The other morning, my daughter asked me to print a poem for her that she had written to fulfill an assignment at her school. At first, amidst my usual “go- go” mental mode, I planned to simply print it, give it to her, and then continue with my morning rat race.
Yes, I do confess that I am in that mode sometimes as well, especially on mornings when it feels like a million things need to be done ;-).
However, this time, after printing my daughter’s poem, I decided to read it. I almost fell off my chair while tears of awe, deep joy, and gratitude starting running down my cheeks.
I couldn’t believe the beauty and depth of her words, especially since she is only fourteen years old.
Little did she know, she was my “medicine” that morning. I was able to slow down and remember what really matters- that we are always connected to our heart and to the depth of our soul because that is who we are. We are not our job, how much money we make, or how much we think we have accomplished. We are so much more than that- and that morning, I was reminded, once again, of this truth.
Before I started to write this blog, I literally spent almost two weeks trying to come up with something about the Chinese Medicines of the season: what foods are healthy to eat, and how our bodies are a really microorganisms mirroring the function of greater nature. I had so much in my head that it became like a chore or an obligation. Even at one point, I lost the blog completely from a word press error! That is when I knew I had to stop and just let it go.
Once again, though, my daughter reminded me that of everything I talk about in my blogs, with my friends, with my clients, and even just people in general- I may not always come from from the king of our kingdom: the heart.
We tend (including myself, as you can see) to be so much in the mind that we become too over-stressed to focus on what really matters. Even if we are trying to teach wonderful, enriching, deep knowledge- it doesn’t really matter if it doesn’t come from the heart and the soul.
I believe there are no accidents in this life. So yes, we have to pay bills, survive, go to jobs we may not enjoy, do things we don’t feel like doing, and get along with others we may not truly like- and yet it is possible to stay true to oneself. Even still, life always has a way to put us back on “the path.”
Some of us may take a little longer, but in the end, we are all yearning to follow our deepest desires of the heart. We long to touch other people’s lives in the most wonderful and profound way. We all have that capacity- so keeping that creativity and full potential inside will be the saddest thing should we get to the end of life only to realize we didn’t love more, live more, give more, accept love from others, and love ourselves and others without conditions.
Chinese medicine has a way of reminding us of this deepest truth. There are specific points with names that work as doorways to remembering what it means to each of us to be on the path- the path of the soul, that is.
No, this blog is not about explaining what a sluggish spleen or liver fire means in Chinese Medicine, but rather, a call to rise up to our own magnificence, and to always remember our eternal soul and our eternal self. Yes, thoughts can come in brilliant ways, especially when we quiet our own mental chatter to let the greatest truth and the grandest version of who we truly are shine through.
So, as you can see by reading these words, this newsletter is not at all what I thought was going to turn out to be, but in the spirit of expressing love and gratitude, I hope you always remember that you are wonderful and that you have unique gifts and talents to offer the world- and that without you, the world would never be the same.
I hope your Thanksgiving Holiday was wonderful and full of joy!
May you SHINE YOUR magnificence like when I read my daughter’s poem and saw the treasure and depth of her heart.
* With these words I am going to pass along a Sweet Potato casserole recipe from my heart to yours. I hope you get to enjoy yourself very much and find the magnificence that you are this holiday season.
With so much love…
2 teaspoons of coconut oil
5 pounds sweet potatoes (about 5 medium)
1/2 cup Organic Maple Syrup
2 large eggs
4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Himalayan or Celtic salt
2 tablespoon of raw sugar
1 full cup of chopped pecans
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
2) Bring 4 or 5 inches of water to a boil in a pot with a large steamer basket in place.
3) Add the sweet potatoes in a steamer basket and put it on top of the pan. Once the water is boiling (for about 25 minutes or so) until the sweet potatoes are soft enough to cut into smaller pieces.
4) Pour the sweet potatoes in a glass pan and let them cool down for a bit.
5) Mix the organic maple syrup, 2 large eggs, 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, the ginger, and finally one teaspoon of the Himalayan salt. Mix it with a manual or an electric mixer until you have a very smooth texture.
6) Spread (with clean fingers) the coconut oil into a baking dish so the sweet potato mixture won’t stick to the dish. Pour the small cut sweet potatoes pieces in along with the mixture.
7) Add the cut pecans on top of the sweet potatoes, and if you like, you can add some nutmeg and spread little bits of raw brown sugar over the peas.
8) Put it in the oven at 350 degrees and cook it for 45 minutes- and voila!!!!!
Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Maryland