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Dragged down. Then lit up. Moving from anxiety to resilience.

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Dragged down. Then lit up. Moving from anxiety to resilience.

For several years, I have written a weekly newsletter, 51 weeks/year, except on three occasions:
                -once when my computer decided she was overworked and needed a vacation, and
                -twice when I had nothing to say that was a good use of your time to read.
On November 25, after having nothing to say the previous week (as mentioned above), I announced an upcoming series about dealing with uncertainty.
There sketched out ideas for the next four newsletters. It seems like an easy few weeks of writing that would take me to the Christmas break.
But then:
                -The topic of uncertainty expanded into the topics of anxiety and depression which led down several paths.
                -Each path took me down several other winding trails, and
                -None of it fell into place.
                -Most importantly, my energy dropped and what I wrote didn’t feel worthy of sending out.
Nothing went out on the first week. Nor the next. Nor the next.
Then, by wondrous serendipity, I was listening to a talk by Dr. Alan Christianson where he briefly spoke about resilience. I lit up. Immediately, it was clear that I become more energized when I’m moving towards something I want rather than focusing on getting rid of something I don’t want.
There is a saying, “Whatever you focus on, expands.” If I’m focusing on reducing uncertainty, I’m still focusing on uncertainty.
I’m pleased to complete this year wishing you had a least one similar experience in 2016. Hopefully you had a year filled with revelations and learnings. 
Have you taken the time to notice what things in life bring you joy, calm or clarity?
If not, heed the Cheshire Cat’s warning:


Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?”

The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”

“I don’t know,” Alice answered.

“Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?” 
~Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Moving from emotions to the physical 
And another bit of wondrous serendipity.

In a casual conversation with a massage therapist, I learned that fascia (the thin membrane covering muscles) contains more proprioception receptors than muscles do (10 times as many sensory receptors in fascial tissues as there are in muscles (Stillwell 1957)).

She also spoke about integrating the brain with the body with simple techniques. Since every profession comes at things from a different perspective, her suggestions might complement other techniques you already know. And she is all about no-cost/very-little time activities.

Since the fascia is her 'thing', she would LOVE to share info with me after the holidays (she loves fascia so much, one thing on her bucket list is an abdominal fascia dissection. Anyone out there who can help her with that dream? Cadavers aren't my thing. :-) ) 
What a great way to enter 2017!

We'll begin by moving towards energy and resilience, and then using that energy to help the body and brain get into sync. that lights me up like a Christmas tree.

Have a wonder-filled holiday season.

Talk to you in 2017. 

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