There is so much said on the forefront and in between.
Relates to many contexts.
There is so much said on the forefront and in between.
Relates to many contexts.
Our decisions are choices based on judging situations. And unfortunately, this can create a conflict of the mind (brain) and heart (soul).
It seems to appear that the brain can easily be conditioned with the certain pictures we see. Images of day to day life, which is only enhanced by media, magazines, billboards, television, and of course by the frequency of environments we choose to inhabit. We, collectively, and singularly are creating our reality.
In specific environments or groups, there seems to invite a cohesive set of accepted and non-acceptable behavioral patterns. Good-bad, successful-non-successful, …dualities developed on illusion.
It creates separation. But we are more alike than it seems, we are all conditioned.
According to philosopher, Zhuang Zi, and his talk on the Dao, the potential of rising above personal human points would cease the belief of differentiation, making things unnameable so we can consider us human beings part of the world. In his mind, the “erudite” with this mindful progressive decision would realign with the universe.
It may seem strange to put these two words/ideas aside one another. And in their solitude, there is not an obvious relation between the two, aside from my own personal life experience, story, and journey.
Today was my first class of my third quarter at ACTCM. I had Tai Ji Quan & The History of Medicine & Healing. My professor in the latter class spoke of the importance of history in story telling & how essentially, story telling allows for medical efficacy between patient and practitioner. It is the means of communication, understanding, and thus the precursor to diagnosis & healing.
We may come to a point in our lives when we need healing, whether it be physical, spiritual, mental, or emotional. To approach the dis-ease, it is imperative to know & understand the history and events prior to discover what really is going inside our bodies.
Upon my reflection of class, my dis-ease, my journey of how I got to this point, I realized that my history in being passionate about art and modeling has led to where I am now.
Some or many may or may not know that I love to model. haha. It’s a release for me, a way to channel emotion, a way to express myself, be carefree, and truly partake in the joy of life. It makes me happy. Of course I’ve had contemplation about it being superficial, but really, when I think about it, the passion behind it led to discovering my other passions in life: fitness, holistic medicine, teaching, and fashion.
I had my first photo shoot when I was 21. I’m about to turn 27 this coming Saturday, so it’s been about 6 years of going on this journey. And throughout these past 6 years, I have went through many obstacles that have made modeling a challenge for me to do on a regular basis. I’ve had fluctuating weight issues, skin issues that prevented me from doing shoots all year when I was 25, emotional instability that controlled & damaged self-confidence. I feel like I’ve never been able to pursue it the way I wanted because of these multiple forms of disease.
And so, when I could not model, I looked into body morphing through diet and multiple training strategies to prepare for my passion. The self experimentation led me into getting certified as a personal trainer, which was great because I was able to get lean and discover my love for helping others, but unfortunate because during that process, my facial skin became extremely inflamed. I couldn’t figure out why my face was havoc when my body was detoxifying and felt better than ever. It was extremely taxing as people would always point out my face to me. It sucked to say the least.
From that point, I started to research vigorously on different diets on how to clean up my face. I then stumbled upon holistic healing and the concept of health being a balance between physical health, mental health, spiritual health, and emotional health. I can definitely say, at that moment in time, I was completely off balance & my endocrine system was so out of sync. I had a lot of emotional barriers too that came into play which affected how I felt about myself and how I interacted with others. Thinking back on my history, it seems to have been a downward spiral for me. It was really difficult.
I needed a change of pace, and with the blessing of my parents, I moved back to the Bay Area from Los Angeles, and was given an opportunity to start fresh and heal everything from physical to emotional to spiritual ailments. I decided I wanted to learn more about the body and understand how to facilitate our body’s natural healing process. And here I am, enrolled at ACTCM, studying acupuncture, pursuing a yoga certification, personal training on the side, and again preparing for my passion.
I am happy that modeling has been the inspiration behind these life endeavors. The passion keeps me determined, disciplined, and hungry. LOL. In a metaphorical sense. I still want to model; I don’t think that will ever change. If I don’t, it will be comparable to denying a part of who I am.
Truth be Told, this took a me a while to write & it probably isn’t as thorough as it could be. Nonetheless, I thought it potentially could be helpful in understanding how our immune system works. It is pretty cool. Our bodies are made to heal itself.
The immune system, an efficient communicative systemic process occurring in the body as our defense is at risk. Invading pathogenic material, the forbearers of disease, antigens, compromise the immune system, potentially leading to a less effective and efficient way of operating at a physiological and psychological level. Luckily, our bodies have a natural healing defense system that aids in our protection.
As antigens enter our body, our bodies respond to these unwelcome pests with “tags” or “marks” them signifying that this potentially destructive essence needs to be recognized. This response is able to happen because of the production of antibodies. Antibodies draw attention to antigens for macrophages and phagocytes to devour them. “Some phagocytes then travel to the body’s lymph nodes and display the material to white blood cells called lymphocytes. This process is important in building immunity.” (wiki) As we can see, our bodies are resilient and made to repair itself.
Lymph nodes also contain B-cells, cells that are a part of humoral immunity which develop antibody markers to initiate antigen lysis, Macrophages, cells that engulf and digest antigens, and T-cells (memory cells) that are part of cell mediated immunity due to its ability to attack pathogens directly. This complex structure within the immune system can be seen in its two different types of immunity: Innate (nonspecific) Immunity and Adaptive (specific) Immunity. Innate Immunity is the first line of defense-always present with a quick response to general classes of pathogens. Natural Killer cells are a part of this system and act on a broad range of antigens or invaders, before the second line of defense; the specific defense system is triggered.
I wrote this for extra credit for my anatomy 2 class. With the extra points, I have a 91% going into the final. I haven’t been digesting the material as easily as anatomy 1 material, but it is very interesting to learn about the components of our bodies and how the intelligently crafted systems work. I’m making it a goal to really grasp this material and with that being said, I have a lot of studying to do. Finals are next week!
“Jack of all trades, Master at none” is something I’ve been hearing repeatedly. People pass this advice along to me constantly, probably because I have so many interests.
I guess I see things a bit differently. I don’t want to choose one or two things if I’m equally passionate about 4 things. After 10,000 hours of practice, one becomes a so called “Master”.
First off, I’m not in a rush or am trying to beat the clock or time to become a master. It’s somewhat of a pretentious title anyway. At this moment, I am striving to embrace my passions fully with my heart. Along the way, I believe I will discover which area I would like to invest a few more thousand hours in. That’s what happens when we grow up, and that’s okay.
Figuring it out for me is a journey, and one that I will live according to what is true to me.
Here is an interesting article I found regarding this topic. It’s refreshing to know there are like minded individuals who believe that constant learning in multiple areas makes you smarter.
Why limit yourself if you have the interest? Why become a master at one thing when you can master more? Yes, I think it is possible. It’s just a concept that is rarely promoted. Open the mind, see the possibilities, embrace it, and develop into what you ultimately want to become.
Today I had a few discussions about setting up a private acupuncture practice. The thoughts of it are a bit overwhelming as it’s not just about the needling technique, which I haven’t even begun to learn yet, it is also about being business savvy-having all the foundational business legs to support the medicine table.
Nonetheless, the thought of it is exciting. In general, it is an exciting time for acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine. It seems that the awareness of holistic medicine is growing and is slowly becoming more recognized as medicine that really kicks ass and works. Pardon my language, but I’ve heard from so many other professionals about their experiences with the medicine and how it has changed their lives as well as their peers’ lives.
One thing for sure is that no one goes into this journey for the money. Much monetary investment goes into the education, and then after graduation, more is shelled into developing a practice. I try not to get too overwhelmed about all the expenses and how long it will take to pay back everything, I just keep the purpose of it all close to my heart, and know that the financial hurdle is minor compared to what it will do for humanity and the future. I know in my heart, this is supposed to be part of my path, I just didn’t guess it would be 4 years earlier than I planned for.
Recently I started private personal training. It has been really wonderful to get back into trainer mode and help others get their body moving and grooving. My experience as a trainer is really what led me to medicine. When I was working in LA, I would talk a lot with my clients about going back to school, and when I moved back to the bay, it all happened so fast, but in perfect timing. I feel the transformation happening within me as I’m becoming more true to myself and defining values. There have been peeling layers off this onion.
Sometimes when I go through my idealistic ways of thinking, I imagine offering fitness personal training with Chinese Medicine, teaching others how to take care of their bodies, move their bodies, become aware of their bodies, and be good to their bodies. Truthfully, I would like to create a health center and service holistic medicine, fitness & meditation classes, yoga, massage, etc. It’s a big idea, but I know this is how I want to leave my little mark in this world. I’m going to strive for it because it pulls at my heart; it makes me tear when I think about it.
The journey will be long and I’m sure arduous, but it’s in motion. I just can’t give up.
It be great to see this dream become reality.
The theme of the past week has been centered around balance. From spinal corrections, to sugar cravings, fixes, study, and play, life seems to say balance is key to peace, and some desires may have to temporarily be disengaged.
Balance of life and balance of the things in it. Some may serve better in the present moment, which may be the foreground and building blocks of creating the life envisioned.
Always a process, like healing, balance take practice, an awareness, and knowing thyself.
Then we can better navigate the world in the place that we are in.
My neck has been out of balance for quite a long time now, regular visits to Dr. So, a chiropractor who has treated me 10 years ago, in the past weeks have dramatically alleviated the odd compression and pulling sensation that has been in the making ever since my first visit back then.
A car accident seen through the xrays have shown beginning signs of arthritis in my cervical spine. It may never be fully back to normal, but I’m sensing blood rush through that area to the skull. It’s making me see things from a different point of view, literally, I feel an inch taller. =)
I’ve also seen Dr. Boyer Cole in San Anselmo this past week. I started seeing him in January for skin eruptions, acne, and inflammation. I recently had blood work done, and will not go into details about that yet, but the general consensus is that my body has a blood sugar level issue, a hypo active thyroid, and slight anemia which is why I crave sugars, need to exercise constantly, and need meat. At least I think so, for iron purposes. I’m not sure if a plant based diet is necessarily the optimum diet. That’s the thing about diets…..not one thing works for everyone; I guess that can be said about most things in life. LOL.
I’m realizing that the balance in life for me at the moment consists of healing the body, body movement, Education, and relationships.
I didn’t write down in my journal the things not to focus on because I don’t want to mentally bring more attention to it by seeing visually on paper. These desires are in my mind, and I know that I will revisit them one day, but now I believe is the time to establish priorities.
Honestly, I think making rigid priorities helps find balance in the things we truly want in our life. I would get overwhelmed by everything because I didn’t have focus, I wanted in all, and I still do. =)
This is a must see documentary regarding the correlation between food, nutrition, and optimum health, featuring speakers who are dedicated to living this lifestyle. One of my inspirations is Mike Adams, and he speaks on the nutritional influence of corporations vs organic foods, amongst other valuable information. Get educated, get healthy =)
Here’s a link to a free viewing, which is only available til the end of this month. Enjoy!