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Heartseed Health in Boulder, CO is an acupuncture and counseling practice offering holistic and integrative care. We can support you with medicine grounded in spirit and rooted in science.

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Miso Soup for Breakfast?

Dr. Noah K. Goldstein, DACM L.Ac.

We start off Monday mornings with our Mood Boost dance party. We also start our weeks off with a special breakfast: Vegetable Miso Soup. Because variety is the spice of life and an important part of a healthy diet, and because we didn’t want our kids eating cereal every morning, we started a breakfast rotation, so we eat different things on different days of the week.

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Pickling the Summer

Dr. Noah K. Goldstein, DACM L.Ac.

Her bright eyes glistened with curiosity as she watched the experienced hands of her grandmother gather the ingredients: brine, dill, garlic, grape leaves from a nearby friend, and of course freshly harvested cucumbers. Hazel’s small hands reached for the green skinned cucumbers, feeling the bumps and ridges beneath her young fingers as she wiggled them into the jar playing the original multi-dimensional version of Tetris. The mystery of the pickle is unravelling as Hazel learns the craft of fermentation.

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Late-Summer's Transition

Dr. Noah K. Goldstein, DACM L.Ac.

As we coast into August, riding waves of heat, we notice a subtle shift in the air. There’s a sense that something is changing, almost as though summer is coming to an end. Yes, we still have some of the hottest moments of the year ahead of us, but there’s something different about this time of year, it has its own quality. It's Late-Summer, a fifth season in the paradigm of Chinese Medicine. 

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Love is the Answer

Dr. Noah K. Goldstein, DACM L.Ac.

Really, Love is the answer.

When it comes to relationships,
Love is the foundation.

And while it may seem obvious, and it may be cliche,
If and when we're able to access and feel into the love, amidst the conflict, amidst the pain, amidst the discord and disconnect, then everything will be a lot more likely to turn out okay.

We ask you to take a moment right now, while you're staring at your phone or sitting in front of your computer,
and with whatever cynicism or self consciousness that's there,

Place your hand on your chest and feel your heart.
Bring into your mind something or someone or some place you love.
And maybe, feel a smile spread across your face or a softness settle into your body.

And for the rest of the day, whatever happens, you'll always have your hand and your chest with you.
You can't forget to bring them along.

And let this love which you're feeling right now,
Let it move you to stop and notice the flowers, the particular quality of light through the trees.

Explore all the ways you can express your love today, even if just for yourself.

Is it okay to hurt the people you love?

Dr. Noah K. Goldstein, DACM L.Ac.

Yes. It’s okay to hurt the people you love.

“Wait, what?! Did they actually say that?”

Yes.

Given that part of being human is making mistakes and reacting poorly to emotionally charged situations when we’re under-resourced, hurting people is inevitable. Just as conflict is inevitable.

Often we hurt the people we care about most, our partners, parents, children, siblings, coworkers.

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Believe it or not, hurting people is not a problem. The problem is failing to repair.

Relationships with people we love and care about are usually resilient and strong. They can weather a lot. Amongst the things that keep relationships healthy, perhaps the most important is repair.

So, what does it mean to repair and how do we do it?

Repair is the term used to describe the process of reconnecting and fixing a bond that has been hurt.

First we have to acknowledge the other person’s pain and our role in their pain.

Then we have to make amends. Carefully discuss and explore what happened and why and how things need to happen differently in the future. We say carefully because, well, sometimes in the process of discussing and exploring things we can get reactivated.

Then we make a promise to do our best to change our ways.

Simple, yet not so simple work we all need to be doing.

So, while you can certainly try to avoid hurting people, what’s most important is what you do after it happens.

After you fight, and after you make up, it’s always nice to dance…

Living in Joyful Relationship with the World

Dr. Noah K. Goldstein, DACM L.Ac.

We’re supporting the emergence of a bigger community of people who live with reverence and love and in beautiful and joyful relationships.

Relationships are fundamentally about connection and exchange. 

About give and take - offering and receiving. 

What’s most profound and fascinating to me is that attitude makes all the difference.

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When Wind and Fire Take You for a Ride

Dr. Noah K. Goldstein, DACM L.Ac.

his is the third in a series exploring Self-Regulation: Read Part 1 and Part 2 on the blog.

How to Find Calm Amidst Wind & Fire of Emotions

If you’ve read the articles or anxiety or depression, you’ve started to catch on to the fact that Chinese medicine works with “Patterns of Disharmony” - we treat the pattern, rather than the symptom.

When it comes to pyschoemotional disregulation, aka “losing your sh*t”, there are a number of different possible patterns at play. For a practitioner, identifying the pattern is essential for treatment. I’ve found that understanding what’s going on can also be useful for many of the people I work with. So I’m going to share a little about some of the common patterns that are involved in emotional turmoil.

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An Exploration of Self-Regulation: The Neuroscience (Part 2)

Rachael Brody

This is Part 2 in a series explorating Self-Regulation and the Path to a More Easeful Life. You can read Part 1 here.

As we explore the territory of self-regulation, it’s useful to dive into some of the neuroscience. Understanding the neuroscience of what happens when we get dysregulated and “lose it” empowers us with tools and insights for navigating difficult situations.

Daniel Siegel is an insightful neuroscientist who has some very useful models we’ll be relying on here. The first is the “brain in the palm of your hand.” The amygdala is the part of the brain that registers threats, and controls some of our deep seated emotions like fear and anger. The Cerebral Cortex and in-particular the Pre-frontal Cortex is the part of our brain responsible for higher thinking and problem solving and can be represented by the fingers, which wrap around the thumb when we make a fist.

(You can also  watch a brief video  of Daniel Siegel explaining this)

(You can also watch a brief video of Daniel Siegel explaining this)

When our amygdala is activated by a perceived threat (say a fire) then we “flip our lids” and go into emotionally driven action (appropriate is truly dangerous circumstances). However, there are other times when our amygdala gets activated and pushes us into emotionally driven actions when we’d be better off operating from our Prefrontal cortexes, for instance in the case of an argument with our partner.

This is why I so often use the acupuncture point on the ear called “amygdala” which helps to reset that part of the brain and is incredibly calming.

Okay, so now that we have some of the neuroscience let’s look at some neuroscience based practices.

In the moment practices:

  • Tense and Release -

    • Clench and tense your fists, arms, shoulders, whole body for as 5, 10, 15 seconds, and then release. But don’t just do it once, do it 2-3 times and continue clenching even after you start to feel like you’re tired. You may have heard of this, you may have even tried it. It is truly magical, or at least it has been for me. It resets your nervous system and lets you reengage from a new place.

  • Notice your Breath

    • You’ve almost certainly heard this one, tried this one, and it might even be a little frustrating to hear it again. And yet, there’s so much about the simplicity of the breath, and the way it interfaces between the autonomic and conscious nervous systems that make this practice so helpful. It can also be helpful to feel into the rest of your body after noticing your breath.

  • Orient - touch feel, listen

    • If you’ve ever come across an unsuspecting animal, say a deer on the trails, you may remember what they do. They immediately pop into awareness and orient towards their surroundings. They survey sights, sounds, and smells to evaluate the danger (or lack thereof). This can be helpful when our nervous systems get charged. Take a moment to notice what color the walls are painted, where is the light coming from. Are there any smells in the air? How does the fabric of your clothing feel under your fingers? These simple and concrete contacts with our surrounding can help calm our nervous system.

Three simple practices you can employ in the moment, when you’ve “flipped your lid.”

“What are your practices? Please share with us your favorite techniques for getting reset and grounded when you’re feeling crazy.

You can learn more about ways of coping with anxiety in general here.


The Eye of the Hurricane: An exploration of Self-Regulation (Part 1)

Dr. Noah K. Goldstein, DACM L.Ac.

We all know what it’s like to get overwhelmed. We’re familiar with stress and anxiety. And, if we’re at all human, we’ve “lost it” at some point and either said (or screamed) something we wish we hadn’t. Many of us know what our own warning signs are, and might even have a sense of what we can do to reset or get grounded. And yet… it still happens.

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