During the last few months I have been absent from the CAN, my attention focused on home renovations.  We recently purchased a lovely old soul of a home, built in 1911.  We spent several weeks peeling away the layers of carpets, linoleum and wallpaper to reveal the history of care and craft lying beneath.  In the process I began to think about the nature of time and how we have distorted its value – always equating progress with things that take less time.   

This obsession with speed seems to permeate all aspects of our lives, and it seems to me that we have lost a lot in the bargain.  There is an innate sense of joy and pleasure whenever I take the time to create a beautiful meal, restore a wooden floor, play music, or even write a blog!  And that brings me to the subject of community acupuncture.

Lisa of WCA, once said to me (I’m paraphrasing) that the healing process was ultimately all about time – the patient spending time with themselves.  I must say I agree with her.  Watching my patients come and go over these past 8 months, I have noticed that those who make a regular habit of showing up, are the ones that make the most progress.  It sounds simple enough, but one of the challenges of what we have to offer is that it requires people to take time out of their day for themselves.    In this day-in-age trying to get someone to do so is no small feat!  When I visit the chiropractor I am in and out in 10 minutes, my family doctor 15, the herbalist…10.   So when I tell someone that I would like him or her to come twice a week, I know that I am asking allot.  Yet when it comes to healing, there is no miracle cure, no magic bullet, it really is about time, time spent with oneself.    

So community acupuncture is not only promoting the value of community, we are also promoting a different perspective about time, perhaps an older view, that says taking time is a good thing and that the process is at least as important as the product.

On another note, I have been feeling a bit lonely up here in my clinic and would really like to be able to meet all of you for a bit of camaraderie and inspiration – a community acupuncture love-in!  I had so much fun in Portland during my community acupuncture workshop and have been trying to dream up a way to repeat the experience.  So let me know if you have any thoughts/ideas, and let’s get working on it!  


Author: michael

<p>Michael began having visions of community acupuncture several years ago as he was sitting in an acupuncture class. The visions continued until he saw them come to life during his first visit to Working Class Acupuncture in Portland. He returned to Canada (his new country), inspired to take this movement into Canada, and construct his vision <a href="">hemma</a><a href="" target="_blank"></a> in Victoria, BC, where he lives with his wife and two children. Michael is a true renaissance man, a teacher, carpenter, yoga instructor, farmer, acupuncturist, and flute player to name a few of his avocations. Although no doubt community acupuncture was the one true thing he has been searching for all along! </p>

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  1. Ah, a love-in…

    Sounds like it might go well with the community clinic bus tour! Maybe you should come visit Portland again, just for the bus tour in October. In any case, we are psyched to see you in September.

  2. Regular habit of showing up


    I like the part about how the patients who regularly show up are the ones who get better, may I quote this on my website?  I will give you credit! 


    Tom Riordan L.Ac.