A busy road near my home is under construction right now. I travel this way twice every day, but yesterday I noticed a sign I hadn’t seen before. It said, “New Lane Configurations— Expect Delays.” This didn’t seem strange to me at first, but as I continued to think about it, I wondered why I should expect delays, rather than just preparing for them. If I leave a little earlier than usual, I won’t have to worry about being late, and if I bring an extra CD to listen to, then I am prepared for a delay. And if it turns out that there is no delay, even better. This way, my expectation is that no matter what happens, it will be fine.
But again, why should I actually expect delays? The simple truth is that you cannot escape something you are giving your attention to. When I put my attention toward expecting a delay, I am very likely to experience one. But when I expect to be okay with whatever happens because I am prepared for it, I often will experience whatever is best for me.
This concept is true with every facet of your life…even your health. My question for you is: What are you expecting to happen with your health? Does the energy of your thoughts, words and actions go toward worrying about what might go wrong, or toward what you want to go right? Most of us were raised with the belief that our bodies are inherently weak and defective and that they will break down without continuous medical intervention. This begins even before birth: In pregnancy, mothers are constantly told how hard labor is, and that drugs will be necessary for her to handle it.
Once we’re born, we’re told that we need a lot of vaccines, because our immune systems are inadequately prepared to handle life. We are taught that it’s a problem if our body raises its temperature, and we must take medication to lower it. If we are creative and active in school, we are told we have a disease that doesn’t allow us to focus and function normally. We’re even told we very likely have some kind of allergy to the things in the air we breathe! Basically, we’re told we’re not good enough the way we are, but medication can make us better. This continues throughout our lives, and we unknowingly pass this legacy of lunacy on to our children.
The chiropractic paradigm takes a completely opposite approach to health and life. It says that we are all born with an inherent wisdom, and when we fully express this intelligent life energy, we are strong, healthy and free to happily work toward the actualization of our purpose and potential.
If you lose your ability to fully express your life force, you also lose your natural state of health, or “ease,” and instead find yourself in a state of “dis-ease.” This happens whenever you lose normal alignment or function in your spine. Because of the intimate relationship between the spine and nervous system, any spinal malfunction causes a partial loss of connection between your brain and body, and a subsequent alteration in the flow of your life energy. The chiropractic adjustment process restores the free flow of life energy, and allows you to progressively return to the full expression of health and life. By making sure your brain and body can communicate effectively, living a healthy lifestyle and keeping a positive focus, you’ll be prepared for whatever life brings you.
People raised in this mindset tend to apply it to every area of their lives. The legacy they pass on to their children is one of trust instead of worry—trust that every situation offers an opportunity for growth. So again, I ask you:
What do you expect?
About the Author:
Dr. Kevin Donka graduated from the National College of Chiropractic in 1987 and he has maintained a large and unique family practice in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago since that time. Dr. Donka testified before the U.S. Congress in 1999 on the issue of national healthcare reform, and has spoken at numerous seminars and chiropractic colleges. Dr. Donka is known for his unique way of asking questions about and examining everyday scientific and philosophical ideas, as well as his simple, vitalistic way of explaining these ideas to people. He publishes his free weekly e-mail, Chirothots, which reaches thousands of chiropractors. Kevin has been married to his wife Cristine since 1985 and they have five outrageously happy, beautiful, healthy, possibility-based children.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #23.
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