Fall signals the harvest season: a time to reflect on our original intentions for the year and acknowledge all our hard work so far. We may grieve how quickly the year has flown by and yet cherish the fall flavors and colors. The season is inspiring, poignant, bittersweet. Between school, work activities, and holidays, this is a season to reconnect with ourselves and our higher purpose, and to connect with others in a spirit of collaboration.
I was recently at dinner with friends — all of us acupuncturists with various backgrounds — and we were deep in discussion about how to describe what it is that we do. One said, “I call myself a Chinese Medicine Practitioner because that’s what I studied — all aspects of it (needles, herbs, movement & philosophy).” I wondered aloud, “Do you think that right now, there is a group of healers in China having dinner together saying, ‘I call myself a Western Medicine Practitioner because that’s what I studied – love those MRI’s and cortisone injections!’ ”
We tossed around the use of the term “Chinese Medicine.” What we are really pointing to when we use this term is ancient wisdom — not wisdom that is only exclusive to China, either but threaded through all the ancient world religions and traditions. It is the wisdom of observing the natural movements of life and the power of nature to heal the body, mind, and spirit.