Tips for Autumn

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. 1.  Gathering.   Be aware of what you value.  What is really essential to you?  Notice your strengths and qualities.  Focus on what is positive in your life.  Honor yourself.  Extend this attitude to others and nature.  Recognize, praise and compliment ... Read More
 

The Five Phases As a Model for Problem Solving and Goal Setting

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Bethesda, Maryland, Reston, Virginia, and in Washington D.C. The Five Phases As a Model for Problem Solving and Goal Setting The Five Phases model provides us with a set of guidelines and questions that are useful for solving problems and setting goals.  Traditionally the Five Phases correspond to its ... Read More
 

The Five Phase Model or Being and Evolution

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. The Five Phases As a Model for Problem Solving and Goal Setting The Five Phases model provides us with a set of guidelines and questions that are useful for solving problems and setting goals.  Traditionally the Five Phases correspond to its ... Read More
 

Unity, Core Consciousness and Change

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Washington D.C., Reston, Virginia, and in Bethesda, Maryland. The idea of the Tao (Way) and of Qi energy suggests an interconnectedness between all phenomena, a oneness.  This idea is represented by the foundational principle of Unity.  The principle of Unity suggests that we all come from the same ... Read More
 

Problem Solving Guideline 1

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. WOOD Spring Birth of new ideas/Beginnings/              Vision/Planning New growth                                 Intention/Decision making/Judgment Direction                                                Evaluation of Pros and Cons Future                                                    Anger/assertion of being What is my vision? What is my goal? What are the positive and negative aspects of my goal? Is ... Read More
 

Problem Solving Guideline 2

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. FIRE Summer Heart, Joy and Humor, Satisfaction                         Trust Enthusiasm/Attraction—What do I want?                Freedom Partnership/Relationship—                                      Responsibilities Interaction with others                                            Control Communication                                                      Maturation of planned goals Assimilation and Sorting— What to pursue? What to abandon? Is there joy, humor, warmth and ... Read More
 

Problem Solving Guideline 3

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. EARTH Late summer Groundedness                                        Sympathy Centeredness                                         Support Nourishment                                          Confidence Giving and receiving                              Ripening and fruition Usefulness                                             Agreement Contribution Is it useful to me and others? Do I need it?  Is it needed by others? Do ... Read More
 

Problem Solving Guideline 4

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. Metal Autumn Inspiration                                             Quality/Excelling Value/Self-worth/Refinement                 Essence                                              Structure/Form                        Respect (for self and others’ views) Harvesting/Gathering                             Structure/Form Letting go/Release non-essentials/                        Strength Elimination Do I need to make room for inspiration, to let in something new? Is my goal(s) worth pursuing? ... Read More
 

Problem Solving Guideline 5

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Bethesda, Maryland, Reston, Virginia, and in Washington D.C. WATER Winter Fear/Courage/Faith Adaptability/Fluidity Capacity Will/Power Gestation Coping/Clarity Reserves Investment Expertise/Wisdom Ambition/Will Do I have the will, the strength and ambition to undertake my goal? What risks are there?  What are I willing to risk? What is the worst thing ... Read More
 

Ritual Imagery in Healing and Inner Work

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. Rituals are stereotyped symbolic acts or interactions which allow for the expression and/or alteration of values, meaning, feelings, relationships and events.  Images and symbols as well as symbolic acts are the building blocks of rituals. As a basis for spiritual ... Read More