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Dr. Martha’s Monday Morning Motivational
Wednesday, June 27, 2011
This spring there was an extremely large number of tornadoes that unleashed their devastation upon thousands and thousands of people. Tornadoes are intense; they are a destructive vortex of violent winds that rotate and form a funnel. This funnel wreaks havoc on anything in its path. While the gusting winds produced by the tornado are intense and dangerous; tornadoes are most powerful in their center. The center of the tornado is called the “eye”, which is where we get the term “eye of the storm”. Aren’t the tornadoes in our lives the same? At the height of the situation, they are more emotional and consume more of our energy. Storms in our lives are much like storms in nature, their duration, severity, and devastation vary.
Often in our own lives we get in tornadoes of intense emotion; sometimes we know we are in the tornado and other times we have no idea until we are out. Recently, I was in a tornado in my own life. An emotional tornado in which I believed I was in control. Now that I am out I realize the intensity of the storm and the power of which it had over me. But, even in the most intense times of the storm I remember thinking “I have this”. Of course I did, I was in the eye of the storm, the center, where the storm is the most powerful. As an emotional being I took on the power of the storm and assumed that power as my own when in fact I was powerless.
Much like in the aftermath of a storm I am currently being still and in the stillness I am able to reflect. It is so important that after storms we take time to heal and allow ourselves to go through the collage of emotions that come with such a storm. After a natural devastation, towns take time to heal and rebuild, the same is necessary for us as human beings. We need time to reflect on what we learned, what the process meant, and where we are going now in our journey. Being still is hard especially for energetic people like me but it is crucial. In stillness we are able to re-connect with our own heart and hear the song of our soul. With stillness comes clarity and with clarity comes gratitude.
Gratitude is interesting, so often we are only grateful for what we consider to be a positive blessing and what we consider to be negative we think of as a nuisance rather than acknowledging it for the part it played in our lives. I always remind people that it is important to find gratitude for all things even the ones that we view as negative. I say “view” because it is the connotation we give the situation as opposed to the reality of the situation. Much as anything in life “everything is nothing until we give it meaning in one way or the other”. Many times natural storms and disasters are viewed as negative because of the destruction when they are a necessary evil so that the universe can remain in balance. We just give them a negative meaning because of the destruction rather than realizing it is all a part of the process and it is still imperative that we express gratitude.
We will always have storms; they are a part of life. As in any situation, embracing it for the growth that it is providing is more beneficial than having resentment for the pain that may come with it. Giving it the recognition it deserves for the lessons it brought to you is when healing begins to take place. Fully embrace each and every minute of this wonderful life you live even the ones that are less enjoyable. Life requires balance to keep you in balance, don’t try to fight it or understand it. Sit back and allow the process to unfold.
Trying to fight natural process causes un-needed stress. In today’s society, we are inundated with stress in all forms: chemical, physical, and emotional. Stress is toxic to the body and causes dis-ease within the body; dis-ease leads to disease. Attempting to fight situations, stressing over their outcome, or attempting to control or re-direct the outcome causes stress to your overall body. Stress has a direct effect on your nervous system, which affects your immune system and your overall wellness. Letting go of the outcome is not always easy but is necessary to keep your stress down and your wellness up! It will all play out!
Love. Laugh. Adjust.
Dr. Martha Nessler, Innate Girl
Monday, May 2, 2011
At my mother’s funeral my father shared his heart and simply said, “I was lucky to known her at all”. I have lived my life with the premise that when people gather to celebrate my life those who celebrate it will say, “I was lucky to have known her at all”. What will people say when you leave this earth?
This past week the world has had two major deaths, Reverend David Wilkerson and Mr. Osama Bin Laden. Both men had an impact on society while they served their time on this earth but each impact was very different. The news of Rev. Wilkerson’s passing brought tears of sadness that comes with the passing of anyone who has such a profound impact. Upon his death across the world many joined in celebration of his life, his impact, and his accomplishments. The passing of Mr. Bin Laden was much different. Across the nation a sigh of relief was felt and tears of joy were shed. Across the world many are celebrating his passing rather than his contributions. When you die will people celebrate your life or death?
Personally, I have always tried to live my life so that after my journey on this earth that my life will be celebrated for the contributions and impacts I made. In order for there to be a celebration at the end of our lives we must properly live the first part of our lives. Janice Hughes says, “How you live one day is how you live your life”. How are you living your life?
We have multiple accounts in our life. The one we are most familiar with is a bank account. In back accounts we make both deposits and withdraws in the form of currency and it is important that withdraws never exceed our deposits. We also have many other accounts: relationship, societal, health, and a list of others. Just like in our bank account our deposits must be greater than the withdraws. When the withdraws are greater the account runs dry. When was the last time you assessed your accounts?
Rev. Wilkerson made many deposits and he served society-making use of his time on this earth. While I do not know the deposits made by Mr. Bin Laden I do know that his withdraws were that of a large scale. At their death their accounts were settled and the celebration of life or death was decided. What does your societal account look like?
I have lived my life and will continue throughout my journey blessing others in anyway that I can and contributing in anyway possible in to all my accounts. When I pass I want to be remembered for the blessings I was a part of and the lives I touched. When my account is settled I want my deposits to be greater than my withdraws. I am not aiming to live a life of perfection but a life worthy of reflection so that those who knew me “were lucky to have known me at all”.
Love. Laugh. Adjust.
Dr. Martha Nessler, Innate Girl
Thank you, Dennis an Honor!
Catapults or Anchors
Death is perhaps the most difficult and uncomfortable of the human experiences – it’s typically beyond us to express our feelings, to cope, and to make some sense out of such losses. Spiritualists conjecture on it — life after death or not, karma or fate, in a better place or just gone, the debate rages on because no one can ever know.
That’s why it appeals to me when someone addresses this necessary part of life objectively, and this happened for me last week when I received a link to the blog of Innate Girl, otherwise known as Dr. Martha Nessler of Springfield, IL, the reigning TMC Winners Circle Chiropractor of the Year. I always read Martha’s writing, but this entry was especially poignant, describing the loss of her own mother when she was only two years old. Look over her shoulder for some profound insight:
“I was finally at a point where I was able to look at my mom’s death for what it really was — a catapult and not an anchor — A catapult propels and an anchor holds you back. All events in our lives have the ability to propel us or hold us back — we allow what we consider “positive” events to propel us, and “negative” events to anchor us. I have pledged to find the positive in all situations whether or not I “feel like it” because when your mother loses her life to cancer at twenty-nine and passes four months after her diagnosis you realize that life truly is too short — The day I began to see my mom’s life and death as a catapult was the day that “we” began to live.
For me I believe people only die if we allow them, while they physically die their spirit can live with us – After dealing with my mother’s death — I decided that I would live my life for my mother and since that day my mother has been my “why”. Her death — drives me to educate the world about living a wellness lifestyle. My mother did all things considered “healthy”. She ate right, took vitamins, exercised, and was a peaceful fun loving person. But, my mother never had her nervous system assessed; she had never been checked by a chiropractor. My “why” is strong and it is my hope that her death allows others to live. I want to make sure that everyone is given the opportunity to live their life full out and that they and their loved ones are not cut short — In my heart, each person I educate takes a little piece of her spirit with them and through their life she too lives.
Death is hard and if we are not careful we anchor to the loss of a loved one and with their death a part of us dies. I have chosen to use my mother’s death as a catapult and have allowed her death to propel me into the life I was meant to live. I have – chosen to live for us both by sharing her spirit and story with the world. Through my mother’s death I have chosen to live and will continue to allow her spirit to live.”
I never knew Pamela Jean Murphy Nessler, but I can say this – she will indeed live forever in the efforts of this powerful young chiropractor to spread the word of health and wellness, and the ripple effect of generations to come who receive the miraculous healing benefits chiropractic is famous for. Only you can choose if the events in your life are anchors or catapults – nothing has any meaning but the meaning you give it. Develop your “why,” tell your story, and live a life of significance.
Dennis Perman DC,
for The Masters Circle
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Dr. Martha’ s Monday Morning Motivational
Monday, November 8, 2010
Do you exemplify health and wellness? Could you utilize the mantra, “Be fit. Eat right. Think well. Get adjusted.”? Or would you be lying to say you do? Do you exemplify all four areas? As chiropractors it is absolutely imperative that we live out the same principles that we teach our patients. My patients love to know that I hold myself accountable to the same lifestyle I encourage them to live. I always tell them I would never ask them to do something which I don’t do myself. And I would never….are you congruent?
I get so frustrated when I see unhealthy chiropractors and even more frustrated when I see unhealthy chiropractors who are struggling. In my opinion a huge part of business success is a direct reflection of personal success. This applies to all areas of our personal lives. I always say how you do anything is how you do everything and what you do speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you are saying. Really think about what I just said.
I realized one day that I don’t regularly tell my patients about my lifestyle choices but because I live them out I don’t have to. I exemplify the wellness lifestyle. They can tell that I workout regularly, eat a well balanced diet, think positive thoughts, and get adjusted. By taking care of the body God gave me I am a walking billboard for my practice. People in my community know that I am different. The same holds true for you in your community.
While for some this may seem like a no brainer…but I know for sure this is not true for everyone. It’s sad but true. So, this is my challenge start with you…look at your lifestyle where do you have a gap? What could you do to get one step closer to optimal health. Personally I reassess constantly. I am always looking for additions to my lifestyle to increase my overall wellness and when I find something that works I share it with my practice members so that we can all grow.
Decide today what you can do to continually be your own billboard, a walking, talking advertisement for your practice and the chiropractic lifestyle. The principle of chiropractic is that the body needs no interference: chemical, physical, or emotional. What interferences are you tolerating? What changes or implementations can you make to benefit you, your patients, and your future patients? Realizing that the shift must start with you and with the right intention will result in a ripple effect that alters your practice.
Making changes in the area of wellness is hard for many but crucial for overall longevity. They are forced to let go of habits and sometimes addictions which are a ball and chain to their unhealthy lifestyle holding them back from optimal wellness. Remember ddictions don’t have to be just alcohol, street drugs, and tobacco; they can be processed foods, negative thoughts, a sedentary lifestyle or so much more. Be a role model that allows them to see that change is possible and the teacher that reminds them change is imperative.
Start with you. Make the necessary changes to increase your personal wellness. Make sure you are working out regularly, motion is life. Eat whole foods, we are organic beings not chemical creatures and food is fuel not just fun! You are what you think, uplift yourself and others with positive thought. Sigafoose said, “Subluxations kill!” so get adjusted….REGULARLY! The aforementioned is a phenomenal base recipe for success, as you get comfortable with all four categories on a basic level begin to add to it’s complexity. If you begin to practice what you preach your community will begin to see your dedication to a wellness lifestyle. They will see that you are different and it’s a different that is the right way to go!
Love. Laugh. Adjust.
Dr. Martha, Innate Girl
“So what’s an “Innate Idea”?”, Your probably asking. Well, let me just clarify so we are all on the same page and you can start putting this “Innate Idea” into action. An “Innate Idea” is my gift to you. Through “Innate Ideas” I will be sharing my personal gems with you. I have become known for stepping out of the box when it comes to being a chiropractor and running a practice, creating a intricate balance between “old school” chiropractic and “new” innovations. The combination of old and new has allowed me to talk the “TIC” in a energetic and uplifting environment that creates a magnetic field pulling new and existing practice members into my practice. This constant and intense energy has allowed me to create the practice of my dreams and to continually evolve it to an even better practice over time.
“Innate Ideas” will vary week to week, and have no set date of release. They will cover a wide variety of topics on varying aspects of chiropractic. Some “Innate Ideas” will be oldies but goodies that we all need to be reminded of throughout our years of practice while others will be things straight from the sketch pad in my head which have given me great results. Through utilizing new and exciting ways of marketing: internal and external, communication, managing staff, and educating chiropractic just to name a few, I have been able to keep my office upbeat and exciting. Creating an environment that my patients love to be a part of and encourage their friends as well. My office has become an oasis of wellness within the community as an educational, motivational, entertaining and health beacon. Personally, I find great excitement in stepping outside the box and attempting new ideas to add excitement to my practice and it’s members lives. I always ask myself, “Would I enjoy that?” So read my “Innate Ideas” and enjoy them!! They are my gift to you!
Love. Laugh. Adjust.
Dr. Martha Nessler, Innate Girl
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