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Acupuncture and Meditation

As an Acupuncturist, I see patients that put significant pressure on themselves to keep as healthy as possible in terms of mind, body and spirit. It is already well known by many of them how effective Acupuncture already is for anxiety and depression, but it usually isn't on their minds that this is something that can have an even more profound effect. There is a particular type of treatment protocol called the "Buddha's Triangle" that has been known to, on occasion, induce a beautiful state of mind that they haven't been able to enter normally. Patients have often said that they could meditate while the needles were in. This was their time during the week to reflect and relax. There have even been those who have described an almost psychedelic experience. It's a deeply personal experience that can be different for different people, much the same as meditation. The best part is, each is mutually beneficial to each other. Consistent meditation has the effect of keeping the mind and body more relaxed and receptive to treatment and acupuncture can help reduce anxiety, fatigue, and improve focus. Using it myself for this express purpose has certainly helped me to exponentially increase my own ability to sit. 

This having been said, not many people seek out treatment for the purpose of improving meditation. However, consistent Acupuncture even for wellness and disease prevention has a strong regulating effect on the entire body. This then calms the mind and allows for greater focus and clarity of purpose. This, in turn, allows people to more easily slip into a self-contemplative and meditative state of mind. Since the ultimate goal of any meditation is to produce a more relaxed and enlightened state of mind, this appears to be a path of least resistance. This is especially true because one of the strengths of Acupuncture is moving things that are stuck energetically. This is true for pain as well as emotions. So, if you find yourself stuck in half-lotus, full-lotus, or just cross-legged on the floor, consider Acupuncture as a way to awaken that which may lie dormant. 

Maintenance
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I jumped in the car yesterday, ready to run off to collect the kids from school and taxi them around to their various social engagements with a hidden agenda to perhaps do a little shopping for dinner along the way. The car wouldn’t start.

I sat for a moment as the idea of being late played out in my head like a bad episode of a TV drama. Dance lessons would be missed, after school games forfeited, homework abandoned and my children would go hungry. The day would end in copious tears.

As the car heated up in the hot afternoon sun and the beads of sweat began to drip down my forehead I contemplated the reasons why I hadn’t taken the car for its routine service. They were all justifiable, other bills that needed to be paid, finding a time that was convenient to go without transport, the constant demands of work and parenting. None were as rational as not actually having the car running in good order. My mind moved to wondering why I was so calm in the face of the immediate chaos and I realised that while I had been neglecting the car lately I hadn't been neglecting my mind.

Just like a car, house or any form of construction, the human mind and body require maintenance. You wouldn’t buy a new car without the expectation that it needs looking after. If you decide not to look after it, well the expectation that it will at some point breakdown, like in my case, will certainly be met. You also wouldn’t get on an airplane that was not subject to a stringent routine of servicing and repair. The human mind is no different, it is just as subject to entropy as physical objects.

Our greatest weapon against entropy is maintenance. We can make things work better and last longer if we look after them. It’s safer and much nicer to drive around in a well maintained car, and certainly safer to be in a well looked after aircraft. As your mind and body are what you use to travel through this world practicing routine mindful maintenance can vastly improve your user experience of this very precious existence you find yourself in.

I turned the key again and the car started. Chaos for the moment was averted. There would be no tears before bedtime but there would be more maintenance.

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