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Well, I said it would be a couple of days before the big announcement, but it ended up being more like a week. I guess birthing a new course (& business direction) is a lot like birthing a real baby.
The anticipation, the excitement, those endless moments of, "Ok kid, when are you going to get out and get BORN already?!"
In fact, I've literally been DREAMING of being pregnant. It's been quite the journey and in the short video above I share what I have learned from people with chronic health issues all over the country, what they struggle with the most, and what I have been inspired to create as a result
The BIG DAY IS AUGUST 10th!
Hope you enjoy!
P.S. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IMPOWER HEALING HERE.
Many people over the last couple of months have been asking me, “So, are you moving your office to Hillsboro?” Underneath that question, is an unspoken one that really lies closer to home, "Are you moving away from here?"
If I were to be completely truthful, I didn’t really know the answer to that question either, but something happened this summer that woke me up and helped me make a decision – and I think it is something a LOT of us can relate to. Now, it seems only right to send you a personal message..about endings, beginnings, and living a bigger life!
This short impromptu video shares the story and some important news for the New Year – enjoy!
P.S. Have you had your own "Living a Bigger Life" moment? I would love to hear more about it! Please leave your comments below or just say, "Hi!" to let me know you were here. Thanks!
I just let go of something BIG this January. As many of you know, I spend several years getting a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and have invested several hundred hours post-graduation towards my LPC license (Licensed Professional Counselor license). I really loved counseling and the grace of being invited into people’s inner worlds (and I was told by many – even other professionals that I was very good at it). So why let it go?
Well several years ago, I certainly wasn’t ready to. Here I was with a child, recently married, going to school full time for Oriental Medicine (a second Master’s Degree), working, and still trying to get my LPC hours along with paying for supervision. Crazy right? But I was powering my way through with fists clenched in determination – I am not a quitter, I always complete things, I am so close…
The truth is, sometimes things that make sense from a mental perspective just are not resonant with our inner selves or what we need in the moment. For me, the signal came when things just really weren’t working (a key that it is really time to step back and re-examine things).
Looking deeper, I knew deep down that trying to get my LPC was taking time away from parts of my life that really needed attention. And, as much as I passionately loved what I had learned in counseling…I did not love the world of counseling – at least not as it was currently practiced or how I wanted to practice it. Finally, I had to open myself to the possibility of letting go.
It was only after I opened myself up to that possibility that I found out that I had the option of putting off the licensing process for a few years. Deep breath…I had been given a welcome respite to figure it all out. This January though, that respite expired – and so did my license. I let it all go.
And I am okay with that.
Why you ask?
Because in opening up my perspective, sitting with it, and struggling with it – I was able to really see what was TRUE. And that truth is, that I never went to study counseling psychology because I wanted to be a counselor. I wanted to be a teacher and a writer, and I wanted to become a mind-body medicine practitioner.
And the beauty is that even if I am already all those things, I am embracing that truth on a whole new level this month, by bringing back that knowledge in a whole new way.
But before I go into that, what BIG thing have you had to let go to find out what was TRUE? Leave your comments below and then check out my big announcement below!
INTRODUCING THE WELLNESS PARTNER PROGRAM (WPP) coming soon!
Imagine Natural Medicine combined with the care & support of a Wellness Coach.
Yup. I didn’t let go of things completely! My license as an acupuncturist has lifestyle and wellness counseling as part of the scope of practice and in that vein I want to start working with people with chronic health and overwhelm issues that don’t respond well to, or are tired of medication and other conventional approaches and truly want to make a huge life change – by incorporating a coaching aspect to my practice.
I am super excited about this direction as I think it can make a tremendous difference in people’s lives. Why? Because information is often not enough, we also need support to successfully accomplish our goals.
In that vein, this month I am offering a FREE 20 min laser coaching call to anyone who wants to talk about, “What is the biggest obstacle for making the changes you want in your health?”
They are completely FREE and there are no sales involved. This is just my opportunity to give back, help give people a jump start towards their health goals, and at the same time it allows me to get really well informed about where the greatest need is so that I can create the BEST program possible.
Want to make a heath change for your New Year’s Resolution or know someone else who does?
Sign up for a FREE Lazer coaching session right after a normally scheduled appointment or at a completely independent time. Just click here and sign up like you would for a normal session –choose Free Consultation (Skype or In-Person) and you are set.
And please help support a couple of people you know who would dearly love a little time and attention to make their lives better by sharing this FREE 20 minute coaching session themselves. This offer will only be available for a limited period of time, so be sure to schedule right away - probably by the end of the month.
Thanks so much for your support!
Gut flora (non human cells in our gut esp bacteria) may affect not only your mood, but also your cravings, and the development of chronic diseases! The good news? In many cases we can change it in as little as 24 hours with dietary changes! Read the original article here.
A message of hope
Dear AWOB community,
I’ve had many people come into my office over the last week, deeply mourning the tragedy that has occurred in Paris and many other cities in the world.
At times like these, it is easy to feel despondent…even hopeless. And yet, even in the midst of immense suffering, we see the beauty, the generosity, and the courage within people:
When I hear stories like this, it reminds me that life is not just what happens to us, it is how we respond to it. No doubt these people have been shaken by anger, shock, and sadness but instead of becoming a victim and feeding those forces, they breathed in those feelings, metabolized them and exhaled what they truly value in the world.
In transforming their own grief and fear, they cease to become victims and instead become heroes in our eyes, because the journey of transforming pain into something of beauty is truly a heroic act. It touches our hearts and asks us, “What can you transform in your life?”
And herein lies the solution to helplessness. It is true that the problems of the world are immense. Most of us are not going to transform the world overnight, but what we do have the power to do is to transform ourselves and put what we value into the world.
It doesn’t matter what the act is. Really, it’s the small day-to-day choices that create our character and the legacy of our lives – like choosing a moment to be honest when it is really hard, saying a kind word to someone who is suffering, healing an old wound, or sharing an embrace with someone you love and being grateful for life’s many blessings.
This Thanksgiving I would to invite you to join me in sharing gratitude as a powerful force of healing in the world.
“Wait a minute,” you might ask. “Why is gratitude a force of healing?”
Gratitude is a shift in consciousness away from negativity and scarcity, into positivity and abundance. Gratitude implies possibility and opens a place for new energy to enter our lives. It says,” I am willing to open my heart to the possible.”
Never doubt this:
You make a difference.
The world is a better place because of you being in it, and
No one can replace the gift that you alone have to give to the world.
In the end, what the world needs most is ordinary people making the choice to live from their hearts and their conscience – to bring their dreams and gifts into the light so that they can be shared.
P.S. If any of this resonates with you, I have something special coming out soon that I am very excited to share with you. Keep an eye out for it in the next few weeks! Also please share something your are grateful for by commenting below!
Whoa! Sometimes you just have to learn things by doing, and after all the effort I put on my first videos... well,they looked pretty but was too long and didn't really get to the point until the end. So, here is the quick version.
The short of it is that I am doing some new projects and I need your help. So here it is in just over a minute (1 minute 18 seconds to be precise). Oh, and speaking about learning as I go, it's a little shaky (or is that my nerves?) - I didn't realize until after it was done - but it will definitely be cleaned up next time! In any case - enjoy, be well, and thanks for helping me out! --Tabitha
PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS BELOW OR DO IT VIA A TWO QUESTION SURVEY HERE.
THANK-YOU SO MUCH!
1) Where do you struggle most in your health (what keeps you from having your ideal health and well-being)?
2) What would you be interested in learning more about in terms of health & well-being? (What are your burning questions that I could address in a blog, webinar, or class?)
USo I can’t believe this, but after years of thinking about it, I *finally* got the nerve to make my first video(s), ever! It’s a first effort, but I hope that it will be the start of many videos in the future highlighting health and wellbeing.
These 3 short videos tell stories of people who influenced me in creating a class I have been developing on the “Inner Journey of Healing.” What is that, you say? Well watch the videos and find out!
I also have a very special favor to ask…well, maybe two. First, I would love your comments here about what resonated with you (or not) about these videos and second, I wonder what *you* struggle with in achieving your ideal health & wellness goals?
Is there a missing piece you have been looking for that you would like me to write about, teach, or do a webinar about? Please leave your comments & suggestions below. If you want to do it anonymously, I also have created a 2 question survey here - well three with the optional bonus.
Again, this information is absolutely vital in deciding on my next direction so I really appreciate your time in doing this. Thanks so much! Again to comment scroll below (it is fine to use an anonymous name or your initials, or just go to survey monkey to fill out an anonymous survey. Thanks!
Here are the videos (super short):
Update: these "short" videos turned out to be a bit too longer than I wanted, so I redid it in the next blog post. Thanks! - Tabitha
Please comment below or go to my short survey here. Thanks so much for your feedback!
Our world is really caught in a web of noise - a dozen different demands for our attention from the boss, family, children as well as invasive noise like advertisements, traffic and technology.
One of the things I have really enjoyed doing this Summer and Fall is going for mindfulness walks. Every day after I drop off my youngest I will walk through the park and the neighborhood for about 15-20 minutes and just notice everything around me.
I have never noticed the change of seasons more than since I have taken up this practice -- and I love it. So often the seasons go by in a flash without me even noticing it. But in that not noticing, I have also missed out on the experience of life!
So mindfulness has also brought to me a joy in the noticing the beautiful moments of life that will never pass this way again. It is this very quality of mindfulness that is so present in qigong - and one of the things I love so much about it. It's a peacefulness of being in the moment - just like being in nature.
Here are a few images I caught on my walk yesterday. They are not pro, but really show how we notice things that we might not have otherwise. Enjoy!
Also, what are some mindful moments that you have enjoyed this Fall? Please comment below:
Well I totally let the ball drop and forgot to remind people that the Intro to Qigong Class was last night at 6:30 pm.
I got distracted yesterday by an identity theft issue that had to be straightened out Wednesday and Thursday morning (someone filed their taxes out with my social security number). Yikes!
For those who weren’t able to attend, we talked about the health benefits of qigong and learned some exercises that can be used while at work and during difficult interactions with others to keep your balance and energy up – as well the first part of Morning Medical Qigong. If you had questions that you wanted to ask, but weren’t able to, please be sure to comment below. Don’t hesitate - others probably have the same questions and will be grateful that you had the nerve to actually do it! Or just write “Hello!” to let me know you were here. (:
NEW FORMAT FOR QIGONG STARTS NEXT WEEK! (OCT 15th)
If you came to any of the sessions earlier this year, there have been some major changes since then:
1) We are no longer at West Hills Unitarian Church.
As it turns out, blenders and distracting smells from PCC cooking classes were not particularly conducive to moving meditation. The dog training classes they were going to hold right outside the same room this Fall also didn’t sound too appealing (as much as I love dogs). Time to move!
2) Classes will now be held at my Barbur Blvd office.
Come and see my amazing, transformable waiting room to qigong space. Quiet, relaxing and easy to find, it has been a great space to meet in so far. Be sure to come through the double doors in the back of the building and keep the wedge in the door as doors lock after-hours.
3) Classes from here on out will be about 90% experiential. Let’s face it. I’m super excited and love to talk about Chinese Medicine and the body, but the truth of the matter is that we learn the most by doing. My goal from here on out is to immerse you in the experience of qigong and to have a take-away each week that you can carry into your daily life. There will of course be room to ask questions at the end.
4) Be a part of designing the new qigong classes! What do you want to see? What are you interested in? Email me or comment below.
5) Classes will be drop in and by donation through the end of October. Because I am working with a new space and format, I’ve decided to keep classes open to drop in. Donations are accepted and welcome. It’s anonymous, so just do what feels light and right to you. This will give us a few weeks to get a stride going that works for everyone. Classes will start at 6:30 and go until somewhere between 7:30 and 7:45 pm.
Hope to see you in practice soon,
Please feel free to leave comments or questions below - or just say, "Hi!" -- or you can email me as well. Thanks! Your input it very much appreciated.
When you or someone you love is in pain
Three important ways that you can help yourself or others
All of us know someone who is going through pain of some kind - whether is is physical pain, illness, or emotional pain from some kind of loss or life transition. But how do you support someone who is going through pain?
It's a big question, and what a lot of people may not realize is that this issue is a huge reason that I got into the healing arts in the first place.
When I was 15 my mother suddenly got ill -- dramatically, suddenly and shockingly ill. We didn't even know what it was, and we wouldn't for five long years.
All we knew it that it was affecting her neurologically, emotionally and physically in ways none of us had ever encountered before. It seemed that there was nothing we could do - and it turned my world upside-down.
I'm not bringing this up to cause a pity party...on the contrary, all the pain that we went through together had many silver linings...including the fact that I learned some very important things about supporting others when they are in physical and emotional pain - all learned the hard way. Here are some of the most important ones:
1) "You can't give from an empty basket."
Many of you have heard me share this favorite quote my from my southern belle Grandmother - but it is so true! We have a myth in our culture that if we love someone, then we should give them everything we got. But there is a problem with that.
If you give the the point that you are completely burnt out, love can quickly turn to resentment or the other people that depend on you can start to suffer. You may find that you are getting ill more often yourself, or that your negative mood can start to affect others. This brings us to the second part of my grandmother's quote which is, "You can't help someone if you crawl into the hospital bed with them!"
2) When you are called to support others, give more support to yourself.
It makes sense, right? If you draw extra money from the bank, then you need to make more deposits to make up for it. It is okay to do more for a while, but understand that the greater the withdrawal you take, the greater the deposit you will have to make later. So get that respite care for your aging parents so that you can take a break. Take up a mind-body practice like yoga, qigong or meditation. Or get a massage or acupuncture treatment to help reset your nervous system and refill those empty reserves. Even going for a short 15 minute mindfulness walk can completely change your day.
3) Don't try to do it all yourself.
Get support. Being in pain is not a burden that should be carried alone - whether by the person in pain or the person supporting that individual.
If you are in pain, be sure to get support from friends and loved ones. Don't be afraid to ask for help -- if they can't help at that time they can always say, "no." But don't rely entirely on friends and family for support either. Here is why:
1) It is important to have a place that you can fully express how you feel without having to protect other people's feelings (which we tend to do more with friends and family).
2) Not all friends and family know how to listen well or perhaps there is an emotional charge in their interactions (perhaps they minimize your experience on one hand, or on the other give unhelpful advice without really listening).
3) It's easy to think that your symptoms are strange or that there is something wrong with you. That is likely the furthest thing from the truth! What over 20 years of practice has shown me is that not only are MANY people likely experiencing the same thing as you, but that people who share the same problems or practitioners who specialize in your issue are great resources for help. Support groups, counseling or other one-on-one support can be invaluable for sustaining hope and getting relief.
If you are supporting someone in pain it's easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless because:
1) We don't know how to help the person we care about.
2) We are often emotionally invested and not objective about the people we care about.
3) We expect ourselves to know and do more than we are capable of or knowledgeable about.
So if you are in the position to help and support someone else, by all means do so, but don't expect yourself to have all the answers or to do everything. Really, the best thing a friend or loved one can do is to give love, listen, and be supportive. Don't underestimate the power of this! It really makes a difference.
But if you do want to get support, where do you begin?
Over the years, one of my greatest joys has been to support others going through painful times - whether a dark night of the soul or a shade of grey. So much of this comes from knowing how important it was for me. It is why I studied both counseling psychology and natural medicine.
The truth is, that if you or someone you know is in pain - you are likely desperate for relief but overwhelmed about where to begin. Here are some ways that you can help yourself or someone that you care about.
1) Get a Free 20 minute health consultation.
This month I am reserving time for Free 20 minute consultations to discuss people's concerns about their health and how to get them started in the right direction. Not sure if natural medicine is the right thing for you? If I can't help you or you need additional support besides Oriental Medicine, I'll be sure to steer you in the right direction to the best of my ability.
2) Come to Acupuncture Happy Hour (Friday Oct 2nd, 2015)
Acupuncture Happy Hour was designed for people who have never experienced acupuncture to have a Free Mini-treatment. Just 4-5 points max focused on pure relaxation. Ask questions and get a chance to meet me and see if we click. This month it is by anonymous donation. $5-$25 suggested. No one will be turned away. Sessions are 30 minutes long.
3) Group acupuncture (starting later this month!)
A form of acupuncture done in a group setting fully clothed. Normally $40 but hardship is also available (no supportive documentation necessary). Most individuals will pay between $25-$40. Sessions last about 60 minutes.
4) Qigong classes - a mind-body tool for profound personal and physical change. Combine moving meditation with breathwork and mindfulness and you will have a good idea of what Qigong is all about. Preliminary classes start next week!
4) Individual one-on-one work. Combine acupuncture with massage for a full transformational journey. Or if you don't do well with acupuncture, try acupressure instead. Packages and monthly payment plans are available for this.
Whatever your journey I wish you the best! Also please leave your comments below or just say, "Hi!" to let me know you were here. Was this helpful? Have you experienced any of these things? What did you do to help yourself or someone else when they were in pain?
Until next time...Imagine the possible, live inspired, and be well.
Tabitha Marsh combines Massage & Acupuncture to provide natural pain relief and mental-emotional balance. She also teaches classes on Qigong & Cultivating Health & Wellbeing.