CAVE: a natural chamber, or series of chambers in the earth or in the side of a hill or cliff; a place providing privacy or seclusion. –Merriam Webster
I’ll start with a glimpse into what event inspired the CAVE moniker as the name of a Chiropractic clinic and the foundation of my personal brand. The date was Fall 2014-15 during Thanksgiving festivities. The setting was grandma Theresa’s family home. She and I were going through relics from the past and I stumbled upon a menu from “Jaskinia Restauracja”. Come to find out, grandma tells me that our last name “Jaskinia” means CAVE in Polish, which is our family heritage. Over the course of the last 5-6 years I have found a connection to this word in various interpretations, and a few have altered the direction of my life for the better.
As I’ve matured, few visionaries have hit me as strongly as the musical ensemble Nahko and the Medicine for the People. Introduced to me by my good friends Dalton and Derek, Nahko and his orchestra of supremely talented artists stand for everything that’s right with the world, and they make the conscious choice to use their platform to speak out against injustice. Their song “7 Feathers” references the symbol of a cave throughout, saying that we as a people need to come out of our metaphorical “caves” with heightened understanding to experience our world for what it is: a place of love and connection for all. I vibe completely with this observation, and see society on the verge of an awakening to the injustice and disconnection that has evolved around us.
The uptick in social media usage (and the miscommunication that comes with it), along with our tendencies to stare at our phones instead of sparking a conversation with a stranger or even our loved ones, can have an unintended impact on our health. Potentially leading us down a dark path of elevated anxiety levels and even depression if severe enough. During the darkest moments of my life, the one common denominator was my disconnection to the people that meant the most to me. The ‘Anxiety and Depression Association of America’ state that 40 million Americans (18% of the population) suffer from some anxiety disorder, and rising every year. Where do you find your inspiration?
Another beacon for me is a Mumford and Sons’ hit appropriately named “The Cave”. This song is again setting the stage for us to strive toward the embodiment of a better, more fulfilling life. This song will often start playing on Spotify unprompted, just as I’m in need of a spark.
— “ So come out of your cave walking on your hands, and see the world hanging upside down. You can understand dependence when you know the maker’s land.”
Experiencing disconnection and making choices formed through unconscious rationale causes a hopeless assault on our health, but there is always an answer; and that answer lies within. Flip the narrative, change the conversation and begin anew.
Moments of enlightenment are available at all times of the day, no matter the weather. The difference in receiving an ‘instant download’ from the Universe in the form of inspiration, or missing it, comes down to our CONNECTION. Just as an order from Amazon wouldn’t be processed if your internet connection is down, we miss opportunities because we simply aren’t tuned in to the right frequencies of abundance. This lifestyle instills in me the fact that I must discard fear and stress, with faith that I will obtain connection and fulfillment.
In an earlier post, I spoke about my “Awakening” during Chiropractic school. For me, this was an awareness to the intricacies encased within the film of the world taught to us as children. From a young age we are instructed what to do, how to behave in public, what to wear, how to speak, etc. These “rules for living” are passed down to us from generations before. As adults, these rules become the foundation for all thoughts that permeate our unconscious mind. We revert back to “do I deserve to aim for something higher?” when tasked with the decision to strive for a new career or move to a place with more opportunity for growth. If left untrained, we discard our intuition and fall back on the rules that have governed us for decades, fulfilling or not.
Creating a visualization of a cave as safety from the elements of life, my hope is that we can begin the process of going IN to find our truths, and to step out with a new perspective of living. Our experiences in life mold and reform our perspective over and over every day, without exception. Create positive experiences, and acquire a positive perspective on life.
I will go to my grave with one simple fact: the greatest thing I have ever done for myself is changing the narrative of my life. By rewriting my story with a life worth truly LIVING, I have expanded the consciousness level of not only myself, but the people around me. We can all point to a single event that would have altered the direction of our lives, but did we take it? Whether it was a gift of poetry, or design or excelling in athletics or math. The path currently traveled is not predetermined as much as we may think; Change the narrative and watch LIFE unfold around you. I am a believer in personal empowerment: that no one is going to gift me with the life that I want; instead I must DO THE WORK necessary to obtain it. It will be hard, and occasionally painful. Parts of it will make me want to quit, but that’s part of the training. We are given what we can handle.
— When I called my mom to tell her I was quitting Chiropractic school before I had even started, her words to me were: “NOTHING WORTH HAVING IS EASILY ACQUIRED. IF IT WAS EASY, EVERYONE WOULD DO IT. NOW, DO IT.”
She set me straight and here I am. I went into my CAVE, found my calling and survived to tell the tale. The life we are gifted with every day has the opportunity to provide us with everything we will ever need; we must make the choice to go IN and reap the benefits on the other side or watch from the outside, too scared of what lies ahead.