Jay Komarek is the spiritual cowboy of chiropractic. He is as researched in his science as he is in the philosophical applications of the art of chiropractic. With a 30 year career “behind” him and a family of chiropractors that ranges 3 generations, he ever maintains his present inquiry into the art of living, and life expressed as a chiropractor. Why the cowboy? Because he can be found, on any given day, giving of his service in barns all around the world to horses, and the people who love them.
I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Jay for an interview in San Francisco. Though at any time interviewing Jay to gain insight into his years of experience would be fruitful, for me it was ever more meaningful as he fills in some of the heart of our story with Love Bomb.
Love Bomb is as much about personal transformation through service as it is about service in family, and service in love. One of my “team” members in the film is my love, and Jay’s son, Austin Komarek.
Jay shared with us some of the stories of what it is like growing up as a child in a chiropractic family, as well as bringing in children like Austin into a chiropractic lifestyle. Austin learned much from growing up inside of his dad’s practice and seeing his family members serving masses of people. One of his pivotal experiences was being in Panama at age 13 on an international service trip with his dad.
This coming of age tale is a pivotal part of the “why” we reveal for Austin’s desire to serve “The Big Idea” of chiropractic. It also marks a historic international service trip that in chiropractic circles is like a legend of what it is like to serve outside of the educated mind, as an expression of the innate united with universal.
How did this first trip, 20 years in to his career as a chiropractor, change Jay and his style of practice? How did it spark Austin? What was it like to find out, 10 years later, that his son had made that decision to follow in his father’s footsteps by serving life as a chiropractor?
Through our interview with Jay we start to see how this chiropractic thing is far more calling than career. A calling that unites us. We also hear the beautiful descriptions of how the art of the adjustment, like a “love bomb”, ignites the potential for change in the recipient- instantaneously, and how the delivery of this adjustment is as much a scientific act as it is a spiritual act.
For those who want to learn more about the character of Jay Komarek and his art, see how you can be involved in the documentary feature film currently in production about his life and art through animal chiropractic.
P.S. The family link of cowboys and horses is a beautiful fascination for me. Watching Jay work, and now Austin, is a strange parallel to the legends I grew up with about my grandfather “Cowboy Joe” and the famous stunts that he was in as a Hollywood Cowboy. There is such beauty in the connection of the web of life. xo