TheSeason of The Heart

by Cindy Rhoday, AP

TheSeason of The Heart, SOUTHWESTERN VA ACUPUNCTURE in VIRGINIACindy Rhoday offers Acupuncture in VIRGINIASummer is a wonderful time to be with friends, family, and loved ones. Taking time out from this busy season is important. Vacations, cook-outs, and get togethers are included in many peoples' summer schedules. It is a time for fun-filled heart-centered activities for most people...But how about the people who have a very different experience in the summer?

Summer is a very strong, heart-centered season. But for some people who are already anxiety ridden, it can be a loathsome, dreadful time. This seems ironic because summer is normally a time for relaxation and fun. But not for everyone.

Since the heart energy is strongest in the summer, many people feel an overabundance of heart energy. This effect can cause sweating, change in heart aspect such as heart rhythms & heart rate. Symptoms of night sweating may exacerbate, not only due to the hot temperatures, but also to the abundance of heart flow energy. The most common symptom for heart energy abundance is ANXIETY. Anxiety can manifest in many ways. A stomachache or nervousness is a mild sign of anxiety. Full blown panic attacks and random fears are more intense examples of heart energy gone arwy. Although these symptoms are not usually observed by the medical establishment as a whole, symptoms can be real. Avoiding people, especially crowds and groups, may be quite common in people with heart abundance/excess in the summer. This situation can put a damper on otherwise fun and exciting summer activities as the anxiety filled person may not have the heart (forgive the pun) to participate. And I will mention that most people have no rhyme or reasonable explanation for their behavior. This makes it difficult to beg off anxiety-laden activities since the person may feel he/she has no viable excuse or way to explain this phenomenon.

Here are some suggestions to combat these symptoms and help you get through the summer months with ease.

1. Plan vacations very loosely. If you and your family must go on a trip  this summer, keep the itinerary open and flexible. Plant the seed that you are going with the intention of taking it easy, AND THEN DO IT.

2. Eat foods that are nourishing and simple. Simpler, easier-to-digest foods such as soups, oatmeal, and bland foods are best. As always. most fruits and veggies are ok. Eat according to your body type, make up, and constitution (your Acupuncturist, Nutritionist, etc. will be able to help you with this). Avoid eating processed foods as much as possible. Also steer away from artificial sweeteners as much as possible such as sucralose (see article ).

3. Be aware of summer moon phases and any possible eclipses. The idea that the moon affects us is not a new concept (just ask any police officer, teacher, or ER nurse about full moon experiences at their workplace). Notice the ebb and flow of the moon and take more care of yourself during the new and full moon phases which may produce more extreme symptoms in some people.

4. Take it easy. Give yourself permission to be. Stay at home and get some rest. Summer is not everybody's season and maybe it's not yours either. Kick back and wait for fall to arrive. It's ok. There's something to be said for pumpkin muffins for breakfast.




2018~The Year Of Accountability

GET READY! 2018 is the "YEAR OF ACCOUNTABILITY" for each and ALL generations. There has been a noticeable trend that is affecting almost everyone. It is that of accountability. Too long have we been riding the waves of complacency, simply getting by with an average but Ok life. Too many of us have been in a trance-like state wading through the murky waters of health, well-being, and a financial situation at the expense of attending to our deepest needs of connection to self, soul, and to community. By denying our authenticity and attempting to be someone or something else, we have become LOST. The powers that BE demand balance and this harmony will be achieved through any means necessary. Enter the ACCOUNTABILITY FACTOR...Not just accountability for health, but also for wellness, financial means, and relationships. We must meet nature at the bridge and be held liable for that which we have created, the good and the not so good. 

The accountability this year began with those aged 80-90 years old ("The Greatest Generation" - Michael T. Robinson). They were remarkably UNAFFECTED as this age group has been held accountable in times past so they have no discourse with being held responsible for past triumphs, mistakes, and other historical events. These folks were born between 1910-1924 and have literally seen it all. They are quick to point out their faults and their contributions to society.

We quickly saw the trend trickling down to the next generations including "the Silent Generation (generation 1925-1945) and  "the Baby Boomers" (generation 1946-1964) around March 2018. Their accountability table has been related to health and wealth. There are some people (not everyone) in these two generation groups who are not willing to have an open perspective in hopes that "everything will work out." This indifference or hopefulness (depending on your perspective) is creating havoc for some but not all Baby Boomers. Only those who are unwilling to seek compromise and curve with the changes that are evolving will be greatly affected. These two generations have a strong sense of faith and contribution but may feel that the current changes are negating all that they have worked so hard to accomplish. Only with connection and understanding with more youthful generations can they bridge the gap. These generations have made powerful contributions that will carry on for years to come. Their legacy is not lost, only altered to accommodate a more technologically savvy, more easily adaptable, changing world. These generations can expect accountability if they continue to be rigidly focused on traditional ways to live in society. Financial tools including paper money rather than cards/electronic payments, for example, are just one of the challenges where they may be forced to release the traditional models and begin embracing new technologies.

Generation X and Xennials (generations 1965-1979 and 1975-1985 respectively) are coping with all aspects of being responsible for their health and wellness. These age groups are still searching for their true purpose. Having a handle on most technologies but dealing with the disconnect between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials, they are being forced to either follow the wide path before them or face the challenge of creating new roads. This group will find breakthrough and purpose by bridging the gap between generations. However, they must first find themselves or succumb to a life of mediocrity. These generations can not have the life their parents had as the economic forces that be are not offering the stability that was established for their predecessors. Generation X and Xenials also suffer from health issues as fast food was a fad during their young life as was smoking and television. If these two generations become focused and authentic with themselves, they will eventually realize their true calling and leave their mark forever.

Millennials (generations 1980-1994) are creating their world as we speak. They have different approaches to the world and are unapologetic for their ideas. They are holding fast to new ideals and creating a new world. Out of all of the groups, their generation may feel the most uncomfortable with the Year of Accountability. This could possibly be a difficult trend for them as they see their world in their own way. Although they are doing much to preserve their new world, they may be shocked to learn that there are reactions to every action. Not every effort put forth will result in a positive manner. Not every seed that is sowed will result in a great harvest. Some seeds may take YEARS to reap a harvest and it may not necessarily be a positive one. This generation may have to flow into the idea of patience and self-restraint. Unlike generations previous, this one may not hold the ideas of forbearance and fortitude in a positive light. The idea of waiting for harvest, technology, and socio-economic factors to change may be a bit painful. Once this generation becomes accustomed to the world's pace to change, they will be able to reset their clock to allow time for the changes to occur.

The remaining younger generations will be held accountable but will barely notice the effects. They will see and feel the imminent reset that is quickly approaching. Their youth could help buffer them from the results. The younger generations may learn much and as a result not perpetuate the same mistakes.


The state of one's health is an example of how accountability can cross generations, races, and socio-economic boundaries affecting many populations. Health that has been well maintained or taken for granted manifests measureable physical and psychological repercussions or results depending on the individual's choice to invest in their health long term. In 2018 multiple generations of people may find themselves sick in instances where chronic health issues are surfacing. The state of health care may bare a heavier-than-usual burden due to the lack of maintenance and self-care over the long haul. Prepare for people to require more time to not only seek and find treatment but to also require longer than usual recovery. This trend will be a reminder to invest in one's health rather than using one's physical reserve to persevere.

Socio-economic factors will find some people unwilling to change their investment strategies and beliefs concerning wealth. Cryptocurrencies and volatile markets could create chaos in the traditional congruency of finance. Accountability in financial matters may deeply affect the spectrum of generations as the lack of funds and savings with younger generations and the burden of healthcare clashes. Help planning for the future may be essential for those people who need assistance in navigating their investments and finances.

Although the 2018 Year of Accountability may have some blips and widgets, there is much to be learned from authenticity, honesty, fortitude, and realizing one's purpose. By holding ourselves accountable at any age, we can learn to connect, communicate, and live in some form of harmony that creates lasting existence. If you are not holding yourself accountable, WHO WILL?

*The Generation Names are based on articles by Michael T. Robinson Career Coach. These generational years vary are used for entertainment/idealistic purposes only. The statements presented here are based on personal experience only and are not intended to speak to everyone for every intent. Take what is applicable to you and your specific situation.



by Cindy Rhoday, AP

SWVAACUPUNCTURE>GURU- YES! WE HAVE STONES AND ROCKS!Wondering WHAT to wear these days? No doubt you have been feeling the shift of mercury retro and the pink moon for some time. Now that we are "safely into May (?)" you can begin to put your ambitions into ACTION. The best way to reinforce this process is to start wearing stones and rocks that offer you some protection. A few examples are quartz, rose quartz, and citrine. These will aid your body's energy by easing the transition from retrograde funk to ambitious obstacle clearer!

Stop by again as we will be offering much more information about rocks, crystals, and precious stones that are beautiful for your health and well-being.




NOW Is The Time - Be Patient WithYourself

by Cindy Rhoday, AP

Be Patient With Yourself

If You haven't noticed yet things seem topsy turvy! The earth is spinning on its axis and so are all of us. This is an interesting time if you are tuning in to recent shifts in the energetic forces that be. Since Chiron & Pisces are intertwining we can expect the unearthing of buried feelings, misplaced emotions, and forgotten events. Emotions that we thought we had worked through may return to us in the form of recalling memories, reliving experiences, seeing people from our past, or dreaming of past events. DO NOT DESPAIR--This is the Universe's way of enabling us to grow and transform. By working through and releasing old we are able to transform and prepare for our new being. We are becoming more transparent and whole with GOD Universe. By grounding in our truest self, we can do the work that we so desperately desire to do.

Allow the present to unfold knowing that it is for the greater good. Work through processing emotions that you have been holding. Feel with your heart's understanding and realize that painful feelings are not lasting. Processing these emotions will help them to pass quickly which allows you to be pushed through the door of relief and comfort. While you release all that no longer serves you be patient with yourself.

Be good to you.