Dr. Mindy Boxer – Intention setting in the New Year


It’s that time of year again: the time when many of us engage in the practice of setting a new year’s resolution. It seems, though, that hand-in-hand with new year’s resolutions is the prediction of inevitable failure. That as soon as you pick a resolution, you won’t actually make it through the whole year sticking with the new behavior, or that by the third week of January the resolution will be out of sight, out of mind.

So, I wanted to offer some tips on how to join in the tradition in a way that might foster more success, by incorporating some wisdom from Traditional Chinese medicine. In Traditional Chinese medicine, we take a holistic approach to healthcare and we want to treat causes not just symptoms. How does that apply here? Well, rather than focusing on a single, superficial measure of success like wanting to lose five pounds or wanting to look a certain way, consider selecting a resolution that affects how you will feel, instead of your outward appearance.  Rather than trying to cut out all sugar from your diet, perhaps you look to Chinese Medicine and instead commit to drinking more water and incorporating warming foods (like squash, legumes or ginger) into your diet to support your Digestion, your Kidneys and your Bladder – the Winter organs according to TCM.

In TCM, Water is the “element” of Winter, which is said to store our reserves of energy. This time of year, with its shorter days and colder temperatures, is a time for rest and less activity, according to TCM. So, perhaps, in the wisdom of TCM, your resolution for the next few months might be to incorporate daily rest and sufficient sleep rather than trying to do or achieve more. In the spirit of water’s fluidity, it is important to incorporate daily physical movement, but nothing too crazy. Find something that makes you feel good, not something that becomes a chore. Slow, restorative yoga is a good option as is taking a daily walk around your neighborhood.

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Lastly, I like to think of resolutions more as intentions. Part of finding true health according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, is finding mental health. When you set an intention, it is less of an action or a task, and rather a phrase or idea that you can come back to in your mind throughout the day or throughout the year. It is something that will ground and guide you in times of stress or uncertainty.  An intention can be something as simple as, come back to the present moment, or practice compassion. In these simple phrases, an anxious or worried mind can find something to come back to and rest on, whenever it needs.

Setting a resolution or an intention can be a great way to foster growth and health, and the beginning of the year is a natural time to evaluate what we want to bring into our lives. But you don’t have to assume you will fail. Consider letting the wisdom of Traditional Chinese medicine guide you to set an intention that you actually enjoy incorporating into your life, and don’t be afraid to change it throughout the year, as you and the seasons naturally change too.

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Dr. Mindy Boxer is a holistic practitioner who has grown into her specialties in an organic way. Understanding a range of disciplines allows her to integrate the wisdom of Ancient healing in combination with the most recent innovations in Scientific research. This dynamic blend has enabled Dr. Boxer to help patients in the prevention and treatment of disease for over 25 years.
At age 15, Dr. Boxer began her lifelong practice of Yoga & Meditation, read many Nutrition books, began Juicing her Vegetables, and explored and all Raw Diet.  Recognizing the importance of Nutrition in overall health, she earned her Ph.D. in 1986 in Nutrition and Human Behavior, providing her with a solid foundation to counsel and educate patients on how to attain health and vitality.
Her informative Lectures and appetizing Cooking Classes were the perfect forum to educate the community about the effects of food on Mood and Behavior, as well as in innovative ways to balance Body Chemistry in order to achieve overall well being.
Sensing a need to expand her training and understanding of the human body as a whole system, Dr. Boxer continued her studies in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine,  and in 1993 earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Medical Board of the State of California in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is also licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
These diverse disciplines give Dr. Boxer a unique view of the human body and how to keep it functioning in an optimal manner. Her practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Functional Nutrition have a profound effect on Hormonal balance, Rejuvenation, and Immune system enhancement.

Dr. Boxer has a particularly keen understanding of Women’s Health issues including Gynecological irregularity, PMS, Fertility, IUI & UVF support, Healthy Pregnancy & Delivery, and Menopausal issues. Her interest in the human body as a dynamic system has given her the understanding to deal with such problems as improper Digestion and elimination, Cancer Support, Allergies, back pain, tight neck and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory distress, chronic fatigue, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
She has also studied the art and science of Homeopathy, earning her Diplomate in Homeopathy from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1995. This allows her to treat the whole person — physically, mentally, emotionally.


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