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Creating a Concert of Care

by Brandon Russ

It seems we are bombarded by disruptions to conventional practices when it comes to our health and well-being, including a daily dose of what the latest study or newest trend says is worth knowing. It’s time to take our power back and create beautiful sounds with a Concert of Care for ourselves.

Write a plan:
To create a Concert of Care for ourselves, we must write it out and review it often. Make sure to list challenges, goals and treatment, and then write down what we want to have happen and the activities needed to get there. Manifest the positive outcome with intention and action. We must consider ourselves and all of our practitioners as part of the equation. Each is a different part of our orchestra.

Make three categories:
Mind. Body. Spirit. We must make sure to address all three in balance. We often focus on the body, and quite often a quick workout solves our need to be active. Our mind can be made active by challenging ourselves with activities that make us think, such as a puzzle, word game or other brain teasers that engages us. We can participate in things that inspire us, cultivate community and creation through art or writing—find our passion.

An often-ignored element of self-awareness and self-care is intuition; that voice that guides us, the gut feeling that we get or subtle knowledge about what is happening right in front of us. Honor and  develop that. Acknowledge it and incorporate it as we would sage advice from a medical professional. We were born with it and it is never wrong.

Avoid extremes:
There is no one solution to a person’s well-being. It always has been about balance—eating the apple for lunch and the slice of cake for dessert. It is about the hike on Saturday to be on the couch on Sunday. Be diverse. Explore, but don’t feel we have to commit to just one way all the time. Integrate all advice and influence we receive. Each is valuable. If meditation isn’t for us, try qigong. If massage isn’t right, book a CranialSacral session. Integrate it with our general practitioner or specialist. Inform them of the benefits that we receive from our activities.

Find a balance and use our intuition:
If we ask our doctor where chronic pain comes from, their answer is typically mechanical or a neurological issue caused by the function of poor technique or body use. If we ask a holistic practitioner what the cause of chronic pain might be, they discuss the emotional burdens we put on ourselves with expectations and experiences that haven’t had the most pleasant outcomes. When we take a balanced approach, we find that there are elements of both factors contributing to whatever challenges us.

Choose integrated practitioners:
Bring a plan and write a list of questions from, “What’s this mediation thing all about?” to, “What’s in it for me?” A seasoned practitioner will have the points of benefit ready without researching them. Listen to the words they use and delivery they use in explaining our question. This will resonate with their delivery while working with them. It is very important to have  good communication with them.

Be engaged and recognize that we are leading the concert. Give feedback, ask more questions and make certain we feel it is truly helping us. Although we can find personal growth with a practitioner, they facilitate the experience, but we are in control of the outcome.

Never forsake a general practitioner for an integrated practitioner, because a medical doctor has years of education and experience. They have access to specialists and a community where diagnosis and treatment is conveyed via the best strategy possible. The key to working with an integrated practitioner is just that—integration—not replacement. When all the parts of an orchestra are working together, all the players benefit, especially the conductor.

Be honest with ourselves:
Being honest with ourselves is often the toughest step. In order to break any cycle, we must be able to address the problem. We often change the conversation and focus on something that we are good at instead of treating the symptom. Creating personal change is about going deeper and understanding the uncomfortable parts, too. We can focus on the toughest parts when we are ready. Whether it is weight loss, bereavement or understanding our family dynamics, they is often the most rewarding when we address them. This is where most of the deep stuff is found by holistic practitioners.

Make beautiful music:
Remember, we are the conductor of our Concert of Care. If something doesn’t sound right, change it. If we need to slow the tempo or speed it up, we are in charge. When our care has harmony, we will make beautiful music.

Brandon Russ, a certified intuitive counselor, spiritual coach and certified recovery coach, is the founder of Spirit Tree Connections, in Latham, a home to integrated practitioners, workshops and classes. For more information, visit SpiritTreeConnections.com.

This article appeared in the October 2016 issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine. Click to read more.