Learn how acupuncture can help you find the joy in today, by Helen Chen, L.Ac., M.S.T.O.M. My neighbor TM was known for her warm smiles that easily light up a room and for her love of dancing that easily heats up the floor. Yesterday, I went to a memorial service for her. It happened all too suddenly. She was at a party last Saturday and experienced a headache that went from mild to severe, and soon it led to vomiting and loss of function in the legs. She was still talking going into the ambulance... but by Sunday night she was pronounced dead, from massive hemorrhage of a burst vessel in the head. It was terribly tragic and sad. Life can be cut short so suddenly. "Death gives no heads up" said the minister of her Church at the service. Tomorrow may never come. For those of us who are still alive, are we really living? News like this compels us to reorder our priorities. None of us alive knows what death is like and when it will come. We can imagine going to sleep at the end of day, and never waking up to the morning. Understanding that today is all we have; the question is to figure out how to pack in more living with what we have -- Today. I'm not suggesting emptying out all your bank account, nor abandoning yourself to reckless pleasures.
For what if there is tomorrow for you?
So a more apparent choice is to grant yourself real and renewable happy experience, here and now, rather than postponing it hoping someday you'd get round to it. The pleasure experience you can give yourself without waiting is concrete and simple. Let your day be anchored in at least one happy event. For some it means morning run, prayer, and meditation. For others: learning a new language, attending to a hobby like gardening, crafts, music... I'm suggesting linking your daily dose of happiness with an activity that moves and inspires. I'm also suggesting let it remain a hobby, so your work is pleasure, untainted by the burdens and stresses of a professional. If you need to find a way of life that can really anchor and engage you. Come to the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey in Morristown, NJ to experience acupuncture. It can effectively help you quiet all the noises and clatters in the head so you can notice what is that special passions of yours that's may be buried beneath all the busy-ness.
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Happy - A documentary
Numerous times, at the end of an acupuncture session, I'd witness a patient opening his/her eyes as if having just arrived from a distant land, a much relaxed face floating a spontaneous smile, in an almost hushed tone uttering such exclamation:" Oh I just had a most wonderful and relaxing acupuncture session. I must be floating far out there somewhere, completely zonked out." Or "oh I had an idea" just came to them out of blue in the session!" That sweet and emptied out experience that comes from acupuncture is one of the most basic and profound benefits. You may drop all the worldly worries and clear out your mind so inspiration and long-held yearning can resurface to lead you to find your life's daily dose of pleasure to balance the rest of the day of duties and worries, and to be at peace with an unknown tomorrow. Post by: Helen Chen, M.T.O.M., L.Ac. Contact us for an appointment with Helen or other practioners