True belief in oneself is being all in – no ifs, ands, buts, or backsies. From a Chinese medicine perspective, such unshakable faith is present when the heart channel is fully enthused and engaged. That’s why following our bliss is so important. Because when we’re truly lit up about life, then whatever we’re looking to achieve already feels like an accomplishment.
Nor can you navigate a car through traffic via the rear view mirror. What’s behind us is meant to be a reference point – not a guiding light. Yet from a Chinese medicine perspective, grief and loss and disappointment can block lung channel flow, making it harder to process painful emotions and let go of things. By practicing deep breathing, walking in nature, and reminding ourselves, “I release what no longer serves me,” we can help balance lung energy and learn to relish the moment instead of rehashing the past.
Not good enough, brave enough, smart enough, rich enough, lucky enough, sexy enough. Not enough, period. Low self-esteem is at the heart of all these low opinions we can have of ourselves. And so to let go of these lies, we need to embrace being more grounded and centered so we can begin to see ourselves objectively from a self-empowered state. Practicing deep belly breathing, self-caring strategies, and affirming, “I love and appreciate myself” throughout each day will help transform feelings of worthlessness to worthiness.
From a Chinese medicine perspective, we receive love from archetypal mother energy (as the one who nurtures from the breast) – and approval from archetypal dad. Approval is perhaps overlooked at times. Yet it’s one of the most profoundly important things a parent can give to a child, because it teaches that the child is accepted. And when a child grows up feeling “good enough”, he or she develops true self-esteem. These self-confident kids in turn go on to become the game-changers in life. Because if you believe you’re enough, then you experience a world without limitation or lack.
Many people who see me for acupuncture are at a crossroads in life. They have big dreams and bucket lists, but have often spent years planning, preparing – and procrastinating. From a Chinese medicine perspective, the channels governing digestion are often out of balance when we overthink, overworry, and overwhelm ourselves with the idea of doing something without actually taking action. By committing to proper nutrition and just five minutes of daily activity geared toward reaching your goals, you’ll see how something as simple as a phone call or a booked flight will have you sailing toward your dreams in no time.
Energetically speaking, we truly do create our own reality. Yet many of us aren’t comfortable with this Law of Attraction concept because we may look at ourselves and our lives and say, “Well, I focused really hard and made vision boards and sang Kumbaya and none of it worked!”. And then we distract ourselves with trying to make another potential materialize. But the Universe responds to flow, not force. If we can release our death grip and instead relax into receiving with open arms, then – and only then – will we experience all the goodness in store for us.