I hope this newsletter reaches you healthy and happy, and you enjoying the spirit of the season. As I close out this year, I found myself thinking about the year that transpired for me. Hours, days and months are filled with ups and downs, or Yins and Yangs! When you sum it all up, the year certainly is just the same. As we near the end of this year, I found myself in reflection, with things that I’d like to share with you in hopes it caries you into the new year with inspiration.
Weathering the Storm
The root of healing is our commitment to ourselves. Taking a step towards healing ourselves, or maintaining the dynamic balance that we already have, takes understanding, participation, commitment, and dedication, by both the practitioner, and the patient. With that, we can be greatly rewarded. Just like with storms, we may be afraid to go outside. If we need to or choose to go outside, the journey may be scary, the storm may get worse, we cannot see, we are scared, we feel despair. We then may feel like we want to make a decision to turn back, or else we have gone so far that we cannot turn back, and we must drum up the courage to keep moving forward, to keep persisting. And when we reach our destination, we have a great sense of relief, because we finally made it. Then we experience the calm after the storm, where there is great solace and peace, and it is beautiful, it is a beautiful gift for the perseverance. I think not only we can view life this way, but also our health. Our health is something that we can be fearful of taking care of, or it is easier to not do anything, and stay at home. Our health can be frustrating, and challenging when the results are not coming the way we may want to come. But I have seen so often, that with commitment, perseverance, and guidance, health can be achieved, quick or gradual, and returning to that dynamic state of balance, the peace after the storm, is a great gift and worth the journey. I can say that personally as well, having walked down that journey myself in using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat my asthma and allergies over 13 years ago.
I am so thankful that I “found” what had been right under my nose – a passion for TCM that I now do for a living! And when work is love, it no longer feels like work, and I am grateful for that. I am so grateful for my journey of life, with its ups and downs thus far, I needed to document it, and tell the world.
As I mentioned in my last newsletter, the origins of Chinese Medicine were in fact to prevent illness. In this time of indulgence – do enjoy, for it is part of the joy of the season – of course in moderation! And with the entry of the new year, think about yourself or who you know that would like to be guided on their pathway to health, through the storms, and to the gift that awaits.
Happy Holidays to you all, and Best Wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
In health and happiness,