Late Summer 2018

Thoughts on the Season….

Centeredness.

Earth.

Calm mind.

This season of Late Summer is associated with the Spleen and Stomach, the Earth element, the directionality of center, the color yellow, and compassion.  Presently, we find ourselves between Summer and Fall.  The Spleen Qi/Energy is what sustains us through transitions.  We are always looking to support the Spleen as we move from one season to another.  This whole season is a transition; so the Spleen is ready to shine! To keep that Qi shining, we want to nourish our Spleen Qi.  Spleen Qi is reflected in both our digestion and our mind.  In Chinese medicine, they are very closely inter-related.  When we are digesting and assimilating both our food and our emotional experiences well, then the mind is calm and clear.

Finding time to sit in stillness, meditation, on the Earth is a powerful way to nourish Spleen Qi.  We can feel into the pause of transition.  This process keeps us centered in ourselves and allows time and space for digesting the circumstances of our lives.

There is also a proclivity for Dampness to set in at this time of year.  There is a lot of humidity which can be challenging for the Spleen….it hampers the flow of Qi.  Burning moxa on acupuncture points is potently effective at transforming Dampness.  We can review which points would be most indicated for you.  I am equipped to send you home with moxa you can burn yourself.  This process helps improve sluggish digestion, foggy headedness, and joint pain, AND the smell of the burning mugwort (moxa) calms the mind!

On the topic of compassion, it is our Spleen Qi that allows us to hold space for another, to truly care about someone else’s experience.  Robust Spleen Qi keeps our boundaries intact, not losing touch with our sense of self as we empathize with others.

The author Brene Brown eloquently states on this subject,

”Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded.  It’s a relationship between equals.  Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others.  Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

Enjoy Late Summer!

🌼

Sally Robinson, L.Ac.

828-545-2288

whitepineacupuncture.com

 

 

Summer ♥️

Summer is here! Summer is the season of the Heart, joy, Fire and laughter.  Our energy is more expansive under the Sun’s extended rays.

9B1CF951-69CD-40D0-90EE-6B34F12FD97A.jpegThe fiery energy of Summer encourages us to open our hearts.  When our hearts are open, our Shen(spirit) is calm and content. Perhaps like the stargazer pictured above, we may emulate that beautiful unfurling of petals as we let our hearts shine forth!  Offering up our own, unique light….

In sync with this offering of light is a passage by Carlos Castaneda:

”To seek freedom is the only driving force I know.  Freedom to fly off into that infinity out there.  Freedom to dissolve; to lift off; to be like the flame of a candle, which, in spite of being up against the light of a billion stars, remains intact, because it never pretended to be more than what it is: a mere candle.”

Enjoy the bright warmth of Summer!

Sally Robinson, L.Ac.

828-545-2288

whitepineacupuncture.com

Spring has sprung, and with it comes voting time!

Hello!

Thank you for all the support through the years.  It has been such an honor to have wins in the Best of WNC.  We’d love to continue winning! We need your votes to make it happen.

 

The polls have just opened, and they’ll be open through April 28th.  You only need to vote in 30 categories. We are found in the Health and Wellness category, as Acupuncturist: Sally Robinson, Acupuncture clinic: White Pine Acupuncture, and Massage Therapist: Jenny Bourdette Lusk. So, please consider heading over to:

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Winter and Water 💦 2017

Wintry greetings!

Happy Solstice!

In Chinese Medicine, Winter is the season of the Water element, associated with the Kidneys, the colors blue and black, the emotions of fear and conversely  willpower.  With the shortened days of light, we are called to pull in and restore.  In this time of year, we experience more time in the dark of night.  This darkness is imbued with mystery and inspiration.  Can we embrace the calming, restorative nature of the extended darkness? We know that there is always a spark of light contained in the dark, and even in the depths of the dark night, we can trust the certainty of the coming dawn.  This inward restorative process is very nourishing to the Kidneys.

 

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In keeping with the tradition of sharing a haiku to honor the season, I have selected one from the renowned Japanese haiku master, Matsuo Basho. It seems to aptly capture the essence of Winter:

 

weather beaten

wind pierces my body

to my heart

 

My sense is that to be pierced by the elements, or by the  circumstances of one’s life, requires an agreement of sorts from our Kidney aspect.  Could we be willing to push though any fear or trepidation and even invite the intense weather/circumstances into our lives? I think yes. Once there, to be in one’s Heart is to be in alignment with the unfolding of one’s life.  The Heart is the balancing counterpoint to the Kidneys.  By embracing the Will of our Kidneys, pushing through fear, we can find our way into the residence of our Heart.

With this Winter’s arrival, let us welcome the inherent balance of the Fire of the Heart with the Water of the Kidneys, seeking and trusting the interplay of activity and rest, determination and fear, and radiance and darkness.

In closing, I hope this time of Winter and Water finds you feeling inspired to rest and restore, and to step more fully into your Heart which is well equipped, thanks to the support from the Kidneys below, to go forth with the sensitivity, boldness, and loving nature that is its natural way!

With love,

Sally Robinson, L.Ac.

whitepineacupuncture.com

828-545-2288