Smart Athlete Podcast Ep. 8 - Rebekah Aldridge - BIO GEOMETRIC INTEGRATION - Part 2 of 3

So, we each all have our own experiences. There's a commonality, we can go back to the philosophical question of like, is red that I see the same red that you see and let’s not dive in too deep into that. I would say, yes, aside from somebody that's colorblind.

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JESSE: So, we each all have our own experiences. There's a commonality, we can go back to the philosophical question of like, is red that I see the same red that you see and let’s not dive in too deep into that. I would say, yes, aside from somebody that's colorblind. But we all are living within our own tracks of life, like, I haven't lived your life, you haven’t lived my life. And so I kind of like to explore the, seeing if there's a common language between what I experience and what your experiences because that's how we build a bridge. Like, we're not to the point, as far as I know that we're not psychic, like, we can't communicate via just thoughts. So, we, I have to use this language, this clumsy language to try to get across whatever it is, we're trying to communicate. Anyway, so it's just like, I know, I have trouble sometimes discerning what's the right thing? Is there a certain way, the correct thought feels like? Do I have a moment of anxiety and is that anxiety what I should lean into, or is it a moment of relief? And it's not always the same thing. So, I was just kind of curious if you've experienced that, or if that was any part of your process to figure out what that truth was? REBEKAH: Oh, yeah. So, do you mean like experiencing those emotions during a run or just during everyday life? JESSE: Could be either. Say you're struggling with something. I know often, I'll kind of have an anxious feeling or, which is really a fear. And then I know, for me, typically, that's what it is that I need to do. Like started the podcast is a good example, you know, just sitting down to talk to people that I don't know. Sometimes you're like what if I don't know what to say? Or what if they think I'm dumb, or there's this fear it. But it's like, okay, that anxiety is really telling you, it's important or to me, it's telling me it's important to me and that's something I need to tackle. So, I know not everybody's necessarily going to be anxious about the things I would be anxious about. But I use this kind of process of, I'll call like emotional rationalization, where it's like, I'm piecemealing through the emotions I'm feeling in somewhat of a rational manner, as rational as you can be with your emotions, to figure out what I should be doing, like what to listen to. So, like I said, that's kind of what I was after is like, have you experienced that? Am I on my own little island? REBEKAH: Oh, no, definitely. Like through the course of a day, I feel like I feel so many different emotions I go through. It's interesting if you kind of pay attention. But what I found in observing people that are very like strong in their communities or leaders, I suppose, is that they feel all those emotions, but they don't make decisions based on their emotions. They make decisions on a higher truth that they know rather than feel sometimes. So, it's almost like the emotions are sort of chaos, in a sense, like just surrounding you. And to figure out what to do, you almost-- you can pay attention to them, but you have to have a core of a deeper truth to make decisions on. Does that makes sense at all? That's my understanding anyways. JESSE: Yeah, I'm with you. So, as we're kind of continuing forward, keep in mind, I'm not picking on you. My dad taught Sunday school for a number of years, he was a teacher as a profession, and then taught Sunday school, and he always loved to play devil's advocate. So, if I'm poking at you is because I've inherited that trait from him. REBEKAH: Oh, no, that's fine. Do it. JESSE: Because that often, that distills your values a little bit quicker than just me saying, what do you thing, you know? So, do you personally and like how do you find that kind of core belief or that higher truth when you're muddled in the noise and the cloud of all those emotions that you might experience on any given day? REBEKAH: Yeah. So, a big thing, so I guess I'll say three things. One, is journaling is really good because it kind of helps you see the fuzz, almost. Having a mentor or multiple mentors that kind of rein you in and tell you, or help you see, beyond the fuzz of the emotions, and also knowing the truth. So, spending time in the Bible, and knowing what God says who I am, because then I know who I am based on what He says that I am. And that has been really important for me anyways, is using the Bible as my foundation. I'm like, okay, my brain is telling me this, it's saying you're not good enough to do this. But wait, no, that's not the truth I know. Christ says that I am good enough. It says in the Bible, I mean, various scriptures that we are equipped to do whatever He has led us to do and things of that nature. So, the journaling, for identifying what you're thinking about, having a mentor to kind of rain you in from your scattered thinking, and then three, spending time in the truth so that you know how to combat those lies, or those false beliefs that are kind of fuzzing you're thinking. JESSE: Okay, okay. That's actually a pretty succinct answers. It's a little bit better than I was hoping for it to be to be frank. Usually, I’d get like a bullet point list, like, this is what you got to get down, like, get to work. REBEKAH: I've thought about that one a lot though. JESSE: Well, that's fair. I mean, that's why I talked to people's like, trying to figure out like I said, we don't all have the same experience. So, part of the show is giving a platform to people like yourself, where it's like, I wouldn't necessarily think about it or even like think to talk about it. So, it's like getting a different perspective on things, and figuring out how to relate. So, I have two things that are kind of tied together. So, one thing that I'm sure you kind of run into a lot. And I'm curious how you deal with this, because I think you probably deal with it pretty well, is like how do you deal with, like the mainstream criticisms of chiropractors not being real like medical practitioners? So, immediately comes to mind, I don't know if you ever watched Two and a Half Men. But Alan is a chiropractor and like, that's a running like, joke for the entire series is like you're not a real doctor. So, how do you deal with that, since, I mean, obviously, this is something that's very important to you not just a profession you picked out of a hat? REBEKAH: So, actually, I haven't ran into that too much. I mean, I'm also pretty fresh out of school, though. And I think the most powerful thing is to share what it has done for you. Like with anything, your testimony is more powerful than really, any research. And so I use that almost as proof as to what chiropractic can do. I mean granted, everybody's different. And then just share with them my knowledge and if I have a chance to talk with someone, they will see and understand. I have mixed feelings about research because I know how it can be manipulated. But I mean, I have put in the time to look at the areas of the brain that are that are activated by chiropractic adjustments. And I mean, with BGI, bio geometric integration, I work with all areas of the body. I work with the soft tissue and I release - wherever I find it, which will also release emotions sometimes and help people with their thought processes. And does that answer your question? I think I kind of went on a tangent. JESSE: No, tangents are what I do, like, I live on tangents. So, no problem. Can we go back a little bit with, I mean, your introduction to bio geometric integration was because of your issues as a runner, and you kind of a little bit. But can you relive a little bit for us, starting before you had encountered anything, and then kind of going through the process. Like, how did you feel? What did you think? What was that process like for you? REBEKAH: With bio geometric integration, BGI? JESSE: Yeah. So, from when you were running in college, and then your body was basically like, you're done. I'm done with you. This is shenanigans and then going through kind of your healing process. REBEKAH: Oh, okay. So, after kind of having a system crash, I like to call it, I discovered Chiropractic and they explained how all of -- So, whenever you're developing, your spinal cord develops first and from your spinal cord develops your organs, and then from your organs, your muscles. And so your organs are deeply connected to your spinal cord. And that's how they get the communication from your brain. So, if your spinal cord is at all being hindered, then your organ function will not be at its best. And so they explained that to me, and I was like, oh, my gosh, that's amazing. And so I went to chiropractic school, and I just like that feeling when you-- there just kind of something missing or something that you're not getting. I was like, man, there's just something more. There's something that I'm not getting, or there's something that I need to find. And eventually, I found BGI. It was through a seminar. I went to a lot of seminars like outside of school training. And I've met some somebody who did something similar, and then kind of educated me on what it was. And so BGI, it looks at the body in a very different way, and it explained how your life experiences if not dealt with, or they call it into integrated, then it can get stored in your body because you weren't able to deal with it at the time. So, then your body deals with it for you and hold on to that tension. And so by releasing it in the body, you release it in the mind as well, and you're able to deal with it once it's released from the body. JESSE: So, for you personally, how did how did that progression work? REBEKAH: The progression? JESSE: Like from being injured, everything going haywire, to like, feeling better? Like how did that affect you personally? REBEKAH: Oh, I mean, it's amazing. I mean, not only with the injury, but I dealt with eating disorders in the past, and so that wasn't fully dealt with. And so it just totally helped my mindset. And, I mean, I know what it feels like to be so low, and to experience like the darkness and of like what comes with eating disorders and with being injured. And it's a really sad place and to be able to understand, almost, and to be able to see the experience without judgment, I suppose, and to have it be a part of me in a good and supportive way through the use of-- I mean, through the experiences that I've had with chiropractic, I mean, it's really amazing. And I think that we go through really tough, low lows in order to be that person that we needed whenever we were at that stage. And so I'm ready to be that person for other people who are in that low. And whether it be because of something similar that I've gone through or something different, but they still have that really low low. And I think people need the hope. Go to Part 1 Go to Part 3

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