by Susan Burger

You write your story by the choices you make. ~Helen Mirren

WomanStopHand_10284271_lIn a 2001 MADtv skit, Bob Newhart plays psychologist Dr. Switzer, meeting new patient Katherine (Mo Collins) for the first time. She is there to deal with her phobia of being buried alive in a box.

The doctor proclaims that he charges $5 for five minutes, and most sessions don’t take longer than that.  Katherine shares her fears, and he offers a solution within three minutes. She takes out her pad and pencil to write down the wise words he is about to speak that will change her life.  “There are only two words,” he says, “and most people will remember them.”

His advice? “STOP IT!”

The audience roars with laughter at the absurdity of treating complex mental health issues with such a simple approach, and the more Dr. Switzer spits out his “advice”, the funnier the skit becomes.

Perhaps the humor is elevated as we squirm a little uneasily in our seats, knowing that somewhere in that silliness lies a small grain of truth: to some extent we are responsible  for our own happiness.

Setting aside the absurdity, what if we imagined Dr. Switzer digging deeper into the idea of taking control of our lives…of living happier, with less stress? A man of few words, he may have offered a bit more advice for another $5.

  • Notice the birds singing; feel the wind; see the flowering azaleas.
  • The body’s messages are there as guidance. Listen.
  • Take time; slow down.
  • Ask, “Who do I want to be in this situation?”
  • Honor the hurts, the challenges and the pain. Nothing has any meaning but the meaning we give it.
  • No one is an island. Reach out for support; be there for someone else. A beautiful feminine quality emerges as we reconnect with community.
  • Say “no” to whatever isn’t working anymore. It’s OK.
  • Laugh and play.
  • Know that anything is possible.
    Our perception holds the key. Might another way to look at something serve?
  • Be present to life. Life is awesome.
  • Choose a different direction. Choose what lights up your soul.

Afraid of being buried alive in a box like Katherine? Many of us have been, until we realize that there is no box.

CRG_SusanBurger_0915Susan Burger, DC, offers NET, chiropractic care, mind/body healing, massage, acupuncture and other supportive services at Dr. Susan Burger’s Vitality Center, in Morrisville. For more information, call 215-736-3803, email DrB@LiveWithVitality.com or visit LiveWithVitality.com.

May 2016 Issue

Bringing Functional Home

BuxMont Practitioners Offer Healthier, Natural Alternatives

by Elisa Smith

bringing functional homeWhile functional medicine’s holistic approach to health is only recently gaining attention in many areas, several of BuxMont’s health professionals have been successfully applying these principles in their practices for years. Local residents enjoy a variety of options for whole-person wellness, and most practitioners offer either free or very affordable initial consultations to discuss treatment options. Continue reading

Locate and Release Stress in the Body Using Neuro Emotional Technique

by Michelle Bense

NET Susan BurgerStress responses do not live entirely in the brain, as emotional stresses. Other parts of the body can hold stress responses as well—think of the feelings of “butterflies” in the stomach or a “lump” in the throat. Neuro emotional technique (NET) can identify where those negative response patterns exist—whether we are aware of it or not—and help release them.
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Love Yourself Enough

by Susan Burger

love yourself enoughDespite all we have been taught and grown to believe, there is nothing wrong with us. We don’t really need “fixing”. Instead, we should focus on letting go of the “shoulds” and dissolving the proverbial “boxes” we have lived in. We can transform, transmute and let go of what no longer serves us. As we love ourselves enough to do this, the underlying “me” that was always there emerges. The beauty of our feminine, our connected intuitive heart and our underlying passion becomes foremost as we release our old attachments and open to all possibilities.
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The Sacred Geometry of Life

by Susan Burger

sacred geometryWe live in a world that is a subtle balance of complex interrelationships. The old mechanistic view of science has taken us away from that truth and inadvertently helped to create the global crisis that we find ourselves in.
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How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions in BuxMont

by Michelle Bense

2015 new year resolutions imageEach January, an estimated 40 percent of Americans make one or more New Year’s resolutions. Whether the goal is big or small, a vow to make a change is often not an easy task to tackle. Luckily, the healthy living community in the Bucks and Montgomery county area has helpful advice and wishes to share with Natural Awakenings’ readers.
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