Asking ourselves “why” is a general response we all contemplate after we have done something or when we think about what drives us. Why did I do that? Why do I keep repeating the same behaviors? These are basic questions we all experience at some point.
A Growing Movement
The concept of finding your “why” has been a growing trend over the last decade. Popularized with his Ted Talk in 2009 and followed up in his books “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” and “Find Your Why”, Simon Sinek started a movement to inspire people to do what inspires them. His ultimate goal is to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work. While the books have a slant towards leadership and business development, this does not mean you can’t use these teachings as a way to find inspiration and motivation towards a more meaningful life.
The idea of “why” is comparable to finding your soul purpose. Soul purpose can be described as that unique purpose and vision you are meant to fulfill in life. At our core, we all have special unique driving forces that influence the way we think, act, and help answer those “why” questions. These are usually due to life experiences that have had a profound effect on our ethos. They consciously or unconsciously influence and mold us.
Having dealt with my own health issues in my life, I experienced how the mainstream medical approach was lacking in available options. While there are many smart and caring doctors in the healthcare space, the education & training are short-sighted and heavily influenced by powerful industries and their lobbyist. Nutrition is basically ignored and the concept at mind-body connection is dismissed or ridiculed.
The main approaches offered to me were pharmaceutical drugs, all that had a long list of possible side-effects. After putting this option off for years, I eventually decided to try this approach in my early 20’s. The results were poor. I had no benefit from the intended use of the medication and instead developed fatigue, drowsiness, and brain fog. After having given this approach an opportunity, I stopped the medication, and decided there had to be a better option.
I decided to start seeing a chiropractor and massage therapist (Both would become great mentors). After a few months of therapy I noticed improvements in my symptoms and mood. The treatment approach introduced me to the powerful effects chiropractic, nutrition, and energy medicine can have on the body. I had acupuncture and cranial sacral therapy for the first time. These exceeded my expectations and I came out of these sessions with a sense of calm I had never experienced.
I started researching into how diet and supplementation can drastically support our well-being. This lead me to the realization that there was a whole other side to healthcare. I decided I wanted to support others by administering these valuable therapies non-pharmaceutical options. I wanted to be an advocate and messenger for the many people that have yet to discover these safe and life-changing approaches.
It pained me to see so many people suffering due to band-aid approaches for their health problems and not truly getting to the root causes. Through my whole process, I experienced how we each have the power to heal and improve our life situations. Especially with the guidance of a qualified practitioner to encourage and support us through the journey. This is my intent and goal for you.
Two of the most important questions I ask patients are, why have you decided to seek help now and how is your quality of life being affected? Maybe you want to be able to exercise again or have more energy to play with your kids. For others, you may want to improve focus so you can perform better at work or school. Whatever the answers are, I encourage everyone that wants to make a positive change, to first start with “why”.