Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

Trend I am noticing: The Mom Spiral Cycle Throughout my 13 years in clinical practice I have noticed that certain things will show up repeatedly in the patient population at Aligned Life.  One, that came up on multiple occasions this past week, is what I call the "Mom Spiral".  Here's how it goes; you take a healthy mother, you expose her to the responsibility of children, a career, a needy husband, the demands of the modern world and her desire to be the glue that holds all of this together.  At first, this mother is thriving, albeit with considerable effort.  However, after a period of time she begins to falter.  At first, these incidents seem small.  A little neck and shoulder ache.  A mild strain of her lower back. A headache that keeps showing up by the end of the week.  And so it goes.  The mother recognizes in this moment she really could use some body work and self care but she is "just too busy" and doesn't feel "justified to put money towards herself when there are so many other valid demands for her families resources."  Until one day, when the stress level peaks and everyone is counting on her to make it all happen, her body gives up.  She becomes highly symptomatic and all the balls she was juggling for so long finally drop.  Not only does she feel the pain of her physical body, but also the weight of letting down her family, her employer and herself.  Despite her best intentions, her inability to see how important she was in keeping the entire system functioning put her entire world in jeopardy.   By not advocating for her own health to do the small steps necessary to prioritize her wellness, she inadvertently caused everyone in her immediate circle undue stress.  If you can relate to this cycle and are not doing something about it (i.e. getting adjusted, massages, yoga, walking, etc.) then you and the people around you are heading in a similar direction.  Please learn from the struggles that others have faced, take responsibility for your health, get a game plan and execute because you, your family, your career and your impact on the world are worth it! Project I am completing: Grape Vine Arch Trellis This weekend I took a trip to the Tractor Supply Store in Ramona, CA.  I picked up a 16 ft x 34 inch "hog fence".  For city folk, like me,

Concept I am exploring: Buying Criteria This week the question of how to make a great purchasing decision came up a lot.  When this is the case, I assume that the universe/God is trying to tell me something.  So, after speaking with a few wise individuals and pondering this concept, here are a few things to consider before deciding what to buy; 1.) How often will I use this product/service? 2.) Does it align with my core values? 3.) Will I still be using this one year from now? 4.) Has this been budgeted for? 5.) Will this provide me with a return on investment? 6.) Can I get this for less somewhere/sometime different? 7.) Can I borrow this from someone else? 8.) How long after the purchase will I feel excited about getting this product/service? Book I am hearing: Think Again by Adam Grant Learning new information can sometimes be hard.  That being said, relearning or having the courage to completely change your beliefs is considerably more challenging.  Grant, an organizational psychologist from the Wharton school of business, discusses why we tend to stick with our initial thoughts about a topic even in the face of considerable evidence to the contrary.  Wounds to our ego, mental anguish and massive focus are all needed to push past our current beliefs.  Ideally,  seeking out opposing views in order to expand our understanding of a topic is a necessary and consistent requirement of a worldly person. Quote I am loving: "Thinking like a scientist involves more than just reacting with an open-mind.  It means being actively open-minded.  It requires searching for reasons why we might be wrong, not for reasons why we might be right and revising our views based upon what we learn." ~ Adam Grant in Think AgainI have found that it is so much less energy to continually search for supportive information of my existing belief systems.  Social media, books, friendships, etc. are all considered fantastic when they have your same views.  In contrast, when influencers, textbooks and people have differing views they are considered draining, hard or "not my cup of tea".  This lack of being open to learning why someone may believe what they do has led our world into divisiveness, hostility and anger.  I believe that Grant's message could not be more relevant to our world.  Stay open my friends! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Rituals take on the context of an action, or series of actions, that must occur in order for something extravagant to occur. When aligning yourself into a routine that continues to set you up for success day in and day out, you create opportunities for yourself by creating a blissful environment. Rituals require congruence with the mindset that enables you as the best version of your daily self. For example; Lets examine Seymour Wynns, a fictional person that is just like you. It's Monday. Seymour wakes up, drinks a glass of water, goes for a walk, drinks a cup of coffee and gets ready for an 8 hour shift at work. He's drained of energy but drags himself into the gym to do workouts he doesn't have motivation to do. He makes dinner and goes to sleep because Tuesday's only 6 hours away already. ---- Mundane right? What if Seymour Wynns took his normal routine and defined the extravagant event that comes with each preparatory step as the day unfolds? ---- It's a new day, Seymour is grateful for sleeping at an adequate time for him to get a full night's rest. He worked hard in the gym yesterday, and his body definitely needed some water replenishing after sleeping a full night and not drinking water while sleeping! He decides that walking, even a shorter distance than last week is a good way to begin the day. After his walk, his ritual of drinking coffee to enable him to start his day is fully appreciated. He has a great day at work, completed projects with his team, and completed his goal workout at the gym. His food tastes great because of the ritual of food for replenishment and a reward for a hard day's work remains a reminder that when he works with intention for himself, that he will always be rewarded. ---- Rituals take on the connotation of steps in place for a grand event. Making it through a Monday may be your extravagant event, or getting enough studying completed for an exam, or if it's getting to the health you deserve. The goals that require a couple (or more) steps to achieve can be perceived as too steep to overcome or stepping stones that give you enough vertical support to enjoy the peace that comes with helping out "future you" ~By Adrian Sotalbo