In Dreams

Estimated read time… 3 minutes I’ve had vivid dreams my entire life. I’ve also experienced issues relating to good, quality sleep (aka insomnia). I’ve tried all the formulas that Chinese Medicine offers, and they don’t help.  Not in the long term anyway. The Daoist traditional thought surrounding dreams is that the dreams of common man are seen as insignificant.  The […]

Roses – the Valentine’s Symbol of Love

Estimated read time… 3 minutes Heralding the turning point of winter, we have recently celebrated the Lunar New Year and Imbolc, and now: Valentine’s Day.
Today is a reminder to tend to the inner fire and sanctum of our Hearts.

Finding Gratitude

Estimated read time… 4 minutes 2020 is not going the way any of us thought it would. So much is changing, in upheaval, and we are learning that the world was never a certain place and that we have always had to adapt and work for the kind of world we want to live in. One thing I’m still mourning […]

Safety Within

Estimated read time… 8 minutes 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 […]

Self Care in Times of Uncertainty

Estimated read time… 2 minutes I hope that you are safe and well amidst our new daily lives.  Here in Brooklyn, things are radically changed outside of my small abode, yet inside day to day life is quiet and slow.  I am rather privileged and lucky in that regard, and am grateful for my circumstances and those who are out […]

Stratification and Renewal

Estimated read time… 5 minutes Here we are, after January 1st and before Chinese New Year (January 25), which officially marks the turning from the most Yin time of year into the beginning of the Yang time of year. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are still in the depths of winter, ever slowly approaching spring, waiting, hushed, for the […]

Letting the Ideal You Go

Estimated read time… 6 minutes I hope you have been shining your light in the world in the way only you can.   I’ve been huddled under a proverbial lamp, in a cave, working on a project that has morphed from a two part blog post about the herb Albizia into… 63 pages, and it is nowhere near finished.  I […]

Gratitude for my Reality

Estimated read time… 3 minutes The dreaded ides of April… otherwise known as tax season in the U.S.  Everywhere I go, seems folks are groaning about their taxes.  I know I have been lamenting just how much I’ve procrastinated on mine this year, but something funny happened…  As I sat reviewing my year of work as an herbalist, I saw […]

Realizations and Lessons

Estimated read time… 2 minutes I had a big change a week ago, a huge realization: I am not what is swirling about in my head, my body or the environment around me.  I am the stillness that resides deep within, that I have been allowed to touch every so often in meditation. With this realization, that sense of stillness […]

Releasing What Has Been Held – the Breath and the Lungs

Estimated read time… 3 minutes I lost a dear friend and companion, my cat Norton, who was by my side for almost 15 years to cancer at the end of April.  I was devasted from the time I got his cancer diagnosis until his peaceful death at home. Yet, soon after Norton’s passing, my husband and I found ourselves fostering […]

Making the Choice to Change

Estimated read time… 7 minutes It is the week after the completion of an intense two year course with esteemed Chinese Medicine practitioner, scholar and teacher Lonny Jarrett (called Clinical Integration).  I’m reflecting on the two year homework assignment we were given, in addition to all of the readings and practicing what we have learned in class: if you could […]