Leverage the Light!
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Resonation Acupuncture Newsletter
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Katie Briggs L.Ac.

In This Issue:
  • Ode to the Pericardium
  • Lavender Lemonade
  • Sparkle in the Eyes
  • The Season of Fire
  • Summer Discount
  • Healing Philosophy
  • Blessings
The Season of “Fire”
Are you enjoying the powerful opening to the fullness of summer?
Summer is the season of Joy in the Taoist /Chinese five elements, it is associated with the Fire element. Joy and laughter are the emotion and sound for the Fire element. This season is a perfect time to bask in the pleasure of life.  I encourage each of you to make plenty of time to play outside, enjoy family and friends, make the most of this season. It will help balance you through the fall and winter, not to mention, it’s just FUN!!!

Summer Discount
If you’re not quite caught up in the shifting of the seasons I invite you to come on in for a Resonation Acupuncture tune up, or perhaps you’re out and about having so much summer fun you could use some support for your active lifestyle.  It is always my pleasure to support you and meet you what ever your need.
I am offering a summer discount: for new Patients it’s $20 off your initial appointment and if I have not seen you since the winter solstice (12/21/11) you are welcome back with a $10 discount.  Just mention this email when you call to schedule your appointment. Offer expired July 31st, 2012. 

Katie's Healing Philosophy: 
The goal of Resonation Acupuncture is to hold space for the healing and empowerment of the individual to learn to trust the wisdom of their body, to listen to what is being expressed so they can integrate and grow. I hold that everything that transpires in our lives is an opportunity for growth! Often the biggest challenges offer the biggest gifts.
Greetings from the Pinnacle of Daylight!

The summer solstice was last week, Wednesday June 20th, 2012. We are riding in the pinnacle of daylight. I encourage you to leverage the light and maximize the Joy! I took my own advice and had a wonderful vacation last week. I am refreshed and replenished and I look forward to supporting you in celebrating summer…  the Season of Love.
Summer is a time of the Heart... love for ourselves, our friends and family, our community and planet Earth at large.  How big can your Heart be? How in love with life can you feel?
Summer is the season to explore these questions. It would be my honor and pleasure to explore these questions with you Resonation Acupuncture style.

3 lycheesOde to the Pericardium...
The Heart's trusty sidekick

The main Official of the Fire element is the Heart. The Heart holds unconditional love and unconditional truth. Access to Heart wisdom is essential in order to experience the beauty and grace in life (for more info on this please click here to read the last news letter). The Fire element is the only element with 4 Officials, all the other elements only have 2 Officials. The Heart is so instrumental in orchestrating our life’s flow that it has extra helpers. I will highlight one of these helpers, the Pericardium. The Pericardium is a double-layered, thin yet strong membrane surrounding the Heart. It plays an important role in protecting and stabilizing the Heart both physically and emotionally. The Pericardium helps discern who is worthy of the Heart’s beauty, grace and blessings. Not every person or aspect of self is capable of respecting the Heart’s unconditional love. A healthy Pericardium can recognize with ease and fluidity when the people around us are capable of honoring the Heart. Human Nature can lend itself to “unskillful” actions--when we are not self loving, we can be self loathing. The Pericardium is there to help protect us from us. If we let the confusion and bitterness deeply into our hearts the impact is devastating. It leaves us hopeless, directionless and uninspired. “Don’t believe everything you think or feel” is the voice of the Pericardium.
Healthy communication between the Heart and the Pericardium is necessary to navigate the twists of life. If you feel like you wear your “Heart on you sleeve” you most likely need a boost to your Pericardial Qi. One easy way to do this is a self blessing: root your feet in the earth, once you feel anchored rub your hands together vigorously, when you feel heat and energy rest your hands of your Heart and bless yourself with statements like, “unconditional love is my birth right” “my beautiful Heart is a blessing to this world” “I allow all the beauty, grace and ease that IS to bless my beautiful Heart”. What ever phase you adopt and repeat stay anchored in the Earths grounded energy. When the self defeating voices pop up you can honor their presence and direct them back to the Earth for composting. Poo-poo has a place but it’s not in the Heart.

Lavender Lemonade Recipepurple-spanish-lavender-flower-brandon-bourdages
This is an exceptionally yummy summer time treat that I picked up from the local, organic Happy Boy Farms:
4 cups water (divided)
1/4 cup chopped fresh lavender
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
One bunch lavender

Brings 1 cup water to a boil and then combine with lavender in medium bowl; cover and steep 30 minutes.  Strain the lavender mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl.  Combine 3 cups water and sugar in saucepan.  Bring the mixture to a boil, and cook 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved.  Combine lavender water, sugar syrup, and lemon juice in a pitcher.  Cover and chill. Serve over ice.  Garnish lemonade with lavender.
Thank you Happy Boy Farms.

Blue_Eyes_by_kirstie1974Healthy Fire leaves a sparkle in the eyes, if you look in the mirror and see a dullness in your eyes you are ready for a "energetic oil change". In Chinese Medicine the shen or spirit resides in the eyes. With out access to our joy we not only feel lifeless and dull we look it as well. “The oil change for the qi” allows the latent stress and toxicity to clear out of the various organ systems allowing for your essence to shine brightly from your eyes, giving you a chance to replenish with a fresh sense of life force. I am ready to support you through the various, inevitable waves of life and help you anchor in the unwavering grace that is ever present.

kids on the beachMay the Blessings of this Season of JOY wash over you with Health, Harmony and FUN!!!
I look forward to supporting and celebrating YOU.
Katie Briggs L.Ac.
(831) 234 6616
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