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We have to occupy our lives

We have to occupy our lives

While traveling this week, I was flipping through the radio stations, kind of out of a morbid curiosity.  With the risk of sounding like a stereotypical adult, I have to say I was disgusted by what I heard.  It felt like my veins had been pumped full of plastic.  There’s nothing to really grab hold of in the lyrics, and yet they leave a slimy film nonetheless.  The “rap” and pop and country all sound almost the same, just add a little bit of twang here, some voice modulation there.

The state of most radio stations (ah, WTMD you are truly an oasis) is just a small example of the lack of meaning and depth in the culture at large.  Talk about drinking the kool-aid.  Our souls are rotting from the saccharine crap that’s put forth everyday in ads and the 6pm “news”.

And I think a lot of people are struggling.  I wish we all could see that feeling despair in response to a culture that is devoid of meaning is not irrational or maladjusted.  It’s an appropriate first step, and then the trick is to look deeper.  There are lots of modalities that can help people transform, and I think acupuncture is one of them.

College was a difficult time for me.  I felt mildly sad and anxious most of the time. I was nervous around large groups of people. My shoulder and neck hurt intensely when I’d stay up late procrastinating on papers. I caught a lot of colds. All in all, I was still functioning.  I got decent grades.  I did what I needed to do.  But life was not flourishing by any means.

At the time, a friend of my sister’s was getting her master’s in acupuncture and was looking for patients to treat in the clinic.  So I figured, why not?  I was so afraid before the needles went in and then I barely even felt them.  I had no idea that acupuncture would grant me access to the depth that I was searching for.  I could have attempted to address each of my issues separately; fixing symptoms until I felt whole.  But it doesn’t work that way, and plus it makes you neurotic.  We start with the part of us that is whole, and from that perspective, we see all the hurt, broken parts of us and realize they aren’t a problem.

We occupy our lives when we commit to accessing a deeper sense of well-being and not just relying on quick fixes.  Every time we are interested in what we don’t already know, curious about the world and how it works.  Every time we make choices from as big a perspective as possible.  And yes, every time we stay awake to what we’re actually listening to (or reading, or clicking on, or watching).  I mean, “Yeah we danced on table tops, and we took too many shots” almost rhymes, but come on.

See also: Wall Street Needs Acupuncture

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