Fall Inspiration

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As we are embraced by the re-nourishment of the fall leaves and rain, I embrace you for a nourishing autumn season. To start this newsletter off, we are pleased to welcome Kent Lee, RAc, Registered Acupuncturist to the clinic! Kent brings a deep compassion and wealth of experience to the clinic, and we warmly welcome him to the team. Who do you know who has always wanted to quit smoking or any other substance addiction? Kent Lee is also a NADA Certified Acupuncture Detoxification practitioner. Visit our online booking calendar.

Fall is the time of Metal in five element cycle of life, and is the essence and time of the Lung meridian system. The Metal Element allows us the capacity to take in quality and richness from the outside world in order to feel complete. This is done by connecting us through the breath to the rhythmic breathing of the heavens – breathing in information and inspiration. The gift of Metal is to inspire us to find meaning and purpose in our time here on Earth, and is the bridge between our earthly reality and the universe beyond.

This season, we would like to share some books of inspiration in our personal or professional lives with you, so that you too, may be inspired in this rich time of the Metal element.

The Art of Power by Thich Nhat Hanh (2007)
I love this book partly because I greatly appreciate the teachings of this Zen Buddhist Master in general. Hanh’s heartfelt and practical guidance on how to live life with ever more mindfulness and compassion for ourselves and others enriches my life abundantly.

I recommend Hanh’s The Art of Power because, in my view, we all have power and the sooner we recognize and own that, the better we fare in our lives. Hanh helps us to understand what healthy, real power is and how to use it to better our lives. He also writes deeply and practically about the “secret of happiness” (who doesn’t want to learn more about that?!). For example, Hanh writes:

“Our ideas about what power is and what will bring us happiness can be quite dangerous for us. It’s dangerous to be committed to an idea of happiness, because then you’re caught in that idea. Happiness can come to you in a thousand ways if only you allow it to” (p.87).

May you be inspired.

– Kim Boivin, RCC

Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists by Thomas W. Myers
This book has inspired me on many levels. I find it a refreshing look at the human body, mainly in its ability to be inclusive of many ways to assess and understand musculoskeletal function/dysfunction. It allows for knowledge in science and intuitive practices to work together in unravelling the many mysteries of chronic pain and dysfunction.

Myers is more interested in the way the body is connected as a whole, then dissecting its anatomy into easily studied segments. As explained in the book’s forward,

“Aesthetically, a grasp of the anatomy Trains scheme will lead to a more three-dimensional feel for musculoskeletal anatomy and an appreciation of whole-body patterns of compensation and strain distribution. Clinically, it leads to a directly applicable understanding of how painful problems in one area of the body can be linked to a totally ‘silent’ area at some remove from the problem.”

I use this book as a reference tool and an inspiration into new ways to look at human anatomy. The principles can speak to anyone with a keen interest in physical function.

– Sonya Scheer, RMT

The HeartMath Solution by Martin & Childre
Whether you’re those who believe heart to be a mere blood-pumping organ, or those who intuitively believe heart to be more than that but can’t quite put a finger on its complexity, this book is for you. The HeartMath Solution explores beyond what is conventionally known about the heart — into the role it plays in mediating our emotional terrain, handling stress, fighting illness, and so on.

I like this book a lot because not only does it contain information based on research findings rather than abstract opinions, Martin & Childre also share a great number of advices and techniques that are practical and able to be readily incorporated into our everyday life. It makes clear that feelings of love, appreciation and forgiveness are not just fleeting emotions but tangible elements with substantial mind-body influences on the biochemistry of our body. More importantly, it inspires realistic hope in its readers by showing how people have triumphed over grave illness.

I’ve heard people say that we’re only using a fraction of our brain. Perhaps, with this book, we can learn to use more than a fraction of our heart.

– Kent Lee, RAc

Benedictus (UK edition) / To Bless The Space Between Us (North American edition): A Book of Blessings by John O’Donohue
Many books have inspired me, ranging from non-fiction, professional, medical, to good old fiction. I chose this book among the many because of its ability to touch the deep core of our soul and tap the deep well of our mind. It reaches to you when you are down, praises you when you are up, celebrates with you in times of joy, and grieves with you in times of loss. It is a book of poetry, essays, and intentional blessing, that guides us through our transitions and experiences of life, and keeps us going. What also impresses me is that O’Donohue is not afraid to tackle deep issues of fear and guilt that many harbor secretly, and brings death, shame and addiction out into the open while celebrating new life and new love.

An excerpt from the poem For Grief:
“Gradually, you will learn acquaintance
With the invisible form of your departed;
And when the work of grief is done,
The wound of loss will heal
And you will have learned
To wean you eyes
From that gap in the air
And be able to enter the hearth
In your soul where your loved one
Has awaited your return
All the time.”

– Sonia F. Tan, RAc, RTCMP

In closing, I would like to share our expression of gratitude to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre for allowing us to give the gift of health to women in need at the centre. We were so pleased to be able to give back to our community. Look for us in the near future at other charitable organizations gladly donating our services of health and healing.

Many blessings of health and happiness,

Sonia F. Tan
Clinic Director

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