Last year, during a time of personal turmoil, I was introduced to acupuncture by a co-worker, close friend and mentor. Other than knowing I'd be getting a million tiny needles poked into my body, I really had no clue about the emotional gains I'd receive from the practice. Many say that acupuncture is a placebo, but I refuse to believe that something which has brought me so much peace, clarity, and strength is a farce.
Acupuncture is holistic, meaning it focuses on your mind and body as a whole. During every session with my acupuncturist Paul, we talk about what's going on in my life - career, love, health, emotions and anything I feel I the need to communicate. He also listens to my pulses and tells me what's going on in my body. Although to the skeptics this may sound like complete BS, the pulses don't lie, and it's shocking to me the things he's able to reveal about my personal state. Paul has been able to feel everything from my current digestive state to thought patterns I haven't disclosed and their effects on my organs. It's truly shocking at times.
Acupuncture isn't something I schedule regularly, like a trip to the dentist; it's much more spiritual than that. It's one of those things I go to when I feel I need it, and it always ends up being exactly how I regain balance, well being and my sense of purpose.
I grew up never having any idea what career I wanted to pursue. All I've ever known was what I didn't want; my self-discovery has run on a theme of 'process of elimination.' All I've known from the time I was 10, was that I was going to live in New York City. I didn't know what I was going to be, but I achieved it 1 year after graduating college. That was the secret. I was sure of 1 important thing about what I wanted in life, and I worked towards it. When you ask, it is given... But you have to take the steps to get there.
At almost 25 years old, I still run into constant "I don't know's" in life, but acupuncture has made me realize this is one of the most dangerous phrases. Everyone has a dream or a vision of where they see themselves in the near or far future - maybe it's on the beach in California, in a high-rise office overlooking the City, or working with a group of friendly and cultured people. Maybe all you have is one short glimpse of what you want - but that's enough. The importance is that your working towards that vision every day. Write down what you see and read it out loud. Take a class that will bring you closer to it. Repeat positive affirmations out loud. Visualize it everyday.
You're allowed to change your vision, but always hold onto one and work towards it. The exact path of what will happen in life will always be unknown, but you have to believe you can have what you want, and the Universe will always arrange itself to make it happen.
One thing I'm still working on everyday is discovering my vision for the near and far future. I still run into "idk's," and have days where I struggle with understanding how "the now" has meaning. Some days, I'm a skeptic. However, I'm a firm believer that the dots always connect as long as I always have an end goal.
I feel forever grateful for my acupuncturist, Paul K Alexander. If you're in the NYC area and would like to book an appointment, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.