June 2024

We usually associate February with the heart season because we consider it the month we celebrate love. But in macrobiotics, we begin to focus on the heart right about now, as we enter the summer months.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we are taught that seasonal changes influence the function of our organ systems through a […]

May 2024

I spent April in Chile, caring for my dad until his passing on April 25th. Julio Marin was born and raised in Chile. He brought us to the United States in 1963 to pursue better opportunities for this family. I was born and raised in Chile for the younger part of my life. My ‘papi” […]

March 2024

I am writing this month’s newsletter from the balcony of the MSC ship line, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the Caribbean. The water is clear and goes as far as the eye can see. The sun is beating down, making glimmering diamond shapes dance on top of the water. This sight alone makes me sigh and release […]

February 2024

Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2nd.  A groundhog named Phil, living in Punxsutawney, PA, determines whether we will have 6 more weeks of winter, depending on seeing his shadow. Whether Phil’s customary performance determines our winter fate for the next few weeks or not, preparing for the seasonal changes that this time of year […]

January 2024

Happy New Year Everyone! Welcome to 2024! What is in store for you this year? Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and allow yourself to imagine. “New years” always bring the feeling of new beginnings. It’s a great time to reflect, restore, and react!  Are you going into this year imagining a glass half-full […]

December 2023

The holiday season has officially begun. Lights and decorations are already up in our neighborhoods, stores, and churches. Does that thought excite you or stress you? While external factors may contribute to the holiday season challenges, your perceptions and attitude significantly influence how you navigate and experience this time of year. Cultivating a positive and […]

October 2023

As the sweltering heat of a Tennessee summer gives way to the cool breezes of autumn, we can see and feel nature’s transformation. The fall season dances with colors and bountiful harvests. I love going to the farmer’s markets this time of year with their variety of pumpkins, squashes, and cider choices, all from local […]

September 2023

Late August and early September signify the earth element in Chinese medicine. Why is it important to know this information? Following a Macrobiotic lifestyle, we follow seasonal eating patterns to support our best health. Respecting seasonal changes, with adjustments in selecting food and how to prepare it seasonally, has proven to be the best medicine for prevention […]

August 2023

Tuesday night, August 1, was a gorgeous full moon. Did you see it? Did you feel it? I always feel my energy shift before I realize it’s a full moon. Full moons make me feel energized and creative, and my mood is always lifted.  This year, during August, we get to experience 2 full moons.The first August moon is identified by its reddish […]

July 2023

Summer is in full swing! It is the time of year when most plans include travel, outside activities … maybe water-related. This is the energy of Summertime – abundant, hot, and lively. And there is no denying the July summer heat has arrived here in Nashville.  Our body craves shade, water, cooling foods, and drink. Emotionally we crave socializing and want to […]

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