posted by on Balance, Energy, Featured, Healing, Heart, Mental Clarity, Qi Gong, Stress

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As I learned from my Qi Gong teacher, Paul Fraser, MAc, LicAc, the heart is our ultimate healer. It holds the key to realizing our destiny and manifesting our potential. As Paul Fraser explains on his website, “In Taoism, the belief is that the heart is a microcosm of the body, mind, soul and all of creation. Unhealthy patterns in another person can be balanced through a practitioner’s own heart. These patterns can range from the dense (the physical body) to the subtle (emotions) to the more esoteric (the soul).”

Acupuncture, Qi Gong and other opening and Qi-balancing practices enable us to look more easily and readily to our hearts for guidance and live more harmonious, connected lives.

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posted by on Balance, Elements, Energy, Seasons, Stress

As a practitioner of Five Element Acupuncture, I am always tuning in to nature’s seasons and noticing how they reflect and guide our own inner lives. Through observing animals and plants and the cycles they go though, we can learn so much about how to live in harmony with the earth and the energies of life.

The seasons can give you clues and insight into how you’re feeling. Right now, in the middle of spring, which is represented by the element of wood, we are releasing the pent-up energy we stored in winter. We are motivated and goal-oriented (spring cleaning, anyone?). Within the death of winter is the seed of birth (the yang within the yin), which is now bursting forth with sudden energy (think of a seedling bursting through a sidewalk crack). Spring can be compared to an efficient, “type A” person—motivated, clear, and, if out-of-balance,  inflexible and easily irritated.

When you start living from the philosophy of Five Element Acupuncture, you can begin to see the  cycles in things: a day, a week, a year, and all of life. It is much easier to approach the painful things in our lives when we understand that they won’t last forever, and we can more fully appreciate the beauty in our lives for the same reason. Just as we cannot define light without dark, we cannot have happiness without sadness, freedom without pain, and so on.

So enjoy the spring, and notice the exciting things starting to bloom in your life!

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posted by on Balance, Energy, Heart

I just  love this reminder from The Daily OM to check in with our hearts every day:

“When we get into the habit of beginning our day from the heart, all of our activities glow with the infusion of conscious intent and all interactions are done with compassion.”

Why not take a few moments to check in right now?

Many people report feelings of calmness and clarity for hours–and sometimes days–after an acupuncture treatment.

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posted by on Balance, Featured, Healing, Nutrition

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One extremely valuable resource to have on hand when learning about nourishing your body as a part of your whole, balanced being is Paul Pitchford’s book Healing With Whole Foods. As he explains, “Ironically, in the United States, a land of plenty-indeed
excess-many people are highly deficient in minerals as a result of our food
production and processing methods. As such, these deficiencies can lead to
degenerative diseases.

The discussion of nutrients that follows applies
to whole vegetal foods in general. However, we use wheat as a starting point
because this remarkable food, known in the traditional medicines of China and
India to strengthen the body and nurture the mind and heart, serves as a
foundation in our cultural and dietary heritage. Sadly, in the form that it is
most often eaten, wheat is stripped of its essential value.

Consider
this grain before it is milled into flour-“wheat berries.” These whole-wheat
seeds can comprise dozens of minerals and microminerals if grown in rich soil.
They can also contain immuno-protective phytonutrients as well as vitamins and
precious oils. In refining, as is done in the milling of wheat berries to obtain
“white” flour used in common pastries, donuts, pastas, and breads, the majority
of these nutrients are lost.

Every nutrient in whole wheat has an
interesting and important health story. While wheat is a common allergen,
virtually no one is allergic to sprouted wheat, which contains the same amount
of minerals, but more vitamins, per berry. (Refer to Sprouts, Chapter 40.)

To get a sense of how important nutrients in wheat can be, let’s look at
just two minerals that are lost in the refining of whole-wheat berries and
assess the impact of this loss. ” You can read more here.

Check back often for more information on healthy nutrition and plenty of delicious, nourishing recipes and ideas!

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