Cancer. It's a dreaded word and has been my whole life. Yes, treatments have gotten better, but it still strikes dread in my heart.
The latest research, though, is making me feel hopeful. It seems that modern science has entered into the age-old debate -- is it the pathogen, or is it the "terrain" (or soil) -- that causes disease? Up until now, medicine has focused on the pathogen...trying to isolate and kill it.
Now the researchers are beginning to think more about the "soil". In trying to figure out why breast cancer metastasizes to particular organs - the liver, bones or brain, for instance - and not to others, researchers are beginning to realize that cancer cells are like seeds. They need to be planted in soil that is hospitable to their growth. You can't plant tomato plants on a salt flat and expect a harvest!
So why does that give me hope?
Because we can do something about the soil.
I've gardened pretty much my whole life. I've hauled horse manure to our compost heap when I lived in New Mexico. I've composted kitchen waste. I've dug, and turned, pulled weeds and watered. I know something about soil.
And after over 30 years in practice as an acupuncturist, I've learned a thing or two about the ecology of the body. I know that we need to cultivate our "soil" by maintaining healthy habits - habits of body and mind, as well as emotional habits.
It's why I added sound healing to my practice...and developed my second website Elemental Sound Healing, where I teach Roots and Wings Healing Qigong. It's a practice designed to cultivate our internal "soil", so that we can develop healthy "roots"....a healthy relationship with this body...as we experience our time here on this earth.
It's also a practice designed to strengthen our "wings".....so thaeet we can feel more joy....more more playfulness.....more creativity.....more inspiration in our lives.
In other words, it's a practice that cultivates the "soil" of our bodies, our minds, our hearts and our spirit.
I offer free Roots and Wings Healing Qigong on the second Wednesday of each month, here in my clinic, at 7pm. If you're interested, please call the clinic at 619-281-7696 to reserve a spot. We have limited space, so you must call and reserve a spot!
Meanwhile, I'd love it if you'd scroll down and leave a comment for me. Have you had any experience with Qigong? If so, what has it been?