Do You Have a Lucrative Hobby or a Small Business?

When I first started my private practice as a psychologist part-time in 1992, I was excited when I got my first few clients and saw the potential for doing my clinical work in a more authentic way than I could at a clinic. I also saw the potential for making some decent money (though at that time before I studied business, I had no idea just how much I could make). And I continued that way for a while – I went full time in my practice a year later. When I’d talk to my colleagues, I’d say things like, “Yeah, I had a good week, I saw 22 clients.” Or “Not sure why, but my caseload is down lately 송파스웨디시.”

When things went well and the money and referrals flowed, I was ecstatic. A colleague and I joked that on weeks when we had more clients, we were “good therapists” that week, even though we knew that the sheer number of sessions in a week actually had little to do with our clinical skill.

As I look back now, those days were like a roller coaster. It would go up and down, feast or famine, and I couldn’t seem to get any steady consistency to it. So I just decided that this was the way it was: you’d have good days, good weeks, good months, and even good quarters, but you’d also have bad ones. You had to roll with the punches, get used to varying cash flow, save up when the going was good for those inevitable slow times.

Well in retrospect, I was dead wrong. What I now can see clearly is that I was treating my private practice like a fun, lucrative hobby. Now I treat my practice like a small business, and that has made all the difference. But it was only after I studied business principles that I realized the difference.

We come now to the last of the group of six cleansings, called ‘clearing the skull (kapalabhati). This is given as of three kinds, described as processes (a) of air and (b and c) of Dater.

In (a) we have simply the drawing in of air through the left nostril and its expulsion through the right, followed by the reverse process. It is specially specified that indrawing (puraka) and out breathing (rechaka) must be done without any forcefulness, and that it is done to promote health, in form of removal of faults of phlegm.

In (b) water is drawn in through the nostrils and slowly sent out through the mouth, while in (c) the process is reversed, water being taken into the mouth and sent out through the nostrils. One has seen the drinking through the nostrils sometimes being done by dipping the nose in a bowl of water and sucking the liquid in, and sometimes by using a glass and from it drinking the water in at one of the nostrils, Just as one drinks by mouth. It is specially mentioned that the last two practices are conducive to ease of moving and the warding-off of old age.

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