It’s that time of year again….You’ve been running around all summer and before you’ve had a chance to recover from your vacation, it’s the beginning
of a new school year. It’s the beginning of Fall! Thoughts fast forward to the weekly grind, juggling work, social events, your workouts, and the impending
holidays which will be here before you know it. Always thinking of what’s coming next, you prepare, get organized, and work towards getting everything
Symptoms. Medications. Pain. Illness. Dysfunction. Disease. Surgery.
Contentedness. Love. Joy. Well-being. Peace. Gratitude. Health.
I’d like you to pause for a moment and try an exercise with the words you just finished reading. Read these words aloud, starting with the first line. Place your hand on your heart and notice what happens as you say these words aloud. When you are done reading them, begin to make circles with your shoulders. Observe as you do so.
What do you notice in your body? How do you feel? Do you notice tension or ease? Pay attention to mobility in your shoulders.
Stop and now repeat with the second line. Say the words aloud and ask yourself this same set of questions. What do you notice now?
“I’m a healer.”
I have to admit: I cringe on the inside each time I hear these seemingly harmless words. It runs rampant throughout the healing professions. They are well intentioned words. So what’s the matter?
In my professional circles, I’ve crossed paths with body workers, mental health therapists, psychologists, physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, holistic doctors, spiritual counselors, and the like. We all engage in work that is healing. But I don’t identify myself as a healer and I’m uneasy when others do.
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