Funny thing, time. 20 years ago, on a Friday afternoon, instead of sending out a clinic newsletter, you would have found me hunched over a cadaver, claustrophobic respirator mask on, forehead scrunched and sweaty, painstakingly separating flesh from bone...and desperately trying to memorize it all.
Truth be told, I've forgotten a lot of what I learned that year in Gross Anatomy. What has stuck with me is the visceral memory that, really, beneath it all, we're essentially the same. Oh sure, some bodies have longer bones, more layers of fat to cut through, weird extra muscles, maybe even a few unexpected metal joint replacements here and there, but yup. Pretty. Much. The. Same.
And the thing is, once you've seen that, it's very hard to forget. The understanding that, as humans, we are far more alike than we are different guides me every day. It is an honor to treat each one of you that walks in my door and I will continuously endeavor to make PranaVis Medicine available to all who find their way to me.
There's a lot of insecurity out there these days, from all sides, so much fear, and I am seeing it regularly in the office, hence my willingness to authentically put in my two pennies. I say none of this in a spirit of antagonism, nor without awareness of my own privilege, certainly not as a Pollyanna. There are issues I am passionate about...ahem...see photo above...And yet, to quote the iconic Maya Angelou in her poem "Human Family":
I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.
This, I know.
Should you find yourself dealing with anxiety, or know friends suffering the same, turns out I also know a thing or two about developing coping strategies. Mark it down - Saturday, March 25 at 4 pm. Three Trees Yoga in Federal Way. Yoga for Anxiety. All are welcome.
In the spirit of equanimity -
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