I Am My Own Client
Commentary from Dr. Carolyn Phelps, PhD
Of everything that Molly McManus said that I loved – and I loved a lot, “I am my own client” is my favorite. Spoiler alert: We are all our own clients. If this is coming as a shock to you, then clear your schedule and make an appointment with yourself. It doesn’t have to be a long appointment. But you should be sure to reschedule. Daily. At the end of the day we are all responsible for ourselves and to our selves. This is a gift –though some days it feels like a burden. I know, for myself, when I do the right things that I see it as a gift. When I treat my life like I am a passenger on somebody else’s life, then it feels like a burden. Yoga is one of my favorite tools to pull myself out of my hole (or off the train). I came to Yoga via a back injury and a desire to heal the injury and regain flexibility. I found inner contentment and peace. Which is why I remain baffled that there are times when I get back on the train, do not make time for the “these are the things that matter” list, and focus on the ridicules rather than the sublime. Oh, I remember now. As a human, I am far from perfect and so I do not need to be perfect at this either. Because I won’t be. I just need to get off the train and back into my life once I have figured out I am on the train again. Doing what matters for our well-being is a multidimensional thing. So if what ails you requires medicine and therapy to get back to a sense of well being, that’s great! But you will also need to do things like spend time with people you love, create a life worth living and feed your soul. If that’s Yoga, great! If that’s church, great! If that’s church and Yoga, great! Whatever it is is up to each of us to figure out for ourselves. Because we have to be willing to be a part of our own life. Be our own client. I think I hear a sun salutation calling.