This year I once again had the chance to talk to Dave Arnold from CJME News Talk 980. Included in this post are the links to the radio segments that will be aired on Saturday May 17th at 9:30 am. I haven't listened to it yet, and likely won't - so I hope I sound ok!
Also, please pick up and read next week's edition of QC magazine (Leader Post insert) as I was interviewed for an article in there, too, discussing Naturopathic Medicine.
I used to do a lot more speaking engagements and public talks (pre-kid life). Since it has been awhile that I have been doing them I sure felt rusty! It was interesting as a few weeks ago when this campaign started I was really hit with the feeling "wow, I have nothing to say, nothing to offer"... My self talk really turned sour "you are going to sound like a fool... who are you to put yourself out there like this"...
So in addition to the actual work that has been involved in getting the radio taping and interviews done, I have also had the need to go inwards and work on some of these "less than" feelings that have reared their heads. What I realized is quite simple, really, though was very profound and helpful to me, is that it all comes back to practice. When I don't take the time to write or speak, of course I am going to lose it. Journaling is incredibly important for me to help make sense of my life. When I don't do it often I become disconnected with my core self, with my truth, with my wisdom. I begin to live life from my head, rather than from my heart.
I have kept a journal since my high school days. Back then it was my trusted friend - with me steadfastedly through all types of drama, and I believe it helped me stay grounded within myself in these chaotic years. About 10 years ago Julia Cameron, brilliant author of The Artist's Way taught me about the "morning pages" and provided this beautiful written description of how valuable writing is for our mental health. What she said resonated so strongly with me and I realized that is what I had been doing each time I picked up my journal and wrote. Clearing the mental clutter is how she refers to the free flow writing that is the morning pages. All of us have monkey brains that like to chatter away. Journaling helps to give these monkeys a voice to then can then calm down and be quiet so our own internal brilliant truths can flow and in order for us to receive messages from our intuition.
It was wonderful to go through this process as my connection to journaling was once again deepened and reinforced. Through writing I reconnected to my passion for what I do, what drew me to my healing profession, and what I have to offer. It became easier to talk about Naturopathic Medicine beyond just its definition, our education, our training... and I was able to connect again with the soul of what we do as NDs: we get to know YOU: your habits, your goals, your dreams, your stumbling blocks and we work with you to empower you, to educate you, to encourage, guide and coach you to meet your health goals, reawaken your inner healer and help you to see the beautiful, intelligent and wise spirit that resides within you, too.
To all of those supporters of Naturopathic Medicine ~ Thank You!