Today – February 16 – marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year, ushering in Year of the Earth Dog. While I did not grow up observing this holiday, as an adult and a Chinese medicine practitioner I have come … Continued
Last month we started selling bone broth made by a local company, which was met with rave reviews – and generated lots of questions. Time for Bone Broth FAQs!
What is bone broth: Bone broth is a traditional food made … Continued
One of the most powerful ways of reclaiming control over your health is to commit to having 80% or more of your meals be home-cooked, from “scratch.” This “old-fashioned” approach to meals is powerful. If many of your meals come … Continued
As some of you know, I have been experiencing troubling health issues over the past year, rapidly worsening over the past few months. In short — hyper-mobile joints that make dislocations easy and common, chronic pain, and potentially a connective … Continued
During the winter season, the natural world tends to go inward. Just as darkness prevails outside, we too may get more in touch with the darkness within.
In our out-of-balance society, we can feel pressure to always be positive and … Continued
I have come to think of health like the foundation of our house. A strong foundation doesn’t mean we won’t have health challenges – no one escapes that – but it does mean we may have fewer, and we will … Continued
It’s that time of year: “I will exercise more.” “I will lose weight.” “I will meditate every day.” All well and good, but the fact is that you will most likely fail at keeping your resolutions, because resolutions don’t work!… Continued
Buddhist Meditation practice can provide an important path of healing and awakening for all people, regardless of background. Unfortunately, the social context in the U.S. has historically made it less accessible for people of color. Historically, Buddhist communities...
Last night was the Winter Solstice – the longest night of the year. For those of us who do not live at the equator, the fluctuations of daylight and nightime have a profound effect on the rhythms of our bodies, … Continued
My cuisinart is another key tool that helps me prepare nutrient-dense, homemade meals most nights of the week. But I really only use it for one thing: to make slaws. In less than 10 minutes, I can make enough … Continued
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” -Dr. Seuss
Ok, I’ll admit it. I stink at goodbyes. Not just the big goodbyes but often the day to day, everyday down on the … Continued
For centuries, the impetus behind discovery has been both necessity and competition. Making it to a destination is always deemed best when one gets there first. Controversy brews from questionable calls, tied points, and poorly kept records. We, as humans, … Continued
In case you haven’t noticed, Energy Matters publishes our newsletters seasonally. That’s because in Chinese Medicine, living in harmony with the seasons is an important part of cultivating health. Another key tenet is that what’s in the macrocosm (the universe) … Continued
With everything going on in our world over the past year or so, sometimes feeling like impending apocalypse or armageddon – I find that many people have been struggling with increased fear, helplessness, anger, and numbness.
A mentor spoke with … Continued
How did eating get so complicated? “Do I eat raw, vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, paleo, Atkins, ketogenic? Organic vs commercial? Farmers market or supermarket? What about gluten, dairy, soy, corn? What about GMOs? What is the best diet for me? What … Continued
We are deep into Autumn – the season associate with the Lungs system. In Chinese Medicine, Lungs are responsible for warding off “pernicious evils” (viruses, bacteria, pollens etc), they control the health of the skin, and are associated with the … Continued
I often say that mindfulness practice is needed in these difficult times: that it’s not only about inner peace, but peace in the world as well. I know that can sound kind of abstract, but an incident recently illustrated for … Continued
You take your car in for regular oil changes and tune ups. What about your body – do you take yourself in for regular tune ups? It’s kind of ironic that most of us do a better job of making … Continued
Guilt is not useful when it comes to self-care practices. Since I frequently talk with patients and qigong students about various things they can do to feel better, I get to hear a lot of “confessions” from people feeling guilty … Continued
Meditation is not about separating ourselves
from the suffering around us.
It is about increasing our capacity to be able to meet suffering.
We find spaciousness within the chaos
So that we can better, more effectively
meet the moment.
Respond … Continued
Next week is the Autumnal Equinox, which means we are headed into longer nights, shorter days. From a Chinese Medicine point of view, this means that for the next six months, Yin energy dominates. Within the 24 hour clock, Yin … Continued