Heartbreak is unavoidable. It’s not a flaw in character or make up humans, it’s a feature. It’s what allows us to grow beyond the bounds and limits of family, friend group, peers and whatever group identity we find that gives a sense of belonging and security.

Heart break expands our boundaries, the question is does it break you open or break you closed?

In this conversation with Margot Rossi we give space to how our brokenness is the source of both suffering and redemption. How our greatest troubles, self destructive tendencies and unexamined suffering are all opportunities to cultivate an open field of attention that can be shifted with our intention and spirit.

Listen into this discussion that touches on the principles of attention, stillness and healing that she brings to life in her recently published book “To Be Like Water.”

In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • The moment that sparked the impulse to do a book
  • Are you ready to be grabbed by ​​the ankles, turned upside down and shaken until there is nothing left that you can hold onto?
  • “Your actions affect you.”
  • Attention can be like an aromatic that disperses dampness and opens the portals of sensing
  • Life is a big lesson in humility
  • What happened when Margot started seeing the cracks in her heart-belief of the world
  • The transformative power of shifting attention
  • Heartbreak is unavoidable
  • Self-reflection takes us out of the cycle of repetitive thought that leads to despair
  • Turning towards anger to get to what’s underneath the anger
  • Being and Doing in clinic
  • Moving beyond expectation and allowing a treatment to unfold without a lot of conceptual consideration
  • How needles interact with the primal power of the life force
  • How Margot’s practice has changed and is changing as she gains new perspectives and wants to be less connected to international supply chains and medical waste management

Before assessing jing/qi/shen via inquiry, pulse, hara and tongue diagnosis, observe how your patient moves as they enter the healing space of your clinic. If they were like water in a stream bed, what do you notice about the flow: where is their water/qi flowing, where is hindered or obstructed, where is the water still, empty or full?

Margot Rossi, M.Ac. is an acupuncturist, Asian medicine physician, health educator, and movement instructor with 30 years of experience. Trained in the US and China, she is passionate about helping people develop an awareness of their mind, body, and spirit, and cultivate a happy, healthful life.

Margot’s innovative programs on mindfulness, self-care and prevention, alternative medicines, Dao Yin, and yoga have gained recognition from government agencies and international organizations alike. In addition to Western and Asian therapeutic movement practices, Margot has training in classical ballet, belly dance, Hatha and Kundalini yoga, and modern dance. She lives with her family by the pristine waters of the South Toe River in Western North Carolina.



Links and Resources

Get your own copy of To Be Like Water.

Margot referred to this Qiological musing on Shen.
She also recommends this conversation with Alice Whieldon on Appreciative Attention, and this one on The Problem With the Medical Model.


Join Margot for some Dao Yin now!


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