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Medicine Wheel Practices

I finally have the medicine wheel bandanas in my hands.  These mobile, contemplative, folk art pieces were printed with soy-based ink (dark teal) on organic cotton bandanas (natural color). In my last post on the medicine wheel, I didn’t include information on the handout that comes with each bandana.  I’ve written out a few practices … Continue reading

Insomnia or Natural Biorhythms?

  This is a post for all of the folks that inquire about sleep and insomnia…  I suspect, that a decent amount of you actually have nothing wrong with you.  And, more importantly, the 8 hours of *uninterrupted* sleep a night thing is a myth! What I view as sleep problems are the following: can’t … Continue reading

Humans, Wildness, and the Web of Life

“If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on what is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, buy by means of external marks.”  ~ Egyptian king Thamus in Plato’s Phaedrus This morning in meditation, like many mornings that I … Continue reading

Understanding the Chakra Energy System

I’ve been exploring the chakra energy system for years.  Although I’ve been learning about it mostly through the system of yoga, I realize that there are many other names for this energy system.  From indigenous healers to Tibetan Buddhists, these energy centers are universal when it comes to understanding the body and the energy body. … Continue reading

The Power of Yes and No

YES and NO are deeply spiritual words.  They don’t seem like much, but just think about what they can do by speaking them! They can begin and end pretty much anything.  They can allow or not allow.  They can open or close something.  They can connect or disconnect, affirm or not affirm… If you begin … Continue reading

Late Fall and the Intelligence of the Seasons

“I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” ~ Jeffrey McDaniel Besides the warming scents and deep green presence of evergreens in most temperate forests, the woodland trees are beginning to shed this year’s leaf growth to the forest floor.  This leaf cover not only builds … Continue reading

The Strengths of Sensitivity

Meditation, yoga, and long walks in the forest have all been great tools for me to sensitize myself. Growing up in a culture where TVs are left on, where people interrupt each other when speaking, where sirens and construction are the norm, and where store-bought music is always being played…it’s been a long road to … Continue reading

Seasonal Intelligence 2013

Here we go again! — the *second* run of my Seasonal Intelligence on-line course — where I guide you through the seasons of the temperate world.  We’ll explore herbs, yoga, meditation, foraging, traditional food preparation and the basics of the five-element Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) system. Each month, from March to January (with the exception … Continue reading