A couple weeks back, the course of our foreseeable future shifted.
Though we only just landed in Colorado and expected to stay awhile, I was suddenly offered a job teaching at the school where I studied Chinese Medicine—back in my other home of Nelson, British Columbia.
I’m thrilled by the opportunity to hang with students in their doctor’s program, teaching Chinese Herbal Classics, Advanced Therapeutics and Chinese Medicine Nutrition.
I’m also daydreaming of my return to idyllic Nelson—a small yet eclectic town nestled alongside a gorgeous, ginormous lake ringed by mountains. It truly is the most beautiful place I’ve ever lived.
AND I’m in the throes of rearranging my life and schedule, as my partner and I ruthlessly edit our already minimal belongings and prepare to drive 1,200 miles to our new home…in a u-haul…pulling my adorable Mini Cooper…with two *adorable* Siamese cats meowing the whole way.
Fun times await. (Thank goodness—for all our sanity—so do yoga pitstops en route.)
During and after our move, my work with Alchemist Eating will continue. And I’m excited by the synergistic possibilities—and alchemy—that will arise from working with my clients while also teaching future practitioners.
Already, in revisiting old notes in preparation, small instances of synergy are showing themselves.
One example goes this way…
Leafing through my notes from Yang Sheng Fa (often translated “Nourishing Life Principles” and encompassing ancient guidance around eating and lifestyle), two quotes stood out for me.
I scribbled these years ago as a sidebar—something an outstanding teacher offered to enrich and enliven standard course material.
Reading them now resonates with the changing course of things…both for me personally and for a number of my clients.
First the quotes. Then an application.
Instead of trying to walk a straight line or change a crooked line into a straight line by force, consider putting one foot down in whatever direction you want to go and then wait, all the while being where you are now.
When you exist in your life the way you are right now, you’ll have less trouble with change.”
(The teacher of one of my teachers)
What’s this have to do with my clients?
Or perhaps even with you, in your own course of things?
Let’s start with one client and go from there.
The person I have in mind has been doing difficult, deep, truly fantastic work over the past months.
She’s seen tremendous change as a result, including things visible on the outside…but also much more.
Yes, she’s transformed her eating and movement patterns, lost weight, alleviated chronic pains, and normalized her blood sugar and blood pressure. Yes, she’s feeling more energized, awake and alive.
But she’s also been exploring the roots of things with an abundance of honesty and mindfulness. She’s been showing up fully, vulnerably, wholeheartedly.
She’s been doing the real work, in other words—work going way beyond what’s on her plate.
And yet, sometimes, she’s still hard on herself.
Certain days, she feels she should be further along…that she should be *somewhere else* already.
This sort of discouragement is so, so normal when you’re in the midst of a messy change process (and real change is pretty much always messy).
So I shared the quotes from my notes…along with a reminder that went this way:
Think of where your place of work with eating and awareness is now compared to when we first started. Totally different. No comparison.
Which is to say, you’re doing fantastic (even if you’re still eating a bit too much fruit or paleo sweet stuff;). It’s an iterative, long-game process.
Putting one foot down in the direction you want to go, all the while being where you are now.
You are doing this. And it’s not fast or easy.
Seeking the great perhaps.
You are doing this too—asking, what is possible for you and your whole life? How can you manifest a more complete expression of all that you are. Again, not easy.
So during these messy, discouraged times, perhaps hold your work on those two levels in a tender place—one close to your heart.
They are a precious seed. One that is all yours. One you are caring for and nurturing.
If those words resonate with you and your process, I encourage you to receive them—to take them to heart.
Join me in putting one foot down in whatever direction we want to go and then waiting, all the while being where we are now.
And, at the same time, let us always, always seek the great perhaps.
Seeking support in your own journey with eating and health?
The heart of why I do this work is because I want to offer others the sort of caring, skillful guidance I could have used long ago.