It's (almost) autumn. And that means back-to-school energy (even if you haven’t been in school in so long!) and reconnecting with a routine. The word in my mind lately is "to hone." I looked it up and a few definitions of "to hone" include: "to smooth and sharpen (a blade)" or "refine or perfect (something) over a period of time." And in a word, that's what autumn's all about my friends. The shorter days force us to choose. What do we want to sharpen and smooth? What is truly precious to us? My birthday was a few weeks ago and I have a new tradition of choosing one task to unfold from one birthday to the next. This year I'm reading a chapter a day (with commentary) of the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen (the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine), a text that dates back 2,000 years and holds some of the fundamental ideas about yin and yang and Chinese Medicine theory.
I’m now entering my tenth year of acupuncture practice and it’s back to the basics for me. The basics are never boring as I always relearn and reconnect with how amazingly vast the universe, and my chosen system of medicine, are.
I’m also ending each day with a paragraph story from Hindu mythology from a children’s book my husband Hanbit found for me on the side of the road. Chinese Medicine in the morning and Yoga by night.
Though I let go of my teaching job at the Won Institute, I still find that some days are more compressed/busy than others. When we’re busy, it’s more important than ever to take time for what you truly care about.
Looking to create some space and attune with autumn? Check out my seasonally-inspired restorative yoga workshop: in-person at Studio 34 Yoga on Friday September 29th! The last day for early bird pricing is 9/19 and I do expect this one to fill, so please consider registering soon. Or reach out if you have questions.