Mindfullness –
Observing Thoughts and Body Sensations without Judgement

Whether you come to acupuncture with a physical symptom or an emotional issue that you want to heal or resolve, the first step is for us to inquire into the specifics of it. Bringing awareness to the connection between repetitive thoughts and feelings, and how they are experienced in the body, produces insight and compassion for the narratives that hold these patterns in place.

Exploring the stories that keep you caught in unhealthy patterns.

The repetitive thoughts that rule our mind can manifest in the body and lead to physical or emotional ill health. For example, having anxious thoughts may lead to full blown physical panic attacks or to limiting emotional behavior such as reducing social engagement and resulting isolation patterns.

Discovering the deeper stories that lie below the manifesting symptoms can lead to an untangling of the mind body interaction. Calming the thoughts allows you to create space for new patterns of thinking and behaving which enable the brain to rewire itself. Becoming aware of tensions that are caused by anger or sadness and how those feelings live in your body, can be a transformative journey of release and the discovery of new potential.

Listening and being heard are important psychological nutrients that we need every day.

After we have used mindful inquiry and dream work to discover the nuances of your situation, I apply the acupuncture needles to points that are traditionally used for your presenting pattern. This enables you to relax deeply with any new insights and possibly have a new body experience of an old story. I find this process can lead to healthier patterns in both mind and body.

Read about dream work.

Sonoma County Acupuncturist
Katherine Pearce, L.Ac.
(707) 481-1635


Offices in Santa Rosa & Forestville

With awareness in the mind and relaxation in the body comes the untangling of stress and unhealthy patterns of thought and action leading to aliveness, health, creativity, and a developing sense of meaning and growth. Many people experience a deepening of relationships with others and themselves.


"To be in relationship to what you are going through, to hold it, and, in some sense, to befriend it — that is where the healing or transformative power of the practice of mindfulness lies."

—Jon Kabat-Zinn