What, no acupuncture? This is the question I am getting lately and here is why:
After years of studying Chinese Medicine and more years treating people in both clinical and private practice, I am taking some serious time off. I dipped my toe into the transition in June of 2011, when I started to seriously finish the book I had been working on for years. It is done, and the manuscript is in the hands of an agent for consideration. So why am I not practicing now? I get inquiries frequently, and I want to let people in on what’s happening.
I am ambitious by nature with diverse interests and am always attuned to where the spirit leads me. At the moment, I am cataloging my body of work of photography. It fits into myriad categories: from fashion and street life in the eighties, to family life on the farm in the nineties, to nature and still life from then until now. I am hoping to make the photographs into books.
When I was in acupuncture school, I photographed images for the school website as I sat in the classroom and went about my day there. When I asked the webmaster why they are still using those photos (every photo on the homepage is mine and many within), he joked, “They will still be there when we have grandchildren.” I am happy. I hope you can see my love of photography in my blog posts, most of which display my own images.
I taught qigong in the fall at the Open Center which was awesome. It was impossible to continue this semester because of the enormous changes they are undergoing. I still have a great rapport with Sandy Levine, the program director. For the time being, I continue to dance at DNA, practice yoga at Integral, and practice qigong at home. I am willing to teach the original form of qigong I learned to a class of 15 or more.
As for acupuncture, it is my passion. I continue to study. My most recent classes were with Matt Callison, who has an amazing and unique technique. I am interested in looking for opportunities to work with specific populations, particularly veterans with PTSD. For now, I am content where I am, and I have my hands full. We will see where my next place of practice takes me and you will be informed.
As a result of this transition, my blog will shift now. Still imbued with health and wellness, it will take on a more personal tone as I share my journey. I encourage you to check out my tweets @mgacupuncture if you would like to get in-depth real-time insight on my projects.
In the meantime, the snow from Nemo has let up. My son is here from NYC, and the fires are burning. I asked my family and friends if they needed an acupuncture treatment. All hands went up. So tonight, I will use my skills to treat my loved ones.
I look forward to sharing the fruits of my labors with you. I would love to hear from you. Many of you e-mail me privately after a post. If you are so inclined, consider leaving a reply comment instead, so my community members can get to know each other. I am sure it will be mutually beneficial. I know many of you personally and others just by our computer communications. All are welcome.
To the future!