“Life is not a stable process. Our ability to recover is our greatest quality.”
~ Moshe’ Feldenkrais
I was reminded of this quote this past weekend as I made the transition to a new online booking system. Now you might wonder why I would relate a business change to physical healing but to me, relating how I do something physical to how I do something in another area of my life is common; both are processes.
When I first thought about making the booking change I was overwhelmed by options, just like many who are hurting or injured are. Where do you start? What do you need? What do you know about what you might need? Other factors also join in; what about cost, accessibility, and who else might be impacted by the decisions I make?
For me and my business, I had to consider challenges and conveniences not just for me but for my clients as well. When you are considering how you approach your own healing, you might need to consider how it could impact your family and loved ones.
But what really stood out was that moment after I had made the decision and I started taking steps along the journey. No matter what, or how, you prepare ahead of time, until you start taking action towards your desired outcome, you don’t really know what questions might arise, how the journey may shift, and how you may be shaped by the outcome. It’s a constant course of taking a step, accessing where you are, and making a decision in regards to the next step before actually taking action again.
Both situations are about making change and involve monitoring and making adjustments. There’s also an element of choice: do you continue on the same path, or take an entirely different approach? Knowing all of that ahead of time is what becomes overwhelming, so you have to take it one step, or one piece at a time until it all falls into place.
So what is health then? Health isn’t the absence of disease or discomfort. It’s the measure of how quickly you can recover when disease or discomfort hits. In the process of changing my business system I discovered it didn’t function quite the same way I thought it would, so I’ve had to find work arounds and I will have to change my habits in how I use my booking system. My path wasn’t a straight line, I hit road bumps and I had to recover. As I get to know the system better, those recovery times will be shorter and shorter.
It’s the same with the healing process or any behavior change. It’s very seldom a straight line. You get better and you can have relapses as you make your way. So measuring your process by your desired end result isn’t always the best when you consider that there can be relapse. Not everyone who seeks help with a physical symptom is aware of how involved they need to be in the process along the way, how many decisions there may be or how many habits that may need to shift or change.
Another way to measure progress then is by noticing how quickly you recover when you encounter a bump. For example if you have a dysfunction and your goal is to be without that dysfunction, you would do best to notice the increased gain in function over time. Then when you hit a bump, you can notice if it takes less time to recover and then you can measure how you are moving towards your desired outcome from a different perspective.
Today I had to reach out for advice and information from other practitioners that use the same system as well as reaching out to technical support. By the end of the evening, even though there were bumps along the way that I’ve had to adjust for, clients are now booking in the new, healthy, system and I continue to move forward. There will be further steps that I will need to take as I make further shifts in how I use the system to support my practice. I don’t have to do it all at once. It can be the same for you; slowly adding in functional activities you may have ceased when you started hurting.
So, where are you in your process? Is there something in your life; either with your physical body or perhaps in your habits that could use a little support while you explore the path to recovery?
If so, I may be able to help. Or perhaps you’re just curious about that new system I’m writing about. You can take a look at the system and book online by clicking on the Book Now button over on the right upper part of the page.