I am Vietnamese and I am a Naturopathic Doctor. Recently, I had the pleasure of spending my time at two very meaningful conferences: activism for Vietnam and my annual naturopathic medicine convention, which always revitalizes me and affirms my career path as a Naturopathic Doctor.
Though the conferences were very different in content, both experiences involved groups of people advocating for a greater good and it fueled my desire to be more active in both my Vietnamese and Naturopathic communities.
The first event was an international Vietnamese youth conference in Manila, Philippines titled, Digital Activism for Social Change. Despite the day-long (30 hours!) journey, adjusting to a 12-hour time change, and living among various and numerous tropical friends (frogs, cockroaches, and salamanders), I established meaningful friendships with beautifully passionate activists from around the world all with one common goal: to promote social change in Vietnam.
I came away with a deep respect yet utter heartbreak for my fellow Vietnamese that are limited and living under a corrupt communist government in Vietnam daily. I couldn’t help but wonder, what if my parents had not escaped safely to America? Would I be able to carry out my Purpose as I see it today?
I see myself as a bridge, to help connect those around me (loved ones, friends, patients, acquaintances) to their own Purpose and to help manifest that Purpose in this lifetime. That is the intention that I set for all patients who come to see me. It is my conscious desire to see those around me creating and manifesting their own realities guided by light and love. Through my toolbox of natural medicine and craniosacral therapy, I work to help each patient nourish and cultivate a healthy and optimal body, mind, and spirit.
It is very unlikely that if I had grown up in Vietnam that I would have the same opportunities to be who I am today, and more importantly, to provide what I can to my patients.
The fact that I do have the freedom to speak, write, and believe in what I choose, means that I have a responsibility to speak and advocate for those in need.
Which brings me to my other conference and the need for advocacy in naturopathic medicine. The world of naturopathic medicine is very interesting to me in this country. Three out of four Americans use some form of complementary or alternative medicine, yet currently only 16 states and the District have licensing laws for naturopathic doctors – the very experts of natural medicine. Here in the District licensing laws allow naturopathic doctors to practice, yet insurance coverage leaves much to be desired. I am looking to change this however long it takes.
I am Vietnamese and I am a Naturopathic Doctor and I choose to be an Activist for both causes. I invite you to reflect on the meaningful things you are doing with your freedom. A perfect opportunity for reflection can happen after any yoga class, when you are fully centered and connected in your body. Once you have connected to your inner power, think about how you can share that energy outwardly, through action.