The peculiar focusing power of the autumn

(Edit 2013-09-21 : We are no longer selling Chinese Medicine Quarterly. We are currently reassessing and will, hopefully, return better than ever.)

In my earliest days studying Chinese medicine, I was sure I understood the five elements.  Yet, the more I dug into them – particularly the relationship of metal and wood – the less I felt like I knew.  At this point, four years into teaching and practicing this medicine, my knowledge sometimes seems to hover somewhere around zero.

Teacher always told me there would be days like this…

I’m a little dense at times, and unlike some of my more exalted colleagues, I find that the most foundational lessons are unlearnable to me through books, translation and the like.  Instead, I just have to get my hands dirty – living this crazy life – messing up and figuring out better ways to do the things I must do.  The role of metal, and the power of autumn, is one of those things I’ve had to learn the slow and dirty way.

In the spring, all full of life and promise and windy heat, I started about forty new projects.

Most of them fell away due to lack of feeding.  During this explosion of activity, I started to wonder whether Chinese Medicine Quarterly were something I wanted to keep alive with my scarce time and energy.  Personally, I believe it’s important to examine one’s commitments and make sound decisions about their importance.  I decided to let it lie for the summer, and see what happened.

What happened is simple.  As autumn approached, and the busy commitments of the flourishing yang calmed down, new writers came out of the woodwork.  One editor gracefully stepped down and another took her place.  Things started to coalesce.  The more I considered what we’d already done with the magazine, the more I realized that it was worth continuing.

It took that focusing, simplifying energy of the autumn to get my head straight.

So – we’ve got another issue for you.  It’s definitely the best we’ve produced so far.  To make things even more exciting, we’ve decided to drop the price on CMQ across the board – all the old issues and this new one, too.  Instead of $5.99, it’s only $4.99 for the digital copies.  Paper copies are still significantly more expensive due to the expense of producing something in paper that’s really worth buying.

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About Eric Grey

Hi - I'm the founder of Deepest Health. When I'm not writing here, you can find me reaching out to the Chinese Medicine community across the web and in my own backyard. I currently teach Chinese herbs at my alma mater, the National College of Natural Medicine. Additionally, I'm the founder of Watershed Community Wellness, a thriving local clinic in Southeast Portland in Oregon. No matter where I'm working, you'll find my focus on the Classical approach to Chinese medicine laced throughout everything I do.

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