July's newsletter will cover both June and July news and updates since June was unintentionally missed. A lot has been happening both on a personal and professional level and the time has gotten away. Finally though, life seems to be slowing down a little bit. This newsletter will be a little different than some of my more health focused newsletters in that I’d like to bring in some of my martial arts musings. As some of you know, one of my hobbies is the study of martial arts which I have studied for several years. Even though I wouldn't consider myself particularly skilled in this art, it is a study I quite enjoy and try to go as deep as possible.
We all face the pressures of life and living. Pretty much all of us struggle and are faced with great odds at some point in this life even if your pressures are classified as 1st world problems such as missing your favorite tv series due to work or dealing with rush hour traffic. Sometimes these pressures are overwhelming, and as in the artistic practice of making a fine sword, whether it’s a Katana from the samurai of Japan or a broad sword from a Viking of the ancient cold European countries, a lot of pressure from the pounding and heat and sudden and precise cooling goes into the creation of a sword no matter where in the world it is made.
When there exists a really skilled sword-smith, that person would have learned through apprenticing and trial and error that great intensity, effort and focus are required to make a particular excellent sword. This involves the endless pounding of raw ore to literally beat out the impurities and bring together in a particular composition the carbons of the steal so the sword can hopefully be strong, flexible and maintain its sharpness as much as possible under use by a skilled sword fighter.
Like the making of a sword, I believe just living life and going through the normal trials and tribulations of living can beat out of us what isn’t important and what isn’t essential to our well being and make us stronger as individuals. It is under these pressures of living that I believe we come to find what is most important and meaningful to us. All the rest, the dross, hopefully is dropped by the way side.
However, similar to creating a sword, if there is too much intensity, heating up the metal too fast, too much beating at the wrong times, cooling the sword down too fast and not in the correct way, with not enough beating out of the impurities, we too like a sword can crack and distort under great pressures...And just like it is up to the sword-smith’s skill and knowledge of pushing just hard enough but not too hard in the make of a great sword, we too have to learn to not push ourselves too hard and know when to rest and when to back off, kind of like in the lyrics of that old Kenny Rogers song, The Gambler "[...] know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run...[...]".... Unlike a sword that is a hard metal, we are these soft organic conglomerates of flesh and spirit, and both flesh and spirit can heal with the right amount of time and the right kind of care, attention and dedication to healing, but it is better to not crack in the first place. So yes the pressures of life do make us stronger and better humans, I believe, but even the best of us can buckle and crack under too much pressure, so always be kind to yourself especially under pressure.
And with that this is my above reflections about the importance of pressure and allowing life to temper and make us into excellent human beings but not too much tempering.
Hope you enjoyed this short reflection. For the month of July going into August not much has changed at Belly and Body Care. I will have a few extra produce from the garden such as tomatoes, squash, basil and zucchini. If you fancy yourself something home grown with lots of love and organic goodness from the garden, then let me know and I’ll bring what I have extra to your session. These extras are for sale just to folks in my community.
Also coming up this Wednesday, July 26th, if you’d like to support a good cause and get some integration and support with trauma and overwhelm, my friend and colleague Debbie Loshbrough will be having a group healing fund raiser at 7:30pm EST. All proceeds go towards helping a young man afford medical costs and an important surgery to help him walk again. Debbie is an incredible energy healer and facilitator. If you’d like to sign up or just learn more click the link below..
Cost: $33 - A steal of a price, Debbie charges much more her private sessions and other group sessions. All proceeds go towards medical bills of the family in need.
Location: Online zoom session. Link sent upon registration.
Date: Wedneday July 26th @7:30pm EST.
Hope you enjoyed reading something a little out of the ordinary at Belly and Body Care. Here's to forging the new, better version of yourself and using life's pressure as an opportunity to grow into your best self!