At Chiyu Center, we know the value of community. Do you? Really?
Let’s think about it in terms of the body: The heart is arguably the most important organ. In Chinese Medicine, the Heart is considered the Emperor of the Body. The heart’s job is indeed important. No one tells the Heart it’s job — like an emperor, it knows its job — it’s in charge — and it was created to do and be its job. But, no emperor (including the heart) can survive on his or her own.
Energetically, we understand that the Heart’s job is to keep the Spirit in open communication with the Divine; it provides a physical container for the Spirit, so that he or she can walk around and create good things on Earth according to the Spirit’s individual, internal divine mandate. But, the heart can’t do it alone. It requires a whole system of organs to support it.
It is the network or support that allows the Heart to do what it is destined to do.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE independence. Even as a child, I was very independent. Independence is a wonderful and it is extremely necessary for health.
However, independence can only be truly understood within the context of interdependence.
What do I mean? Well, this is one of those paradoxes of life. What I mean is that each of us holds special abilities and functions in our communities, just like the Heart, the Lungs, or any other organ. This special function is ours and ours alone. No one can tell us what it is. Only we can discover who we are meant to be. Think about it: IN-dependence. Look at the word. It means to depend upon one’s inner self. Going inwards to discover who we are, and depending upon that “inner compass” or inner self to provide guidance. Stepping into ourselves, discovering in that quiet place who we truly are, knowing our role in terms of who we are meant to be in the world, allows us to own our power, and thus, our in-dependence.
But, just as a child, heart, or emperor cannot survive on his or her own, neither can any one of us survive in the physical world all on our own.
Do you disagree? Oh, okay then. Go ahead and grow your own food (don’t forget to gather the seeds on your own – you can’t buy them if you aren’t a part of a community), chop the wood and/or grind the stones to pour your own concrete so you can build your own house (don’t forget you first have to make your own tools), teach your own children to read, write, and do math (you’ll need to unearth your own chalk or graphite), cook your own food (don’t forget you’ll need to build an icehouse if you want to keep things cold, and butcher your own animals or extract your own vegetable oil to cook with), create your own movies to watch (but first, you’ll have to develop the software and technology), write your own books, make your own music (hope you’re good at making instruments of proper pitch), make your own clothes and shoes (don’t forget you might want different shoes for different functions), design and produce your own bicycle or car (but first, extract and melt down the metals you’ll need), collect and sanitize your own water, find a way to safely dispose of your own waste without contaminating your garden or your neighbor’s, learn thousands of years of medicine and pharmacy so you can treat your own illnesses and wounds…. oh and I nearly forgot! Your cells need oxygen to operate. You’ll have to fashion some way to make oxygen (if you decide trees aren’t a necessary part of your community). You might also want to come up with a way to create self-gravity, because mother earth’s gravitational field keeps you from floating away (if you want to reject the importance of being a part of Her community.)
You don’t think you can do all that on your own? No, of course you can’t. The idea is so silly! You’re inter-dependent. You always have been.
That’s why we have community. The community around us now, and the community of our past. None of us stands alone. All of us are interdependent upon each other.
And so, I’m happy to say that today Chiyu Center joined the Longmont City Chamber of Commerce. You can see our page here.
(We currently also belong to the Acupuncture Association of Colorado, the American Society of Acupuncture, and the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.)
Life is not meant to be lived alone. It is meant to be lived as a grateful, contributing member of a community.
This weekend, I invite you to think about what you offer to your community. What service or role do you provide?
Here’s a few hints:
- Your role or service isn’t static; it changes throughout your life.
- You can have more than one role, but like your body’s organs, they must be cooperative and can’t be oppositional: they all must work together for you to be healthy.
- Your true role or service comes from within; no one can tell you what it is. So, you can’t actually provide your service (not from the heart in a truly meaningful way) if you haven’t first become in-dependent.
So, today: I invite you to “go inside.” WHO are you are called? What activities fill you with child-like joy?
Then, determine if your actions in your community line up with that. If not, begin living outwards who you are inside. You’ll find you have much more joy, you’ll contribute in a higher way to your community, and the community around you will likewise blossom to support and encourage you.
In health and love!