It’s been a funny start to spring this year – although the winter seemed to drag on a long time, it wasn’t really that cold – and yet the snowdrops were out very late. To me, at any rate, it feels like the welcome upturn in light levels has been well in advance of it actually feeling like spring. And now, bizarrely, it’s suddenly nearly April and the whole Easter parade of artificially generated shopping hype (chocolate, bunnies, chicks) is in annoyingly full throttle.
Apologies to all my devoted blog readers (you select bunch know who you are!) for another extended gap since I last wrote. Please put that down to my commitment to post only when the muse takes me and I have something I really want to say. There’s enough unnecessary drivel on the internet without my adding to it.
So, what have I got to say this time? Well, I think it’s something to do with the poignancy of being surrounded by the fresh new buds and tiny lime green leaves of early spring when you’re not in that state of excited optimism and enthusiasm yourself. The energy of springtime can be a fabulous springboard for starting new projects, planning ahead and thinking ‘outside the box’ creatively in your life. But that isn’t always how things feel inside, especially if you’re grappling with depression or facing difficult challenges in your life. I’ve recently had a spate of new patients coming to see me – lovely women who are having issues with fertility. I know that for them, driving past a field of new-born lambs isn’t going to feel too good; neither is a supermarket aisle full of Easter treats for little ones. Everything that drives home a message of new birth, new beginnings, excited hopes for the future – well, that can just feel cruel when you’ve just had your third miscarriage or failed IVF treatment.
I always tell the women who phone me up looking for help and support with their fertility that we’ll never know, should they successfully get pregnant and give birth to a healthy baby, whether coming for acupuncture made any difference – there’s no cloned version of them going through the same process without the treatment to do a comparison with. But what I always aim to do is give each woman a deep level of individual attention, of individual care, of individually tailored kindness and support – at a time of great emotional strain, frustration, uncertainty and often hopelessness. And in Chinese medicine, one of the most joyous connections to be made is that between the spring and a sense of hope.
So here’s hoping for a good spring with good outcomes, even if the way ahead doesn’t feel clear just yet.
And please … call me on 07970 295177, and book in for a consultation while we have a couple of months of spring energy working with us.