The Flowering of Love is meditation. - Krishnamurti
By Sheri Laine, L.Ac, Diplomate of Acupuncture
Columnist - The Integrative Piece
Counselor - The Magazine for Addiction and Mental Health Professionals
Mark is a sixty nine year-old family man who is still gainfully employed as a 9-5 machinist. He was also a lifelong smoker and had no intention to quit even though he knew it was not in his best interests.
Then came his moment of truth…
A lung X-ray revealed a specious spot on his lung.
Each of us can make everything that comes our way somewhat easier, or more difficult, to deal with. There are always going to be challenges and stressful situations. That’s just part of life. What is also part of life is that every day we get to make choices as to how we let life’s inevitable ups and downs affect us.
I have treated many children over the past 25 years and always welcome their sweet energy to my treatment room. It is not uncommon for little ones to have disturbed sleep as they have so much internal and external developmental growth going on.
In my experience, there are two distinct types of patients seeking support with acupuncture. The first is the patient who views their wellness as an ongoing journey, chipping away day- to -day, mindful about their health and wellbeing. The other type is the patient who only pays attention when faced with an illness or injury.
In Oriental Medicine, we call kidneys the ‘ministers of health’ since they are responsible for and relate to the area of reproduction, growth and regeneration. One of the kidney’s most important jobs, in the creation of heat and fire, is the movement of energy that fuels us, not unlike an engine. The kidneys are the battery pack of the body; their strength and health must always be addressed.
I find it quite commonplace, as people go about living their lives inside and outside of their homes, they forget to notice the inherent beauty around them.
Remember a time when you were in the mountains, or by the sea, enjoying the unique sounds and smells.
The good news -- 60 really is the new 40.
When I was growing up in the 1960s and realized that my grandparents were sixty, they seemed and looked so old. Times have definitely changed for the better in regard to aging in our society. There have never been so many positive ways to educate, enlighten and adopt the many documented discoveries.
Lately, I have been noticing more and more women patients of a certain age (45-65ish) who are just so, so busy. Busy every moment of every day…running, running. They come in exhausted, having been to their exercise class, hair appointments, manicures, facials, work, lunch with friends shopping, etc. It’s as if being “ busy” is a new status for importance, a badge of honor.
In Living The EnerQi Connection, accomplished acupuncturist Sheri Laine explores this innate natural energy, how it works, how it can benefit your life, and how you can easily cultivate your own powerful EnerQi.
Daily care of your Qi is vital for well-being and happiness. Qi is our life force, or vital energy, the electromagnetic vibration that circulates in and around each of us. This energy system carries our physical, mental, and spiritual power within it. Our Qi is energetically charged with daily movement. Make sure you are intentionally exercising five times a week -- no matter what -- for at least 25-60 minutes.
We can’t all be artists or writers, but what we can create is a positive mental narrative of situations, good or bad, that we find ourselves in daily as we weave in and out of pathways that reflect our lives’ changing circumstances. Sadness, anxiety, disempowerment, and constant stress are all changing emotional feelings which often lead to a manifestation of negative physical symptoms, especially since these feelings carry with them a negative charge.
In many ways, it really does "Take a Village" – a phrase some therapists call the "Barbara Streisand Effect" -- meaning we need other people in our lives to love, support, and nurture us.
Barbara Streisand nailed it with her song "People":
'Curare' is the Latin term for both caring and curing.
As we “care” for ourselves, the positive vibrations radiating from us flow to others around us. They feel our vibration. They want our “cure”.
In the study of Oriental Medicine, we focus on one’s breath; the feeling of circulating our Qi ( life force ) and the connection to our inhalations and exhalations. If you practice Qigong or T’ai Chi, part of the exercise -- along with the movements -- is the use your abdominal breath as a powerful source of Qi revitalization and movement. Using your breath is another excellent way to calm your mind and reach down into the reservoir of inner strength that you always have available within your own body.
When I see my patient Analise, I am reminded of the happy positive feelings this song portrays. It is always a special pleasure to see patients like Analise. She is a “glass half full“ type of person. As single mother in her thirty’s who is studying medicine, she has been coming to my clinic for the past 18 years for tune ups that keep her equilibrium strong. She has the attributes of a mentally strong person as she maneuvers through life’s many challenges.
Springtime gives us all the opportunity to see, and experience growth and change. Every where we look are the beginnings of new life, the renewal of nature’s bounty. Spring fever is associated with a new found energy, a vibrancy of movement, a desire to get up and out. Spring cleaning calls to mind the desire to rid ones self of the old, to make room for the new, the unexpected and the creation of something else.
In Chinese Medicine, we have a wonderful saying: The Mind Leads the Qi. Qi (chee) is the energy or life force that circulates throughout our body, carrying with it our body’s blood and oxygen, ensuring healthy functioning of all bodily systems, organs and cells.
The definition literally means ‘I bow to you’.
In yoga, Namaste is said at the end of class after the rest period (savasana) before leaving the room as a salutation of awareness - awareness of one’s divine essence. I recognize the divine essence within you.
In Oriental Medicine, we have a saying that applies powerfully to us all: “The Mind leads the Qi”.
Here is my joyful living reminder list for you to consider this holiday season:
Everything we put into our bodies has a cause and effect to what we having going on outside our bodies. Give it a try. Make every meal a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables. Substitute empty calories for calories that count. Remember, our body is a vibrant energetic power source, our own beautiful temple.
Do you ever wonder what the word balance means in relationship to how we live and behave in our mental, physical and emotional lives, and why a lot of us seem to be reading and talking about balance more frequently?