How Does Acupuncture Work?
"Oh, I believe in acupuncture!"
Sometimes people say this to me conspiratorially like we’re both confessing to something akin to faith in the tooth fairy and genies.
Sometimes their statement is meant to confirm their position in the billion-dollar alternative medicine consumer movement, providing options for wellness, prevention and “healing” to those not fully satisfied, or not served at all, by the modern health care system.
And sometimes, particularly when they are new patients, the statement seems meant to reassure us both that the work we’re about to do together is likely to be effective.
Easy meditation for over-thinking
"My mind has a mind of its own!"
If this sounds like you, then, which end of this quote are you on?
Meditation is the hot thing now, even though it's been a performance optimizer and success strategy for thousands of years. Fortune 100 CEO's are hiring meditation coaches now, and that's putting it back on the map, along with the yoga explosion.
Anyone can meditate and anyone can reap the benefits. But the most common objection I hear when suggesting it to patients is:
"I can't meditate because I think too much."
It's not the bubble baths of life that teach us
I recently had the privilege of being in mind-scrambling agony.
Nervy, hot, searing, throbbing, sustained pain.
So much pain that I couldn’t think.
I couldn’t connect with hope. I couldn’t find a single position to be comfortable in. I couldn’t walk, sit, bend (even nod) or stand. No amount of aspirin or ibuprofen could touch it.
I couldn’t sleep. My mind was bent on fear: what will happen if scenarios…. And on the other side of it – having engaged the medicine of healing – I’m so thankful. Thankful it’s over, yes.
But also thankful to have gone through it. Because, as one of my favorite teachers, Pema Chodron, lectured us while teaching on the topic mind management and anger, “it’s not the bubble baths of life that teach you...."
Think with your heart & feel with your head
I love this quote from Dr. Joseph Michael Levry
founder of Naam Yoga:
"Think with Your Heart…"
We get so trapped in our heads trying to find solutions to problems.
We’re taught even as toddlers, to be rational.
In truth, the ability to evaluate information logically is a critical success skill. But when it comes to happiness, and really feeling that big YES about our lives?... this is not the province of the intellect. This is fulfillment of the heart.
Leaving Traces in your brain
Day after day, your mind is building your brain.
So what are you thinking about, obsessing about?
What are you enjoying every day?
Thanks to a concept known as Neural Darwinism – “survival of the busiest” –whatever captures your mind-share dominates your brain changes.
You teach your brain WHAT to think about,
and HOW you should feel.
Turns out that old meditation saying is a scientific fact:
“you become what your mind rests upon."