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March 26, 2019

Spring is the season of “Wind” in Chinese Medicine. Spring (like Autumn) is a pivot season, where we are moving between the ecliposed darkness of Winter and the full light of Summer.

This Spring has been especially changeable for me.

This Spring, I resigned from my position at Drexel where I ran their employee wellness program for (almost) 11 years. I completed yoga teacher training (and am sitting in the formation of a plan for how I want to teach). And on April 17th I’m getting married to...

March 8, 2017

"Am I worthy of support?" Yes! Yes yes yes DEFINITELY YES you are without a doubt worthy of support!

But so many of us struggle with not feeling worthy or with feeling like we are “too much.” Several people I’ve been working with lately have apologized to me for “being a mess” or they’ve expressed guilt for feeling like they’ve given me “too much” to help them with.

I’ve been there before. Feeling like too much. Feeling like I’m not worthy of support. Feeling embarrassed about how I’m feelin...

December 14, 2016

It’s taken me awhile to figure out that (for me) less is more. This means less house, fewer possessions, a small wardrobe (uh-oh, now you’re going to check out my three pairs of pants), and fewer “big” vacations (but more frequent mini-vacations, like going to Northern Liberties by Uber and enjoying being “away” in a completely different landscape from my beloved West Philly).

But in recent years, when I’ve been working hard to build my acupuncture practice, I notice that I’ve been needing...

September 4, 2016

Hi friends, Today is my birthday (yah!) and today is also Acupuncture with Monica’s “birthday.” (Today is the anniversary of the day I first opened for business 2 years ago.) Happy birthday to us, and maybe to you too, if you were born in August or September.

I’m taking a moment to celebrate with you because you’ve been there with me on this journey. I’m touched and honored by everyone who has visited me as a patient or taken the time to open this email and take a peek into my world.

I’m wri...

August 13, 2016

In the last newsletter, I offered some general guidelines about how to make the most of your acupuncture experience, should you decide to dip your toe in.

I wanted to follow-up with another real-life example of the results one patient experienced when she committed to the five-session weekly package that I designed in particular to help people with ongoing health issues who need a boost to get back on track with their health.

I offered to change tiny details in the email this patient recentl...

June 29, 2016

Flowers always help my heart feel connected to love. Whether I’m happy, or sad, or depleted, or joyful, I often turn to flowers to meet my needs for beauty and comfort and for that feeling of being “plugged-in” and part of the world.

I think it’s because flowers spring forth from the humility of the earth and represent creativity and perseverance to me. Plants never question if they should grow or not. They just keep reaching towards the light.

As we head into summer, the season of peak perf...

February 9, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year!  It may still be chilly, but Chinese New Year (February 8th this year) marks the beginning of Spring.  Spring is the season of growth and development in Chinese Medicine. It’s a great time of year to “spring” into action if you have a dream or a vision that you’ve been nurturing or dreaming about through the dark, cold days of winter.

 

What I really love about acupuncture is watching my patients get out of pain (be it physical, emotional, or mental struggles) an...

February 1, 2016

If you feel stuck in pain or bogged down by life, or just generally fragmented or disconnected, practices that help you take a pause and gain some perspective may be incredibly helpful for you. Examples of these practices include: prayer, meditation, and acupuncture. Acupuncture rebalances your energy and gives you space to really connect to yourself and to how you feel.

 

A gratitude journal is also incredibly useful, though I find that there are a few specific tips, which I will share with...

January 14, 2016

When my boyfriend Hanbit arrived in Philadelphia a couple of years ago, he owned no socks. That’s right. The man owned ZERO pairs of socks. In his defense, Hanbit moved here from Florida, so I guess the no-socks, flip-flop thing kind of made sense. But, in Philly, not having socks does not really work.

 

Hanbit arrived in April, so it was getting warmer day by day. But when August came, I started having the “socks talk.” Knowing that Hanbit was resistant to all footwear, I guessed (correctly...

August 7, 2015

Sometimes, the complexity of our lives can start to bear down on us. We all are juggling so much. Financial strain, overwhelm at work, difficult relationships with our colleagues or even with those we love most. Even playing too hard while on vacation (does anyone out there need a vacation from their vacation?) can leave us feeling tired and frayed. Just wanting to truly relax. All of these daily stresses take a toll and can hurt our hearts. It’s easy to feel vulnerable and to get pulled u...

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