We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Chadwick ND and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Understanding my core values, how life moves through me and dances in me, and leaning in to these values and strengths as I make business decisions, as I create new offerings, as I study and learn new skills, and as I collaborate with others has become the foundation of my power. Every patient interaction, podcast episode and teaching opportunity is rooted in my core values and allows for my most authentic expression to come forward with greater ease. I am not struggling to overcome my weaknesses, or trying to do it all. I am trusting that life became me, in a unique way, and my invitation is to recognize that, honor it, celebrate it, and live it every moment of every day, as skillfully as I am able. I practice building my trust muscle which allows me to make decisions from this core root and trust the outcome will truly be in my highest good. My invitation is to meet my unique needs, and to show up for life. I have also learned to be all in with everything in my life, while also not taking anything personally. In all honesty, this is a work in progress, but the results are tangible and are affording me a lot more faith in myself, a lot less energy spent on what others are thinking, and a lot more trust that life will show up through me with love, service, and skill in all areas of life.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
While I’ve been in private practice since graduating from Naturopathic Medical School in 2006, my life and the business have been evolving and in many ways arriving to the essence of the work I am blessed to offer. Evolution and arriving is not always a smooth process, and it rarely follows the trajectory we might assume in the beginning. Thankfully, the arriving, in each moment is truly more blessed than what could have been imagined. Not because of any particular financial or external success, but because of the ease, grace and delight with which I can now practice and be, day to day. As a Naturopathic Doctor, I’ve been privileged to sit with people of varying ages, stages of life and from many walks of life, and witness their stories. I experience every day how resilient and beautiful and nuanced our bodies are, how truly we are integrated in mind, body and spirit and that even saying these three separately creates a division that simply does not exist. I love to explore, to ask questions, to learn, and I have witnessed over and over again, the incredible way each person is a unique form of universal life expression with strengths, super powers, vulnerabilities and unique needs. The great joy of my work now is being able to mirror what I see back to my patients, to share with them the incredible, unique beings they are, to honor their challenges, and work together to find the tools that best support their healing. I strive for the work I offer with each patient to be not only a blessing for them personally, giving them greater access to ease and thriving in their own being, but also allows them to thrive in relationships and community. Life takes form as each one of us. And our invitation is to be! The do-ing is a movement through our be-ing; remembering ourselves as infinite consciousness and delighting in, nourishing, celebrating and living through and in our unique physical forms. This dance is my work. Through in-depth understanding our unique physiology, ways of adapting, hormonal patterns, and by having the experience and integrative physiological understanding of what places demands on the body and mind, I work with patients to understand what obstacles are interfering with healing, where needs of their body may be going unmet, and I invite an honoring of their unique strengths that allows them to lean in and find their own power and resonance. This dance from the infinite to the finite, the spiritual realm to the physical body, the inherent perfection to the perceived imperfection or disease with the languaging and tools for understanding the steps of this dance is one of my super powers. Sharing it with individual patients, through writing and teaching, and now through my new podcast is truly a delight.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A day and night downtown: A stop for coffee at James Coffee in Little Italy with a little boutique shopping, lunch and a drink at Nolita Hall, a walk on the waterfront and dinner at Juniper and Ivy. A night spent at the Pendry, Brunch at La Bonne Table and a wander through Balboa Park. A night and day spent in Joshua Tree: Spend the night at the Coyote house or Pioneer Town Ranch or Glamp with Badmoon Glamping, coffee at Joshua Tree Coffee, hiking in the park, and dinner at La Copine. A day at the beach, with a walk and meditation in the Self Realization meditation gardens, breakfast and coffee at Lofty Coffee, a day reading and playing in the ocean, and an afternoon gelato from Gelato 101. A spa day at Four Moons Spa with massage, facial, and a healing session with Diana Seuffert. Dinner at Buon Forchetta.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am incredibly grateful for my parents, who while holding their own strong beliefs, always encouraged me to question, to think, to explore and to find my own answers. I have not always followed the path they might have envisioned, but they continue to encourage me to question and recognize the profound invitation to look for the integration points, the similarities, and the common threads more than the things that separate and divide us in life. Their love and support provided a grounded foundation for who I have become.
Other: Podcast: Life In Form amychadwicknd.com/lifeinform
Leah Maureen TJ Devadatta Best