Monday, April 18, 2011
Acupuncture and Happiness
4:55 pm edt
As spring matures into summer, life continues to unfold. The cold, dark days of winter are behind us and we are able to enjoy
the weather before it gets too hot. This is a lot like the honeymoon of a marriage, at the beginning when everything is fresh
and new. It is easy to feel happy under these conditions, as there is much to look forward to and not much to regret. Nature
reminds us of this feeling every year for several weeks.
This is the season of the Fire element in Chinese
For better or for worse, what touches the Heart touches everything. It’s important
to note that joy is not always correct; too much of it can be as bad as too little. Mania is as much a sign of imbalance as
unending sadness. Out of balance, Fire shows up as distorted or lack of joy, lack of compassion, and disconnectedness, twisting
our relationship with others and ourself. The tears of the clown are the perfect illustration of this imbalance.
Acupuncture can help to balance the feelings of happiness by encouraging our Fire to thrive. The pathways
of the Fire element travel from the torso, covering the arms, tracing the imprint of a hug, where we embrace and are held
by loved ones. They end and begin at the tips of the fingers, covering the hands as well, where a handshake connects us with
an associate. When the Fire element is in balance, we feel a level of joy within us most of the time. This is not to say that
we are grinning from ear to ear, but we feel alive and connected as we go about our lives. True joy is
like a fire in the hearth that warms the home, just as the compassionate fire of the Heart warms the spirit. Using acupuncture
is one way to tend the Fire.