Twilight Journal Vol 1. #1

In keeping with LarryG's Dream Journal series of blog posts, I'd like to submit a letter I received from a patient who been getting treated at our CAP in Manchester, NH - with her permission of course.  

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On a recent evening after work, I arrived at the Studio wound up and tight from a very mean-spirited letter from my tenant. I think most of us would agree that in this economy it's difficult enough to make a living without imposing more stress on people. I couldn't get the tone of this nasty letter out of my mind; it just kept preying on me.

I went to my acupuncture session still fuming and chewing on the situation. My acupuncturist asked me what was going on and I told her, trying to keep the drama out of it. She did her thing; I settled back, trying to slow my breathing.

And it did slow.

I kept thinking of that letter and how I would respond. I hadn't done any substantive writing involving composition skills and real THINKING for such a very long time. My job, and life, has become so much more reactive and less contemplative that I doubted I could string an essay together at all. But while I was lying there and relaxing, and thinking, and relaxing, and thinking, the whole letter I would write in response to my tenant, took shape.

I went home, ate something, went back to my workplace and ripped off a long, one page response that was both satisfying and informative. No bad language, no need. Everything just flowed. It was relaxing and satisfying. I could still put sentences together to form coherent thoughts! The next day my tenant came to see me after he read my letter to him. I had hoped, at the time, it would be the end to our correspondence, a professional truce. It was for about a week or so.

Oh, well. So much for my ease of mind. But in the short run, acupunture helped me in that instance and in the following instances. Could acupuncture continue to help in other crises? Stay tuned.

This story was posted on February 3 2009 by andy wegman.

Comments

  • February 4 2009 at 9:44 AM
    Nora writes:

    I’ve had the same kind of

    I’ve had the same kind of experience as a puncturee - that things I was unable to get any perspective about were suddenly clearer.   Maybe the tenant will come in too…?  I’ve actually fantasized before that acupuncture-assisted mediation would be a much more socially useful specialty than, say, acupuncture facelifts.

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  • February 5 2009 at 4:15 PM
    andy wegman writes:

    Ya think?!

    Nora, I wonder if acup. is used by any couples-therapy counselors/facilitators with any regularity?

    This type of shift our author notes above are not unusual, of course.  Like many acupuncturists, we routinely hear of increased mental clarity, improved sleep, easing of seasonal despair, less reliance on drugs/alcohol, better handle on stress challenges and improved general outlook from our patients.

    In my personal experience receiving treatments over the years, I find these non-physical changes are the most gratifying.

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  • February 6 2009 at 2:50 PM
    keithananda writes:

    yup

    we know of at least 2 currently that are referring their peeps to us for acup to complement the counseling work.  CA affordability makes it a no-brainer.

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  • February 6 2009 at 5:46 PM
    Guest writes:

    Ditto here

    There are two counselors sending folks my way.  they are getting better, too!

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