They say the only thing that is constant is change. That is never more true when it comes to your body. Every minute of every day you are alive, your body is changing millions of cells. You create millions of new cells to replace old one and this process happens without you thinking one iota about the process. I want to introduce you to this concept and how it relates to your life. I am always one to encourage people and challenge them to create shift in their life. One of my favorite personal quotes is ‘shift happens.’ I also enjoy introducing practice members and friends to ideas on how to create the constant shift and change in their lives to keep things moving forward. One of the ideas I often share is having two vacations on the books. Yes, that is correct, TWO of them so after you take one, you always know when your next vacation is. I know some of you are thinking, ‘ I don’t have time for that,’ or ‘I can’t afford that.’ Well, you can’t afford not to. The number one cause of personal bankruptcy in our lifetime is a health care crisis later in life so let’s just picture the idea of someone working their tail off so they can save up enough money to enjoy those vacations later in life, only to suffer from a health care crisis and spend all of that money on their health.

The Dalai Lama said it best, and I am paraphrasing, when asked what fascinates him most about mankind and his reply ‘that man sacrifices health in the pursuit of wealth only to turn around and spend that very wealth to regain their health later in life.’ We need to start living NOW, we never know if tomorrow will come. Having vacations on the books are a great way to create excitement and always having something to look forward to. It can be a weekend trip, a camping trip, and overnight away, it doesn’t have to be a big expensive trip. We do four or five small trips and one big trip per year in our family. Take a different way to work, sleep on the other side of the bed, change that workout routine, call an old friend, have dinner at a new restaurant, hike a different mountain, go to a new beach, there are so many ways to create change and keep yourself present in that very moment. Have you ever driven somewhere so many times that you often make the drive and don’t even remember stopping, turning, driving etc..? Of course you have, change and shift help maintain presence.

In our office, we recently moved out tables outside and adjusted all of our practice members under a tent in the parking lot. We wanted to create a change in their routine to keep their adjustments interesting and to shift their headspace. Remember things around us are always changing, the earth is revolving, the temperature is changing, cells are moving and shifting, consciousness is shifting. We need to embrace and create that change constantly to stay present and enjoy each moment we are graced with living. Start your shift today!