Nourish the well-spring of your creativity to reclaim your health and connect to your purpose.
This is the intention of my Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine practice. Though not often paired together, creativity and wellness have a synergetic relationship. As an acupuncturist, I use needles, cupping, moxabustion and tui na to facilitate the proper flow of qi (the vital life force) throughout the body. While I cherish this modality of healing, I want to share that tapping into your creativity is a powerful way to flow your own qi—thus heal your body/mind—in a sustainable, impactful and empowered way.
When the body/mind is symptomatic, in pain, anxious, depressed, angry or exhausted the qi is not flowing smoothly throughout the intricate and elegant meridian or channel system. When there is pain, there is stagnation of qi. When there is depression, there is sinking of qi. When there is rage, there is qi rising and expanding outward. While all of these directions of qi in and of themselves are not necessarily harmful, it is living in a constant state of qi impairment that creates symptoms, illness and disease in our bodies and in our minds.
When we take deep breaths, we help the qi to flow smoothly and in the proper direction. Frequent sighing, for instance, is a signal from our body that the qi of the Liver meridian is staccato like in nature, and not flowing freely as is optimal.
Healing occurs at the intersection of inspiration and healthy living.
What does inspiration do to our qi then? Inspiration comes from the the latin word spirare, which means to breathe. Breathing is key to the proper flow of qi. That is why pranayama—one of the eight limbs of yoga—is a cornerstone of healing and vitality in eastern medicine traditions.
By extension, when we are inspired we breathe more fully. What sensations do you experience when inspired? In my own body I feel my blood vessels dilate—which improves blood flow—which carries oxygen—which carries qi/prana— freely to all parts of the body. I have the experience of feeling energized, enlivened, and warm as the blood flows to my previously cold and constricted fingertips and toes.
I have been on a self-healing path for nearly two decades now. I have been practicing and studying Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine for close to a decade. I have discovered that everything under the umbrella of diet, lifestyle, herbal medicine and stress management is simply not enough for sustainable wellness. What is missing from our healing process is the acknowledgment that our lives must have meaning. That everyday we must connect to the passion and purpose of our existence.
Whether you are a writer, musician, painter, dancer, healer or entrepreneur, creativity is the bridge to healing your body/mind and stepping into the fullest expression of your work.
I’ve turned my passion for Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine into the driving force of my own well-being. I know it is not easy to step into the vulnerable space the surfaces when one confronts their own creative desires head on. I truly believe that in my darkest year of life, it was writing that saved me. I supported my body/mind with nutritious and delicious food, meditation, movement and friends, but it was writing that helped me turn my darkest night into the bright new day from which I now live and thrive. When grief laid heavy on my heart, it was engaging with the creative parts of my life that transformed loss into hope and allowed me to make meaning of the meaningless.
I am so excited to share with you my newest offering called “Self Care for Creatives”. This is one-on-one private coaching program that will assess both your body/mind imbalances AND your creative imbalances from the perspectives of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. I will guide you through transforming practices of self-care that will allow you to heal yourself while stepping into the world as creative, artist, healer or entrepreneur.
Make space for the life you desire with the transformative practice of self care.
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All my love,