12 Aug Why Blue Butterfly?
As I start building my practice and spreading the word, I have many people ask me how I came up with the name Blue Butterfly. Let me tell you it was a process. A bit of a stressful process to think of something that would resonate with me and be attractive to clients, especially kids.
We will start with Butterfly.
As soon as I started to think about a name the word “transformation” kept coming up for me – in my head, in classes, in readings. But using the actual word sounded too serious, too weighty, too burdensome. So I started thinking about what in this world goes through transformations. Butterfly, caterpillar, moth, phoenix, etc. I ruminated on these for close to a month while I thought about if I wanted another word to go with it.
Coming up with Blue came about a little more organically.
I had already had it in the back of my mind but hadn’t put it together with any of the words that had come up for me for transformation. One day when I was working in my yard I was listening to a podcast from the Evolution of Medicine. They were talking about “Blue Zones”.
Blue Zones is a concept formulated by author Dan Buettner. It is an anthropological concept that describes the characteristic lifestyles and environments of the world’s longest-lived people. Buettner identified five geographical areas where people live statistically longest: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Icaria, Greece; and amongst the Seventh-Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California.
As my goal is to help people live healthier and longer, Blue seemed like a perfect word to include in my practice name.
Once I had Blue figured out I needed to get back to representing transformation.
One day the “butterfly effect” relative to chaos theory came to mind.
It is the phenomenon whereby a minute localized change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. It was perfect! I had my practice name and a tag line – “one small change can change everything.”
In the practices of acupuncture, meditation and functional medicine, the belief of treating the “root” of the problem versus the “branch” (symptoms) of the problems will help to bring a change. The change may be less pain, but you may also notice you are sleeping better, which means you have more energy during the day, and your gastrointestinal issues are better, and you are not feeling hot all the time, and you might not get so irritable or depressed quite as easily.
You may notice changes that you didn’t even realize was wrong. Things that you just assumed were “normal” are better and not so “normal” anymore. These practices help you to regain a connection back to your body, to listen to your body and what it is trying to tell you.
So when I officially open my practice in January 2018, I will be happy to help you make that one small change you’ve been wanting to make and see what transformations happen.