The story goes like this. The farmer has 7 children. He insists that all his children work hard on the farm so that they have food to last them through the winter and they have enough to make a living. So they work hard - sowing, reaping, doing the farm chores.
Here’s when the story gets interesting. Two of the seven children look at the sky every now and then. They see something unusual and they bring it to everybody’s attention. “Look up at the sky! The breeze is blowing. Something’s on its way!"
The farmer snubs them for not being serious about the work that needs to be done. And asks them to go back to work. This happens a few times. Each time the farmer tells them “The work is on earth where we stand.” and asks them to go back to work and not make an excuse for going out to play.
Later that week, one night, a storm comes in and floods the farmers’ house. The family is distraught that all the food is destroyed and they all will starve this winter.
At this moment, the 2 children ask the rest of the family if any of them had seen something in the sky? And they said, “we’d been so focused on working in the dirt, we weren't looking at the sky!”
This is profound! Most of the clients that come to me have already tried other modalities that didn’t work for them. When I ask my clients what changed in working with me. They say, “they were too focused on my arm, my shoulder, my back. They didn’t look at anything else the way you do.”
The truth is we are an interconnected system. Just like on a farm, the sky and the earth are connected in their impact on the farming family’s life; our hip joint and ankle joint are connected in their impact on the back.
And I'm not talking about some woo-woo connection. I am talking about very specific ways our parts are connected. Those of you that I've worked with have a clear understanding of what I am talking about.
Over focusing on strengthening or stretching the back muscles while ignoring the impact on the back of what’s around it can be a short sighted approach, not very different than the farming family’s over focus on the dirt.
When we over focus on strengthening or stretching one part of our body, we lose sight of the relationships that this part has with the other parts of us. And so we don’t see the impact that these relationships have on the pain or discomfort we’re having.
Are you stretching or strengthening the ‘problem’ area? Would you like to experience how leveraging the interconnectedness of you can speed up your healing?