Transitions and Change

Congratulations, Miravone, on your pregnancy!!! What an exciting time for you and your family! I am very happy for you! As Miravone is going through an amazing time of transition and change right now, it appears many people are also going through a time of transition and change in different ways. In AOM, this is understood as a very healthy and natural process with the coming of spring. 

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I have been noticing many of my friends, colleagues, and family members experiencing a rapid amount of transitions right now--some regarding health, others relationships and others school. Some are experiencing transitions in all three. I think we are all faced with transitions in life; it's as factual as the flow of yin and yang in AOM. But, I think what makes a transition easy or difficult is our willingness and ability to move and change as the transition enters our life. I think sometimes we can get lost or stuck in the transition and never take the jump to make the change. I think the fear of the jump is usually bigger than the actual leap of faith.

I know countless students have expressed feeling this way trying to decide whether to begin the AOM program. Since it is so different from what many people have grown up to understand in a conventional medical society, jumping full force into AOM can be a big decision. I know it was for me. I finally just had to jump and see what happened. I think that holds true for me in most areas of my life. I can spend all day philosophizing on the "what ifs", and thinking about all the possible outcomes, but that's where it's so easy to get stuck and never take a leap of faith. I've learned that jumping, after a healthy level of transition and decision-making, is the only way for me to follow my dreams. 

In the past I have jumped and realized it was a path to lead me to another path. This time, with AOM, I have realized this jump was the one that lead me to where I belong. I think had I kept thinking about all my fears and "what ifs" a few years ago, I would still be living the life I had then and missed out on so much. 

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In acupuncture, we have a treatment called the Buddha's triangle. It is a set of three triangles that create a very grounding effect. This treatment is often used in clinic when a patient is in a place of transition and seeking help with direction. Through the acupuncture energetic response, patients tend to gain more clarity in the paths they seek to take. One of the triangles is shown in picture above.

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Years ago, a mentor of mine constantly told me "change is good" during a very difficult time of my life. The optimist in me desired to believe her, but at that time, those words were very hollow. I was also young and had little proof of this reality. She explained to me how everything had to change in order for new growth to come. She showed me just as new buds must sprout out of the ground to someday make flowers, we, too, must have the courage to allow ourselves to blossom into who we are meant to become. Little did I know then, how true her words were and how much I would grow to believe them. They are also a core belief in AOM, showing the ever-flowing change of yin into yang, and yang into yin. They are the Universal and internal changes that move us into new beginnings.