Thursday, April 24, 2008

Healing in an Economic Downturn

Gas prices are going up, and so is the cost of groceries. Money is starting to feel tight, or maybe it's just the fear of money becoming tight that we're feeling. Every week another politician, news anchor, or talk show host trots out the word "recession" as if we don't already know what our personal financial life is like. The truth is that the economy is shrinking, whether a technically defined recession happens or not. And while it's also true that money may be or may become tight for some of our households, healing is always available.

Indeed, the defining factor in healing and in living a full life is not resources, but resourcefulness. Like everything in the universe, a living, organic system like our economy must breathe in and breathe out, expand and contract. Most of us feel uncomfortable in the pinch of a shrinking economy just as we do when our own bodies contract in pain. And what is often missed in both contexts is the discovery and healing that is available when the noise and frenetic activity of expansion gives way to the stillness and clarity of recession.

The macroeconomics of our country has slowed down, and the opportunity we have is to get clear about what is important to us, what we spend our money on, and how we use our financial resources to support the lives we want to live. We get to learn how to be more shrewd with our choices, with the quality of the goods and services we purchase, and with the investments we make in our homes, our health, and our values. Just as the pain in our bodies help clarify what's really going on for us, these changes in the economy can help us be more present to ways we orient ourselves in our financial lives. The healing is always available. Your ability to be resourceful is your ability to claim it for yourself.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

K-E-Y... Why? Because it's What You Need

Why is this happening to me?

Why does this keep happening to me?

Why is she/he like this?

Often these questions are asked in lament, with a tinge of hopelessness in the air. Sometimes when things are particularly acute or have been going on for too long, the "why" question is angry, indignant, and self-righteous. It's not fair, not right, not how it's supposed to be. Why is a popular question when people start to check in with what's troubling them.

The truth about the "why" question at these moments is that we already know the answer, and it's a simple one: this is what we need to feel right now. I am learning more and more for myself that often things happen in my life in the particular way they do because that is the only way I will hear the message and get the lesson. Life always brings us the things we need, so looking at why something is happening always reveals at least one universal truth. There is a lesson for me here. For someone else to get this lesson, it would have to look completely different. But this, what is happening right now, is the way it will work for me to get it.

And there is indeed a time for understanding why, understanding what the stories are behind our behaviors and choices, shining a light on what the construction of our reality is and who is doing the constructing of it. But when you are suffering or first coming to grips with what's really going on in your life, trying to find reasons and causes only distracts you from what's troubling you. When you are in pain, it's just not helpful to think about how you got there or how to get out. What is required of you in these moments is to be in the pain, if you can. And if you can't, then what is required of you is to be in the pain of that. That is the K-E-Y to getting to what's really going on.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Incredible Gift of One Woman's Stroke

This 18-minute presentation has made its rounds on the email forwarding circuit, and it is my pleasure to share it with you!

Jill Bolte-Taylor: My Stroke of Insight

Not only do I thoroughly enjoy the telling of this woman's story of stroke, this neuroanatomist's witnessing of her own central nervous system degeneration, but also this message beautifully captures a facet of why I practice Network Spinal Analysis!

The strategies we learn with Network care build the foundation, expertise, and grace in our nervous systems to move and choose between the two "channels" of our brains. We learn to experience the intelligences of both halves of our brain, allowing us to simultaneously be separate, individual selves (left hemisphere) and be seamless, connected beings (right hemisphere). And like the storyteller, I too believe that each person's ability and capacity to embody their whole self moves from the inside out to make a better world, that "the more time we spend running the deep inner peace circuitry" of our nervous systems, the more peace we will bring to the world.


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Information Overloaded... and Wisdom Deprived!

iPod, Internet, Hi Definition. Bluetooth, blogs, and MySpace too. Blackberry, text messaging, Skype and spam. On a daily basis, we are surrounded by information and stimuli from every corner of our environment. The stress and climate of insecurity that abounds in this age all demand continuous change and adaptation of us. And don't kid yourself--there's no going back!

Indeed, the rhythm and pace at which life is moving seems only to be increasing with each year and decade. Unfortunately, for many of us, our capacity to handle stress is not keeping up! The human body's physiological, emotional, and psychological systems are essentially the same as they were one hundred, two hundred, three hundred years ago. Our nervous systems are like those old Commodore 64 computers trying to run today's Microsoft Office software, or like trying to watch a YouTube video or carry on a Skype conversation over a dial-up connection! It is a fact of life today that the information coming in is tremendous and constant, and moment by moment we must respond to the constant stream of input. Moment by moment we must make choices that affect our life, health, and well-being.

What we need is an upgrade to our nervous systems, a way to take our capacities to efficiently mange energy and information to the next level. Physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, we need to be able to easefully identify what we can use and transform to our purpose, and then appropriately make changes, adapt, and find solutions to life's challenges. For if we don't or if we can't, that energy and information is accumulated in our bodies as tension in the tissues of the entire body and especially in the spine and nervous system.

Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) allows you to create new strategies which enable you to function at this higher level. In fact, the results from a retrospective study of almost 3,000 people receiving Network care show that there is no ceiling to the degree of well-being and wellness available through NSA. With strategies for ease and transformation, you can better evolve to heal what was previously impossible to fully experience and was instead endured. NSA helps you to find new ways of connecting and communicating with your body and to learn how to let go of these tensions. You move from a protective and rigid defense posture to a flexible spine capable of growth and evolution.