What times in your life do you remember? What memories are so clear that you can see the colors, smell the scents and almost taste the memory? Those times that you vegged out on the couch, the countless hours spent in front of the TV. The times that maybe you had one too many drinks in the pursuit of a good time (I’ll bet those memories are particularly fuzzy). The times you spent “relaxing”, or maybe the thousands of hours spent at work, maybe not fully engaged, maybe coasting a bit? No, all of those memories end up gray, dull and lifeless, if they made any impression at all.
Accomplishments: The feeling of success
How about that time you accomplished something you never thought you would? Or that time when the culmination of years of work finally came to fruition. When you pushed through that barrier of endurance, be it mental or physical to reach for and grasp a goal. I’ll bet those times are crystal clear to you. So why do we spend so much time pursing that goal of being able to relax and veg out? Yes, we do need time to relax, rejuvenate, recharge, the inactive yin to our very active yang. But in our society, “doing nothing” or just skating along, seems to be something to reach for, something to attain. In nature, things either grow and develop or decline and fail.
Challenge yourself to grow within
We are natural beings, so if we are not growing (physically, mentally, or spiritually), then we are declining, and there’s really not much of a middle ground. How do you want to look back on your life? Do you want to see a multitude of fuzzy and indistinct memories, or do you want your heart to race at the clear memory of breaking through a barrier, finishing a race, building your own business, or whatever it is that you have always wanted to do in life? Are you an expert skier, to the point that it is almost boring to go skiing? Try getting on a snow board and falling down repeatedly. Feel sore and tired and content at the end of the day for the first time in forever. Challenge yourself; go camping or backpacking. Sick of your job? Start laying out a plan to get a new job, or start your own business, leap off the cliff; you may not always succeed but you sure will remember the ride. We are so incredibly easy to please as children and I think much of the wonder of it is that there are so many “firsts”. We lose that as adults but we don’t have to. There are thousands of firsts just waiting to be explored. Find something to challenge yourself with every day, and you will grow from the experiences and live your life to the fullest!
How can Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine help
The benefits of acupuncture are numerous, time tested, safe and effective. In the end, Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicine is striving to bring balance to the body so it can function optimally and this includes the body, mind and spirit. How can you challenge yourself if you are dealing with a chronic pain issue or if you are depressed or suffer from anxiety? Steven Hoffman, Licensed Acupuncturist at Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine will provide you with a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan including powerful lifestyle and wellness counseling to not only get you on the path to optimal health but help you on your way to personal growth and living the life you have always wanted!