As our days here in the Pacific Northwest grow progressively longer and warmer, the heat and energy of Summer will be reaching its apex which allows the fruits and buds of Spring to mature for the harvest in Autumn. There is a beautiful snapshot in time between the rapid growth of Spring and the winding down of Autumn that is embodied by Summer. This is when the world seems to take a pause. Nature’s energy expands, flourishes and blossoms in the Summer. Summer is the time of year when the Fire Element takes center stage and many of my acupuncture treatments focus on balancing this element. In this blog post, we’ll be going over the virtues of the Fire Element and go over some tips to stay in balance in Summertime.
For the last several months, you and your Womb have stretched and expanded to house the tiny bones and organs that contain this Soul you call your child. You watched the impossibly small heart flicker on a screen and felt your own flutter to your throat. Previously, your body felt solid, stable, static. But you rumbled and shifted your tectonic plates to make room for the volume of this child. And in this shift, you somehow feel more rooted, more grounded, more solid than before. Read More
I work with a tool called the Belief Triangle to break down what motivates our actions (See image above). Let’s take a moment to deconstruct the actions that form our everyday worlds. Our actions are shaped by our thoughts which are driven by our emotions. Our emotions are born from our belief system. So therefore, in order to create change in actions that are as hard-wired as addiction, we must first adopt a new belief system. By shifting our mindset at the base level of the belief system, the changes that are made to everything above the foundation are also being influenced. Read More
I feel the most in balance and at home when I am surrounded by Nature. There is no greater medicine than laying back in the earth with the trees above me, my dog next to me, the ground below me and a stream running beside me. This deep gratitude and connection that I have to Nature inspires my clinical work as a Five Elements Acupuncturist.
Read on to learn more about this branch of Chinese Medicine and to take an interactive quiz to discover your own Element. Read More
Have you ever sat around with a group of other women and compared notes on your periods? Someone might say they get the craziest cravings while on their period. Another says that they can’t believe how much blood she can lose without passing out. The woman sitting next to you may say that she misses out on an entire day and a half because she can’t even muster the energy to get out of bed. The worst is when men dismiss our emotions because it’s that time of the month again. No, scratch that. The worst is when we dismiss our own emotions because “I’m just being hormonal again”. Read More
Have you ever hit a wall and realized that giving without receiving is unsustainable? Do you know what it feels like to have your needs neglected over the needs of other people by the most important person in your life….yourself? Read More
How many of these statements do you identify with?
“Why is it so easy for everyone else to have babies except for me?”
“It’s so hard whenever one of my friends announces that they are pregnant. I want to be happy for them, but I can’t help but feel resentful that it’s not my turn.”
“I feel broken.”
“I’m at a crossroads in my fertility journey and I have to make this very important decision, but I feel frozen. Can’t someone just tell me what to do?”
“What if I can’t have a baby?"
“What is wrong with me?” Read More
After the depth, introspection and hibernation of Winter, Spring is always a welcome sight. Here in Vancouver, we just had a late season snowfall that blanketed the entire city in a flurry that made me want to stay snuggled up in bed for just a bit longer. This week, however, we’ve had moments of blue sky peeking through the clouds. After living in California my entire life, moving to Vancouver has given me a fresh perspective on Springtime and how it influences and manifests in all of us. There are actually seasons here! I go for daily walks in my neighborhood with my pup and it is impossible to ignore the seeds that are germinating, the buds on trees that are bound tight with potential energy. The air seems to vibrate with a spirit that feels barely contained. WIthin us, if we have given ourselves the chance to rest in the winter, spring brings forth a fresh sense of renewal and energy. Creative energy bursts forth like so many brightly colored wildflowers. Read More
Despite the fact that I am a self-professed tomboy who grew up skateboarding and tumbling down streets on BMX bikes with my brother and all the neighborhood boys, I am embarrassed to confess that before this weekend, I had never lit a fire all by myself. I had always had a man around who could do it for me. If you had asked me, I could tell you conceptually what a fire needs -- Kindling, check. Rolled up newspapers, check. Matches, check. This weekend I decided that since I consider myself to be a Five Element Acupuncturist, it was high time that I should build a fire and see what I could learn from it. Read More
Imagine that we’re watching a movie together and on the screen is a really lovely scene. A wholesome family is in their mini-van. 4-year-old Suzy is in her carseat, kicking her legs and humming to herself, gazing out the window. Her little brother, Carson is crashed out in his car seat. Mum is driving, hands at 10 and 2; Dad is rummaging through a backpack looking for snacks for Suzy. They are on a two-lane highway lined with trees on either side headed to Grandma’s house. The radio flips to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, which is one of Suzy’s favorite songs. Mum is a woman who smiles easily and she does so now. Her long fingers reach over and she turns the volume of the radio up so Suzy can hear. Suzy squeals happily and starts to sing along “Picture yourself on a boat on a river. With tangelo trees and MAMA-lade skies” She hasn’t quite figured out how to pronounce “tangerine” or “marmalade” yet and she had a tangelo last week so that seems to make sense to her this week. Mum and Dad also chime in. “Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly. A girl with kaleidoscope eeeeeyes.” Carson stirs in his carseat but doesn’t wake. The camera pans out, we can still hear the family singing in the background. Our eyes follow the minivan as the view of the camera widens and floats above the family in the car. There is a curve in the road ahead and we see that a truck has rounded the corner, headed towards the minivan. Read More
There will be events that enter your life and rearrange your molecules. And the natural reaction from most people under such pressure is to react or build a wall. It is so much easier to deflect pain and to place blame on other people or events. It feels safer to lock your emotions into a teeny tiny box and bury it under the illusion of happiness. Because under the surface, there is no telling what you’ll encounter. Frustration or anger about having to struggle when it seems to come so easily to so many. Grief if there have been losses along the way. Oh and let’s not forget about fear. Fear of abandonment, of rejection, of whatever emotional boogie monster your mind wants to create. The irony is that the moments in which you want to shut down your emotions, to put up a wall, are actually the richest moments in which to embrace the pain of what you are feeling. This is your time to lean into your sharp edge and evolve. Read More
Though the world may feel slow, don’t forget that there is still movement and life there beneath the surface. The seeds that lay in the deep recesses of the earth may be dormant, but they are beginning the metamorphic process of manifesting their destiny. You may also be called to examine the innermost depths of your own destiny. You may be called to befriend the hidden aspects of yourself. Read More
Sometimes patterns emerge in my acupuncture practice. Some weeks, it feels like everyone coming in has shoulder pain. Sometimes it is insomnia. This week was “Empty Cup Syndrome” week. The theme of the week has been: “I am exhausted. And I feel like my time and energy are not my own. I don’t feel like myself anymore.” Read More
This is how I used to think: “I don’t know why I still have insomnia. I meditate 10 minutes twice a day!” It is also a sentiment that I’ve heard reflected through my patients time and time again. There are countless articles on meditation on the interwebs and we, as consumers of the digital intelligence age, eat it all up. It almost seems too good to be true: Read More
One of my best friends chooses a “theme” every year. He picks a phrase and uses it as a compass that he makes a conscious choice to follow every day. Last year, he set his intentions on “Friends. Family. Finances.” And by following his compass, I watched as he deepened relationships, traveled all over the US and moved to the city of his dreams. I watched as at every crossroads, he would ask himself, “Is this in alignment with my theme?” and he would step forward with consciousness instead of just letting Life’s momentum carry him through, like so many of us do. So I decided to follow his example and set forth an intention for my own year. Read More
So Dear Ones, let's take it down a notch; let’s fake it ‘til we make it. Let’s stop apologizing for the space we take up in our own lives. Just show up. Let’s sing, even if it is out of harmony. Let’s stumble over the piano keys. Even if all you’ve got is 10% of perfection; nay, even if all we've got is 1% of perfection! If we spend our lives practicing for perfection, we may never be seen.
Let’s stop showing up with our 100%. Read More