Sunday, August 16, 2015

A Letter to My New Niece

Dear Chloe,

You have no idea how many people were waiting for you to be born all across the country today. We started teasing your mother online the moment your due date passed this week, but that was simply to keep us connected via social media with family in so many different states. You see, that's what we do in this family…we make jokes. You'll get used to it really quickly when you get older.

Your parents have worked hard to prepare your home for you…and what amazing parents you have. They met while serving our country in the US Army. They married and waited until the right time to have you…knowing how special you would be. Your mother wanted to have the perfect day and way for you to be born. Just wait until she describes this incredible day to you when you're old enough to hear the story. Your dad (my little brother) has waited his entire adult life to have a family and with you (and the dogs and the lizards) his family is complete. Let's hope you enjoy living in Noah's ark because I'm sure by the time you are grown, that's what it's going to feel like.

With your birth, we have a baby in the family again. You see, the next cousin you have on our side is 22 years old so we forgot what it was like to have a baby around. But those cousins will teach you how to wrap your Mamaw around your finger and get whatever you want from her. (That Mamaw flew from Texas to Wisconsin to be with your parents before you ever arrived to pamper your mom, keep your dad in line, and be there to welcome you into the world.) And then there are uncles, aunts, great cousins/uncles/aunts…the list goes on and on. This family is HUGE. (Don't be frightened: just learn the word "Bee" and you'll be doing just fine.)

Even though I'm in New Jersey as you are born in Wisconsin, you are in my mind and my heart. I can't wait to get to meet you. What an amazing Christmas we are going to have with a baby in the house again.

Sending you loads of love from your uncle. (Trust me, you'll learn fast that you can pretty much get whatever you want out of me too. Just ask Ashton & Shelby.)

Happy Birthday!

Love you,

Uncle Greg

Monday, August 3, 2015

Massage And Energy Therapy

Provincetown Bay
My body is sharing stories.

I've been seeing a chiropractor for lower back pain the past two months and she knew so much about my life based on my body. Even told me I need to slow down as I'm putting too much pressure on my feet all the time. My acupuncturist has also used my body like a map to tell how I live my life. 

When I travel, I love to get a massage and my recent trip to Cape Cod was no exception. Massage therapists are always great at telling what I do, parts of the body I favor, and working out those kinks and stress spots. A local recommendation was made and I noticed on the person's card holistic treatments and craniosacral therapy and for a moment thought of not going.

That would have been a mistake because the entire experience changed me. 

Namaste Spa
I'm not going to try and convert your views on holistic therapies nor can I truly articulate into words what transpired, but from the moment I was on the table and Ram Charan of Namaste Spa in Provincetown placed his hands on the back of my head, I knew this was a different massage. He worked on lower back, he worked on my stress points - but it was all done in a completely different way from other massages. There was energy flowing through my body in a way I've never felt. There is usually a connection between therapist and client, but this connection went deeper than I can express. I felt I was being filled from the inside out and light was radiating from me. By session's end, I had a deep dread of never experiencing this again. We had a great talk about what had transpired, I shared my anxiety/excitement and made another appointment before leaving town. 

Ram Charan Biz Card
The second session took much less time for me to open up and I was visualizing myself as a child running through a field, feeling a fire/light coming from my own torso, and by the end Ram shared some very illuminating things he found that I definitely struggle with. Again - my body was sharing stories with my therapist. I'm a seeker of knowledge and he tried to tell me there is much one can't understand about energy therapy, but suggested I read up on Rumi. I started reading The Essential Rumi book instantly.  Now I'm back home, wishing my new found spirit animal was closer to take me on this journey again, but also realizing it's already within and perhaps I can find someone local to work with. 

Herring Cove, P-Town
I think my Christian faith always made me believe one shouldn't dabble in anything outside of that belief, but now I see that is simply not true. Rumi is read by many different religions. Energy is God. Meditating can absolutely be prayer as well as allowing yourself to be open to those around you. For me, I was enlightened in a way like no other massage. I am externally grateful for Ram in leading me down that path and believe it was all meant to be the moment his business card was placed in my hand. Wow, what I would have missed out on had I chosen a different place. I can't wait to see what other stories my body has to share as I continue to open up to this new way of therapy. 

Thank you, Ram for an incredible gift and a highlight to a beautifully relaxing vacation.