I guide people in a self-healing practice called breathwork in private sessions and groups (next one is October 12), but I certainly didn’t always trust my breath, my lungs. When I was a kid, we were definitely not on the same side and had a rather stormy relationship, with me often pouting due to the sting of betrayal.
But we can learn a lot from our lungs. Lungs know how to take in what we need and let go of what we don’t. Automatically, without fail. Here's the story of how I learned to trust my lungs and allow them to heal me.
Today, we’re taking a deep dive into how certain physical issues, thought patterns, and behaviors all connect, how they can show up in your health and in your life, and how to shift your energy and health to something that looks more like...
Feeling truly nourished. Living in integrity. Allowing things to cycle through to fruition, harvest, and completion. Feeding your appetite for new experiences and perspectives. Easily digesting, assimilating, and integrating of foods and ideas. Living from a bottomless well of energy that is constantly being replenished. Giving and receiving support in balanced exchange.
Sounds amazing, right? That’s what the earth phase, one of the five in Chinese five phase theory, looks like when it’s in full, glorious, energizing balance, and it’s the foundation and center of your best possible health and life.
With apologies for any bubble-bursting, amazing health is not going to just magically happen to you. I’m so sorry. While your body is almost miraculously designed to preserve health, the modern world is filled with all kinds of toxic nonsense that our bodies are working hard to keep at bay, and it simply doesn’t have the energy to do everything.
How we spend our days determines our long term health, and also what kind of reserves we have in place when we’re faced with an unexpected health issue. But you don’t need to completely overhaul your entire life -- some tweaks and adjustments to the little things can provide so much support for your health!
I've been thinking about all the things that tend to fall out of balance in the summer, and how you can help yourself by using seasonal foods, drinks, and lifestyle choices. We can get all kinds of summer problems, usually from too much heat throwing off our systems and causing our health conditions to flare up. We can also suffer from not enough Fire.
Read on for some empowering, DIY info on foods that address whatever may be out of balance in your own personal Fire, and, remember, it doesn't have to ben endlessly complicated : food can really be enough!
What if your heart doesn’t need to be healed, because it’s already whole? How does it feel, knowing that, at your core, there’s nothing broken, nothing that needs fixing? It’s just your pericardium that needs a little support, so that it can allow your heart to express its perfection.
The pericardium is the one reading the room, evaluating what’s safe for us, how much openness, if any, is appropriate in any given situation. The pericardium, not the heart, yanks up the drawbridge when it feels threatened or unsure about another person. The pericardium absorbs all the pain from physical and emotional stress, so that none of it reaches the heart, and in the process, forms our own particular patterns of shielding and armoring. Our pericardium does everything it can to protect us from feeling our pain.
But if this is the case, what do we do when the gatekeeper is impaired?
Getting this out of the way : I'm not perfect, and I don't have all the answers. You know this about me by now, but in case you're new here (hi!) and missed it : despite all of my experience, effort, and education, my hair will always be a total mess, I look tons of work-related things up in reference books every day, I still can't figure out how to cook rice (seriously, wtf?!), I need like 7 alarms to get me out of bed, and attempts at reforming my cursing like a sailor have thus far all failed (see last parentheses).
Want to know how my imperfection is relevant to you? Read on...
Thanks to a recent talk I gave to an amazing group of doulas (hey, NYC Doula Collective!), there's been an uptick in the number of pregnant people coming to my practice, and I've been learning how much misinformation is out there regarding acupuncture treatment during pregnancy. While the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs for supporting fertility and conception is relatively well-known at this point, I often receive questions about what acupuncture can do for pregnant people, and whether it’s even safe and appropriate. The short answer is, a lot, and yes, absolutely! Read on to learn about the use of acupuncture during pregnancy, including safety information and common conditions that we acupuncturists regularly encounter in our pregnant patients.