The Journey of Becoming You

I have a new favorite word. And I won’t lie –I got great satisfaction when even the biggest self-proclaimed logophile (someone who is a lover of words) I know had never heard of it. It’s not just that I like the way it sounds; it’s my new favorite word because I really love what it means.

Metanoia – (n) the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self or way of life

Metanoia has Greek roots meaning “repentance.” However, in our modern, secular society, its contemporary meaning has a much broader application, and to me, doesn’t imply any religious or negative connotation. To repent infers regret, sorrow, shame, remorse, and to change your ways or habits as a result of a past sin. When I think of the word repent, I also think of it as an act of letting go – letting go of previous unjust actions, thoughts or habits directed towards oneself or others. And so even if we were to hold to this Greek root as a modern understanding of metanoia, there is still a process, a journey of letting go and becoming who we are ultimately meant to be.

I love that this one word encapsulates this process of transformation that touches each part of our being. We all know the old adage; “it’s about the journey, not the destination…” We get so focused on the outcome that we forget to notice what is arising along the way. It’s so common to start life on a certain path, assume that it will be a straight line, and then never check in to see if it’s still the right one. The reality is that our life’s path is one of many curves; it’s possible we may never quite arrive at the elusive destination because we are constantly changing. What our destination may have looked like at 25 years old, likely is very different at 35, 45 or 60 years old, but we often hold onto that original ideal. This makes it challenging to go with the flow and let that path evolve. We can get stuck on autopilot, constantly moving forward in habits and patterns that are familiar, not always checking to see if we are living in alignment with our heads and our hearts.

Even though the most constant thing in life is change, it can be very scary. Change is hard to accept, even more difficult to enact and so many of us rarely do it. Metanoia requires us to be brave—it takes courage to make a shift to any aspect of ourselves, big or small. To go through the journey of changing one’s mind is a process of looking at all of our thoughts, habits and patterns and asking if they are in alignment with who we are in the here and now, along with being open to seeing the world through fresh eyes. To change one’s heart is to reconcile past hurts and let go of what is no longer serving us, along with the ability to practice forgiveness, compassion and loving-kindness to ourselves and others. It requires that we hold up the mirror, look within and acknowledge the pieces that we don’t like. And to change our way of life requires stepping into the unknown on faith.

My own metanoia has been a work in process for many years, part of which lead me to the practice of mindfulness, the practice of living my life with intentional, present moment awareness. By shifting from autopilot to paying attention, I let go of many “should.” The journey was not easy by any means, but it led me to an authentic life in which I strive to be fully present in all aspects.

I recently opened the Bay Area Mindfulness and Therapy Center, in Danville, where I offer individual and couples therapy, as well as a variety of original mindfulness classes. My focus and specialty is working with those going through life transitions, as well as parenting struggles, to help them reach their own metanoia. I provide a safe, confidential environment where I accompany my clients through examining their thoughts, habits and patterns to be able to live in alignment with their heart, mind and soul. Visit for more information or to set up a free consultation.

Joree Rosenblatt, MA, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and founder of The Bay Area Mindfulness and Therapy Center. She has a passion for helping others live their optimal life through the cultivation of a mindfulness practice. Contact her for more information or to set up an appointment.


It’s Time to Heal…

In 2004, Align Healing Center began using laser therapy to help patients relieve their muscle, joint and nerve pain. Due to the near miraculous results that laser can provide to a sprain, strain or chronic pain, our patients began to ask “what else can laser help heal?” Wondering the same thing, we began to branch out and use laser on any and all injuries and wounds that our patients were presented with. We have literally watched the healing process occur right before our very eyes. Swelling reduces within minutes, severe bruises dissipate with no visible sign within a day or two and surgical wounds become painless, with minimal scarring and redness. We have had patients that have had knee surgery and hip replacements, shoulder surgery, spinal surgery, breast augmentation and reconstruction, rhinoplasty, face-lifts and c-sections that heal in a fraction of the time typical without the use of laser therapy. If you are intending on having surgery or have a stubborn injury that has taken longer to heal than you would have expected it is worth your while to explore the benefits of Class IV K-Laser therapy.

How Laser Therapy Speeds Tissue Healing

Injuries and surgery cause tissue damage and inflammation which reduces the circulation to the injured tissue thereby impeding the nutrition and energy available to the damaged area. Laser therapy is the application of low levels of laser light to areas of the body that have been injured or damaged.  Therapeutic lasers do not cut or burn, but instead, supply energy to the body in the form of photons of light. Light is transmitted through the skin’s layers (the dermis, epidermis and the subcutaneous tissue under the skin). The wavelength of the Class IV Laser allows these photons to travel deep into the body; up to 8-9 inches. When laser light penetrates into the body, it stimulates damaged cells to start producing ATP. ATP is the “fuel” or energy source that all cells need to function and repair. When damaged cells have the energy they need to function properly they can immediately start the repair process.  Laser therapy accelerates the healing of injured areas, decreases inflammation, and eliminates pain allowing patients to quickly return to normal activities.

How long does it take to work?

95% of our patients notice improvement after the very first treatment. However, some conditions may take a few treatments to respond. Each laser treatment is cumulative, meaning that each successive treatment builds on the previous. The doctors at Align personally work with you each visit to ensure that you are progressing as quickly as possible.

What People Are Saying about K-Laser at Align Healing Center

I cannot thank you enough for the “miracle healing” of my knee! It was such a bad fall and yet after the first treatment I have never had any more pain and I have been able to be on my feet all day. Thank you so much for your great laser and your caring treatment.   J. Frank, Walnut Creek

I’m entirely pain free this morning…You’re a magician!!  I’ll encourage my patients to consider laser therapy for their pain.  Thanks again.  Dr. Navolanic, MD

Six months after my hip replacement I was still in debilitating pain when I walked any distance. After K-Laser therapy I am able to live a normal life, which for me includes hiking and biking without pain! J. Franco, Danville

For more information about how laser therapy may be helpful to you contact Align Healing Center to schedule a free consultation (925)362-8283. Visit us on the web at


Treat the Patient, Not Just the Symtoms

My patients greatly benefit from my pain. I learned the hard way. I have had heart surgery, hip replacement surgery and all kinds of medications, not to mention suggestions of further surgical procedures. I have been misdiagnosed to the point I had a near death experience. Finally I came to the realization that “modern medicine” is little more than a Hollywood term. A true doctor is one who is humble and constantly seeking more knowledge. Most think the “standard of care” is all that they must follow. Our government admits that the “standard of care” is responsible for at least 250,000 deaths a year (it’s much more).

My goal is to help you deeply understand that YOU can take control of your health and vitality – I DID!  In my book, WHY: The Question That Could Save Your Life, I emphasize the need for you to become informed and precisely WHY. Our bodies are very capable of healing, if we allow it to happen. We prevent the healing processes by literally eating poisons and/or abusing ourselves with stress.

In my case I used to eat like everyone else, and I suffered like everyone else. About ten years ago I did what I now tell my patients to do: I changed my diet and lifestyle (I mostly follow a Paleo diet); I take supplements and exercise with guidance. I am now experiencing the best health of my life with no allergies, am never sick, have no arthritis and a great, healthy heart. Not to mention people tell me that I look ten years younger, (but I feel 40 years younger).  Friends that have not seen me for years ask me how I do it and I am helping them.

My point here is not to brag, but to emphasize that my methods of relieving pain in my practice, without drugs, have the side effects of better health. For years dentistry has been treating “TMJ” as a dental problem. If that were true, almost everyone would have “TMJ” problems. At my office we treat patients, not symptoms. Occasionally, once all symptoms are arrested, a minor adjustment to the teeth may be necessary. Often, because we treat the patient, much more than just TMJ problems are helped. Many times the patient is off drugs for the first time in years. This should be the goal of all doctors.

Occasionally I speak before other professionals and surprise them when I say the most important medical book I have read is, How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. If one looks at his worst medical experiences, the doctor was not friendly and/or did not care enough.  In holistic medicine, the confidence of the patient in knowing the doctor cares is of extreme importance because cooperation at home is critical as are the doctor’s additional suggestions.

At AODTC, we treat the patient, not the symptom, which not only makes for great results but lasting relationships. If you are suffering from TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) or sleep apnea we can help. For a free consultation or for more information please visit or call 925-837-8048.