What would it take to live your life in 10 second increments?

You’ve got 10 seconds to live the rest of your life. What would you choose to do? The more you make a choice just for short term, the greater the possibilities you create for the future.

Does this mean wandering around going “hmm.. I choose to do this”, and 10 seconds later say “Oh look something new and sparkly I choose to do this”? No.. It means it takes 10 seconds to make a choice. Not to go through life as 10 second Tom from “50 First Dates”.

By living your life in 10 second increments of choice it allows you to be present in your life. It prevents you from drawing conscious conclusions about what you are supposed to do.

In the past I have spoken about the difference between light and heavy. Have you been practicing? As a review light means truth, heavy means false.

So.. Does it make you feel light or heavy to eat that hamburger? Does it make you feel light or heavy to wear those pants? You can use light or heavy for everything or anything.

The purpose of me writing these blogs is not to force my point of view (I can write an entire article just on point of view), but to show how my life has changed through using the Access Consciousness Tools. You don’t know unless you try, and even then do you really know or is it just your point of view?

Last weekend I took Foundations- Access Consciousness. It is one of the classes needed for my certification to teach Access. During the class we did an exercise on living in 10 second increments.

Our facilitator turned to me and said “Teri, I know that I would like to see you move and dance.” I looked at her and said something that I never thought in a million years would say… yes..

Let me give you a little history here. I danced for over 20 years, and I stopped dancing due to a back injury almost 10 years ago. Since then I have not put on a pointe shoe, twirled, jumped, or sashay. After the injury I traded my pointe shoes for furthering my education, and never looked back. Sure, there were times I felt the itch, but I never allowed myself to experience that joy again. Why? Fear, frustration, anger, disappointment? Who knows.

20 years, WOW that is almost my whole life! I have no idea how I was able to dismiss it so easily. You can imagine how shocked I was to hear the word yes come out of my mouth. I have never enjoyed dancing in front of small groups of people. Give me a large stage any day.

Saying yes turned out to be the best thing I have ever done. Everyone in the class gathered around in a small circle. My heart was beating fast, I put my hands in prayer position and offered up a couple questions. “What would it take for me to move and feel like I did when I was preforming in front of hundreds of people?” “What would it take for the emotions inside to be expressed freely through movement?” And then it happened. I started to move. I opened my arms up and felt multiple cracks in my chest and back as the light inside escaped. I closed my eyes and felt as if “I” had taken a step back and was only the conduit for a higher purpose. I remembered all the reasons I chose dance as my means of expression. As I danced and moved the facilitator picked up her wooden flute and started to play. It was amazing, it was beautiful, people cried, and it never would have happened if I didn’t live my life in 10 second increments and said yes.

Choosing yes made me realize something. I currently spend my days hoofing my 90 lb backpack around like a turtle. The only movement I get is when I am schlepping it from one location to the next. It weighs me down both physically and emotionally. How many people out their have an imaginary backpack holding them down? What would it take to free ourselves of the constraint, the judgement, the fear, and allow ourselves to live a life in 10 second increments of choice? By living your life in 10 seconds we allow ourselves to experience something that maybe we would never have allowed ourselves to experience. How much fun can we have?

Teri Calandra Dipl.Acu, MSTOM, L.Ac., LMT, RMT

Teri began her studies in energy medicine as part of her own personal development journey, and continues to to learn and integrate that knowledge into her practice. Teri is the founding practitioner of Calandra Center for Health and Wellness in Chicago, Illinois. She is licensed by the State of Illinois in acupuncture (L.Ac.), and board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).