With great joy I present to you Tao Blossom, your go-to source for acupuncture, herbal medicine, facial rejuvenation, lifestyle coaching and more! If you have been in Austin for a while (or even for a moment!) you may have noticed that there is no shortage of holistic health venues or alternative medicine practitioners. So why choose Tao Blossom?
Tao Blossom is my very special creation*, an enigmatic entity, wrought with love and forces beyond the reach of language. Of course I call myself “owner” of "the business” but I would prefer to set these labels aside in service of this blog post. Perhaps by describing my relationship with Tao Blossom, I may also impart the possibilities it is poised to unlock for you and kindred spirits.
Let's set the stage...
“It is like a finger pointing away to the moon; don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.”
Bruce Lee, Enter the Dragon (1973)
In Chinese philosophy the Tao or Dao points to the idea that a phenomenon (any physical characteristic or event) is purest when simply allowed to be. The moment it is described with language, the words become an abstraction of the phenomenon itself; that is to say that the essence of the thing cannot be captured by a description.
The beautiful thing about Chinese language, however, is that its nature is to identify resonance. (I can explain! And I will, another day.) The important thing to note is that Tao can also mean the way, the path, or destiny:
TAO /ˈdau̇, ˈtau̇/
n. the absolute principle underlying the universe, signifying the way, or code of behavior, that is in harmony with the natural order
n. the state of flowering
A flower does not need to be told when or how to blossom. With the right conditions, it does so "all by itself” (Bruce Lee). The flower does not strive to be beautiful or unique. It naturally unfolds to manifest its one-of-a-kind radiance, effortlessly.
“If only I had the tiniest grain of wisdom,
I would walk in the Great Way,
And my only fear would be to stray from it.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Teh Ching
Calling all souls who feel strayed from the Great Way, their true path, their Tao:
The universe is the everlasting muse of the artist, musician and performer. Through me the universe is the healer and harmonizer of human nature (for after all, we certainly are nature). By way of acupuncture and herbal medicine, I humbly sweep the street that lies within you, gently clearing the path that points to the “heavenly glory” that is yours to know.
"The Tao is to the world what a great river or an ocean is to the streams
Lao Tzu, Tao Teh Ching
*Ultimately, I confess, it was Tao Blossom that created me. Right action requires that I simply allow for my Tao to blossom, and intentionally stand in wonder of the mystery. Before I learned anything about this philosophy, in fact, I wrote in my application essay for acupuncture school that having made the decision to study acupuncture I felt like I had ceased swimming against my own current.
In what ways are you swimming upstream? How may I assist you in surrendering to the deep current that flows through you and for you?
This is my Tao, blossoming. What is yours?
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