It has been a while since I wrote a full blog post and sent out a newsletter. It isn’t due to lack of information, or lack of trying. I think I have now started over a dozen different posts, but they never seem to be quite what I am trying to portray. My mind has been buzzing with information, processes, etc. since starting my mentorship program in New York. There are a total of 6 sessions in this program, spread out over the course of 1 year. Five of them in New York, then one week long retreat in Maine at the end of September. Each session focuses on one element from the 5 Element model used in Chinese Medicine and Taoist philosophy (with the first weekend used as a general introduction to the system). It is challenging to write about these weekends, because I feel I am learning so much and it is transforming not only the work I do with each of you, but how I view the world away from my office. I have realized that it is impossible for me to write just a blog about how these classes are helping me in the treatment room, so instead I am reaching out to say hello to all of you wonderful people with a very brief explanation of what I have been learning about:
In Taoist philosophy, all beings are thought to be a microcosm of the world around them/us. So each of these Elements can be seen in the big picture as the seasons cycling through the year: Winter, Spring, Summer, Indian Summer, Autumn, and back to Winter. This same cycle can be seen during the course of a day: Midnight, Dawn, Noon, Dusk, and back to Midnight. In the course of our lives it can be seen as: Conception, Birth, Maturity, Reproduction, Old Age, and Death (back to the Earth).
So far, I have had intensive weekends focusing on the energies of the Wood and Fire Elements, spring and summer, respectively. With each of these Elements, I am learning not only what they are about, but how to understand them at a deeper level, which allows me a better understanding of how to help you manifest a balance of the 5 Elements in your daily life which will lead to a healthier, happier you.
These classes are also helping me gain access to more tools for my toolbox also. This includes visualization techniques, some forms of meditation, and some use of essential oils. I have really enjoyed bringing these techniques into the treatment room to help you find place of optimal healing. I hope to resume my monthly newsletters here for a monthly source of information. If you ever have specific questions for me, please feel free to call, email or stop by during business hours Tuesday through Fridays.