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Posts tagged healing

i am my mother’s daughter

Of all the meanings of Mothers Day, the one we most like to celebrate – if we can – is the love we have for our mothers and the joys we get by being mothers.  Yet it is not all joy.  If it were, it would mean less, because the contrast between joy and pain […]

on acupuncture and addiction

There’s a bit of a back-story to this post.  In an effort to make acupuncture available to folks in recovery from addiction, I’ve been talking to people on our local Opioid Task Force, to people at the jail to see about providing treatment to men who are addicted when they’re arrested, and I’ve been trying […]

how am i supposed to understand this?

Today is the three year anniversary of Sandy Hook, an event that has become as evocative as Wounded Knee, as Ruwanda, as 9/11, as every other event where innocents are slaughtered for reasons I cannot comprehend. Today I watched a video of a choir singing Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ that closed with the voice of the […]

warrior – you need me

I’ve been struggling to resolve an increasing polarization within myself. It’s a reflection of the world around me, which isn’t a surprise. On one end is the desire to take up a weapon to protect myself and loved ones, and to punish those who want to kill that which is precious.  This end sees the […]

think positive… or not?

Positive thinking, the power (or law) of attraction, stay on the sunny side – this has all been in the culture for a while now, and the push-back is starting to get some traction.  Being ‘realistic’ is the new thing, and I have some thoughts about this. Firstly, the Law of Attraction et al is […]

how do we do this well?

I know this will come as a shock to those of you who know me as a shy, silent type, but I got to do a lot of talking this weekend.  Not just talking as in sharing a Chinese Medicine perspective on things people are experiencing, but talking and exploring topics that can best be […]

divine tools

Usually when someone comes to me for acupuncture, I’m not their first stop for help.  They’ve tried their doctor, perhaps a specialist, maybe physical therapy, various medications – and they haven’t been happy with the results.  Maybe the meds make it hard to function.  Maybe the pain is lingering far longer than they’d expected – […]

it’s a cha cha

I had the same conversation with several patients last week; each has had an injury that they’re trying to recover from, and recovery wasn’t happening as fast as they wanted it to happen.  It makes sense that they’d feel impatient, of course, because no one wants pain,  we especially don’t want pain that interferes with […]

do you want to be a hero?

Well…. yeah.  I mean, who wouldn’t, right?  Except doesn’t being a hero involve, you know, danger, possible injury to self, maybe burning buildings, stuff like that? Actually, no, it doesn’t.  I mean, it can, of course, and I’m not in any way going to dis the people who do really big heroic stuff, the stuff […]

it’s de-lightful, it’s de-licious, it’s de-lovely

Here’s a question: when was the last time you woke up singing? Lately I’ve awakened before my alarm goes off to the refrain of Cole Porter’s song ‘It’s De-Lovely’ dancing around in my head.  What a lovely way to start my day: a bouncy, memorable tune and glorious lyrics.  I get out of  bed with […]