Sorry that I missed all of you on the blog last week. I was enjoying tacos in Morelia, Mexico. Actually, I enjoyed tacos, tamales, tacos, chile rellenos, and more tacos.
The only thing better than the food we enjoyed in Mexico–was the people!
I would like to thank Dr. Onofre Chavez and his lovely wife Monica for hosting me and my husband in their great city. Monica was the power and heart behind this seminar. She put forth months of planning and organizing in order for this very special training weekend to occur. The love that Onofre and Monica have for this medicine and the people of Mexico was very apparent.
This was my first opportunity to teach for Miridia Technology. I’ll have to admit that I was a little nervous before I left. Not only was it my first time teaching the entire seminar on my own, but I was going to have to teach with an interpreter. I clearly did not speak Spanish and my audience could not speak English. My biggest fear was that I would not be able to fully share the value of the AcuGraph system.
I spent days before the trip, planning and preparing so that I could teach the seminar. I remember being really tired after all of the preparation. When I was done, I heard a voice inside my head. The voice said to take what I had prepared with me to the seminar, but once I arrived I should teach with my heart. I decided to trust that voice. Teaching from my heart is easy. I love Chinese Medicine. I love the results that I get from using the AcuGraph. I especially love to share tips and techniques that I have picked up along the way.
Let me tell you what I learned while teaching in Mexico…
- I am stronger than I thought I was. When I made the decision to become an acupuncturist, never in a million years, would I have imagined myself teaching acupuncture in Mexico. Not only did I do it, but I learned a lot about myself and the world that I live in because of this opportunity. This is an experience that I will never forget.
- The people of Mexico have a great desire to learn. Practitioners sat like sponges in the audience–soaking up every bit of training that I had to offer. If I were able to teach for 20 hours in a day, they would have eagerly sat listening for 20 hours.
- Not all education is created equal. I realized that the education that I receive in the United States should not be taken for granted. If I want further training, I can buy any book and read to learn more, and I can jump on a plane and head to a seminar whenever I choose. Unfortunately, many of the attendees do not have that same option. Sometimes I would suggest a book for the audience to read and later find out that it had not been translated into Spanish. I left this weekend feeling gratitude for the opportunity to share my education.
- The language barrier did not matter. When you teach from your heart and you have a good translator, nothing else matters. Healers hearts speaks the same language, regardless of the origin or boundaries.
Teaching in Morelia, Mexico was a great blessing to me. I enjoyed getting to know the people individually and learning how they run their practices. It warmed my heart to watch their eyes light up when they learned something new. Seeing the love that they have for the people of their country was inspiring. They wanted to learn more so they could help more people.
Thank you Dr. Onofre and Monica for bringing me to your country to teach your practitioners. I learned a a great deal. You are both very gifted and talented. There is no doubt that both the practitioners and patients in Mexico are well cared for.
I would encourage every practitioner to go outside his or her comfort zone and do something you never thought you would do. How about teaching? You will find that teaching and sharing your knowledge of healing is such a rewarding experience, one that blesses the lives of both the giver and the receiver. I gained so much from teaching. You don’t have to travel all the way to Mexico. There are many places within your local community to teach. I challenge you to search out these opportunities and feel the joy that comes from sharing.
Have a great week!
Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Acupuncture Research Analyst
Miridia Technology Inc.