Lesson 8: "It's all about connection"
"Everyone needs chiropractic care. Not everyone needs YOUR chiropractic care."
Lesson 7: "Expand your box."
Something to teach
When I was about 5 years into practice, someone asked me if I would be willing to teach. I answered emphatically, NO. I didn't feel like I had anything to teach that anyone wanted to learn. I held this belief for another 5 years.
!0 years into practice something shifted. It wasn't something specific that I could put my finger on but just a sense.
I was approached by a friend of mine who was a life coach.
I had never worked with a life coach before but her idea was to do small workshops where we could teach people different things about how to improve their lives. Sounded good so far.
But what would I speak about?
This was not a group of doctors or health care workers, they were just regular people. What could I possibly speak about for over an hour that wouldn't sound like a science lecture.
I would have to think about it.
After thinking about it for a few months something started to show up.
More and more people commented on how interesting and cool it was that things that happened in their lives were connected to their health and vice versa.
How what we eat might affect a certain organ, that organ connected to an area of your body via neurology and that also connected to certain emotional states.
To me it seemed common knowledge but to most people it was completely new.
So I started leaning into that knowledge to see how it could be something worth talking about. Turns out more people than I thought were really interested.
Here are the basics:
Nerve connections to organs
Emotional connections to organs
An unconventional workshop
We started putting it all together. There were three of us- Myself, Carrie, and Sindy.
I would start by showing people the scientific connections:
The area of their bodies that might be of concern: (pain, inflammation, dysfunction)
How that area connected to the nerves
Those nerves connected to a certain organ
That organ was connected to a certain emotion
Carrie, a life coach, would then speak about:
Methods to address those emotional states
Identifying engrained thought patterns
Creating behavior modification techniques
Accountability to stay on track
Sindy, a rootworker (Root work is folk medicine and magic work with ancestry in southern US and the Caribbean), would help people:
Identify what herbs and spells would best support a change in their life
Practices (candles, oils, herbs, etc.) they could employ daily to facilitate that change
We tied it all together under one umbrella; three areas that seemingly had little or no connection, working seamlessly, to support certain areas of a persons life.
Lesson 8- "It's all about connection."
We would run these workshops for a couple years.
The more I did them, the more I learned about the deeper connections that existed in so many aspects of our lives.
But allowing yourself to be vulnerable is terrifying.
Putting yourself out there like that is difficult. People judge.
When you make yourself vulnerable, you open yourself up to "crack." And cracking is VERY VERY uncomfortable.
You want to curl up in a ball and retreat.
You feel like a failure.
You feel like you are all alone.
But you're not. And the way through it is to connect with others.
Connection with other humans is challenging, but an absolute must to navigate our way through life.
Connection helps provide clarity and compassion.
And that started the backbone of our space- "the hug model."
To be continued...