“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
The harvest season is not only a time to stock for the winter, it is also an excellent time to shore up your energy reserves.
We pull our energy from different sources: food, water, sleep (of course), but also solitude, … Continued
On a recent road trip with my kids I had lots of driving time to unwind, contemplate, feel the wind in my hair and let a lot of overly-structured life go. It’s here that I find the most creativity and … Continued
Autumn is associated with the Metal element. The metal element is about healthy boundaries, thus the organs corresponding to this element – the Lung and Large Intestine – are all about taking in what is beneficial, and releasing what is … Continued
I often say “you never know what will come up in retreat” – which means, no matter what comes up, retreat gives us the space to work very intentionally with it. If we sit with “how do I practice with …...
It is that time of year – home gardens and farmers markets are replete with summer squash. Anyone who has grown zucchini knows the experience of finding da humongous squash hiding under giant leaves that seems to have quadrupled in … Continued
In contrast, I have found being “grown up” means lots … Continued
I recently returned from a one-week meditation retreat for practitioners of color at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. I try to attend at least one meditation retreat annually – it’s such an important reset for me, as a practitioner living “in … Continued
I believe that part of creating health is knowing what you stand far, and living accordingly. So I love it when my own mis-alignments get pointed out. Well, OK – I don’t love the feeling of the discovery, but I … Continued
Let’s face it – life is stressful. Hopefully not all the time, every day, but all of us go through times of stress, both “garden variety” every-day stressors and Big Deal stressors.
In terms of your health, one of the … Continued
There’s a question I’ve heard more times than I can count. What’s the point of learning something new when I might not be great at it? What’s the point of writing anything down if no one will read it? What’s … Continued
I was connecting with a good friend a few weeks ago about how slightly tuned out we’d both recently been regarding the current political state of affairs: kind of like averting one’s eyes when witnessing a car crash. We were … Continued