Living the Elements: Fire

Living the Elements: Fire

Summer is a time when it is safe to blossom, because all danger of frost is past. What a relief! We can shed our protective layers, and stand in the open, to see and be seen as who we really are. Summer is the time of extended light and warmth, and this is the basis of its capacity to invite us into the openness and exposure that allows us to create fulfilling connections.

How to Become a Reassurance Expert, on a Me-First Basis

How to Become a Reassurance Expert, on a Me-First Basis

How to Become a Reassurance Expert, on a Me-First Basis Whew! When those around us are in fear, how can we be most in service to them? Heroic emotional rescue is exhausting—we may not have it in us to support others when we ourselves are tired, and possibly just as afraid. We need a me-first…

Water Transformation of Virtue: Fear (Kong) to Wisdom (Zhi)

Water Transformation of Virtue: Fear (Kong) to Wisdom (Zhi)

Water Transformation of Virtue: Fear (Kong) to Wisdom (Zhi) In Chinese medicine, there are Five Elements, each with a particular capacity for emotional disturbance. The Water element’s emotional disturbance is fear. Each element also has a virtue that is developed when we bring that emotion back in service to the Heart. Water’s returning to the…

Some Thoughts About Points and Needling

Some Thoughts About Points and Needling

I am preparing to teach a class called Needling From the Heart, and of course, I have my Whole Heart Acupuncture series coming up (with extra clinical mentorship on the Mondays), so the nature of acupuncture points is very much on my mind. Acupuncturists treat points with needles, but we all have acupuncture points, so…

I’m white. Racism doesn’t affect me, does it?

I’m white. Racism doesn’t affect me, does it?

I’m white. Racism doesn’t affect me, does it? I’m going to take a moment to write about a fairly new venture of mine, which I’ve been calling Whole Heart Whiteness. It has arisen in the context of the work I’ve been doing in Baltimore (and soon also in NYC) around healing interracial injury and pain….

Middle-Aged White Woman Teaching  Asian Medicine

Middle-Aged White Woman Teaching Asian Medicine

Middle-Aged White Woman Teaching Asian Medicine Is it cultural appropriation for Westerners to practice Chinese medicine? How about Westerners teaching Chinese medicine? How about innovating new practices, new perspectives, new Western adaptations or sub-modalities that owe their origins to Chinese medicine? These are important questions, and they must be ongoing questions. It seems likely that…