In between the extremes of biomedical diagnoses, or our own negative assessments of ourselves, subtle yet significant shifts occur. Acupuncture works in this gray area. It teaches us to appreciate context and relativity, to reflect on the small changes happening within and around us all the time.
The goal of an acupuncture treatment is not just to eliminate symptoms. Symptom relief is nice, but it’s done with an eye on shifting the underlying patterns of disharmony that are causing symptoms in the first place.
Acupuncture in the most basic sense is about moving things that are stuck. Sometimes symptoms go away immediately and sometimes they get worse before dissipating. In either case, movement—change—is happening.
Pathways to true healing are different for everyone, and they are rarely linear. From an acupuncture perspective, change is the only universal marker of progress. We are getting better as long as we are no longer the same.
And so, cozy up on those dark afternoons. Breathe through the holiday craziness. Recognize the cycle and embrace the shifts. Change of another kind is just around the corner. You’ve got this.
Another lovely piece written by Sara Colobro – read it here.