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Carrying this Deep Weight of Gratitude


Carrying this Deep Weight of Gratitude

Be the change you wish to see in the world
— Mahatma Gandhi

We often go through life, living is discontentment. Seeing all we would like to change and challenge. Noticing when bad things happen to me, to the world around me…

Today as we Americans celebrate this day, a day we call Thanksgiving. A day to live in gratitude for the abundance in which we live. Plentiful food, loving families, victorious football teams. We eat, we rest, we laugh and we enjoy the bounty. We take this time to rest and reenergize...

But we must not forget after our rest, comes action.  Action to invigorate this bounty, abundance and gratitude into our daily lives in meaningful ways. To use the privilege that many of us hold to find our way through the darkness of discontentment. We must use our skillful means to show our gratitude…

To honor the Earth.
To honor other sentient beings.
To live in loving kindness and compassion.

We use this deep weight of gratitude, this burden to lift others. To feed others. To be in abundance with your neighbors. Happy Thanksgiving.


Broken Bowl -  Stomach 12: The Opening of the Earth


Broken Bowl - Stomach 12: The Opening of the Earth

From the broken cracks life sprouts forth new buds of possibility.

This beautiful point is often underutilized due to the finesse it takes in needling it appropriately and safely, but I find Broken Bowl to be essential in treating disordered eating, lung disorders, thyroid disease and neck pain and constraint.

Located in the soft tissue resting at the midpoint of clavicle or ‘basin bone’, this point is at a juncture of complicated neck anatomy including nerves, arteries, veins, and delicate muscular tissue and fascia. This juncture is a place qi easily gets stuck.

By opening up the flow of qi to the head and neck, the stomach channel comes alive,

The only Yang channel located on the front of the body, this meridian is especially important to enlivening the function of the body and specifically the digestive system. By recognizing that food is the means by which we recreate the world as ourselves, we begin to understand the importance of the Stomach and all the potential it holds regarding nourishment on physical and emotional levels.

With this point, broken bowl, there is an understanding of imperfection. The ‘bowl’ mirrors the function of the stomach and digestive system of holding and passing food. It echoes the Earth element’s function of holding fertile ground for growing nourishment. But realizing the inherent imperfection or ‘brokenness’ of this bowl, there is an opportunity for growth and possibility. It is through the breaking of the ground that new buds spring forth.