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  • 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 […]

  • Doing What Needs to Be Done in an Era of #notokay

    A month ago I started a new course on Chinese Medicine and one of our first assignments, in addition to reading, learning acupuncture point names, locations and functions, and a few other tasks, was to contemplate what the one thing we could do or change in our lives that would have nothing but a positive […]

  • Elimination Diets: A Chinese Medicine Perspective

    In February of this year, I began a journey with an acupuncturist for a variety of personal reasons, and took his advice greatly to heart. What has confounded me with this advice, from a Chinese Medicine perspective, was his dietary recommendations and how I was essentially put on an elimination diet. I was told to […]

  • The Too Small Pot: Expand your Roots

      I have a plant that sits next to my computer. It is in dire need of a larger pot. In fact, it is so big it is growing up and out of the pot that it is in, yet the leaves are starting to wither.  The plant is starving and dying to grow – it […]

  • Destiny, Intention, Concentration

    In Chinese Medicine, there is a concept of the “heavenly mandate” or “heavenly contract”. The heavenly contract is that which is most important thing in your heart of hearts, the thing that you must accomplish in this life – if you do not accomplish it, avoid it or ignore it, you will be fraught with […]

  • How To Meditate

    Lately it seems that a lot of talk around me is about meditation.  A client requested that I write a post about meditation and how I practice.   I am striving to write as little as possible about a big subject, and it is indeed a subject that many people have many different viewpoints, techniques […]