My piece de resistance blend of the moment, now that I’ve quit coffee, is new crop sencha green tea, sour cherries, dried Buddha’s Hand, and fresh ginger. Sometimes I’ll add teensy bit of raw honey, just to give it a little more sweetness and body. Other times, I’ll leave out the green tea and […]
Having quit coffee on more than one occasion, with this most recent cessation of the caffeinated version in March 2016 (still going strong!), I wanted to share some options that I’ve been working with. I quit decaf coffee (having more than once per week) a few months ago, which was oddly the more difficult […]
I, like most people, have had a near lifelong love affair with coffee and chocolate. And, as with all affairs, these relationships have an expiration date. I remember being in middle school and coercing my father into letting me have some “coffee” with him in the mornings. He’d mix a teeny amount of instant coffee […]
Nearly every year since I began my herbal studies, I retreat up north to the Tug Hill region of New York state learning about, finding and using the plants that are detailed in my books. Each year is different, between the harvest times and the weather, which plants are growing profusely and which ones are […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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