How excited I am to be writing to you :)
As of Friday, September 13 I am happy to report to you that www.hellostillpoint.com is live. It is the online portal to my home-based cranial sacral therapy practice. I have a humble goal of working with four clients a week in order to keep learning + practicing this awesome modality.
This is part of my art-as-living master plan. I spied this picture this week during my travels on facebook and it really inspired me:
Also, I found that after 8 years of bedside nursing (with some exploration of leadership + administrative roles) I longed to expand my healing skill set with a modality that was explicitly holistic and non-intrusive. Over time, I found that working in hospital settings conflicted with my ecological values. Modern medicine is tremendously technology and resource consumptive. The waste produced by hospitals is phenomenally destructive to the environment and therefore, to human health (for more information, check out http://www.noharm.org/all_regions_issues/waste).
Increasingly I experience hospitals to be emblematic of an out of balance Western allopathic medical model. This model is driven by vicious scarcity consciousness that prioritizes efficiency + compartmentalization which results in terrible outcomes for both patients + care providers. It is totally disconnected from a perspective of health that considers the whole person in the context of a healthy society. These are the kind of thoughts that percolate for me as I experienced increasing moments of visceral moral distress in moments of my work day.
My curious, idealistic and proactive nature led me to ask: what are the other options, from micro-scale to macro-scale?
Micro-scale = what I can do, what I have influence over.
Micro-scale = I have chosen Cranial Sacral Therapy as my alternate modality because it is simple, holistic and effective. It brilliantly utilizes my training in human anatomy and physiology, highly visual nature, patient listening skills and gentle temperament. Having experienced very effective results from it myself, I am hopeful that it is a powerful and resonant means for me to continue to work with people who desire to be their most sparkly, well + vital self.
I used to criticize and judge myself endlessly for not being able to stick with my one awesome career: straight-up palliative care nursing. Seriously Joanie, is one passion-turned-work not enough for you? Apparently not. I know this because in my quiet moments of mindful reflection and doodling, I can hear a restless little voice challenging me to do even more of what I love. Sometimes what I love does not appear initially very practical.
The heart's calling is never very practical or rational though is it? I've come to discover that looking fear in the eyeballs and doing stuff anyways pays off. I am so grateful to experience that the Universe is way more clever + elegant than I am. It conspires with me brilliantly to unlock hidden dreams and bring them in front of me with a happy, assured and hilarious eloquence that pffftss my practical :)
I hope you'll join me in my practice :)
In love + joyful service,
Stay tuned. It's going to be awesome :) xoxo