Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Healing of Body, Mind, and Spirit

Healing ourselves on the spiritual level involves developing a strong
connection with our soul. We heal ourselves on the mental level as
we become aware of our core beliefs, release those that limit us, and
open to more supportive ideas and greater understanding. Emotional
healing takes place as we learn to accept and experience the full range
of our feelings. And we heal ourselves on the physical level when we learn
to honor and care for our bodies, and for the physical world around us.

Shakti Gawain

During my lunch hour, I was surfing the net and came across the above which really touched me, and I wanted to share it with you.  You know, I never really did take my lunch hours. I was always the one who had to have their work up-to-date, the one to have everything caught up. I typed my notes while eating my food. The problem is, and it took me a long time to realize it, in this field one can never get caught up.  Healing clients has never been the number one priority.  It is the paperwork that counts.  That's because the funding sources have to SEE the work you have done, and without being there to watch over us, it's the paperwork that counts.   They want to SEE a note for each individual session and each group the client participated in.  If that is not there, the program doesn't get paid. 

This causes quite a dilemma for those of us in the field who really DO want to do our best for the client.  We either spend time with the client and let our notes fall behind, concentrate on our notes and not spend time with the client, or over-extend ourselves and try to do both resulting in an increasingly high stress level, hypertension, and a feeling of helplessness.   We find ourselves broken...in body, in mind, and in spirit, and changes MUST be made if we are to survive.

For all of us who today find ourselves broken--physically, mentally, emotionally--we must begin healing ourselves from within.  

Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;... and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man. 

--James H. West--


  1. I wonder how life would be without bureaucracy and all its insidious paper work; could there ever be such a world?

  2. To repeat what I have said before, I don't know how you do, the work which you do.

    But I am so glad that you are taking this event, as a wake-up-call, at work too. We can not go-on-stress, for years, without it taking something out of ourselves......... So happy that you now take the lunch-down-time, which is due you.

    Gentle hugs...

  3. In an ideal world there would be time for everything. Clearly it's not an ideal world, LOL!

  4. When I was practicing therapy I too got really burned out with all the paperwork and got resentful of the time and the beauracacy of it all. It's all about balance. And I love Shakti Gawain too.

  5. I love Shakti and give classes in meditation based on her creative visualizations. Her philosophy is calm and down to earth.
    Glad you found this.
    Glad things are changing for you.

  6. What a great reminder to take time to acknowledge our own health (or where it's lacking.)

    Like "Auntie" I too have always been in awe of your ability to do the work you do. You are a treasure that these people don't realize is right in front of them. I do wish they would honour all your hard work.