And then I thought, perhaps you are also building a healing practice, dear wild woman blog reader. Perhaps you are an acupuncturist yourself, or a therapist, body worker, or life, business, or wellness coach. If so, you know how building a new practice can either be the most rewarding or frustrating thing you have ever decided to do.
When building a healing practice (or anything in life, really), the difference between struggle and ease is the degree to which you align your actions with nature.
If you read last week’s blog post, you know how strongly I believe that humans are part of nature, not above it. That we follow the same cycles, rhythms, and rules that the rest of the earth follows. When we recognize and attune ourselves to those cycles, we create with the power of nature, not against it.
If we simply barge into the process willy nilly, arrogant, and taking whatever action strikes our fancy that day (or whatever we read on the internet that we’re “supposed” to do), we might see some results. But if the cycles of nature haven’t first been taken into account, we are likely to emerge saying, “Ugh! Why is this so hard? I’m doing everything right!”
If we instead start with some humility, recognizing that the earth has been building, growing, and creating new “projects” for eons before we even showed up on this planet, we set ourselves up for much more ease. We notice how and when she creates and we imitate her. We notice how and when she lets things go, and we do the same. We notice how she collaborates, how she rests, and how she celebrates her abundance.
When our actions are aligned with the cycles of nature, even the smallest one can produce a huge result and we emerge saying, “Wow, that was easy.”
So here is a handout I created for the new acupuncturists in my talk this week. Feel free to use these questions anytime you’re about to create something new in your life as a way to align your actions with nature. Simply replace the word “practice” with “business,” “relationship,” or whatever it is you’re building.
A note of clarification: you can ask these questions of yourself at any time, not only within the season from which they come. Yes, overall, I suggest sticking generally to the seasonal actions with the literal season on earth, but we go through these cycles on a daily basis as well. They’re meant to be more like a guide to a complete, well-rounded practice. If you consider each of these things as you’re building - whatever season you’re building in - you’ve got your bases covered!
How did these questions serve you? Which ones did you find most enlightening, and what did you get from them? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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Hello! I'm Melanie Munir, founder of Professional Wild Woman - a women's empowerment business dedicated to helping women who are tired of feeling either "too much" or "not enough" to connect to their inner wildness so they can create work that allows them the fullest expression of their unique voice. Welcome!