Why I Chose Acupuncture

When I left my first “real” job at 27, I didn’t have a clear plan. I didn’t know what I was going to “do” next or “how I was going to make it.” And, let me tell you, this FREAKED OUT a lot of people, including my parents, some of my friends, and my then-colleague-now-husband.

I DID know that this version of my life wasn’t working. I was 110% burnt out, addicted to caffeine, sugar, and crap-food. I pushed myself too hard, sometimes working from 7 in the morning to 10 at night, often forgetting to eat. I numbed myself to my unhappiness with mindless activity, unhealthy relationships, and the false story that I was ok. Hey, at least I had a steady paycheck and a good job.

I wasn’t living my life. I was surviving it.

So, even though I had those doubt-voices ringing in my ears, I finally paid attention to a little voice deep within me. That voice, my saving grace, whispered, “Go.” And I did.

The more and more I listened to this voice, I realized, the happier I became. The more I cleared away the junk that used to fill my time and my body, the easier I was able to listen.

Over time, it became clear. If I allowed the space for that little voice to ring out, for my deepest self to shine through, I’d be LED in the best direction for me.

And I was led to a part-time job in an acupuncturist’s office in New Hampshire. It was your standard receptionist gig, answering phones, scheduling, checking people out.

But that job changed my life.

I got to see, day in and day out, the tangible healing results these patients received from acupuncture. I got to know them. I got to help them. I got to listen to their stories.

Over and over again I heard, “I tried everything. Went to every doctor, every specialist. Nothing worked. Until acupuncture.”

“I was skeptical, but after just a few treatments, I’m a believer.”

“I don’t know what I would do without acupuncture. It changed my life.”

I watched my boss’ passion to help people. I watched him get GIDDY when his patients responded well to treatment. I watched him work diligently day-in and day-out to provide the best options and the best results for his clientele. I experienced, first hand, the warm and open healing space he created for his patients. And he did all of that while also being a loving husband and daddy to three young children.

I was hooked. I wanted to offer this type of relief and healing to the world.

And so began a 4-year journey into the wonders of Chinese medicine.

When I left the receptionist gig, my boss told me acupuncture school would change my life. I wasn’t just going to learn about the medicine. I was going to learn about myself. I was going to dig deep into my previous beliefs, thought-processes, and behaviors. And I was going to come out the other side forever changed.

He was right. I did. And I am.

I am continually amazed and honored that I get to do this work. The learning about and the practice of Chinese medicine is a lifelong journey. And I’ve only just begun.

What I know now is this:

We are whole beings and cannot heal by separating the physical and the mental/emotional.

The collection of our experience–our physical symptoms, our feelings, our experiences, our surroundings–tell the story of who we are in this moment in time. And that story is always evolving.

We have the ability to change and to heal.

And there are people who can help us along that path.

. . . Come to think of it. Maybe it wasn’t me that chose acupuncture, at all. Maybe IT chose ME.

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