Women and Climate
Last month from the windows of the clinic, I beheld the Climate March. Thousands marched down Market street, wrapping around and marching down California, many of them school-aged children, motivated by other youth activists that are in large part, female.
Tears streamed down my face. I am a mother. These children are shouldering weight that their young bodies should not be carrying. And yet, here we are. The weather is changing, populations are being displaced, and we all feel the impact in our bodies.
As a holistic medical provider specializing in fertility acupuncture in San Francisco, I see a direct connection: What happens to the earth is reflected in our bodies. As the atmosphere warms, so rises the rates of chronic inflammatory conditions, degenerative disease, etc. We are not separate! The way we treat the water on our planet is reflected in the Yin of our bodies. We cannot separate the two!
What can we do? It is a great question that many of us are reflecting on. For me as a woman, as a health practitioner, I think about the restoration of the integrity of our primary relationships. Most of you know that I work primarily with women to restore their fertility. A large part of my work is to help women shore up their relationships – relationship to work, relationship to food, to joy, to stress, to exercise, healthy sleep patterns. Ultimately, this a method to help each of us deepen our connection to ourselves and what makes us live, love, thrive. Fertility in ourselves – and our environment – is born out of this rich context.
In terms of what we can do for this beautiful home of ours that is currently threatened, the same holds true. Prioritize relationship. Yes, ride your bike, recycle and reuse of course. But also look folks in the eye and give a wholehearted “Hello!” Slow down for the elders in the grocery store. Be there with a friend in her delight or her sorrow. Hold each other close, cherish what really brings us to life!
By working to protect the Earth, we also work to protect ourselves. Qi flows throw us and the world surrounding us. Acupuncture is able to tap into and ease the flow of Qi within our bodies. To learn more about how acupuncture can help women, contact Anchor Acupuncture and Wellness at 415-855-3112.