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  • Who Am I? Nobody or Just Me – That’s Who!

    I stumbled upon a lovely Moldovan violinist (Patricia Kopatchinskaja) on YouTube, then watched a documentary about her yesterday. She said something at the end of the documentary, which was so astonishing to me. She claims she’s not a “real violinist”. Yet, she plays all over the world, is a tour de force wild-child, and is […]

  • What I am Selling as an Herbalist vs What I am Not Selling

    As I continue to work with a variety of herbal clients and students, I realize that there is a degree of suspicion when working with an herbalist: exchanging money for advice and plants.  Why pay someone to help you with obtaining advice and which plants to use when you can look it up online, for […]

  • Meditation: Why Bother?

    402 consecutive days of meditation: I wonder why I’m bothering tracking it, much less why I am bothering meditating every day regardless of where I am at physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The tracking of meditation sessions is surely born out of a combination of ego-based satisfaction and accountability.  I fully admit to that.  It […]

  • Novelty and Emptiness

    Novelty serves to fill a void, or sense of emptiness, in our lives. Novelty is one of those things that we all strive for in some way: a sense of newness, innovation, unusualness. We buy small mass-produced items (iPods, iPhones, iPads, Kindles, drones, cameras, FitBits, etc.) in the hopes of providing our lives exactly that […]

  • Nourish (or Deplete) Your Blood

    I’ve been turning over the idea of living life with more Blood: passion, spirit, vivacity, courage and wisdom and how what we do creatively and in connection with others can be a source of nourishment and expression of what we feel. From an emotional and spiritual perspective, we can nourish our Blood through the experiences […]

  • Living with “the Blood”

    One of my favorite new TV shows, Mozart in the Jungle, is partly responsible* for my inspiration to start playing my violin after a 12+ year absence. This show brings up the notion of spirit, or Shen, and how it is expressed through music and our every day lives. Maestro Rodrigo De Souza constantly talks about […]