Safety Within

Well… here we are.  In NY, it is week 10 of shelter-in-place. No matter your particular situation:  How are you doing? How are you feeling: physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually? Have you been learning new things about yourself, your life, your world? Discovering challenging things, uncovering pearls of wisdom or inner gifts?  Do you have things […]

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 […]

Resistance: Cycles Created from Trauma and Shock

Last week I mentioned that if we are unable to filter an experience in a way that is healthy for our individual needs and psyche, we get into a state of resistance and set forth a cycle of disruption that creates imbalances elsewhere in our bodies, minds and souls, thus preventing the potential for a […]

The TCM Five Elements (A Very Brief Overview)

  Ah, the TCM Five Elements. Where would I be without them?  When I first started learning TCM and the Five Elements, a light bulb went off in my head.  It is time I give you a very brief review of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Five Elements and their paired Organs. This is by no […]

Filters, Resistance and Quaternity

Lately I’ve been thinking about how we filter our lives, what we take in and digest, what we let go, what we resist, and the images that define us.  My hope is to explore, without purpose, ambition or goal, what comes from our experiences and how they inform our health and well-being. Quaternity is a […]

Quitting, Taking the Leap, Moving On…

I’ve found myself quitting a lot this past year: coffee, a job, wheat, alcohol, toxic relationships, over-scheduling, over-doing. Quitting can involve anything from coffee, to alcohol, cigarettes, sugar, junk food or even a job, using a credit card to buy things out of your budget, negative self-talk, or a toxic relationship.   It seems that […]

Muscle Tear: An Herbalist’s Story

A few days ago, I tore my gastrocnemius muscle walking across the street.  Before you ask, no I was not running, no I did not twist my ankle or step on my foot funny.  I figured it would be worth it to share with my readers how an herbalist handles situations such as these. Please […]

Resolutions: Detox and Cleanse

After several weeks of eating foods out of what is my optimal diet, I feel gross.  I am bloated, lethargic, and have an overall yucky feeling that is related to holiday overindulgence, lack of exercise, and too much fun. I have that mid-winter “blech” feeling. It’s as if I gained twenty pounds, when in reality […]

TCM Terminology for All

Why bother using TCM terminology?  Especially when you are not a practitioner, herbalist, or the like?  Because TCM allows one to look at the self, and world as an integrated system.  TCM explains things that cannot be explained within simpler medical terms.  TCM is both very simple and infinitely complex. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) terminology […]