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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Acupuncture and Growth
As spring develops further, we cannot help but notice the changes. In nature, the trees are starting to bud, flowers are blooming, the wind is blowing, and the sun is up longer every day. It is a time of hope, renewal, and putting plans into action. Lots of us made resolutions in January. April is the perfect time to really get going with them. Acupuncture can help keep our energy smooth as we stretch and grow. 

It is natural to start slowly with big plans. In fact, small steps are a good way to improve your chances of success. The mighty oak starts as an acorn, then a seedling and so on. It is not taller than a house in just one year! Our plans grow in much the same way. Moreover, when we make a commitment to steady growth, it is best to commit to the feeding and nurturing of that dream, not just to what we imagine it must become. Therefore, it is best to focus on doing whatever will nourish the dream. This allows maximum flexibility and increases the possibilities that can develop.

When we place too many conditions and controls on our dreams at the outset, it cuts off the flow of enthusiastic energy that will give it life. This is another way of saying that attachment to outcome is a qi thief. Having strong expectations and attachments to how things will go steals our energy. Rather, putting a dream in fertile soil, placing it in the right spot, and watering it as much as it needs, requires zero expectation. What it requires is patience and benevolence.

Acupuncture opens the channels and nourishes the qi; exactly as a gardener tends her garden. When we cultivate the qi without placing lots of demands on how it manifests, we allow maximum growth.

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