Here you will find info on the 24 solar terms of the Chinese agricultural calendar, nerdnotes about classical Chinese medicine, tips for self-care drawn from all the various healing modalities I practice, epiphanies about mind & body awareness, and other personal ramblings. Enjoy.
|Posted on April 16, 2022 at 10:50 AM|
Nerdnote #135: a budget herbalist's solution for sprains!
I rolled my right ankle Monday morning while hiking the Lower Jordan Fire Trail in the Berkeley hills in the misty not quite rain. I was able to limp back to the car, leaning on my partner while she commented on what a miracle it is that I managed 7 months' worth of relaxin (a hormone released in pregnancy to relax the tendons and ligaments in preparation for childbirth) without sp...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 6, 2021 at 9:55 PM|
Today is the beginning of fall, 立秋 lìqiū by the Chinese agricultural calendar.
This is the season and the element I had the most trouble translating, even though the essence of the silent, killing season resonates in me so strongly that I started invoking her as ying in high school, years before I would learn about 容平 róng píng, acceptance and balance, reserve and poise...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 21, 2019 at 6:15 AM|
Saturday July 13, 2019 7:20am
My childhood best friend had a middle school teacher who allowed his students to use curse words in class if they looked up the dictionary definitions first. I wonder if cultural literacy can be used similarly to prevent or transform appropriation, drag it back over the boundaries of offensive into the territory of appreciation. For example, is it okay for a non-Indian person like myself to practice yoga if I...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 4, 2019 at 3:00 PM|
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 11:21am
Today I want to write about privilege. Today I want to reflect upon a privilege I spend very little time appreciating. I refer to the fact that I am practicing Chinese medicine as a Chinese-American. I am culturally aligned with my profession of choice. For all that I appreciate how my bilingual-ness gives me an edge over everyone (Chinese or not) w...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 4, 2018 at 10:50 AM|
Today is 立春, lìchūn, the Beginning of Spring by the lunar calendar. Interestingly, the Spring Festival, AKA Chinese New Year, does not begin for another 12 days. It starts on February 16 this year, and traditionally lasts 15 days.
I haven't really figured out yet how New Year is calculated in relation to the end of winter and beginning of spring.
Back to the solar term though, today we move into t...Read Full Post »