Which path are you choosing in life and for your health?
Human beings are the only animal that have conscious choice. We choose nonstop everyday. We prioritize what our life looks like. We can choose the path of least resistance or the path of action. We choose to invest our energy (or life force) into what we consciously, or unconsciously want or are trying to avoid. The new year is often a time when we look at our lives, our health and well-being and set out to create something new. Often times, these intentions are short lived. The path of action takes constant engagement with what we want in our heart.
Maybe we want to lose weight, or have more energy, more fun or make maybe make more money. We want a lot of things and yet as the year goes on, we inevitably lose sight of what we really want due to the momentum of the past and our current tension patterns unconsciously operating our life. These patterns of stress, reaction and then inevitably compromise are inherent in the process of growing as a human being. It takes work to change the groove our body and mind is set in. Recognition that this process is happening and getting present to what we really want and as well as the likely future we will be faced with if nothing changes is the start of something new. This is a suggestion away from fear, to a place of realizing life is precious, and short, a finite time we get the opportunity and freedom to play this amazing game.
Creating a new relationship with our body is the best first step. The body is our master, test it - try holding your breath! At some point, the breath takes control and we succumb. The powerful patterns of how we operate in the world actually come from deep inside ourselves. Fundamentally, from our nervous system.
Chiropractic is actually about creating freedom and a new possibility in the operation of our nervous system. When we get adjusted and aligned - it feels so good! We are at ease, our muscles relax and our nervous system is at ease, momentarily. Then, the sum total of our accumulative tension patterns recoilless and we find ourselves fighting with our tense bodies once again. The reason the adjustment is not long standing is because the tension patterns that make up us have tremendous momentum.
To change, truly change, takes ongoing work. Three forces create change: frequency, duration and time. Period. If you eat burgers every night, for 6 months - the result is you'll gain weight! If you eat one burger once a year, it won't have an impact. So, to create sustainable change it takes regularly, intensity, over a period of time.
Consider this, why would you have stiff back or neck, muscles spasms or feeling constantly tight? Muscles are controlled by nerves. Muscles hold bones together. A muscle only spasms if it is getting a signal from the nervous system to hold bones together, to try to keep you in alignment? Alignment is essential to function of the human body, much like it is to a car. If your car is out of alignment, you have constant wear and tear happening, until you find yourself smoking on the side of the road. When we don't care for our vehicle, our body, the alarm system mechanism i.e. symptoms express. When we ignore the vital intelligence of our body communicating with our conscious mind, it is the path of least resistance we've inherited. The programming that "if it ain't broke, no need to fix it". That belief that the absence of symptoms mean we are healthly. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Cancer has no symptoms for 20 to 30 years in most cases.
When we commit to care for ourselves whether we are sick or well, we change the relationship with our body. Imagine waiting until you have a fight with a friend or partner to give them roses, or wait until we are sick to eat well. It doesn't make sense. Choosing to go beyond the world of denial, reaction, autopilot, of good/bad, right or wrong and self judgement - we move into the world of feeling our heart, our body and listening to what it has been whispering all along - what we need: love, movement, sleep, touch, a vacation, fun, connection, change, meditation... our attention.
Consider that chiropractic is not only for back pain. Chiropractors merely use the back to access the nervous system to make a change. Your brain controls your body through the spinal cord. It's your nervous system that creates the change, releases tension, brings the ease and balance your feel after an adjustment. Chiropractic simply creates the possibility for something new to occur within the body. It directly shifts the tension patterns of body and mind connection. See for yourself the freedom possible when your nervous system is clear and connected. I invite you to a new possibility - of extraordinary health and well-being. Try something new. Try chiropractic as the regular contact for cultivating the change you want in your health and life. Take the path of action: shift the relationship with your body, embrance the ongoing creation of the body and life you truly want in your heart!