(A MMM by Dr. Sharon Gorman, D.C.)
How are you feeling? I didn’t ask what you have been thinking about or worrying about or trying to figure out. Under it all, how do you feel? Are you happy at this moment in time? No buts, no if only – look at it as it is in this very moment. Can you accept what is? Can you see what is or are you stuck in the vision of what you “wish” it was? Get quiet inside for a moment. I usually have to do this with a pen and paper first because I have to dump all the junk that is in my head. I feel safe letting go of all of that chatter if I write that “stuff” down so I won’t forget it. Like the stuff like pick up the dry cleaning or like don’t forget to communicate how you feel about a certain circumstance to a certain person. Drop all that for just a moment and sit in silence. Now feel what comes through. Are you happy? Sad? Depressed? Excited? Bored? Frustrated? In love? Anxious? Hungry? Empty? OK? Scared? Content? Satisfied? Do you remember to check your feelings throughout the day? You don’t have to act on your feelings. My gut feelings for me are often the way that God communicates with me. I feel when something is wrong. I often can’t quite determine if I am making a good decision yet I almost always know when I am making a bad one. If I don’t stay in touch with my innate feelings it is very hard for me to stay connected to my God.
I have gone through entire days being sad and not knowing why. Sometimes I knew there was an emptiness but I couldn’t put my finger on it and I kept on going through my day like nothing was wrong. I spent a lot of time guarding myself from feeling sad. I thought that when I tried to change my mood when I was feeling bad was the way that I was supposed to take care of myself. I tried to “change” my mood. I get frustrated when I don’t know why I feel the way I feel yet I find that just trying to cover up that feeling is sort of like trying to cover up a symptom. A symptom is my bodies defense mechanism and my bodies way of telling me something just like a feeling is. I try to let what is — be.
For me the feeling, that empty feeling is an indication of a spiritual disconnect even though that is usually the last place I look. I look to the things outside of myself to find the reason I feel empty. I look at the relationships in my life, the finances, my body size etc, etc., etc. Sometime the pain has to get pretty great until I break down and say “Oh God” and then I remember to re-connect. Just when I think that I am the director of my life I’m put back in my place — right sized. I remember that there is a God and I’m not it and I can allow what is to be and accept what is — for the moment. I don’t use that as an excuse to not function and serve. I connect with the source and rest easy knowing that I am living God’s will not mine. Symptoms aren’t bad. Feelings aren’t bad. I want to feel it all — it is part of being alive.
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Dr. Sharon Gorman is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College. Upon graduation, she associated with her mentor Dr. James Sigafoose. She opened her own practice in June of 1985 and in 3 months was seeing over 100 patients a day. Within 4 years, she had established four chiropractic practices seeing combined over 5000 patients a month. Now, married with 4 children, she still practices part time and manages 3 successful practices. Visit her website at: www.focuschiropractic.com
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