Reaching Up.

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"So let us pick up the stones over which we stumble, friends, and build altars. Let us listen to the sound of breath in our bodies. Let us listen to the sounds of our own voices, of our own names, of our own fears. Let’s claw ourselves out from the graves we’ve dug. Let’s lick the earth from our fingers. Let us look up and out and around. The world is big and wide and wild and wonderful and wicked, and our lives are murky, magnificent, malleable, and full of meaning. Oremus. Let us pray.” -Pádraig Ó Tuama

Often as we go through a healing process we find ourselves drawing closer to our spiritual resources. In fact, this work - Five Element Acupuncture - is known for treating the spirit. That does not mean it is a spiritual program or that is has anything to do with what you believe. It has worked well for people of all religions and no religion.

By spirit in this case, we mean the part of you that engages in life, the level of enthusiasm you have for the day when you wake in the morning - the animating force. In modern times, the way we live, and the world we live in, can wear down our spirits. Amazingly, acupuncture points were discovered thousands of years ago that support and uplift our spirits.

One of those points is part of the reason that I became an acupuncturist. It is called Spirit Burial Ground and it helps when you have come to a time when you feel buried under the weight of judgement, or internalization of negative messages.

When treated it helps you reconnect to the Light within, the love, the gratitude. It helps us “claw our way our of the graves we’ve dug,” as it says in the poem above. We don’t often use this point, but when it is needed it can be a lifesaver.

Although it's not the only way, one method to support your spirit, is by finding, or reconnecting to, your own spiritual resources. For some, this might include prayer.

Prayer. It can mean simply yearning for something larger than ourselves, larger than our own minds. Or it can be as wordless and profound as gratitude for the simple unsung gifts that make up our days. As Annie Lamott has said, “Here are the two best prayers I know: ‘Help me, help me, help me’ and ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you.” Lately I have been using prayer more often as a way of getting out of my own head.

Whatever methods you find, or beliefs you hold or don't, we can each hold fast to what takes us closer to peacefulness. Maybe for me it’s prayer. For someone else, it’s taking a shower and remembering to wash away not only the day’s dirt, but also the grime of their judgements and smallness and fears. What is it for you?

Wishing you wholehearted peace,

Doren


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Not. Feeling. It.

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It's summertime and most of us are happier. We are more open, more social, making connections, having parties, having fun!

But sometimes in the middle of all this enthusiasm you are just not feeling it.  You may be experiencing what we call Lack of Joy. In Five Element theory, summer is connected to the Fire Element, whose emotion is Joy. But, if your internal fire is feeling low and your heart just isn't in it, you can end up feeling alone and lonely even in the midst of a group of friendly people.

Lack of Joy is different than sorrow or grief. It's different than worry or self-comparison. Lack of Joy feels particularly flat, low affect and like you have no spark. Things that you usually enjoy don't make you smile. Or they do, but it only lasts a moment - the spark can't hold. We all have felt this at one point or another. For some of us, it is more familiar territory. It could be a temporary state, or it could set in for a longer time. Are we talking about depression? Well, that depends how you define it. As an acupuncturist I would say, sometimes Lack of Joy is connected with depression, sometimes it's not. In either case, acupuncture treatment that helps rebuild your inner Fire and spark can be a real help towards feeling better - in combination with other counsel you receive and steps you take.

Everyone needs Joy in their life. Having heartfelt connections, laughter and an occasional sense of play and fun is essential for your health and well-being. If you, or someone you know, is struggling in this way, please seek to get help and support in whatever ways fit for you - counseling, connecting with friends, getting bodywork, good nutrition, activities that make you laugh and lighten up - and consider adding an acupuncturist to your support team (and honestly, we all need support).

If you are in the Philadelphia area, I would love to welcome you to my treatment table. If you'd like to hear more about the Fire Element  and how to support it, here is an article about it, and my friend's blog post. Also, I hope you take a moment to open your heart to the sun and warmth of this season and to some of the warmth and love of the people around you from strangers to your closest loves. We need warmth and the light of love to grow and thrive!

Coming home.

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It’s about coming home.

It’s been a season of many changes for me, and now I am about to move my home (locally). I seem to get a certain sense of stability from my home and stuff - do you? That’s why packing it all up and changing location has the potential to throw me off. But at times like this, I have a method, that I am going to share with you today, to help me stay centered and calm.

So much of our stress - wether we are moving or not - is rooted in a need to come home. To really feel that we are in a place that is safe and where we belong. When we feel at home, there is an ease and presence that supports all our other endeavors. We feel supported, rested and capable.

But even if we are physically at home, we may not feel settled and at ease. Sometimes we feel unsettled, ill-at-ease, or lost, even when external signs don’t show that. Not being able to truly feel at home (regardless of where we are) prevents us from ever fully resting, from being able to recharge and reduces our access to the support we need.

On the other hand, we can be away from our domicile and feel completely rooted and grounded - at home in the world. That's the feeling I try to help my clients find in each session. Not just as an idea, but as a felt sense. And that brings us to the method I’m sharing with you for staying grounded, even when challenges arise.

Using visualization or imagination you can create a sense of being grounded. Visualize yourself putting down roots, and setting down your burdens. Let yourself be supported by the most reliable thing ever-  the ground that holds you up. Our true homes are our bodies and the earth beneath our feet - always there for us- but often in the stress and rush of daily life, we forget about both of them!

Taking a short time whenever you need it, to set down your worries and tension and recharge by grounding can make all the difference. I’m attaching an 8-minute guided meditation for grounding and recharging. I’ll be using this technique throughout the process of my move (and whenever other stress arises). I know from experience this will help me to arrive in my new home already feeling at home!

Please try this meditation and let me know how it works for you. If you’d like a little more help in letting go of tension and finding that grounded, supported feeling, schedule a session with me in my Philadelphia office.

PRACTICE NEWS !

In June I will be adding another location in Philadelphia. On Mondays and Tuesdays, I will be practicing at the Integral Life Center. I will continue at my current location at the Medical Tower on Wednesdays and Thursdays:

Mondays and Tuesdays:

Integral Life
419 S. 19th Street (at Lombard)
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Wednesdays and Thursdays

Medical Tower
255 S. 17th Street Suite 1502
Philadelphia PA 19103

Looking forward to seeing or hearing from you soon!

Truly,

Doren

I Can't Meditate

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I’ve had many clients over the years tell me, “I can’t meditate. My mind is too active, it just doesn’t work.”  It is easy to get the impression that meditation is supposed to be peaceful- sitting calmly with no thoughts or struggles. Well, if that’s the case, I can’t meditate either! But I do anyway.

Meditation - any version of it - is a way of training the mind. Think of it as training a puppy (and my mind is at least as undisciplined as a puppy!). If you tell the puppy to sit, you don’t except that you will only have to say that once. The process of training involves repeating the instruction over and over and guiding the behavior repeatedly. And, at first, success can be measured in the puppy sitting still for a very short time. In fact, our minds are even less trainable than a puppy, because our thoughts are going to keep coming even after we’ve trained for a very long time - because that’s what the mind does. It thinks.

So once, you get the idea that it’s not a failure if you sit down to meditate and end up thinking about your obnoxious co-worker and their latest insult, or any other of a million distractions, you will begin to feel more settled with the process of simply returning to your focus to the breath after you find you’ve wandered away on a thought.

The breath is the focus for most meditation because it is the intersection between our conscious and unconscious self. You are able to consciously control your breath, but on the other hand, breathing happens whether you think about it or not - thank goodness! By bringing our attention the breath, it naturally slows and deepens. This creates a balance in our nervous system that we can feel benefits of right away.

I find that, for me, if I have spent 10-20 minutes quietly breathing earlier in the day, it is easier for me to recover my balance later on when things have gotten stressful. When I find myself reacting with tension, I can take a few breaths and touch back into that centered place I visited when I was meditating.

Want to try it? Or try again? I suggest getting the free mediation app, Insight Timer. You can time your meditation with a nice bell, or choose from many guided meditations led by wonderful teachers. Meditations are available on all sorts of topics, from dealing with pain, to getting better sleep, to letting go of emotional stress. And you’ll get a sense of the thousands of other people around the world that are seeking the benefits of training the mind with you.

Do you ever feel like getting an acupuncture treatment is like a meditation? I sometimes do. I leave feeling more centered, quiet inside, relaxed and insightful. Often I feel some of that after giving and acupuncture treatment (or Zero Balancing)!

So, I’ll meet you in meditation or in the treatment room. We can accept that it won’t always be peaceful and “thought-free” and know that we will feel better because we got there.

 

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Ever Since...

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Ever since that time when...

Things have not been the same ever since...(fill in the blank here with a time when you were overwhelmed physically or emotionally). Since then you have not slept as well. Maybe you've put on weight. Noticed you're just strung a little tighter, harder to find times when you really feel at ease.

It's different for each person what started it. For some it's a particular event. An accident. A work crisis. A death in the family. For others, it wasn't just one thing, but maybe a series of hits too close together. You were holding up against the storm for a while but then it got to be too much. At some point you went into survival mode, and parts of you haven't come back since.

But by now you barely notice. All of that is pretty normal, isn't it? You've gotten used to this pattern and don't really expect it to be any different. But your body remembers. When we experience an overwhelming situation, our body gets us ready to respond by shifting into fight-or-flight. That works really well if the challenge is one that we can physically run from or wrestle with. But if it's an ongoing emotional stress from which there is no where to run, our stress response can get stuck. 

And over time that can begin to feel like the new normal. But in the background, our heart is still a bit elevated, and our breathing shallower. Our muscles are chronically tense, and we might get headaches, insomnia, digestive problems and stress. These are a lot of the reasons that people come to me for treatment. And often we find that there is some underlying stress that also resolves or calms down during the course of our work.

Five Element Acupuncture and Zero Balancing are so good at helping you find balance and calmness again after the storm. I know they've helped me through many a tough time. I love to be able to help people reset their stress response cycle and bring more peace!

Here's one thing you can do for yourself right now: If reading this made you remember a time when you were overwhelmed, take a moment to feel your feet on the floor. Now take a breath and remind yourself that you made it through that time. You survived! Take a few moments to appreciate that. You already have an innate tendency towards being balanced - otherwise you wouldn't be here. 

So with appreciation for your innate balance, and with the offer to help you deepen and tune it up when needed, I wish you a happy fall!

All the best,
Doren

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A little bit of magic...

Some Moms are not easy. And some are just plain difficult. The death of a parent is always an emotional challenge, but the loss of a challenging parent can be really complicated.

One of my clients recently helped her mother through a difficult dying process. Things had never been easy with her. As my client lay on my treatment table, grieving, but pretty ok with how things went, I sensed so much energy swirling around her head. I put a few needles in and something told me to leave the room and let her have some space (I usually stay with my clients the whole time).

When I came back she had tears welling in her eyes and an amazed, relieved look on her face. While lying there she had felt and seen each painful episode she’d had with her mother pass before her and be released. “It was like they just went into the hands of God,” she said. “I feel so much peace now.”

Sometimes the most amazing work happens when someone is in a really tough place. I always feel honored to be with someone who is working through a challenge, and it is a privilege and a joy to be ‘along for the ride’ as they come through that experience and find more peace and balance.

I never know when such healings are going to happen, but they do. On a regular basis. And I’m so grateful to get to help that happen.

We're about to melt.

It’s been a slow cool spring here on the east coast, but summer is coming now and before you know it, we will be melting. The Fire Element, which relates to summer, reminds us that sometimes it is important to melt! When we open our boundaries, we expand into larger states of consciousness, into greater connection with others and the divine, we…. warm up and open up. We feel the warmth of love flow within us - what better feeling is there??

Maybe because love is such a wonderful and needed feeling, it reasons that we would end up with lots of issues around it. In search of love we can open ourselves to people and situations that are hurtful and harmful to us. Or in response to that hurt, we close up and make walls that seem to protect us, but end up leaving us lonely and blocked. It’s tricky to find just the right balance of being open to love and joy and yet still maintaining healthy boundaries and self-awareness.

It’s much like keeping the house at the right temperature. Without a good thermostat and a responsive HVAC system, we end up suffering the miseries of being too hot or too cold - neither of which leave us in a good mood from which to relate, work, think or be at ease.

Our Fire Element is like our thermostat. It creates the right balance of a working temperature, helping us easily determine how open we should be in any given situation or relationship, when we should wrap up a little and when to throw the covers off and dance!

There’s nothing like Five Element treatment to help keep your Fire Element in balance and support healthy temperature in your body (literally - hot flashes anyone?), in your mind, in your emotions and in your relationship with other and yourself (have you been hearing some rather cold self-talk lately?). I’d love to see you in my treatment room and help support good flow through your Fire Element and all the other Elements too.

Also, I’m teaching a workshop on keeping your balance in Summer and with the Fire Element:

Open Your Heart to Summer: A Workshop on the Fire Element

Friday, June 23, 6:30-8:30 at Nava Yoga at the Navy Yard $30 

I’m going offer a treatment with moxa and give you some for home use!

learn more and register here

In Joy,

Doren

Spring forward.

This short video explains the issues that can arise with the Wood Element - which is associated with the season of Spring...

I'm still learning...

 Spring is a time when things come alive. I want to keep growing and coming alive too! I do that by learning new things. Seeing a new skill develop is like watching the flowers come up in the spring soil. What new skills are you cultivating?  Here’s an example of a new Zero Balancing skill I’m developing.. working with babies.  I was invited to assist my teacher, Judith Sullivan, with a Zero Balancing session on twin premature infants. I was observing her carefully as she worked with the more difficult case. I was working on baby “M”. He was doing pretty well, except that his mother mentioned he hadn’t been turning his head to the left. He would track her around the room but not when she was on his left.  My hands found his collarbones and noticed some energy releasing there. It felt just like when energy moves on my adult clients that I treat each day. As it released from one area, I would move further along the bone and hold it as more energy released there. After I got to the outside edges of his collarbone, baby “M” turned his head all the way to the left! We were all surprised and pleased to see him do that, and he seemed to just want to hang out there a while. I still have a ways to go before I feel fully confident and proficient at working with babies, but that was an encouraging experience.  I’m also taking a class to learn more about how trauma can resolve through acupuncture treatment. This has been a passion of mine for a while now, and while I’m still learning, I’ve seen some good results already.  What are you learning or wanting to discover? Have you had any encouraging new beginnings lately?  Spring is the season associated with the Wood Element in Five Element Acupuncture. The Wood Element is responsible for our growth and movement as well as our planning and creativity.   Want to plant some new ideas?  I'll be teaching two workshops on Spring and the Wood Element, come to either or both! Saturday, April 15, from 1-2:30 at Healings Arts Collective or Friday, April 21 from 6:30-8:30 at Nava Yoga. Let me know if you are interested and I'll send you the link to register.  As Spring comes in, it can be a big adjustment for our own energy. Do you get spring fever? Feel a certain agitation or even overwhelm? Or do you get uplifted and just want to make the most of an influx of ideas and motivation? Five Element treatment can really help you find your flow and make the most of this season and it’s possibilities.  Happy growing! Doren

Spring is a time when things come alive. I want to keep growing and coming alive too! I do that by learning new things. Seeing a new skill develop is like watching the flowers come up in the spring soil. What new skills are you cultivating?

Here’s an example of a new Zero Balancing skill I’m developing.. working with babies.

I was invited to assist my teacher, Judith Sullivan, with a Zero Balancing session on twin premature infants. I was observing her carefully as she worked with the more difficult case. I was working on baby “M”. He was doing pretty well, except that his mother mentioned he hadn’t been turning his head to the left. He would track her around the room but not when she was on his left.

My hands found his collarbones and noticed some energy releasing there. It felt just like when energy moves on my adult clients that I treat each day. As it released from one area, I would move further along the bone and hold it as more energy released there. After I got to the outside edges of his collarbone, baby “M” turned his head all the way to the left! We were all surprised and pleased to see him do that, and he seemed to just want to hang out there a while. I still have a ways to go before I feel fully confident and proficient at working with babies, but that was an encouraging experience.

I’m also taking a class to learn more about how trauma can resolve through acupuncture treatment. This has been a passion of mine for a while now, and while I’m still learning, I’ve seen some good results already.

What are you learning or wanting to discover? Have you had any encouraging new beginnings lately?

Spring is the season associated with the Wood Element in Five Element Acupuncture. The Wood Element is responsible for our growth and movement as well as our planning and creativity. 

Want to plant some new ideas?

I'll be teaching two workshops on Spring and the Wood Element, come to either or both! Saturday, April 15, from 1-2:30 at Healings Arts Collective or Friday, April 21 from 6:30-8:30 at Nava Yoga. Let me know if you are interested and I'll send you the link to register.

As Spring comes in, it can be a big adjustment for our own energy. Do you get spring fever? Feel a certain agitation or even overwhelm? Or do you get uplifted and just want to make the most of an influx of ideas and motivation? Five Element treatment can really help you find your flow and make the most of this season and it’s possibilities.

Happy growing!
Doren

Don't Fall In Love.

Don't fall in love (with Spring) too soon.

We’ve had a couple of nice, warm days around here and I can sense my temptation to feel like it’s Spring already. But I know what happens when I do that too soon. Something in me melts, and I open up to new beginnings and warmer weather. My energy changes… and then another cold blast of Winter feels even harsher and harder to take. Has this ever happened to you?

Not only that, but when we fall into the arms of Spring too soon, we miss out on some of the important aspects of Winter that we need to get us through the rest of the year. We need to stay in the darker, colder days a little bit longer so that we can absorb the quiet and store up reserves we are going to need later.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of Winter and how to get the most out of it and be ready for the rest of the seasons charged with your full potential, come to my next workshop - “Filling Your Reserves in Winter” at Nava Yoga on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 pm. Here’s a link to register.

So, my friend, stay steady and true. Don’t be tempted by the flirtations of early spring weather. Keep cosy and wrapped up in your winter blankets. When the time does come you will be ready to open your arms to Spring when it fully arrives.

Five Element Acupuncture treatment is another great way to stay in balance as the seasons change. Come in for a session soon to experience that for yourself!
 

Winter is Hard.

Do you have a hard time accepting winter - the cold, and the dark and the lack of visible growth? In Five Element theory, winter and the Water Element associated with it are viewed as a challenging but really important part of the cycle. The promise of this season is that deep rest and restoration is possible. The rest of your year can be so much more potent when you get this.

It can help you cope when you see how it fits into the bigger picture of our lives and how our patterns shift throughout the year and within our bodies and selves.
I've made a video (see below) to describe some of the way the Water Element plays out in our lives.
I'm also teaching a workshop on Winter and the Water Element  to help you find ways to stay warm and find balance, health and restoration in this season. To make it easier for you to attend, I'm offering the workshop twice - come to either one!

Filling Your Reserves in Winter - A Five Element Workshop
At Nava Yoga Center
Saturday January 21, 1-3pm
http://www.navayogacenter.com/workshops

Filling Your Reserves - Winter and the Water Element
At Healing Arts Collective
Saturday January 28 1-2:30
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One of the good qualities that winter offers us is deep stillness. This can be a good time to start a meditation practice or even just take a few quiet breaths and let yourself rest into that stillness. Or come in for a Zero Balancing session - so often that drops you into a deeply peaceful, still place.

I hope you can make it to a workshop, and enjoy the video below!

Warm wishes,
Doren

Just click on the image to watch the video

 

That involuntary smile...

When you get really relaxed - I don’t know if you know this - you get a tiny little smile at the corners of your mouth. 

I know it because I am lucky enough to see that smile on several people a week. Usually this is during the Zero Balancing portion of the session, after we’ve talked a bit about what’s going on, and done some acupuncture to get the energy flowing better. Now the body is releasing old patterns of tension held in the shoulders or neck and as you slip into a deeply relaxed state - there it is. I find that smile a truly beautiful thing.

Each of us holds a beauty along with all the rest of our complexity. We each also hold tightness and hurts and old patterns. When we are able to flow better, it’s easier to connect with that beauty and ease within yourself. And it shows - in your face, in the way you walk, and the way you interact.

That is why I do the work I do, and why I feel it makes a difference in the wider world. I believe that when any one of us finds a way to release and resolve an old negative pattern, it makes a difference to all of us. It certainly makes a difference to you. It also makes a difference to the people in your life. Who knows how far those ripples go? If you want to see change in the world, the place to start is within yourself. And hopefully with a smile...

I’d love to see that smile on your face. Or on the face of your friend. That’s why I’m offering gift certificates for Zero Balancing Sessions for 10% off in December. Give the gift of relaxation, and let the smile come unbidden.

With warm wishes,

Doren

I get overwhelmed.

Whether it’s true or not, I end up feeling that I can’t handle what’s going on - that it’s too much for me. Sometimes when I’ve already made it through an experience, I still feel it affecting me - and those reverberations can wear me out.

When I feel that way, I use a method to ground myself and clear my energy field. I use it before I go into a challenging situation so that I can feel strong and clear and maintain my boundaries. I use it after an interaction or experience that seems to be sticking with me, so that I can clear my mind and energy field.

I wanted to share that method with you, so I made a video - see below. 

I’ll be teaching this and other methods to help you balance your energy at my upcoming classes (Nov. 19 at Mount Airy Learning Tree, January 21 at Nava Yoga and Jan 28 at Healing Arts Collective). See my website for more details about signing up.

My heart really goes out to you - and to all of us - as we try to keep our balance while dealing with the negativity this world can throw at us. In my life, receiving Five Element Acupuncture and Zero Balancing have been such a big part of keeping my equilibrium. If you would like that kind of support, please contact me for a consultation to find out more.

Click the image below to view a short video on the Grounding and Clearing technique I talked about:

What's in a number?

Of course, I’m really into the number Five. Because my work, and much of my life, is centered around the Five Elements, and I seem to find that concept endlessly fascinating.

But how did we get to Five? In the ancient Chinese philosophy that developed the concept of the Five Elements, there are also understandings about Zero. And One. And Two... well you get the idea.

I’m teaching a class in November where we will go over this Taoist numerology, as well as introduce each of the Elements, and do some Five Element Qi Gong exercises, too! It’s going to be fun! Can you make it?

Saturday, November 19, 1-3pm
at Mount Airy Learning Tree
6601 Greene Street, Mt. Airy, PA
$24    register onine here

Looking forward to seeing you there, or in the treatment room or wherever we meet.

Warmly,

Doren

P.S. The picture above is from the class I taught on October 23 about Autumn and the Metal Element. We looked at how we Let Go of things physically, emotionally, spiritually and how we return to our own Essence as we do. It was a great discussion. Also a chance to share techniques for clearing out your own energy field, or the energy of a room. If you missed it but want to learn those techniques, reply to this email and I’ll send you the instructions.

 

Thanks angel!

An angel is watching over me. At least I think so. And I’m really feeling grateful and lucky.

Last weekend I was dancing at a workshop with Five Rhythms Philly (I totally love them, see link below) and I was taking a moment to rest, sitting with my legs hanging off the edge of the stage.

Somehow that made me remember another time when I sat in that position, back in 2nd grade, when our school had gone on a field trip to a farm. I was riding on a flatbed wagon with my legs hanging off the front. A tractor was pulling us through a beautiful woods. I was looking up at the sun coming through the trees.

Suddenly I felt the teacher sitting next to me pull my legs to one side. One second later the front of the flatbed, exactly where my legs had been, hit a tree. There was a thud that made it clear that if my legs had been there they would have been crushed. Wow, so grateful to that teacher. My life could have been very different.

And then the thought/feeling comes in “There was an angel guiding him that day.” Yes, that feels right. Amazing to see how that one moment in time, decades ago, made it possible for me to be dancing here today. “Yes, I think that was an angel,” I say to myself. And then I “hear” (from my internal awareness) the voice of that angel saying, “And I’m still here today.” So amazed, and grateful!

Maybe you don’t believe in angels. That’s ok. To me, its a convenient - and feels like the most accurate - way to describe this experience. It doesn’t matter what you call it though, angels, God, luck, coincidence.... but what you should believe in is Gratitude.

Gratitude has been shown to improve our physical and mental health, to lead to better sleep and better relationships. Find a way to steep yourself in some gratitude today and everyday. Maybe you will remember a time when you were rescued from disaster and you may wonder what forces were at play, and realize how different your life could have been.

In my work as an acupuncturist, I’ve helped people at all different levels of health and ability. And my clients have shown me that everyone has something to be grateful for. And they’ve given me a deeper sense of gratitude for my own well-being - for being able to live and move in this body - to dance! If you can walk on two legs, can listen to music, can sway to a beat - be grateful. We all can take a breath, rest our weight on the earth and feel the warmth of the sun. For that and more, and for the angels that watch over us, I am grateful. Sometimes it’s the simple things.

 

http://www.5rhythmsphilly.com

Earth Element Video

Are you always giving? Find it hard to stop doing and rest? Do worry and a sense of lack play a big part in your thinking? View this 3 minute video to find out more about where some of this might be coming from.

A Little Bit of Magic...

A Little Bit of Magic...

For a long time I have hesitated to write about the magic that sometimes happens when I am doing my work. Putting experiences into words often changes them, and with these kinds of things, the words never quite feel right.

Also, of course, I wonder how people will take it. Am I crazy? At first when these things would happen I would ask myself, “Am I just making this up?” But over time, I have come to realize that is not a very useful question. Developing intuition happens by trusting what we are getting, and then confirming it with others. This has happened often enough now that I trust it - and if I’m wrong, but it still helps bring about healing, I’m ok with that!

So... I’m starting a new section of my blog called:

 

Little Bits of Magic

 

I was working on a client’s knee. I noticed that the inside/medial side of the knee was expelling heat and seemed to be struggling more than the outside/lateral. This was interesting because the client had torn her ACL and had surgery on it, but it was the other side that was not happy. As I listened in further I asked the MCL (medial cruciate ligament) how it was doing. It said that it was feeling over-burdened. “My partner is too strong and inflexible - it’s like I’m paired with SuperMan over there and I can’t keep up!”

Then I turned my attention to the ACL and asked it how it was doing. A feeling of deep sadness welled up in me and made me want to cry. Suddenly I remembered that the client had told me that her ACL surgery included using a cadaver ligament to replace her torn one. It took a while to reach the energy of this ligament, and when I did it was very slow and limited. But it was there! I asked it if it knew it had a partner and if it could work to be more in tune with the other ligament. Language didn’t come easily here, but there was a sense of awareness and willingness to be more connected and gentler. It was a very tender, almost heart-breaking exchange.

After the session I shared with the client what I had experienced. Like many who have had injuries that, at times, cause pain or limitation, she had felt in a bit of an adversarial relationship to her knee. Since then she has been listening to her knee more and become more aware of more sensations. Only good can come of her having more connection and compassion for them, as well as hopefully those two partnered ligaments having better communication with each other!

What is my Path?

What is my Path?

What is my Path?

 

What is my path? What direction should I be taking in my life right now? As I’m walking through the woods, I’m so caught up in my thoughts about this that I barely notice where I am.   I do realize I am blessed to have found my vocation early in life - being a healing practitioner fulfills my sense of purpose. But with relocating and re-establishing my practice last year, I am again looking closely again at what I do and where I put my focus. Who are the clients who get the most from my work? How can I find them? Should I spend more time teaching? What is the right next step for me to take? What is my path?

 

It’s a question that is close to the heart of many of my clients. Many of us who seek that answer get frustrated because we want to see the end result. How will I know which way to go, if I can’t see where it will take me? The truth is, we don’t get to know that now. Anne Lamott says it well in her advice about writing, “[It’s] ‘like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you.”

 

Our only option is to be fully present here and now. To listen to our bodies and our hearts about which ways we are drawn, which path feels good for now. For me, healing and teaching are the heart of my calling.

 

As I come to awareness of the present, the swirling thoughts stop for a minute, and I am present in the woods where I am walking. I suddenly hear the orchestra of birdsong that has been surrounding me without me even hearing a note. The purple flowers in the treetop above are sending down a sweet and spicy scent. And there is green all around me - I love this! The nourishment of walking in a green forest is part of why I moved back to this area. And so I step forward on my path, after snapping this picture. I am feeling my way, and appreciating the experience as I go.