Recently, a client asked me, "Have you always been like this?"
In my mid twenties I lived on 15th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues in NYC. I worked for Calvin Klein. Jetted around the country on a handsome expense account. Was obsessed with jogging, boxing & doing everything in excess. Chocolate chip banana muffins were the breakfast standard with 2 to 3 espressos. The afternoon always included a latte. At night, I went out to fancy restaurants wearing very chic black clothes. I drank top-shelf tequila. On the rocks. And smoked American Spirits. I was livin the life.
Actually, I was wrought with anxiety, insomnia & depression.
In my late 20s I was just beginning to realize how anxious, agitated & soul-weary I was. I turned to eastern philosophy, yoga, meditation & energy medicine with the hopes of helping myself. Those new to me concepts began to influence and, slowly, reinvigorate the stream of my spirit and life. Those years were a defining time in the development of 'who I am now'. In time, I became a yoga instructor and started receiving acupuncture. In 2005, I began my formal education of Acupuncture.
I have been many different ways in my life. In some respects I am quite different than I was in my 20s and 30s. In other ways, I have long been who I essentially am today. I have always revered nature; been deeply curious about the 'mystery' and our shared human experience; been keen to help others; cherished the moon; and adored four-leggeds.