"Monica consistently helps my body heal. I have no words for the relief,
the actual tangible results I have gotten from routinely seeing her for acupuncture."
Giving Back: First Thursday Charitable Contributions
Because I believe that we are part of the whole, each of us woven together with our neighbors, our families (like it or not), our neighborhood, our economy, our political system (for better or for worse), our planet, our universe, and our shared world, I believe that the health and wellbeing of the world we live in impacts all of us, sometimes in dramatic ways.
I see this in small ways, and often direct ones, in my acupuncture practice. Mold in your home can make you sick. Eating vibrant food grown with love, or cooked with care, can help you flourish and feel well. It’s also true that a belief held in childhood can haunt you into adulthood, sometimes without you fully realizing just how much this faint whisper is hurting your heart.
When the U.S. election happened in November of 2016, many of my patients came in crying, feeling lost and afraid and alone and defeated. Just as illness can be a wake-up call, regime change can shake us from our sleep.
Though I had already started thinking about charitable giving and how my acupuncture practice could contribute in a more direct and directed way to the larger landscape of this planet I love, and to the people of Philadelphia, this city I call home, the 2016 election results urged me to start contributing right away.
Effective December 1, 2016, 20% of all money I take in on the first Thursday of the month (at my “home” office, a few blocks from my actual home in West Philly) will be given to an organization doing good work in Philadelphia. I will change the organization every few months in order to allow time for my contribution to build.
20% of all incoming money on October 4, November 1, and December 6, 2018 will be given to The Center for Grieving Children: http://grievingchildren.org/
"The free peer support groups for children and teens, ages 5 to 18, who have experienced the death of someone close to them, take place every other week, in the late afternoon or evenings. Peer support and a caring adult presence help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness that children may experience after a death. We use a model of peer support, adult mentoring, and therapeutic play and creative expression – enabling children to respond in constructive ways and to discover skills for growing through their grieving process. We do not charge families for our services."
While I will focus on local organizations, some selections will also be global, because the reality we have long been waking up to is that what happens on the other side of the world is intricately stitched into, and has a direct impact on, our experience right here.
This has always been true, even when we can’t quite draw the line and see the connection for ourselves.
A central tenet of Chinese Medicine is that each of us as individuals stand between Heaven and Earth. Standing between Heaven and Earth means that each of us can act as a conduit for the higher values of consciousness, oneness, tolerance, and love. We can bring these values into this material world that we live in day to day. And we can treat each other and this beautiful planet and its dear, fabulous people, plants, and animals with protection and care.
As we make our way through shared grief, tenderness, injustice, and intolerance, please stand with me to plug into the higher value of oneness. We really are all in this together.