Dear Gate of Hope Acupuncture Clients, It has been a while since we have connected. I hope this email finds all of you safe and healthy. I am writing to let you know I am in the process of getting the acupuncture practice back up and running. As you can imagine there is a lot to put into place, in order to be the safest possible for you and I. I am going to open May 18th. I have ordered and received an air purifer and UV santizing bag for the treatment room. I have on order gloves, medical masks and santizers that are scheduled to arrive between May 8th and May 18th. I have ordered anti microbial scrubs to wear when treating. I have cleaned out my treatment room in order to have as few as possible uneeded surfaces. I have done a deep clean and installed plastic cases to keep the extra sheets protected when not in use. I have had Zerorez clean all the furniture, carpets and apply a sanitizing spray and shield on all frequently touched surfaces in the Living Room, Hall and Treatment Room. I have also developed cleaning protocols for before and after each patient, daily and weekly. I have posted these procedures and have a printed copy available for you if you would like a copy. I have a cleaning chart in which I will document that I have carried out all the stated cleaning processes. I am also developing a new process for how we work together. I am asking that you go on my scheduler - Acuity and put in your credit card information so we can do hands free transactions. The link for the scheduler is on my website www.gateofhopeacupuncture.com or https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=13544286 I will be calling you preferably on Zoom the night before your appointment to do a Check In. That should take about 30 or so minutes. I will not be recording any of the Check In sessions. If anything comes up between the zoom session and your actual treatment time please take notes and share with me when you are here for treatment. I will be checking on any symptoms you have been having in the last 2 weeks and ask that you reschedule if you have Covid 19 symptoms. I realize that it is allergy season and so we will work to discern if your symptoms are allergy related. If you do not have symptoms it would be handy for me if you took your temperature before our first meeting in order to establish a norm for your individual temperature. The day of the treatment I ask that you text me from the car and let me know you have arrived. Please wear a cloth mask throughout your time here. If you do not have access to masks let me know as I can gift you one and give you instructions for cleaning. We will take your temperature at the door ( If you have a temperature at that time I will ask that you reschedule for a time when you are symptom free ). We will then preceed to the restroom (which will have been precleaned for your arrival) and have you wash your hands. We will then proceed to the treatment room for pulses and treatment. I believe treatment should be 30 - 45 minutes. I will be washing my hand before pulses and after. I will be sanitizing or washing my hands frequently through out the treatment. After treatment I will give you the opportunity to wash your hands before leaving. We can schedule either with the scheduler through phone conversation, texts or email. If you schedule on the scheduler please text me as I sometimes forget to block off unavailable times. I will work to be consistent with that. When we schedule the appointment we will need to also schedule the Check In session the day prior. I will adjust the sessions on the scheduler to reflect Check In and Treatment time. I know there are a lot of changes and new procedures, but I am planning to give you the same level of individualized care and attention as before. We will be navigating this process together and I would love any feedback on what works for you and what doesn’t. I plan to be always on the look out for ways to improve and enhance our treatments together. I am sure I have forgotten to cover something so please let me know if you have any unanswered questions that I can address. If you have a question someone else probably needs that answer too. Please take care of yourselves and I look forward to reconnecting soon.
Cool Winter Morning Silence reigns supreme through out Frost covers the car, the ground and all vegetation Inward, inward, nature pulls Introspection, survival is the theme The bare minimum, the bare bones Bare trees, brown grasses, slight smells All seems to be waiting for the warmth of spring Quietly contemplating the riches to come Patiently harnessing the energy available to hold on Taking time to appreciate the journey To go inside and connect with the Universe Time to recognize and appreciate our purpose Faith that the warmth of Spring will come again
Golden soft light shining strong Clean fresh air with a very slight hint of cool Bees buzzing in and out of a small evergreen Flowers still upright but fading quickly The soothing rush of the waters remind of My childhood safe place, returned to in meditation People smile as they move in the warmth Sharing the beauty of this day Colors are bright yellows, light greens, muted browns, grays and whites Smells are fresh non overpowering Sounds soft, quiet, muted Emotions appear to be a quiet joy One of those days that gives you optimism
Some trees bare Leaves changed but not fallen River flowing quickly not rushed
“Our lives are a mixture of different roles. Most of us are doing the best we can to find whatever the right balance is . . . For me, that balance is family, work, and service.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton We all have witnessed those people in our lives who overdo or been those people, the aholic be it workaholic, alcoholic, screen addiction etc . When focus, energy, passions get out of balance, other areas of our lives and those we connect with suffer wounds that fester and grow. Of course there are times that require extra focus in particular areas, such as when getting a degree or making a career or life change. Those times are when we need to remember the crucial impact of balance. Balance doesn’t necessarily mean that every area gets exactly the same attention, but that no one area takes over to the exclusion of other areas. Balance is both internal and external, finding equilibrium between introspection and connection with others in our lives. The key is to acknowledging the importance of balance and recognizing it is an ongoing process not a finite goal. Like physical fitness we work to get to our desired equilibrium and then work to remain or return consistently to that special place. Balance is an individual calculation and there is no one formula that fits all. We all get to choose our own priorities where we focus our energy, what our life balance wheels looks like.
Balance, Centered, Grounded is where we want to hang out the majority of the time and where we want to return when we get knocked off our path. The journey is to discover what practices or disciplines help us return to the sweet spot, the place of workable balance. Luckily there are all kinds of self-care that can support us, meditation, exercise, healthy eating, acupuncture, yoga, etc. The combination that best supports each of us is unique and individual.
Acupuncture is an ancient medicine based on the study of balance in Nature and thus an integral part of who we are as beings. Acupuncture originated in ancient China many centuries ago, and is used as way to prevent diseases and to bring the body back to harmony when it has fallen out of balance. By inserting very fine needles into specifically mapped points along the meridians of the body, the acupuncturist can manipulate the body’s energy force, or Qi to help the patient return to his/her internal balance. When balance is returned so is health in body, mind and spirit.
Possible strategies to try:
Take Stock – What is working, what is not? What is one adjustment I can make today?
Prioritize and delegate – What do you really have to do yourself? What can you let someone else do?
Pay Attention to your overall health – Look at your eating, exercise, regular doctor checkups. How can you minimize toxins in your foods and environment?
Schedule regular time on your calendar- Schedule Alone time and Connection time with family and friends.
Research and try out practices that solidly support your balance in life. Try classes, get referrals for meditation, Yoga, Qi Gong, Acupuncture, Talk Therapy, etc. Practice each one for 3-6 months before assessing the benefits and drawbacks. Choose 3-5 to become a regular part of your routine and life.
Treat yourself regularly – Have fun, do those things that feed your soul- Reading, Massage, Classes, Concerts, Biking, Hiking, etc
Reassess each night - Journaling what worked, what didn’t? What can you change? What do you need to research or contemplate further? Use a page of your journal to do a Gratitude Journal. Listing each little blessing, surprise or ongoing good in your life.
Over this last year I have been involved in a growing phenomena in the Denver Metro area. February of 2016 I saw an ad on Facebook for a local group starting near me. It was a monthly meeting where women come to together to connect and listen to an inspirational speaker. I was curious and twisted my friend's and partner's arm to join me. I found a room full of health professionals and women seeking better ways to manage their health concerns. These women are open and looking for connection to people who are invested in their own and others' quality of life. I was hooked the first meeting and joined immediately as a business member. Over the last 15 months I have learn from the best. Jan Haas taught us about the value of connecting with your Intuition. Amanda Halliday taught us the ups and downs of hormones and how to help them through diet. Sara Brunner taught us to move to create wellness with Gyrotonic exercises. Lisa Foster taught us to know ourselves better through Ennegrams and other personality tests. There were many more each with great wisdom to share. The lessons were abundant and practical. The community has become invaluable and a crucial component of my life. It is great to watch this group grow and new chapters, now 12 around the front range. I have become an owner and co-host of the Lowry Women, Wine and Wellness on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. If you are looking for a healthy and fun place to connect with great women come check us out. You can find us on Meet Up and NextDoor.
I set the clock so I could greet the sun, a rare occurrence as I prefer to snuggle deeper into the covers and finish the night’s dreams.
The air is cool, even cold this morning frost nipping at the car windows as I stroll past. Definitely a layers type of day as the projected temperature is 80.
The birds greet me as I step from the door headed to the near by park. Many birds have gathered in close proximity to each other and are chirping away sounding a bit like a convention hall during “Social Hour”.
The leaves pepper the yard, but as I look up I see the tree is still full with green leaves not yet even turning. This is the rare time of both Moon and Sun visible before one blots out the other.
The neighborhood is still sleeping except for a few dog owners like me and the resident creature welcoming the new day. I remember this being a time of relief as a teen, the relentless Oklahoma heat dissipating and school firmly in place so I had a sanctuary to escape to at least 8 hours a day. One of the few times of year in Okla. when you could breathe easily and spend extended time outdoors without discomfort.
As I stroll down the street I notice plants starting to fade, still very present but some of the vibrancy toned down a bit. Dew clung to the rose bushes just about to drop, but not willing to release its grasp. The native grasses/ weeds that are now so popular for public landscaping are coming into their own in this season, moving from beige to deep reds and purples truly harvesting the seeds planted back in the Spring.
I notice that the chill in the air fills my nose and precludes other smells although there is a quick scent of wet grass. Sitting up at the meditation point wisely included in the neighborhood park I look out over the beauty that is early morning and write this poem.
A chilliness that will soon fade with the warming day
Birds waking, singing, announcing the rising sun
Cars on a distant street sounding like ocean waves crashing on the shore
Meditation point wisely included in a small neighborhood park facing the majestic West
Sun already easing the chill
Still so much green, trees full
Not yet Fall
Magpies making a fly by, chirping to announce their presence
The rock that is my seat chilled, but not bone chilling
Time of year for relaxing into the impending cold,slow, slow, slowing down
Gathering in supplies, harvesting, to plan for the winter ahead
Breathing space, relief from the relentless heat
The golden days of Late Summer – the Element of Earth slowing passing with Fall /Metal approaching
My first deployment, The Cold Springs Fire, to a disaster and first experience up close and personal with the first responders.
The comradeship among the company members is great to witness. These guys and gals eat, work and rest together. They are truly there for each other on a daily basis and it shows. Our first night we had a company that decided to come check us out together. Together they received ear acupuncture for the first time. We were discussing acupuncture and they were all surprised to hear it takes a masters degree to become licensed as an acupuncturist in Colorado and most states in the USA. Then suddenly one of the firefighters proclaimed "Hey I am starting to relax!" "This stuff really works!"
Word is the next morning this company announced at breakfast they had "slept like babies", because they had acupuncture the night before. Needless to say we had a long line that night! I was struck by the connections of everyone involved, they fight fires all over the country. Those who can no longer fight on the line support behind the lines. They have their own community made up of great people willing to do what is needed to help others in a time of extreme need.
I was honor to hear a briefing of the firefighters one evening and was struck by the leaders respect of the people and properties involved along with putting safety first. After the fire I talked to a friend whose house was within the fire and they were very impressed with the professionalism of the firefighters and the great care taken on their properties. I believe so profoundly in Colorado Acupuncture Medical Reserve Corp's mission and this deployment made me to feel honored and lucky to be involved.
Puffing up the steady incline Legs bucking at the exertion Breath catching, face reddening Doubting myself and cursing myself at the same time Why am I so out of shape What was I thinking letting it get this bad Removing myself from the center of attention I focus on the wonders around New plants pushing up through the dry ground Delicate buds covering trees about to burst Tiny birds dashing through the bush chasing each other Ants marching in time never missing a step Spiders plotting their next web An abandon web along the trail Connecting with Nature and my visiting friend Both seem glad to be with me, both welcoming and warm Nature reminding me it is time to shake off Winter and embrace the new Time to stretch and push my body to move and strengthen I too need to wake up from my Winter’s nap and embrace the new day. By the end the difficulty melts away and the connection is all that counts.
I wake to the birds singing loudly in all directions. It is hard to know which ones as they seem to be all singing at once, at bit like being in a convention hall where everyone is talking at once louder and louder in an attempt to be heard. The birds sing of the newness of the world. The new growth everywhere is slightly lighter than the old. The colors are subtle but obvious, a lot of silvery white, pale yellow and an occasional deep maroon. Trees that look dead and bare from a distance are truly full of new life up close, they are heavy with new buds ready to burst into leaves and blooms announcing the arrival of the new season. In the mountains the Spring is truly MUD SEASON. All the underground springs that have been dried up for months burst forth once again. The ground above the springs becomes soft and wet. The road, South Beaver Creek is filled with soft wet spots that become damaged road from the springtime springs. It is a fact of life in the mountains and as the runoff runs it’s course the springs will dry up as will the roads and the ground so that mud season will fade away. But for now one must remove one’s shoes on entering the house in an attempt to preserve order and cleanliness. The air today is filled with fog and chill yet there is the promise of warmer weather not far off now. The air smells damp and rich with all the moisture and new growth that is wet with dew and fog. You don’t really know what to expect from the day as the sun could burst forth or snow could comes down from the heavy clouds that hang overhead, that is the reality of Spring in the mountains. The only sure thing is the mud!
Here mud season is official The ground soaks up the moisture and builds a muck Every where there is soft wet earth announcing the change Bursting forth at will, in our driveway, all along the dirt road The county so use to the phenomena they just put out signs Warning damaged roads, and wait out the process The springs will run their course and cease to exist soon enough Shoes heavy with mud sit in mudrooms designed for this very reason The air is rich with the smell of wet earth and new growth Everything smells new and moist Cars are never clean as they are spattered constantly with mud Small hills and grooves develop in the road way creating obstacles Drivers slow down recognizing the need for more caution than usual Maybe the springs are nature’s way of alerting the humans to the change of seasons One of the many signs that time is marching on and we are on to the next part of the cycle Once Again
The morning dawns in the canyon
The air is filled with moisture
The colors are subtle yet fresh
The creek flows once again after the winter freeze
Snow still lies about in the mountains soon to melt
The road erupts with new born springs flowing beneath the surface
The water of the river and the reservoir once frozen now flow freely once again