When Melanie and I hiked to Fragrance Lake last week, we saw this interesting root system, trying to find a way towards nourishment and running instead into a smooth rock that didn't allow for any breaks into the fertile ground underneath. I wondered about that long root that went all the way across the rock and apparently felt the presence of the water from the lake below. The tree is very well established and probably didn't suffer too much from this rooty excursion.
It does make me think about how I will sometimes set out on a journey on what seems to be certain success, only to find out how wrong I was to think that, when an immovable object blocks my path. Life is filled with these obstacles, and even the hardest of them often create lovely patterns to be admired by passersby, like me.
I just got home from a wonderful acupuncture treatment. As I drove to my apartment, where I knew my dear partner awaited my return, I felt the emergence of joy bubbling up inside my heart, and I realized that I am very fortunate to enjoy such treatments, and that I can still afford them even though everything around me is increasing in price. I just won't go as often, but I am unwilling to give up, for the time being anyway, the sense of wellbeing that I often experience after having been "needled."
The World Health Organization has recognized acupuncture as effective in treating mild to moderate depression. —Andrew Weil
It also helps to have positive expectations, which I do, now that I've felt myself benefit many times from the treatment. I'd go once a week if I could afford it, but once a month will have to do.