My name is Beth Gineris. For over 25 years now, I have been teaching, consulting, and training individuals, families and groups on what I call Instinctive Health Medicine. I have graduate degrees in Counseling, Business Administration, and Oriental Medicine and run a small clinic in Albuquerque, NM.
For several years now my friends, patients, and clients have asked me to start a blog or get out a book on my thoughts and suggestions for health and parenting. Since it’s a new year it seemed like a great time to offer a daily blog about Instinctive Health Medicine and habitual reaction patterns versus authentic present moment choice making or mindfulness. I know those words all together seem a little complicated, because what we do is to complicate our process of interaction and development. I’m focusing on simplifying how we relate to the many confluent stimuli at any given moment.
As a culture, in America, we have developed a style of habitual reactions as a way to simplify our responses to the many stimuli that accost us each day – we don’t utilize authentic, in the moment choice making (mindfulness) we are re-acting to past emotional experiences; we reflexively get angry or irritable or defensive as if something has happened when indeed it actually is only our habitual interpretation of what is going on.
Think of the last time you had a fight with your partner or child – commonly you or the other person reports they didn’t say what you heard or visa versa. Why? Because for the most part none of us are very good listeners we are too busy multitasking to actually focus on what is said and interact with the wholeness of the other person. We’ve short circuited our communication style. This is most common in those relationships that are most important to us – our most intimate, longstanding relationships.
It’s a smart aspect of human mechanics gone awry. We create shortcuts to organize everyday or routine interactions and doings. That’s good but in human relationships that tends to create a problem. We end up interacting to each other and sometimes our own needs in an habitual way that leads to us reacting to our histories not our current needs, wants, or selves.
Instinctive Health Medicine integrates the Spirit, Mind, and Body. It allows for the senses and intuition that we naturally have as human beings to guide us in our relationships, well-being, and parenting. Instinctively we HAVE all the information we need but over time as we develop in our less than perfect environments we replace our instincts with our habit reactions – actually thinking the habit reactions are our instincts…this leads to a lot of trouble. After awhile people like me get called into help.
I’m going to be blogging every day and putting up articles and guidelines to help anyone interested in creating a more mindful, balanced life. Ultimately I’ll be working myself out of the business of fixing people and families and groups and into the business of helping people never need my fixing services.
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
Until then think about this – what did you really want to do when you were young and what did you change that into as you grew up? Whatever is missing in that equation may give you a clue about where your imbalance lies.
Talk to you soon