New Year Reflections

Happy 2020!I’m not a New Year’s resolution kind of person.  Every moment is an opportunity for fresh thinking and insights.  And that’s where real change comes from, not from the turning of a calendar.
But I do enjoy the kind of reflection that happens naturally around the end and start of the year.  I think part of it is that winter season here in the Northern Hemisphere encourages a bit more hibernation.  And there are lots of things that reset in the new year, which invites us to make conscious choices about how we want to do it this time around.

Want to add more depth to your reflections?  Try this experiment.  I do this every year around this time.
Mind Experiment:  Reverse engineer your goals, resolutions, dreams, aspirations, or whatever you want to call them.  Ask yourself: If I reach my goal, what kind of experience will I be having?  What will I be feeling?  Then commit to inviting more of that feeling into your life right now.

If you want to kick some booty at work so you can feel aligned with purpose, why not invite more alignment with purpose into your life right now?  Allow yourself the freedom to NOT do the things that don’t feel aligned with purpose.  Yes, really give yourself permission to not do everything.  If you can get quiet enough, I think you’ll find that you still choose to do most of the things you were planning on doing, and you’ll feel the purpose in your formerly mundane daily tasks.  The other ones can wait until you feel called to do them.


If you want to spend less time on your phone so you can feel more present with your family, why not invite more presence into your life right now.  Start uni-tasking (the opposite of multitasking) and enjoy the pleasure of doing something with attention.  Try listening to your family members with true curiosity to understand their perspective.


If you want to plan more girl’s or guy's nights so you can feel more connected with your community, why not invite more connection into your life right now.  Did you know that you don’t actually have to be in the same room to feel connected with someone?  You don’t actually have to be talking or texting with them.  It’s actually pretty effortless to rest in the love and connection we have with loved ones just by thinking about them.

Why wait to have the experience you want to have?  Invite those feelings into your life right now.  The bonus is that the more clear you are on what kind of experience you want to have, and the more committed you are to having that experience along your journey, the more effortless it will be to accomplish your goals.  When I say effortless, I don’t mean without doing things in the world.  I mean doing them with less mental struggle and more good feelings.

Give it a try and let me know how it feels!
If you want some help in this area, I’d be happy to work one on one with you on a special goals exercise to help you get clear on what kind of experience you are aiming for in 2020.  I can mentor you to help you figure out how to have more of that experience effortlessly, everyday. 

I recently did this exercise and realized that I’m pointing towards experiencing more clarity, responding to calling, and being guided.  I’m pretty excited to see how that unfolds in 2020. If you're interested in exploring this for yourself with an experienced mentor, just let us know you want to do a “1 on 1 Goals Exercise Session” with Christina and we can answer any questions.
If this resonates with you, make sure to check out our upcoming Resiliency 101 Workshop, where we explore state of mind, thinking, moods, and behavior I've seen that we’re better off learning about how we create our experience so we can uncover wisdom, curiosity, love, and understanding in all kinds of circumstances, rather than planning out all the goals and plan B's in hopes that we can orchestrate a good feeling.

Upcoming Events:
Resiliency 101
If some of your reflections have you looking in the direction of less stress and more connection with your spark, come learn the inside-out understanding that allows people to thrive in work, relationships, health, and life, regardless of circumstances.
Our first, and only state of mind workshop scheduled so far in 2020 is coming up fast and space is limited, so click this link to register and save your seat for:

Resiliency 101–The Art and Science of Thriving
Tuesday, January 28th from 6-7
at Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness

In this uplifting workshop you’ll learn how your mind works, so you can enjoy more peace of mind and:

  • Supercharge your performance
  • Improve your relationships
  • Enter the healing zone

Note: I’m taking a break from the Resiliency 101 Workshop in February and March, and I’m not quite sure what format the material is going to come back in, so if you’re interested, come join us in January for this well loved workshop.

Intro to Acu Tuning Forks with Jules Sears
If you’ve been in the office in the last 3 months you’ve met our new office manager Jules Sears.  While it’s obvious that she’s great at all things acupuncture office related (she’s been managing acupuncture offices for over 10 years) you might not know that she’s an amazing sound healer. 

Come join us for her inaugural sound healing workshop at Thrive.  Space is limited, so click this link to register and save your seat for:

Intro to Acu Tuning Forks with Jules Sears
Tuesday, February 18th from 6-7
at Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness

In this fun and interactive workshop, you’ll experience a mini Tuning Fork Tune Up and learn how specially designed tuning forks can stimulate, balance, and promote wellness and deep inner harmony.

New Year, New Insurance?Have there been any changes to your insurance?  Make sure to let us know before your next appointment so we can re-verify your benefits.  It’s a busy time of year for verifications, so it’s taking our billing department 48 hours verify benefits.  And acupuncture is like the black sheep of insurance.  The billing department has to call and talk to someone and ask all sorts of acupuncture specific questions.  But we’d rather do that now than get surprised when your claims come back.  Everyone hates insurance surprises!
If you have Blue Shield in 2020:  Click this link and check out this information.  There are some big changes for some plans and we're trying to help all our patients get informed.  Let us know if you have questions about your ability to use your insurance in our office.

What We’re Treating in the ClinicCold, flu, and virus prevention:  Back in August a patient of mine said they kept feeling like they were fighting something off, and they wanted a more targeted immune boosting strategy.  They had a family member that needed some extra care, so they didn’t have the bandwidth to get sick.  They already took Gan Mao Ling (“the pills in the yellow bottle” as we often call them) when exposed or fighting something off, but they wanted something more.  So I prescribed her a simple, easy to take daily formula, and she hasn’t had any cold, flu, or virus symptoms since she began taking it daily. 

I’m feeling the same way right now while I take on extra household and home nurse duties while my husband recovers from collarbone repair surgery.  No time to get sick, less time for self care, and lots of extra responsibilities on my plate.  So I’ve upped my immune boosting herbs. 

Now with the news of the China Virus (Wuhan Coronavirus), a lot of patients have been asking about boosting their immune system. 

Acupuncture is great at boosting the immune system and preventing colds, flus, and viruses.  And it’s empowering and effective to take some daily herbs.  Chinese Herbal Medicine has extensive immune boosting and cold, flu, and virus killing herbs, and I’m happy to help you find the ones that are best for you.

Existing patients can book online here Make sure you get a confirmation email and click "CONFIRM" in that email.  You are also welcome to call or email us if you prefer to schedule that way, or you’re not finding any appointments that work for you online. 

New patients need to call or email us to set up their first appointment because there is just too much information we need to share with you.


One Last RecommendationI want to let you all know about a workshop in Santa Rosa that I'm really excited about.  The workshop is based on the same understanding that I share in my Wisdom Workshops and is the basis for my deep understanding of our innate wellbeing that I talk with all my patients about at their acupuncture appointments–The Three Principles as discovered by Sydney Banks.  You can find out more info and register here:
Feb 15-17th, 2020
at Sonoma Academy

Please reach out if you have any questions or let me know if I'll see you there.  I'm not involved in putting on the workshop, I just wanted to share this opportunity with you since people normally travel very far to see to see these speakers.

One of the workshop leaders, Dicken Bettinger, is one of my favorite teachers of this material.  He, along with the other workshop leader, Natasha Swerdloff, wrote one of my favorite books that we have in our lending library–Coming Home: Uncovering the Foundations of Psychological Well-being.  

Dicken is not just a favorite teacher of mine, whenever I've seen him at conferences, everyone agrees that he was their favorite speaker.  He's known to embody and convey wisdom, love, and humorous stories that light people up and help them effortlessly experience a beautiful feeling.  

If you want to get a gist of the understanding, check out his book from our lending library or come to our January Resiliency 101 Workshop.  

Happy Inside-out Reflecting and Mind Explorations!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

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