caught breathless in the simple joy of going outside, the color of the sky, the way the air smells, the anticipation of going to my own bed, my own home. Food that has flavors! The people I love! No need to wait for life's grueling processes to acknowledge the grace all around us. Gratitude is always available.

It is so easy to live in some mental space other than the moment we happen to be in. Gratitude brings us back, delicious and alive.

 

Happy, happy Thanksgiving ~ May your gratitudes be with you and yours in full measure!

John and Cathlyne

 

 

Why Chiropractic?

Why the World Needs Chiropractic

The world needs chiropractic today because it needs men and women who offer an alternative to drugs and surgery. In the past, the world needed practitioners who were willing to fight and even go to jail for the right to practice conservative approaches to health care. Today's revolution in health care has been carried on the shoulders of those people.

The world needs chiropractic because bodies need to be touched, bones repositioned, and muscles relaxed. The world needs chiropractic because it needs doctors who witness and chart the day to day miracles that simple, non-invasive approaches to health problems can yield. Without this, who would remember such healing is possible? The world needs chiropractic because it needs practitioners who can remind us that lifestyle changes can come first, with conservative interventions second, and drugs or surgery third.

The world needs chiropractic because it is sane. If a patient has been prescribed a course of treatment including pharmaceuticals (with their side effects) or surgery, and the chiropractor recommends a more conservative approach with a positive outcome, that patient has been brought into a whole new experience of self-empowerment. He or she now recognizes that a level of wellness can be maintained though lifestyle choices.

The world needs chiropractic because it needs doctors networking with other health care practitioners who believe that less can be more, that "First, do no harm" is still...first.

Finally, the world needs chiropractic because as long as there are nerves, bones, joints and muscles, there will be a need for people skilled in helping them function optimally. As one of the oldest forms of healing, there has always been the need for such an approach, and there always will be.

Have a healthy week ~ John