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 May 18, 2016 at 10:05 AM|
For the second night in a row I have slept through until 5:05am, and not woken up at 2:50 or 3:15, or 4:30. If only I could figure out how to put myself to bed before 10:30-11ish, and how to stay asleep...is it the herbs I'm taking? the slow breathing and mindfulness exercises? biking over 10 miles that day? cuddling my feline and human companions?...I'd be thrilled.
I'm excited anyway. It's been months since I've slept through the night.
|Posted on May 9, 2016 at 11:20 PM|
For my doctoral capstone project, I'm making an audiobook of the Huangdi Neijing: Suwen, my favorite classical Chinese medical text, over 2000 years old.
If all goes well with the sound quality I hope to make it available for general consumption via audible.com ...way to harness modern technology for ancient texts. For the win, as my lady de la Libertina would say.
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|Posted on May 6, 2016 at 8:00 PM|
Yesterday was the solar term 立夏 lì xìa, the beginning of summer. I lost my first patient on this day three years ago. Exactly one year later, we lost my partner's maternal grandfather.
Since I became aware of the turning of the seasons and its effect on people, I've become...increasingly judgmental of the Gregorian? calendar which thinks that spring and autu...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 5, 2016 at 9:45 AM|
I have been starting my day with a large goblet of hot water with lemon. According to my meditation teacher, drinking extra water helps us digest our feelings. Tea is fine, but coffee doesn't do it. (According to my friend who is studying to be a chiropractor, the ideal amount of coffee to consume is 0-1 cups per day. I'm talking about American mugs here, no more than 12 oz. But coffee really ought to have its own post. Back to hot water and lemon.)
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|Posted on February 21, 2016 at 9:35 AM|
excerpt from an email to a patient:
You can work on slow breathing. I mean really slow, smooth, and relaxed, like you're sipping sweet air through a straw that's the very back of your airways to fill up your lungs from the bottom to the top. I can get down to 2 breaths a minute (15 seconds inhale, 15 seconds exhale) but you can start by timing yourself breathing normally and try to cut that down by half. For example, if you breathe 12 breaths a ...Read Full Post »