‘Landslide’ would have been the soundtrack of choice for last week’s events, if my life was made into a movie. I once ran a 10K race under an hour without training for it. When I got home, my body could no longer function in an upright position, so I slept for three days straight. Last week, life happened in such BIG ways, that my whole existence craved sleep and stillness to digest it all. So, to honour that, I went for acupuncture. I let a dear friend hold space for me, and I sat with pins and with my breath in community. Then I slept and let it all go. This morning, I woke up to see Mother Nature doing the same.
When we talk about psycho-emotional health, we tend to do so in diagnostic boxes. “I have depression”, “I suffer from anxiety”, “ I was diagnosed with bipolar”, so I feel sad, angry, resentful… But, we all feel all the feelings, and not all of us have a diagnosis. We all experience weddings, divorces, births, deaths, work stress, joyful gatherings, and rainbows. We all can benefit from taking care of our psycho-emotional health on a regular basis. When I mention Acupuncture in relation to mental health; I mean all things that impact the balance of our minds and of our emotions. I mean the loss of a parent, a DSM diagnosis, a new relationship… I mean the sense of joy and feeling of being lost you get when you graduate. I mean the overwhelming emotions of planning a wedding or having a new child.
Look around you. Look at Nature, the ways the days and seasons change, bit by bit, with such ease. Look at the Moon, it’s ebbs and flows, and how it interacts with the ocean tides. Look at your social environment, your peers, friends, partners, children… Notice how you are affected by the people around you, as they are part of your Nature too. Check in with your body; your digestion, menses, sleep… Check in with your mind, and wherever you store your emotions. You exist in the interconnectedness of it all.