I’ve been spending my meditation time, morning and evening, learning to switch my brain from focusing on problem solving (what I don’t want) to focusing on what I want to create. Sounds easy, right? It’s not. I am shocked by how pervasive the negative frame of mind is. I get my brain into a positive frame, and within minutes another negative frame pops up inside that, and again I move the frame around until it’s positive. Repeat ad nauseam. It's rather exhausting.
But I am movitated by knowing just how important it is for me to learn this skill. When I have mastered it, I will be able to teach my patients how to do it, and then they will be unstoppable. With this skill in hand, a person becomes able not only to make lifestyle changes (necessary for optimal health) with relative ease, they will be able to achieve any other goal that comes from their heart.
I love it when answers come from unexpected places! Who knew I was going to find one of the keys to life by becoming a health coach? I went into it to help build up my acupuncture private practice, and to give me a tool to help people who are morbidly obese.
I had read Robert Fritz's The Path of Least Resistance about two decades ago. It was fascinating, but I didn't truly get it. It wasn't until I was studying to become a health coach that I read Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen's The Habits of Health (which applies Fritz's concept of structural tension charting to the process of making the lifestyle changes necessary for health) that I finally not only got it, but truly GOT IT: a light went on, bells rang, my very soul vibrated. Here was a piece of the healthcare puzzle that had always been missing, one that addresses one of the most profound challenges in the life of pretty much every human being: how to bring into being the many lifestyle changes necessary to become and remain healthy. That is HUGE.
Here is a method that is entirely teachable that I can now pass on to my clients so that they will have the ability to make the many lifestyle changes that they have always longed to make but had been firmly out of their reach. We have all experienced the deep frustration of not being able to follow through in acting on the goals we want so badly it almost hurts. Do you know that feeling?
They didn't teach us how to do this in school, and I hadn't found the answer anywhere else in the past 40 or so years of my search for the path to health and happiness in my own life. While Daoist medicine is very powerful and effective, there has always been the issue of how to help patients make the lifestyle changes necessary for health and balance. Therein lies the rub. People can't truly heal without making those changes, so how to help them? I finally found that missing piece.
I have a method that provides a clear and even pleasurable (yes, pleasurable!) way to reach one's goals, and I am specifically trained to apply it to making lifestyle changes that lead to health. The newest arrow in my quiver of healing tools is going to make a huge difference not only in my patients' lives, but in my own life as well. I'm not going to pretend that learning it is easy. It's not hard either, it's just that it is so entirely new. Our brains are in the habit of operating a different way, but the effort involved is not hard, it just requires repeating until it becomes second nature, and the process itself is pleasurable. And the results are nothing less than life altering.
I can't wait to do this meditation again. It's a beautiful thing, and I am so grateful to have stumbled upon it. (Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!)