Over this past year I've been sending out monthly newsletters which have served a dual purpose of providing a platform for updates about my practice and being somewhat of a creative outlet for expressing the broader context of my work. Peruse if you wish!
Self Care is Not About You
Allow the illusion of separateness to dissolve and notice a pattern emerge
Going beyond the narrative of "self-care" requires that we invent a new term for something that goes far beyond the "self". The self is but a small part of something much bigger, something so interrelated and interdependent that the acknowledgement of its presence is enough to even blow our egos out of the water. What you need to thrive is to actively choose to do the things which make you feel good and to see how, in turn, you make others feel good. To honor the cycle of giving and receiving in your own life. To understand that what we model to the rest of the world in our actions and behaviors is more powerful than what we say. We are what we choose to do with our days, we are also earth, water, air, fire. What practices in your daily rhythms remind you of the very substance of life? What practices put your brain in the back of the line and let your heart lead the way? Study those. Make time for those. See what changes unfold.
When you take the time to care for yourself, it is the same as caring for others, for you will be a better version of yourself and that light will shine on everyone around you.
Emma's May Newsletter
When do we mend and when do we weave again?
Happy chilly, rainy spring everyone! Here is what is on my mind this week: How do we honor our intuition? How do we create space to listen to that inner voice that contains unmistakable wisdom? How difficult it can be to sort through all the voices, both external and internal, and find a way forward. What happens when we listen to that one true voice that comes from our highest selves and whose direction keeps us in line with our purpose and our authenticity? How do our lives transform? And most importantly, how do we find the courage to do this?
This poem was the first thing I thought of when I woke up this morning. I love the part where she says, "mend my life, each voice cried". Sometimes we tend to keep mending a tapestry that really needs to be rewoven completely, but how to know when to mend and when to weave again?
By Mary Oliver
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you kept shouting
their bad advice-
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voice behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do the only thing you could do-
determined to save
the only life you could
My Practice These Days
I have taken on a secondary space at the Cotton Mill in Brattleboro! I'm sharing this with another amazing acupuncturist, Caylie See. Learn more about her at https://www.acupuncturekitchen.com/. We are on the third floor near NECAA, but in mid-May we will be moving to a different space that can offer us the ability to treat 2 patients at once and also have an office space. I am at the Cotton Mill on Mondays and Saturdays, and I remain at the magical realm of the apothecary at Harvest Hill on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For those of you who don't know, I share this space with another kick-ass herbalist, Alyssa Holmes, and her business Vital Vessel Herbs. Learn more about Alyssa here: https://www.vitalvesselherbs.love/.
The apothecary is also available for retreat rentals via airbnb! Contact Alyssa for more details.
I am absolutely delighted to have such fruitful collaborations with these two talented women and look forward to watching how we weave again the story of how powerfully we can work together to heal and grow, in our selves, our families, and our community.
Inspirations From Afar
Some Things Change and Some Remain the Same
As some of you know I recently traveled to Arizona with my good friends! We had four children between us, and let us be clear that vacations with kids are not "vacations", but they are adventures! This picture is the entryway of an apothecary and acupuncture clinic in downtown Tucson that we were particularly inspired by. There are so many different ways to do what we do, and spring is a good time to embrace the dynamic nature of being human and savor all of the choices in between. I will be continuing my 2 days at Vital Vessel Herbs Apothecary in West Brattleboro, but as I've relocated northwards again I won't be practicing in Northampton. Love calls me even further north to Bethel, Vermont as my secondary practice location. For now I am offering home visits and soon a weekly ear acupuncture group (stay tuned for details). If you happen to know of a space up that way for rent, do drop me a line!
Emma's Acu Updates
February Musings and Opportunities
The stillness offers insight as we sit within the great depths of winter. Today I had a moment of fully realizing what I love about the medicine that I practice. This medicine honors the feminine aspect of healing by valuing receptivity. By relinquishing attachment to fixing someone or something, we can receive the wisdom of the body and use this to guide our process. Rather than relying on our fallible intellect, we can trust something much deeper, more mysterious, and always full of surprises.
I am offering packages of four sessions in Brattleboro: Save $10 off each session when you purchase one! (Must use within 10 weeks)
I am continuing the free Acupuncture for Recovery Group on Mondays from 11:30-12:30 at the Northampton Recovery Center
I will be guest starring at Backstop Chair Massage in Thornes in Northampton on Friday, February 17th from 1-6, Monday 2/20 from 10-5, and Friday, 2/24 from 1-6. Stop by for a massage! Walk-in or click here to book.
I am teaching my students at the New England School of Acupuncture how to center themselves and set their intentions before giving a treatment. It is a delight to introduce a new generation of healers to these practices. The passage below was written by Sharon Salzberg, I like to read it before I begin my work day.
"May I see my limits compassionately, just as I view the suffering of others. May I offer my care and presence unconditionally, knowing that it may be met by gratitude, indifference, anger, or anguish. May I offer love, knowing that I cannot control the course of life, suffering, or death. May I find the inner resources to truly be able to give. May I be peaceful and let go of expectations. May I accept things as they are."
By Donna Faulds
Why wait for your awakening?
The moment your eyes are open,
seize the day. Would you hold
back when the Beloved beckons?
Would you deliver your litany
of sins like a child's collection
of sea shells, prized and labeled?
"No, I can't step across the threshold." you say, eyes
downcast. "I'm not worthy"
I'm afraid, and my motives
I still chew
my fingernails, and the refrigerator
isn't clean." Do you value your
reasons for staying small more
than the light shining through the open door?
Now is the only time you have to be whole. Now is the sole moment that exists to live in the light of your true Self.
Perfection is not a prerequisite
for anything but pain. Please,
oh please, don't continue to
believe in your disbelief, your stories
of separation and failure.
This is the day of your awakening.
Expanded Brattleboro Hours, Community Acu in Noho, and a Free Ear Acu Group at the NRC!
Yesterday I read a post that said something to the effect of: If you're not feeling the motivation and spark that we associate with the new year, worry not! Our internal clocks recognize January 22nd as the new year. Who knows where this information comes from or if it is true, but I chose to believe it in that moment because I'm just not quite ready to launch my projects yet, but they are brewing here in the background!
In the meantime, I wanted to let you all know that I will be:
*Expanding my Brattleboro Hours! My new hours are:
To Book: www.emmaacupuncture.com
*Offering community acupuncture @ Clinic in Northampton
Wednesdays 9-3 and private sessions Mondays from 3-7
*Offering a free ear acupuncture group at the Northampton Recovery Center on Mondays at 11:30 from 1/9-1/30
NRC Website: https://www.northamptonrecoverycenter.org/
*Donating $5 of every private session in Northampton to the Hampshire Regional YMCA for all that they do for our community!
*Raising funds to support a scholarship fund! Contact me if you know someone who needs access to what I offer but who otherwise could not afford it. I am here to help.
And...I am looking for someone to help me with marketing that would like to trade for services. Let me know if you're interested or know of anyone! This has never been my strong suit, so I am asking for help:)
In addition to my clinical work, I am teaching again this spring semester at the New England School of Acupuncture. I am also working on a memoir that weaves my adventures in healing with the plant medicine that has guided and blessed my path. Stay tuned for an excerpt on my blog this month! A friend of mine sent me this poem the other day, I think it could stir some good healing for the new year.