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They call it practice for a reason. Practice patience, practice kindness, practice i don't know what the fuck i am doing or what to do and smile, and breath. Practice being in pain, at your witts end, being sad, being angry, being constipated, and serving. Moving it all to the side. Practice the storms of ideas and questions and wrong doings and contemplative moments in between and knowing that it is ALL GOOD. It is all part of the journey. It is all a drop in a very large ocean. Practice being taken from, stolen from, lied to, hurt, destroyed, all to be put back together in the most unique, strong way and knowing all the while that THIS IS PRACTICE. This is the goal. This is the path. Practice being a part of something so large that you can't even contemplate its effect, its ripple path, and staying connected to its trajectory even when there is NO SIGN OF RYTHM or sense of it all. Practice being right where you are, in this moment, connected solely with what is under my hands, no distractions.
It is interesting to think that this time last night I was pondering joy. The same rain brought such deep sadness today. I wanted to be enveloped by my bed, under the covers where no one can reach me, find me, pull at me, tell me all fucking about it. I have learned over the years to be the perfect mother to myself and my bed is a tribute to my maternal self quest. The covers are just heavy enough that I feel them hugging my body while I drift off. I have over 10 pillows, each with a different story of comfort to support a part of my body that needs whatever hug for whatever reason. My room is filled with pretty things to look at, photos that represent memories of happy, joy-filled times. This is where my well is, where I know I can go deep.
Sometimes i connect so deeply with a sense of sadness that I feel like I am looking into a well that WON'T END if I catch a glimpse. I don't want to look. I don't want to know how deep the deepness goes. I could VERY EASILY go there. DOWN SO LOW, and I fear if I let myself, I won't be able to find my way back. Today I went, caught a taste, bounced back up....and recoiled. I keep feeling the heaviness, then the joy, like the head on a bobble head toy, bouncing with each attempt to reach for joy.
i have such a longing respect for people who spend their days in the well. They have such a sweet stillness about them. No matter how chaotic the winds of their lives may push and pull, they still stay still. They ARE still. Stillness is them.
The rain is not still. It is all about motion and clearing and hydrating. However it brings such stillness. What is that? Why such a complexity of such an antithesis scenario? And tomorrow it will be gone. Like my well.
I have a dear love who is just starting practice in California. She is one of these people that when you meet her, she is your best friend within minutes, your sister that you want to wrestle with, your soulmate that you want to tell your deepest darkest to. She called me a few days with the voice of the new doc, a bit shaky, a bit unsure. I get it, I've been there. There are a few pieces of wisdom I have carried with me throughout my journey in practice that I wanted to tattoo on forehead; I AM SUCCESS, I AM KILLING IT, I AM SO BUSY I CAN HARDLY STOP THE ROOM FROM SPINNING. But, none the less, a tattoo with such fever would not jive with her California cool chick vibe. So, here are the peices that I sent her spinning with:
I am success: This is one of those statements that will be true the more you say it, repeat over and over, use it as a mantra, tape it to your mirror, make it who you are. When people ask me how my business is going, I first think to myself GAG...what a private question and how inappropriate of you to ask! Right? But my response, since opening my practice over 19 years ago, has always been the following:
I am so busy I don't even know what to do with myself
My practice is waitlisted, we are doing great
I am the best at what I do and people in my community are getting it
My practice is EASEFUL, filled with love and laughter and amazement
Even if I am not feeling it, even if I am in a temporary slump (and they are always temporary) by saying these words and declaring them TRUTH, it makes it so. I'm telling you it works, everytime.
Because practice is a reflection of who and where and what I am, it is a spiritual continuity of the peace and joy I hold, what I say about it goes a long, long way. Words are powerful, choose them wisely.
I am so blessed to get to serve the people who choose me. I take care of the strong, the real, the awakened, the healing. I had a couple of amazing women on my table this morning, women who I would pay, a lot, to hear speak, to mentor me, to teach me. And they come to me, to integrate their power, to be better, to be stronger. We had a conversation InJOY this morning, about being real, never making excuses for your greatness, never dimming your light so that others may be more comfortable in their tight ass skin.
There is a social acceptance in our neck of the woods; a secret agreement among its members that REAL CONNECTION is not safe. That continuous exploration of friendship, listening, and undoubted, unbiased acceptance are all temporary facets of the social season as it sees fit. I don't know how to be in that season, and I don't know how to penetrate its illusion. I am not sure I want to know how. So, in spite of the bubble, I have created a safety zone in my office of real, deep, unyielding connection. My office is a space where anything goes, anything can be processed and there will be no judgement from any one here.
When I learn a new system, procedure, belief, rule, process.....I go to it. I absorb it. I penetrate it until it becomes part of who I am. Part of my culture of JOY. Then it can come to me, unfold itself and truly be discovered. Creating sacred space took years to learn, to absorb. Now it is everywhere I am, and I am with it everywhere.
I love to celebrate the people I serve. Whether they are 50 minutes old. 50 days old or 50 years old, they need to be highlighted, reminded of their excellence, reconnected with a state of being InJOY. Once I month I go there, I pick a person who really just does it for me. They are the person I see on the schedule and make my heart go pitter patter, ding dong. They lift me up just as much as I do them, and i want them to know. I want them to feel the love and appreciation I have for the fact that they chose me, and continue to choose me, week after week, month after month, year after year.
We celebrate with flowers, photos, sharing their story of ChiropracTIC with the social media world and great big cheesy hugs.
We overwhelm them with a sense of knowing how appreciated they are. We highlight their contribution to the practice to the other members, to learn a new state of being InJOY, even when coming to the Chiropractor!
Yesterday was one of those days in practice that was a stranger to silence. The day was filled with babies and laughter and crying and pain and joy an sorrow. People just seemed to be going a bit DEEPER on my table, deeper in to their journey of healing, processing and letting go. I felt tired. I felt REALLY connected. I did NOT feel joy. I felt like I wanted to be on the table, getting loved on, being responsible to nobody, no BODY, but my own.
Even though I only practice for two hours at a time (more to come on this), I felt like the one hundred and twenty minutes was a few thousand. The practice of not having enough to give forces one to seek comfort in breath, prayer, and an unabridged knowing that the lack of being InJOY will shift. It always does. No one can be in a state of JOY 24/7, and some how on some days, I feel that my practice chooses my solace. On minute 121 of yesterdays break InJOY, i had the two most beautiful 8 year old twins come to see me for an adjustment. They were the last two people to be served for the day. They overwhelmed me with joy, movement, creative thought, inquisition and humor. They reflected the lost InJOY experience back to me, they found my JOY in the ten minutes I had with them, and somehow magically pulled it to the surface for just long enough for me to serve them. Even when I think of the experience, though I am already in a state of joy, it heightens.
That is what I want to create for the people I serve. A break in the disconnect, so that a true knowing can move in and become the new goal.
Same Shit, Different Day…
After 19 years in practice, over 100k adjustments served, a girl can get bored, no? NO! Bordum is for the novice. It is for the non seeker, the dull at heart. There is always a way to find joy in my office, to spark the light that makes me giggle.
The trick…connect to my CORE VALUES and play!
Core value example: I LOVE NEW. NEW anything. New car, new friend, new diet, new outfit, new patient, new design, new website. NEW. A fresh start, a clean slate. You get it, no? So, knowing this about myself, after extensive research and personal reflection, I accept that new is exciting to me, and connects me to SPIRIT, to bring me to a state of InJOY.
The LOVE of this discovery is that if I start leaning towards bored….I discover NEW. NEW serves my core value of excitement. The caveat, I attract people who are of stable mind, who don’t appreciate change. I need the ROCKS in my life, to settle my waves. Got it? They want consistency, they crave KNOWING. So the balancing act is to be considerate with my NEW, my state of InJOY, and take it down a notch.
All of the systems in my practice don’t need to be changed in a day. I don’t need to rearrange the furniture of the waiting room based on an itch for joy. I can feel the pull to shift energy, to connect with the CORE VALUE, and put it on my short list.
Take Away: A friend of mine once told me that spiritually sound people don’t get bored. Shit. Ok, gasp, breathe. If I use my core values wisely, and respect them and integrate them, I am InJOY with my path. What are your CORE VALUES? How can they serve in InPRACTICE? How can you be considerate to your team, your family, and still have your needs met?
Creating a Statement of Purpose
We lose our center. It happens when we serve, give, love, return, serve, give, love, return. We need a center. We need an axis to spin around. The spinning is inevitable. In PRACTICE, InJOY, we are creating a living entity of people, joy, sorrow, issues, brokenness, healing, movement, crisis, bliss. All of it counts. All of it has pull and direction. In the center of it all is you. Your focus. Your CENTER must be forecasted. You MUST have a way to reconnect to it. Write it out, get it clear, share it with the world. Creating a PRACTICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE yields having a home base.
MY PRACTICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
We have a very strong movement going in CHIROPRACTIC which is creating amazing change. We are powerful, innovative and well rounded in our mission to see the world clear, higher in vibration and more connected. We are seeing babies thrive, pregnant women labor stronger, with more ease and power, sick people healing, kids shifting very deep patterns of stress and unrest, with nothing short of miracles day after day, throughout the world.
Chiropractic is amazing. The adjustment has the power to transform lives in a moment. Through the release of nerve interference, through the gift of touch and force, we create miracles daily. How? How does it happen? What is happening on the table? Good question!
Every stress we endure, from the moment we are conceived until this day, while you are reading these words, can get stuck in our body. If the stress of life gets stuck in the spine…..it has the potential to mute our life force. Muted life force….less of you, less potential, less vibrancy. STUCK in the spine is called a subluxation. A SUBLUXATION is when the impulses from the brain, through the spinal cord and out to the body are less than optimal because of this life stress. Life flows through the nerve system, through every cell, tissue, organ, muscle, ligament, you name it. It flows through your INNATE intelligence, the intelligence you are born with, your prana, your CHI. When we are stuck, we have less movement of this life force, we are muted. It is that simple.
The consequence of these subluxations is a less efficient, less progressive, less expressive version of you. It can result in every health issue out there. It gives us signs and signals…pain, energy deficiency, diseases, emotional disturbance, disconnect from spirit, from purpose, from LOVE and more. The PAIN is not the issue, the lack of LIFE FORCE is.
To reconnect our physical with our spiritual, or body with our life force, is the purpose of chiropractic. This connection ensures that the BRILLIANCE of our body has the power it needs to heal, adapt and assimilate. Every cell in our body turns over in a short time, with the exception of the NERVE SYSTEM cells. Our body, daily has the opportunity to start fresh, to recreate on a higher vibration. The chiropractic adjustment is a HUGE tool for recreating at higher vibration so that we may evolve healthier and stronger.
The back pain, headaches, fatigue, illness, mental and emotional issues….they are merely signs that this disconnect is strong. They tell us that the body is working HARD to self heal and restore. The adjustment is the release of LIFE FORCE. Nothing more, nothing less.
Our care at LightSource Chiropractic is gentle, honoring, progressive, and life changing. Bio Giometric Integration (BGI) is an approach to chiropractic which offers the doctor the tools to discovering a highly effective path of correcting subluxation and supporting the body in its evolution. My training in BGI has given me the gift of understanding how the subluxation dances or weaves it’s pattern through the physiology, what its’ consequences are, and what the most gentle and effective release of the adjustment is. Our intention is to create an appropriate release of life force which will instigate and support healing, adaptation and flow.
GOD bless chiropractic.
When in doubt, sing?
You’ve got this. Joy is in your heart. Spread it like wildfire. Reconnect, get lost, reconnect. Wander away then come home. Let JOY be your focal point. Allow it to come in to your heart, manifest throughout your every move, choice and word. You will disconnect, it is part of the journey. To truly experience practice InJOY, you will disconnect. Reconnect, have anchors, have rituals. Your ANCHORS AND RITUALS are your home base. They will remind you. They must become thoughtless acts. They are the breathe of the life of your practice.
Yes, I said it. Risk appearing the fool. Part of our jobs as healers is to lift people up to a higher place then where they came from before seeing us, each day. We don’t know what Mrs. Jones has an attitude that SUCKS today, or why Mr. Smith isn’t smiling at us when he walks in. Most of us create stories, that are NOT aligned with living InJOY, about us, our beliefs, our values, our history regarding the frown that was plastered on Mr. Smith’s tired, wrung out ass when he walked in.
Here is a secret: IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU. As much as we can, we need to remove our ego and self fulfilling motives from the experience of being in practice. They are coming to you to change their experience, in some way. They are not there for you, they are there because you have a gift that will reset their trajectory from where they came, to where they want to be. There are times that Mrs. Jones penetrates the “field” in the practice so strongly that all I can do, is literally, start singing. Change the channel. Switch the vibe. Redirect the energy. Because her shit is her shit, not yours. Not mine.
My name is Dr. Jodi Dinnerman and I have been a practitioner of Living lnJOY for as long as I can remember. I do believe it is a practice, as there are many distractions, illusions, misunderstandings and misguided interpretations that can easily keep us from being in a state of JOY.