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Why all the changes: Purpose, “Pission”, Passion & Ritual

I am working on some changes. You’ll likely start to see them showing up through this blog, on my fb page and on my website. I will be broadening the the scope to be a more complete representation of what I’m about and what I wish to offer the world.  Let me begin by sharing my current journey of Purpose, “Pission”, and Passion.

Purpose

Do you know what your purpose is? I don’t… well not quite yet anyway. I almost do.  I’m working on it. I sure do have passion and have a great general direction or sense of my purpose, and yet I cannot fully articulate it.  If I lack a clear purpose, it means that on some days, tired days, days that my inner fire is burning low, or when I’m highly distracted by life, its easy to lose focus and just put time in until the day is done. I don’t mean that I don’t care, that I’m not doing my best, or that I’m not doing a good job at life, it simply means that I’m not sharing my potential with the world.  Interestingly, in 10+years of watching people in practice, I suggest that the majority of us don’t share our full potential with the world.  This pattern became clear to me upon attending an exciting conference put on by the Alliance for Chiropractic.  The ever inspiring Dr. Gilles LaMarche spoke about purpose and the impact that it has on our life and on how much we can be of service to others.  Some people would say that I do provide a service, and I’m proud to have done so for 10+ years. More importantly, I know I can up my game.  I know having a clear purpose will help. A clear purpose hones my ability to care for my family, to filter energy sucking parts of life, to give my all to my patients and to reach out to a larger community to create bigger change for those around me. In short, a purpose statement makes the bumps in life less about me and more about the journey to fulfill that purpose.  I haven’t yet managed to articulate my purpose entirely, and when I can, you’ll be the first to know. Here is my purpose statement so far: My purpose is to inspire, encourage, and empower those I serve to engage in their life and health and to live in balance so that I can be present, connected and passionate at home with my loved ones! (I am closing in on a purpose statement here! Not done yet!)

“Pission” & Passion

If my purpose isn’t clear, my fire burns low and I’m most likely to be frustrated and worn out by the state of the world and by the level of health and engagement around me.  Again, Dr. LaMarche is the man who shared the word “Pission” with me.  “Pission” is passion that is fuelled by a little bit of “pissed off”.  Why pissed off?  I’m pissed that all around me we are satisfied with feeling or doing “fine”, with thinking that one day we will get off the couch, that a problem in life will just “go away”, that we are more interested in complaining or focusing on our devices than engaging with the world around us.  I want those around me in my community to have passion in and for their life, to know they have choices, and to wake up with a purpose!  I am dedicating the next few weeks to lighting my fire by clearly outlining my purpose. Of course over time it may evolve and change. It will still be my guide.

Ritual

Just like anyone else, change is hard and we have so many excuses about why we can’t do what someone else is doing.  As a mom, I have a plethora of excuses I could use that would all seem legitimate. I have realized the excuses don’t serve me or any of us. We simply need to tailor our needs and goals to our life as it evolves.  As such, as I start this journey I have implemented a morning ritual.  While I dream of a morning routine that is structured and efficient, being a nursing mom with two small children, our morning is anything but routine. I previously thought lack of routine was a limitation, now I know I can savour the time, embrace it, and enhance it with some additional rituals!

My heart & my soul: cuddling, intention statement & purpose statement

First thing is first, and nursing and cuddling take priority over all else to start the day, which is how my heart wakes up.  I have added a few key elements which include a morning statement said to myself prior to opening my eyes about my intention for the day.  This intention for the day has been most helpful in those 5am wake-ups!  The intention statement is followed by some of the words that are slowly morphing into my purpose statement.  By the time I have repeated these statements in my mind, I generally have one or two kids in my arms and a smile on my face and in my heart!

My mind: reading

Next up, somewhere in the morning, maybe while the kids are playing or eating, I take the time (while the kids don’t notice) to read a few pages of something informative and something inspiring, to wake up my soul and my mind. Sometimes I read something chiropractic, sometimes its general health or wellbeing, sometimes its philosophy, and currently, I read a lot on the science of purpose.

My brain: movement

Additionally, I move my body for 10-15min. I might chose yoga, maybe a dance party with the kids, maybe I run through some of the life exercises that I recommend to patients. Ultimately, I move my whole body in a pleasurable way with the goal of waking my brain (more on this in a later blog). This is not the extent of my movement or exercise for the day, rather a way to engage my brain!  I have now woken my heart, my mind, my soul, and my brain and am ready for YOU for the day!  I am ready to share my passion and fulfill my purpose for the day!  In addition, I often often also savour (or drink while reading a board book) a cup of coffee because, well, it makes me smile, and that is lovely too!

“Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

I’ll wrap up with this beautiful statement by Marianne Williamson that was on my desk throughout my post secondary education. It also lights a fire in my heart. (If the word God doesn’t speak to you, please substitute for universe, world, you name it, whatever you want to use in place, I believe the sentiment rings true, just as it does for me.)

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Please share you purpose, your passion, your “pission”, your routines or rituals that help fuel your fire.

Thanks for being part of my tribe. I look forward to sharing more of my journey with you.