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Monthly Archives: August 2012

So, a few months ago, I wrote about how common and normal and not-at-all-a-problem it is for people to fall asleep during sessions with me.  And that’s still true.  But what about if you don’t fall asleep when you get Rolfed?  What about the times when the healing trance isn’t forcing your eyes to close and your breathing to slow?  Should you just think about your grocery list and that email you still have to send and what time yoga class starts tomorrow?  Well, obviously, you can think about whatever you’d like during a session.  But if I had my druthers, you would leave all those thoughts outside the office, to be picked up again on your way out, if you so choose.  And instead of thinking about what happened before your session, or what will happen after your session, maybe you could choose to focus on what is happening, right now, during your session.

I like to think of it as meeting me from the inside.  Wherever I’m working, bring your awareness there.  For some people, that means bringing your breath to that place.  Trying to breathe air and space into the tissues I’m working on.  For others, imagining light coming into those muscles or tendons is a better image.  I know some of my clients like to picture everything getting super juicy and extra-hydrated, like the tissues are water balloons, slowly being filled up.  For me, I literally imagine a piece of my brain breaking off (don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt) and traveling down to my leg or my abdomen or wherever to bring its wisdom to that area.  I’m sure there are a gazillion different ways to meet me from the inside, but whatever image works best for you, go with that one.

The thing is Sassypants, you and me, we work better as a team.  There’s only so much I can do on my own.  And while I don’t mind if you think about your grocery list, your session will be more effective if you’re working toward the same goals I am during your sessions.  If I’m pressing on your quads, asking for length, and you’re also asking on the inside for your quads to lengthen, chances are, your quads are going to lengthen; and it’s not going to take as long, or hurt as much, as it would have if I’d done it all myself.  So if for no other reason than to avoid pain, next time you’re in, try to meet me from the inside.  See how it goes!

I know I haven’t written in a while.  I hope you’ll forgive me.  I crashed headfirst into a wall of burnout and just couldn’t bring myself to write for a while.  The summer, with its attendant abundance of daylight hours, tends to make me feel unstoppable and I end up taking on more than is anything like reasonable.  Alas.  I’ve cut back and rested and most importantly, distilled.  Gotten to the essence of things.  That process of taking all the options and picking the ones that are the most important.  Figuring out what provides the most value, what brings the most joy, and what is the most necessary for not just surviving, but thriving.  I decided to write my manifesto of belief.  Are ya ready for it?

I believe each person on this planet is divine.
I believe each of us has a purpose on this planet.
I believe in a universal consciousness.
I believe work can and should be fun, fulfilling, and profitable.
I believe each of us was put here to learn certain lessons.
I believe marriage should be between two consenting adults, regardless of each person’s gender, race, or religion.
I believe in all the gods.  Including Zeus.
I believe animals can understand me when I talk to them.
I believe plants can understand me when I talk to them.
I believe stare-at-the-wall-time is critical.
I believe I always have a choice.
I believe everything happens along a spectrum.  There will always be something or someone better or worse or happier or sadder or more or less than you or me.
I believe I can choose my emotions and my outlook.
I believe the universe is conspiring to shower me with blessings.
I believe this world is richly abundant.
I believe big, old trees make people feel better.
I believe healing happens between an individual and their healing gods.  Any truly talented healer is just a great phone operator who can establish a super-clear connection between the parties.
I believe pizza is the best food on the planet, closely followed by sushi.
I believe everything waxes and wanes.
I believe in Love, with a capital ‘L.’
I believe honesty and integrity are extremely important.
I believe friendship has the power to heal.
I believe there is a splinter of Aphrodite in my being.
I believe in power animals.
I believe my power animal is an Orca.
I believe music is magical.
I believe my beliefs create my reality and define my life.

Now it’s your turn.  What do you believe?  What’s your personal credo?  Will you take the time to write (or draw, or paint, or sing, or dance) your own manifesto?  Will you share it with the world and let your light shine?  I would love it if you’d put your beliefs in the comments.  Let’s start a culture of belief in our little tribe, shall we?

With much Love,