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November 14, 2019

We’re in the time of year (autumn) associated with the organs of the Lung (Chinese Medicine uses the singular to refer to the two lungs) and the Large Intestine. 

While autumn is a season of decline, it’s also a season of great inspiration. The leaves flash their most beautiful colors before they die off and drop down. Nature makes a grand show as the passing of this season propels us to make more time to reflect and retreat. 

Autumn is naturally a little melancholic. The associated emotion...

October 31, 2019

The Lung (Chinese Medicine uses the singular to refer to the two lungs) is said to be the “Commander of the Qi” which helps to set the rhythms for our body, mind, and spirit.

In this way, the Lung, our posture, and how we are breathing, sets the tone for our entire lived experience. When the breath slows, we feel steady and at ease. When we stand up straight but without tension, we feel powerful and strong. When the breath compresses, quickens, or is held, we start to feel panicky and fast,...

September 14, 2019

Autumn is often a time when melancholy sets in. The beauty in nature peaks as the leaves turn, then slowly, or suddenly, the trees are stripped bare.

The energy in nature is moving downwards in autumn, and so this is an excellent time of year to let go. Letting go can look drastic. Maybe you clean out that closet, room, or drawer in one fell swoop. Or it can be gradual. Maybe you begin to assess the quality of relationships in your life and vow to communicate more authentically so that you...

November 14, 2016

We tend to think of letting go as a big dramatic process, and sometimes it is. Letting go can mean letting go of a job, a relationship, or a story of blame or victimization that has been fueling your rage for years on end!

But, often, letting go is a process less fit for the stage, and it looks like a series of micro-choices. It really is the little things that contribute so powerfully to our health. I emphasize these day-in-day-out choices with my patients.

We can let go of the candy offere...

November 1, 2016

All of us have at least a few outdated beliefs or habits or ways of thinking. By “outdated” I mean beliefs or stories or ideas about ourselves, other people, or the world that aren’t really true, but which we continue to hold onto out of habit or fear or the desire to be right.

I recently was stuck in a quandary myself and was talking to my acupuncturist about this dilemma during our most recent session. I would love to give you a concrete example but honestly I don’t even remember what exa...

October 31, 2015

Autumn has arrived. For many of us, this is a sad time of year, often filled with yearning for summer or regrets about the past. The emotion of autumn according to the Chinese Medicine classics is “grief.” Grief can be quite palpable during the time of year when the trees release their leaves and the flowers start to dry up and die.


This grief is especially poignant if we forget that this act of composting is what enriches the soil for the coming spring!  


The opportunity that autumn prese...

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