What's most important to you? I'm listening...
I've asked this question of my friends, and the #1 answer I've gotten seems to be about weight loss after menopause. So I'm asking you who are receiving this, what's your #1 health issue that you want to know more about?
You see, I look at my role as a mentor. When people ask me, I tell them I'm an acupuncturist, but that's an incomplete answer. I'm really a mentor and advocate for health. I see my role as being a coach and a support system for those who seek my help in achieving their health goals. I also see my role as someone who pushes my patients to reach for higher health goals than they think they can. Ask yourself this: if you could feel 30% better than you do today, would that interest you? What if you could feel 50% better? What about 75%? Now, if you had to choose between those 3 options - 30%, 50% or 75%, which would you choose? Interestingly enough, most of the people who come to me come with the mindset of wanting to feel 30% better. To my way of thinking, I'd be doing them a disservice if I simply said "OK. I can help you achieve that", instead of pushing them towards the 75% goal. Wouldn't you want your healthcare provider to advocate that way for you? I know I would!
Also, I know that when I help someone who comes to me, the impact is not only on their own lives, but on the lives of their family, friends and co-workers. They may be the "identified patient" (as it's known in the health profession), but no one exists in a vacuum. Each one of us impacts many others, and so benefits to one are benefits to many.
So what is that you want to know more about? I want to give you information that's relevant to you. I'd really, really appreciate hearing from you!! I'd love it if you would like my FB page, give me a thumbs up or a thumbs down - any kind of response is welcome! Give me a comment on my blog - please! I respond to all of them. I also respond to all comments on Facebook. Thanks! And know that the responses I get will be the content of my future blog posts.
Innocence is not age-related
I spent last weekend with my teacher, Silvia Nakkach, here in San Diego. One of the things she is fond of saying is "We are all innocent." I love that, but I must confess that I wasn't quite grasping it. I mean, how can we claim innocence after age....say, 21? 23? This question has led me to my "creative inquiry" (another Silvia expression.) I'll give you some of my thoughts on the subject, and I'd love to hear any you might have, because I'm not done exploring this topic. Not even close!
I think we'd all agree that we come into this life innocent. From there, we are taught by our parents - who were also innocent - how to be a "someone" in a world of "someones". That someone is defined by our culture - race, gender, nationality, region, religion, etc. These teachings become our filters, through which we see the world. As long as we continue to walk this path, we are innocent, because we have yet to explore other possibilities.
Somewhere along the way, however, we all bump up against something which can give us the opportunity to question a deeply held belief. I say "can", because we have the free will to dismiss this opportunity, and proceed just as before. However, for those of us who take that opportunity, it opens a new door. When we enter that door, we do so in innocence, not knowing what might be on the other side.
Our lives will proceed from there in a new direction -- a new path will open and we will walk that path in innocence. Until the next opportunity comes along...and the next...and the next. As long as we are open to the next creative inquiry, we will walk in innocence. (And to my way of thinking, this is the greatest anti-aging technique in the world!)
How do you see the question of innocence? I would really love to hear from you!! Would love it if you would like my FB page, give me a thumbs up or a thumbs down - any kind of response is welcome! Give me a comment on my blog, and let's walk in innocence this week.
I had dinner with a friend tonight, and when the waitress asked us if we'd like some water, I said yes, but with no ice and some lemon, please. After she left, my friend asked me "Why do you order your water with no ice?"
It's funny, but no one has asked me that question before. But the question is a good one, and it opens the door to a discussion on two subjects: How to eat with the seasons, and how to maintain a healthy digestive system. You see, in Chinese medicine - which is more than just acupuncture -- there's a whole school of thinking that says that the digestive system is considered to be where health and disease begin. When I first heard this, I thought it was an overstatement, but the more I've considered it over the years, the more it makes sense. Let me break it down for you:
Consider this: you eat a carrot. A carrot is a root of a plant. You take that root of a plant, and you turn it into yourself. Your body uses it to make blood, and skin, and immune cells, and enzymes and everything else that constitutes your body. It's also true of the potato that you eat, the chicken or the eggs or anything else. That's what you're giving your body as the raw materials to keep renewing and growing everything in your body. If that digestive process is strong, then that whole transformation from "root" to "self" will be a smooth one. If it's weak, then over time the cells, tissues and organs of your body will be less healthy, because they were not given fully processed "raw materials" to work with, and so the "end product" will be of a lower quality. Since that end product is your body, this is not a good thing!
In this light, it makes perfect sense that the digestive system is key to a long, healthy life. But what does that have to do with no ice in the water? Well, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (or TCM), the stomach is considered to be a cauldron where the food is "cooked", so to speak. It needs to be kept warm in order for it to fully "cook" the food. If you're putting ice into the cauldron, it will cool down, and therefore work less efficiently. So that's why, unless it's a blistering hot day, I tend to drink my water at room temperature.
I'd love to hear from you if you found this information to be interesting or useful. Do you have digestive issues? Do you drink cold beverages? I'd be happy to have a dialogue with you about these things!
I've been practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine for over 25 years, and this ancient wisdom never gets old. I love helping people feel better without the need for drugs or surgery.