When we begin to see our bodies in the same light as we see nature - in the cycles, phases, and nature - we can be a mirror of the cosmos and take better care of not only ourselves, but of our surroundings. By seeing the natural phases and ways our body transforms is to stay connected to the larger cosmo that is the Source of our inner cosmo.
When we stop listening to our bodies, we forget to preserve and care for the wealth of life that lives within - and when we begin to rely on chemicals or temporarily relief, it's like trying to patch the hole in our roof with cardboard boxes - what happens if a rainstorm comes?
The more we dissociate from the ways of nature and embracing nature within, the more we grow distant from the origin of and roots of tradition our ancestors built their communities and health practices upon, that ultimately enabled them to survive the evolutions in the first place.
The goal of the entire ethos of traditional medicine healing is to bring about a way of life that continuously restores our natural flow (Qi energy), ensures yin-yang balance, and allows the body to practice Wu-wei and return to state of Zi Ran.
By incorporating the various modalities of TCM in our daily ways of life, we can begin to allow the body to naturally heal itself, and to experience a vital, strong, and abundant life.
My earliest memories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) began in the living room of my childhood home, where my dad, Dr. Sun, held his first Acupuncture space. At a young age, I saw the myriad of herbs he would pull together for his patients. Our basement was an apothecary, our kitchen filled with my pieces from my Operator set, and the living room served patients. After immigrating to New York City from Shanghai in the 1970s, my parents, like many other immigrants of New York, left everything they ever knew, to build a brand new life from scratch.
As a first generation American-born-Chinese kid growing up in NYC, it was hard to understand why my parents didn't pack me Capri-suns and Fig Newtons in my lunchbox. Instead of letting me wear short-shorts and slurp Ralph's Italian ices all Summer long, I was taught to always drinking warm water no matter what, make sure my feet were never freezing cold, and to listen to my body and treat it well.
While having practiced Chinese Medicine for a lifetime with my dad, it wasn't until a few years ago that I truly started to feel like I wanted to step into this world and be a champion of this beautiful, complex, and deeply connected world of ancient healing and wisdom. My friends and family were all beginning to seek holistic and alternative forms of health, and they would come to me and I would send them to my dad.
My turning point came when I saw the wellness industry seem to explode with all sorts of Qi Balancing, Yin Boosting, He Shou Wu touting products for this-that-and the other. Appalled by the lack of direction consumers face today in navigating "what wellness products should I take and why", I felt the need to step up and bring clear and medically supported guidance in navigating the natural way to being well.
I am making a step towards building a lineage of Traditional Healers and continuing the legacy that my dad, Dr. Sun, has created. This is inspired by a life long learning of my own culture and heritage that came thousands of years before me. And together we will learn, appreciate, and share the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Welcome to a world of inspiration: here to teach you how to listen to your body, feed it what it needs, and give you the tools to understand how to rebalance the yin to your yang with everyday foods.
Modern Chinese Wellness, from my family to yours.
- Jennifer Sun