Fatherhood

This is an interesting moment for me to reflect on fatherhood. In a little under two months
we are expecting our first child. I find myself in a bit of limbo. I reflect on how my father was and how I want to be and the understanding that I won’t truly understand fatherhood until that day. I remember how my father acted, taught me, and grew by being a father to my brother and I.

I remember learning lessons from his learning and how he showed a dedication to family and providing for us. He put family first even above his own needs. He showed strength through some very difficult times. He learned and grew through his experience of fatherhood. There are other father figures to consider too: the kindness of my grandfather, how much my uncle always accepted his step children as his own, the advice my sensei gave me to treat children like adults and remember that they are not, and how you have to be firm with children but willing to compromise.

What I understand most is what I don’t understand. When I’m asked if I’m ready for this, I respond the only way that is truthful, no. I don’t understand the strength that will be required. I don’t understand the weight of responsibility that is coming. I don’t understand how much I’ll be overwhelmed by love for this little life that is coming. At certain points in your life, the only thing you can understand is what you don’t understand.

Jonathan Walton, L.Ac

The Five Building Blocks for Optimal Wellbeing

Throughout my life I have seen health and disease, light and darkness, miracles and tragedies. Everything around us is in a constant state of flux; everything within us in a constant state of flux.

This movement is the constant interplay of two inseparable yet interdependent forces: Yin and Yang. Together they create balance and balance is what we must create in order to maintain optimal health and wellness. Take a moment to consider what health and wellness mean to you…is it just getting through the day without a headache or a pain somewhere in your body? Is it a proper blood pressure reading?

While there are many things out of control, there is much within our control and that is empowering .

For anything to stand the test of time, there must be a solid foundation. Here are 5 building blocks to achieving and maintaining your health:

1) Nutrition – a wholesome, natural, and seasonal diet that avoids excesses and chemical toxins; vitamins and herbal supplements to support you; a plentiful supply of fresh water

2) Exercise – a regular program that includes stretching, strengthening and aerobics lowers stress and promotes general relaxation and increased vitality

3) Sleep – an essential and healing aspect of your daily cycle, vital to recharging your “batteries” and to being productive and healthy

4) Stress Management – acupuncture, yoga and reiki all balance the flow of energy in the body; a balance of work and play includes outer and inner activities, learning to relax, and discover what you enjoy

5) Attitude – a basic approach to life that generates how you care for yourself and those around you, and influences the other four lifestyle categories

At a very young age my mother told me ‘without one’s health, one has nothing.’ Our health is not only a blessing, but our foundation. When the foundation is solid, the possibilities are abounding.

To book an appointment with Sabrina or one of our other licensed acupuncturists, please call our Rockville, MD office at 301-610-7755 or book online at www.pullingdownthemoon.com

Sabrina Uy, CH, L.Ac.

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