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The rocking chair 

 March 20, 2024

By  Jolinda Rockett

Last Updated: April 10, 2024

Th’ rocking chair

Sitting in its massive cradle of arms, back and seat, I wondered out loud, “Why does it keep rocking?”

“Because you’re little”, like that was an answer.

You could curl up in the seat of my grandmother’s rocker and once you got it moving it could keep moving up for a surprisingly long time… long time in kid-terms.

A massive piece of wooden furniture that could only be moved by someone grown-up and strong to wherever it was needed. It seemed to just wait quietly and patiently. And, like a gnarly old tree waiting to be climbed, it would gently wake up when you climbed aboard.

I don’t know what happened to it. In later years when the old folks moved to a new house, there was another big wooden rocking chair but, lacking the weight and balance, it didn’t get my attention.

“Why didn’t it rock like it should?” I wondered out loud. I didn’t get an answer to that question, either.

Finding our own rhythms

Take a page in your journal and mark times in the day and night when you are pleased or uplifted in some way. The 24-hour clock favors certain organic energetic expressions, according to ancient traditional medicine. The time for the liver is 1:00 to 3:00 AM. Normally we are asleep during those hours and the liver is working automatically in the background. But if you find this is a time when you wake, you will probably be spending the time planning something, and emotionally, it can be a time of agitation. Planning and vision is a talent attributed to the energy of liver.

This is the way an acupuncturist looks at your symptoms, but you can turn this 24-hour time record into a mapping of the patterns of your personal energetic clock.

24 hour clock of energy

It's OK to daydream, especially if you make little notes about it. As you practice, new memories connect with older ones and you build a history of relevant vignettes.

  • What time of the day do you find you smile easier?
  • When do you find old acquaintances pop up in your memory?
  • When do you feel surges of energy?
  • When do you need a nap?
  • What is going on in the two hours before you feel troubled?
  • When does your body temperature fluctuate?

Feeling good, understanding your ebbs and flows, acts of healthy eating, and moving with joy are basic self-care skills that are under attack by those who think we should be stifled by someone else's rage. Reclaiming our nature does more than prevent escalating problems. It also reverses many unwanted errors.

Whatever your age, you are too young to settle for that. I hope you can catch future problems now. Some call it pre-habilitation. I call it "enjoying the ride".

Old tree to climb
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We are strongest and healthiest when we can freely express our heartfelt nature. For over 40 years I have focused on health, first as a nurse, then acupuncturist, and now, through coaching, I help folks find their best health. Join me as we uncover how you can be truly glorious!


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