"No Wind, No Waves"

A proverb within my latest "fortune" cookie. 

I took the time to meditate on this one. So simple, it's meaning rather clear, yet seldom practiced. What do I mean by practiced? How often do we really "go with the flow"? Moving forwards or backwards with truly no expectations? In our everyday actions, in our everyday lives, we get stuck - we stagnate - often out of fear and often out of focus. Fear to act in order for a goal to be reached and even more often we become so fixated on a goal, on some end result, we simply can't change gears in fear of losing sight of it. Zen Master Glassman in the book "The Dude and the Zen Master" likened this stagnation to the well known rhyme:

Row, row, row your boat,
gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

Glassman comments "Imagine that you're rowing down a stream and you're trying to figure out how to do it. Do I first row with the right oar and then with the left, or is it the other way around? What should my shoulder do...?...And while he's hung up with all those questions, the stream is pulling him on and on. So you want to row, row, row your boat - gently. Don't make a whole to-do about it." It's all too common in the modern day, with information overload, with little to no patience, that we want a skill mastered, a goal reached, or a service done in the hear-and-now without being conscious of our own self in the moment.

In order to move from point A to be B there must time, consideration, and patience. The same can be said in conducting business, practicing martial arts, and looking after your health. You want to go from 0 to 10 without understanding the process? Pop a pill and you're done? It's not possible. In fact, anything or anyone telling you otherwise is a facade, a mirage.

"One day, Zhuangzi lectured Huizi hour upon hour about the Dao. Huizi stood up and yelled "Trivial! Inconsequential! Everything you've said is completely useless!
Zhuangzi said "Good, now that you understand uselessness, we can talk about usefulness. For instance, you're really only using this little piece of ground you're standing on, right? But if we cut away the rest of the ground around it...how useful is it?" Zhuang continued... "Therefore: usefulness is built on a foundation of uselessness. If there is no uselessness, then there is no usefulness.""

This is the nature of what is substantial and insubstantial, real or false, yin or yang. In the end one cannot exist without the other. This is process, this is practice, this is how, as Glassman might add, we get to "the other shore". The other shore may be our goal, it may be our happiness, it can be whatever it is we want to change in our lives, our world. Without practice, patience, and consciousness, there can be no wind to create a wave. And if we expect that wind to create the right wave, the right movement and the right direction then in itself this expectation may never be met and we will begin to stagnate once again as we tried to fight what is naturally occurring. 

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In Good Health,

David White Classical Acupuncture

Additions to Classical Acupuncture Crows Nest

With Spring well and truly underway, and Summer just around the corner, I thought it appropriate to make a few changes to not only my main clinic but to parts of my general lifestyle. In the classic medical text the Huangdi Neijing Spring and Summer are 6 months of growth and development. It is a time of energetic movement, a time to exercise more, sleep less and build ones strength for the cooler months of Autumn and Winter. What does this have to do with the Crows Nest clinic? Or myself?

With daylight savings in full effect the Crows Nest clinic hours will be further extended on Thursdays and Fridays. Naturally this remains to be strictly by appointment, however, I understand that often normal work hours for many people are also extended. In addition, a new system is up and running for online bookings. You can now book initial, follow-up and herbal consultations / treatments online via this link: ONLINE BOOKINGS. Naturally one can still book via phone and email. In addition to these booking changes discounts will be awarded for both multiple bookings (6 and 12 sessions) and for regular patients who refer to the clinic. Please discuss these possible discounts and awards with myself on your next visit. Furthermore a strict 24 hour cancellation policy will be in effect from the 1st of November. What this means is that unless there is an emergency situation then the full fee will be charged (unless 24 hours notice is given).

In regards to my own changes...I will be ramping up my martial arts studies at VT1MMA where I train in Brazilian Jiujitsu, a beautiful and gentle grappling art. As Spring is about growth it is a great time to engage the correct movement of both body and mind. A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to begin studies under the exception Shakuhachi Grandmaster, Riley Lee. The Shakuhachi is a traditional Japanese Zen meditational flute which requires very specific and challenging breath work. It is in itself and form of deep meditation, breath cultivation, and music appreciation. So do not be surprised if you see new flit yes floating around the Crows Nest acupuncture clinic over the next months. 

In Good Health,

Dr. David White