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I believe I owe a clarification. It was pointed out to me that the last blog didn’t accurately reflect who I am and the work I do as an acupuncturist in Boulder.
Let me explain. When I was 15, I had Bell’s Palsy - half of my face was paralyzed for several weeks, recovering slowly over months. I had to tape my eye shut at night to sleep, food would dribble out of my mouth when I ate, but worse of all was feeling distorted.
So if you’ve read our past couple of blog posts on beauty, they were pretty poetic (if we can say so ourselves). And that’s great and all, but we want to get a little down to earth. We know what it’s like to look in the mirror in the morning and think to ourselves, “Wow, I look pretty haggard today, wtf happened to my face?!”
What makes a person beautiful?
Is it a perfectly symmetrical wrinkle free face?
Is it voluptuous shimmering hair?
Is it wisdom, deeply etched into skin over years of experience?
Perhaps its a certain shimmer of knowing glistening in the eyes?
Maybe it’s something the glows from deeper within and can be seen more in the actions that define a person’s character, then in their face.
In the fall we are struck by the beauty of the natural world. The vibrancy of the changing colors, the quality of light from the sun hanging lower in the sky and how it creates a warmer glow and a sharper contrast.
But what makes something beautiful?
Here we are.
Enjoying the beautiful October sunlight in Boulder, CO. Embracing the magic of the changing colors. Pulling out warmer clothes and feeling their embrace, much like the hug of a friend we haven’t seen in some time.
We all benefit from support in finding meaning and creating community. We’re honored that you’ve chosen to be a part of the Heartseed Community. We’re working towards creating more offerings that can bring us together in more tangible ways, like the ongoing New Moon Women’s Dance, the pickle party last week, and the upcoming Mama Movement Class Series and Council of Fathers group.
His bright blue eyes focus with determination below his furrowed brow.
“Self, Self,” he says with resolute confidence as he attempts to climb into his carseat.
Heaving himself up and into his seat, he wiggles and contorts his body until he’s proudly sitting face forward ready to be buckled in.
Our little Zephyr is about to turn two.
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.
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.
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.