Illness

So I’ve recently become a “cancer warrior.” I was diagnosed mid-March. And so I am working on applying all that I know as a therapist. The foundational modality I use, IFS Therapy, focuses on the 8 Cs.

Being diagnosed has taken my need to practice what I preach to another level. Staying calm, keeping a clear thought process, being compassionate with myself and my loved ones, being confident I’ll work through this, staying connected to myself, my people, and Source, being courageous, using a good amount of creativity in the process of learning how to manage and in being life-affirming, and staying curious about every little thing, these are my “works” in this process.

If you also are in the process of working with a body that is not working optimally, I invite you to join me to learn and apply to your situation the good work that IFS is. Plenty of studies have shown that the mind-body connection exists, that positive mental and emotional self-care is tremendously helpful in fostering and encouraging physical health, and that interpersonal support aids as well.

Wellness matters, even when health is in flux.

On Tolle and IFS

I have been letting percolate for some time the commonalities between IFS Therapy and the teachings of Eckhart Tolle.

I think each model is talking about the same thing.

What Tolle calls Presence, IFS calls Self.

What Tolle calls Ego, IFS calls Protectors (Managers and Firefighters).

What Tolle calls PainBody, IFS calls Exiles.

The commonality is in realizing that Ego/Protectors and PainBody/Exiles are not your core You.  They are subsets of You.

The commonality is in stepping outside of, stepping back from, asking these parts of you to step back from you, in order to find the Calm Core, the Peace that Passes All Understanding, the Joy of Being.

It is there.  It is you.  It is yours for the Being.