CommuniChi Update – April 27, 2020

Dear Patrons and Friends, I hope this finds you joyful and at ease, remembering to breathe as you navigate whatever challenges the world lays at your feet.

I miss seeing you all! Healing is a two way relationship. Engaging in service, helping others, dissolves the sense of separation between oneself and all life. It is the best medicine of all.  His Holiness the Dalai Lama often says, “If you want to be happy, help others.” Meditation can lead to that same awareness of freedom, but it’s more fun when you can invite others into that spaciousness. More online meditation resources here and here.

Yesterday, I stepped out my back door to hear a 5 year old shout gleefully at me from across the fence: “Hello Jordan, I’m back and I’m bigger now.” My neighbor’s kids had spent the last two months living at their grandparent’s house across town, quarantined from their parents who both work in the medical field. Her spontaneous joyful spirit had only grown stronger in the face of family separation and probably an absence of play dates. May we all tap into the youthful resiliency of the human spirit during these COVID times.

I don’t have a target date for reopening the clinic, though I am hopeful that it won’t be later than Monday, June 1st. Regardless of the timing, for everyone’s safety, we’ll need to work together.  The Department of Health recently issued an advisory for acupuncture practices. Key points include the need for patients to stay home and/or consult with their primary care doctor if they have respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Respiratory issues which may be non-viral in nature should be discussed with me before making an appointment.

It looks like physical distancing will be a part of our lives for at least a year, according to some sources. What that means is that people will need to wear masks (bring your own) during the treatment and in the waiting area. I will need your help to avoid crowding in the waiting room by making an appointment on my website and trying your best to be on time. I used to be amused when the universe would conspire to bring 3 or 4 clients simultaneously to my door. Now it adds a new layer of complication and risk.  I will also be wearing a mask and possibly eye protection.  Yes, it may look weird and I encourage you to laugh if you feel the urge! Laughter is good medicine and it’s vitally important during times like these.

For those who missed my earlier post, I’ve added several measures of community protection including a policy of clean sheets on treatment chairs for one time use, room dividers between chairs, increased use of HEPA air filtration, increased cleaning of door knobs and bathroom surfaces with anti-viral cleanser, hand sanitizer available in the waiting area.

This too will pass, and our lives will keep changing in small and big ways, each moment, and over the weeks, months, and years. Recognizing the constant flow of change, by living in the present moment, observing the energy movement in our bodies, our feelings, thoughts, and surroundings, the changing weather, and seasons – this is the magical journey of our lives. Blessings of peace and health and may we soon meet again.




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