It’s All About Mindset
Welcome to the December practitioner corner where we dish on how we each keep our mindset clear and joyful throughout the holidays and some of the darkest days of the year.
Here is what I know for sure about mindset. You become better over time with effort and dedication. This is precisely what I preach in the clinic. Some of my most successful patients can attest.
What do I mean by “successful patients”? These are the folks who are making the effort to put themselves first. They have the dedication to check in with me — and with their own inner wisdom — to notice what they need to focus on to be truly well. They take action simply by showing up for themselves and doing what they know works (like acupuncture!).
This dedication to your own well-being is the mindset that will have lasting effects on your health and happiness.
People often land in my chair looking for a magic-wand solution to their health problems. While I DO have a wand in the cart, it’s not going to get you those everlasting results you dream of. Mindset, people! You gotta shift into being dedicated to your wellness.
My dear friends, this does NOT mean you always have to be positive and smiley, or a go-getter. Sometimes you need to fail.
My favorite quote at the moment is Samuel Beckett’s “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” While it’s not a positive, go-climb-a-mountain kind of quote, it really resonates with me and allows me to keep my personal mindset in check.
I fail and I learn, so by default, I’m growing. I do hope you join me in 2023 with a mindset that you can and will achieve anything and everything you desire. You just might have to fail again, fail better!
My mindset as a practitioner is flexibility — so, not so much of a mind“set” as a mind“adapt.”
I don’t practice with a one-size-fits-all mentality. Each of my patients is an individual with their own needs, expectations and stories. Some patients want to delve deep and share pieces of their lives with me, whereas others would rather just tell me where it physically hurts and to fix that.
Whatever the situation, my intention as a practitioner is to provide healing in whatever style my patient needs.
Our minds are powerful, our thoughts can make or break us. The simple mind-shift I try to instill in my patients is the old adage “prevention is better than cure.”
It’s much easier to pop in once a month for an hour of relaxed, restful healing than scramble to get in every second day (whilst feeling terrible) once things go sideways.
That is a choice we get to make — to preserve and optimize our wellbeing for the long haul.
As this year winds down I hope you take time to pause, reflect and shift your mind toward investing in yourself in the coming year.
My mindset of healing emphasizes the attitude towards the patient and a desire to know why.
When I treat my patients, I do not only focus on the disease itself but also the person I treat.
I always look beneath the surface as symptoms are only the tip of the iceberg. Through observing, listening, asking and palpating, I will deliver the personalized treatment to restore the balance of patients’ body and mind.