Sunday, April 8, 2018

Taipei Taoyuan Airport, Taiwan: "Is this a Rock in Your Luggage?"

the rock in my luggage (jade) 
Well, the “rock" the security guard was wondering about (see title) was an award, polished jade on a wooden plinth.  After a second of wondering and being a bit worried, what he could possibly mean I remembered and told him that it was "my Humanitarian Award."  "Ah," he said.  And that was it for him.  But I can hardly put into words what it means to me; it most certainly has helped to strengthen  me in many ways and it is part of its properties (see below).

Awards in form of objects with balancing properties for those who help others to rebalance makes so much sense.

Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness, International Council of Reflexologists.
During the Gala portion of the International Reflexology Conference in Taitung, Taiwan (Oct. 19-22) - organized by ICR (International Council for Reflexologists) and Father Josef Eugster‘s Taiwanese team, I did not trust my ears when Gina Stewart (ICR’s new President) announced that I was the recipient of  the ICR Humanitarian Award.  I had no clue.  Thank you, ICR, Thank you, Gina.  What an honor.

Looking at my photos after we got back to New York, I found a photo I asked Regal to take of me at the National Palace Museum in Taipei and thanks for taking us there; it was his idea.  In the photo I am touching a piece of jade days before I got my award.  Now I have my very own very special piece to touch and look at at home in New York, to remind me every day of part of my work that was partly inspired by Eunice Ingham, the mother of modern reflexology and that expresses my passion for Reflexology and the healing arts in general.  I still ask myself at times how did I get here, and the answer is that my yoga practice has been supporting me since the early 90.  Whatever challenges there may have been and continue to be at the end of the day, there will also have been a practice to ground.  Whatever fears, doubts, insecurities there may be on our travels with others, there is also stillness and we can turn that switch on, and that is what my work is all about.  I share tools that have been helpful to me and I continue to study and more importantly I practice myself every day.

Once we ground the big truths come through, the universal truths and that is where we are not fearful and have courage.  Courage is so much needed because we can feel so alone and so not understood.  I would like to think this award (if it is deserved at all) must be a representation of the grounded and very lucky 🍀 me.

“Calming, healing, and much more - Green Jade is not only calming and healing to the nervous system, but it also emits healing energy into the liver, bladder, gallbladder and kidneys. Further, Green Jade strengthens the "Chi", or "life force", for regeneration of the cells. ~ Dr. Schavi M. Ali”

Thank you again, ICR.  It still has not sunk in yet, but it has resulted in a very welcome energetic boost, and the jade is so beautiful.  What an honor.  Also congratulations to our colleagues Hagar Basis of London and Leila Erikson of Denmark for receiving awards as well as to Dr. Martine Faure Anderson, amongst others.  A complete list of ICR AWARDS RECIPIENTS will follow.

Thank you for visiting as always,


You may touch!  - Jade National Palace Museum

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