Whatever your religious faith
whatever your political view
whatever the color of your face
whatever the country of your origin
whatever your sexual orientation
what your economic situation
whatever your personal feelings
whatever the world may say,
Happiness / Love / Joy / Success / Peace / Fulfillment / Satisfaction
It seems a world away, but really it was only a mere ten years ago. I did as most
do. I went to the doctor when I got sick, which was more often than I would have
liked although overall I was really rather healthy. It was not until I was
introduced to a new line of thinking though that I realized how unhealthy my
It was not until I was introduced to Chinese medicine did I realize the real
difference. Instead of going to a doctor when I was sick, I began going to the The
Lotus Center of Oriental Medicine when I felt fine. Instead of a doctor spending
two minutes with me, they were (and are) partners in my health. My first session
was probably 60 minutes in length and included every facet of my diet, exercise,
sleep patterns, prior injuries, illnesses, and others.
I have been to acupuncturists before, and have had different experiences. My
first was someone who was very cold in his approach. Not only the room itself,
but his approach was one where he did not explain what I was going to
experience. Instead, I laid down and he inserted the needles. It did not hurt at
all, but I felt very uncomfortable not being able to move and he simply left the
This did not sway me from trying it again, and I found someone who was exactly
the opposite. He had a great bed side manner, was very professional and a really
good person. The acupuncture itself was really helpful, so I started going
whenever I could.
People often ask me what do I go to acupuncture for specifically, and it is a great
question but more than anything it is to increase my immune system. I relate it to
taking your car into the shop for an oil change. There may not be anything wrong
with the car, but it routine maintenance that keeps the car running at peak
performance and is what keeps the engine running much longer.
It was more coincidence and location that brought me to The Lotus Center of
Oriental Medicine. A friend recommended it, and it was closer to where I lived.
Because of the convenience, I started going there and I still do to this day.
It is not merely for acupuncture that I go, though. They offer a slew of services
beyond acupuncture. I have tried quite a few different treatments as well as
herbs and supplements.
In combination with my regular treatments, I also have changed my lifestyle
especially in terms of my diet. It is these changes that positively impacted all
aspects of my well being. I feel better, and I rarely get sick.
Traditional western medicine has been beneficial for me, and I will continue to
utilize it as a resource but I am overwhelmed with appreciation for finding
alternative medicine as an additional resource. It is one that has given me results.
If you have never tried acupuncture, or any other many different treatments
offered through Chinese medicine, a great resource is:
And, if you live in South Florida you can visit their office located in the heart of
Boca Raton. Their phone number is listed on their website.
Evoking an emotional response is the basis for headlines, plot lines, story lines and so much more. The more emotionally captivated an audience, the less a need for logic and reason.
If one only looks only at the body of work that is the news it would be easy to assume that every category of violence and crime has increased dramatically to the point of overtaking every fabric of society. Even if categorically false, and can be proven statistically, it matters not. What is seen is a never ending constant visual barrage of rape, ravage and pillage 24 hours a day seven days a week.
It was not that long ago, though, when the newspaper and the 5:00 a clock news were main sources of information. The newspaper delivered daily, and sometimes only weekly depending on how rural the area. The news segments lasted a merely hour (coupled with late night news and the morning news). That is a stark contrast to today’s world, but is their more news worthy events? Or, do we have more time slots to fill and as such less than news worthy material ends up making the headlines?
When emotions run high, logic and reason can be thrown right out the window. It is only through time, looking back, that the picture becomes much clearer to see. Part of that is disassociating from the emotion of the moment.
Has life really changed that much, or rather has the coverage of life changed? Or both?
May history be the guide.
The other day I was meandering online and came across a rather intriguing headline. From it, I gathered that the content would be both interesting and entertaining. Turns out, it was neither.
Do you ever feel cheated when you see an online headline that does a great job of capturing your attention, but once get all the way through the article, video or whatever medium it may be you realize that whatever it was you were looking to find is nowhere to be found?
*** Your Photo Has Been Reported ****
Such was the message this morning after logging onto my Facebook account. This was then followed by the explanation that a particular picture I had posted was removed for violating the “nudity and pornography” guidelines. What is the picture in question?
More intrigued now aren’t you?
Sorry, but the picture itself is not the focus after this. It is rather an opportunity to ask some questions. What questions are they?
Let me start by first offering a slice of imagination for your non-viewing pleasure. While it appears that I may have been not wearing any clothes, in fact, I was. The photo was shot in a studio with costumes, and the shorts I had on were hidden as part of the shot.
That’s it. Not much to see here. (Pardon the pun).
Now, back to the questions as I feel this provides an ample opportunity to question our societal norms. Does not what we deem as “inappropriate” define us as a culture just as much as what we deem as “appropriate?”
I find this equally interesting, because I myself reported a Facebook group in the past. Why? The title of the group was “Beat the crap out of XXX.” That in itself to me is offense. The description goes on to say that this particular individual killed a young child. No other information is provided. The comment posted in the group? “If you find him torture him.”
I did not investigate further on this person. I did not want to waste my time. It was not until this morning that I even remembered the group or that I had even reported it. I did see though that Facebook deemed this to be “appropriate” content as I see they took no action.
If I understand this correctly threatening someone physical harm may be ok, but the human body is not?
This is something else to think about. The group that is set up with the intent to encourage violence toward this individual has me wondering if 1) this person has not gone to trial, which in my very old fashion mind, consider his actions to be alleged and 2) if he has gone to trial, he has already gone through due process.
When someone broadcasts anything negative about someone or something, unfortunately, there is very little recourse. With social media, when posting in public, and naming names, the person named does not have the opportunity to directly defend themselves.
There are several people that I know of directly, as well as numerous stories where lives were altered, businesses ruined, and all because of fallacious postings. The beauty of the internet is that anyone can say anything. The freedom of speech is truly a free for all. There is no such thing of validation of sources, and sadly, too often what is seen is believed whether there is any factual basis or not.
This to me is a far greater issue than postings that are deemed “inappropriate”. This also is a testament of our culture. Now granted, I am someone who does not understand the misgivings toward the human body in general.
Putting tape over nipples? What is that? Seriously!?!
I have witnessed firsthand two people kissing in public and hearing bystanders yelling “Get a room.” Likewise, I have seen two people fighting with one person badly hurting the other and bystanders yelling, “FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT” and cheering it on with great enthusiasm.
Are we simply immune to violence? Not merely physical, but also mental, emotional, and the myriad of other forms of violence?
Likewise, what makes us so petrified of our own bodies? And those of others?
The questions, they are far reaching. They reveal not only about us, but us as a society and as a culture.