The last prompts for LYL’s Start a Blog challenge were what difference do you wish to make in the world and what revolution will you lead. It was sent over a week ago and I don’t know that I have it pegged just yet. So I’m just gonna wing this and brainstorm right here on this blog.
I know my revolution will not be anything fear or guilt driven. No showing horribly emaciated people to get money for food kind of thing. What was that saying? Something like, if there ain’t no dancing at your revolution, I won’t be there. (Since I’m freeform on this, I am not going to look it up. Apologies if terribly misquoted.)
So my revolution will be uplifting. And it will be personal first. A revolution of my soul. I want to live life centered on love and integrity, practicing my art, constantly learning and be wildly successful financially doing it. Not wildly to live like a glutton. Wildly like I don’t have to look at the bank account every other day. Like financial ease… all needs met, a few wants and enough for real family vacations once a year. That’d be sweet. First I have to get over my money issues. Like my belief that healing work and money don’t mingle well. But that’s a whole ‘nother writing session.
My revolution is balance. Finding my own balance and helping others find balance. How? Through bodywork, energy medicine, Ayurveda, and community support and a deep compassion and respect for myself and my clients. While I do energy work and have been witness to its truth, I realize not everyone sees it as real. Some see it as something religious, something occult, or just straight hippie-dippy bullshit. That is another part of my revolution. I want to make it tangible. Energy medicine. I want to write a book about it. Help people understand the science of it. Understand that, yes, it is spiritual but not in a religious sort of way. Spiritual as in subtle, energetic. And maybe I’ll even talk about God. In a nonreligious way. A homeless God. I don’t know. I have a lot of stories in my head.
I know this doesn’t sound revolution-y. But see I want this space, this wellness center/community center/maybe nonprofit-alternative-preventative-care-to-cut-reliance-on-traditional-health-insurance center to be a place that you look at and can’t imagine what’s going on inside judging from the crazy array of people walking in. People in business suits, in biker chaps, in every kind of uniform, in construction boots, in high heels, in bare feet, whatever. The local Y of community healthcare and support. No judging, no preconceived notions, just a place created for you to get back to your center. That middle ground where you strike the balance of making a good living and making a good life. Knowing we each got a different balance to strike. Each coming from a different point of reference and having a different fulcrum we are working with. Finding that sweet spot. Maybe called The FindYur Center. ( I just came up with that right now… lol) And if you already got that down, maybe you come in and help others do the same. Help the weak if you are strong. With gardens of medicinal herbs, an apiary (thewayibee), a community food garden for local food banks, classes on everything under the sun offered by people in the community, bodywork, energy work, Ayurveda, counseling, traditional and non-traditional healing modalities, business help and empowerment, help for local sports clubs, tutoring, mentorship, bartering of services, network of support and whatever else the community needs. Maybe it is a chain, each offering the flavor their local community would benefit from most. Finding the center of the community and making a still place to gather there. And then grow from there. I don’t know. I’ve had this idea for a long long time. I’ve dreamt of it and shared it and worked on it with friends. Maybe I just need to throw it out there and see what happens. Always it has felt more comfortable dreaming it as a nonprofit so everyone can afford it and so I can avoid my horrible money talking skills. Maybe it gets there after I am wildly financially successful and can offer dharma days. Maybe it just grows organically or evolves into something else entirely. That is why I have to start my revolution on the inside. I’ll get to the foundation of it there, and then I can build.
Again, I know this is not really revolutionary at all. I’m sure there are other centers just like this. In fact, I’m positive there are. But you know how there are books upon books upon books on the same topic and you can read them all but only one actually connects with you? This book, this place would be for those that haven’t found that connection yet. And I guess that’d be the difference I hope to make.