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 […]

June 2023

Summer is one of my favorite seasons.Nature feels alive with activity and energy.  In Traditional Chinese medicine, we learn about the elements of nature. There are 5 phases. Each phase pertains to a season and is associated with certain body organs and emotions. Summer is ruled by the fire element and is the most yang of the […]

May 2023

May, the last month of the spring season, means we are still highlighting springtime. You can enjoy more outdoor activities as the days get warmer and longer–the benefits are many. Pick the cooler time of day and allow the sun to nourish your skin by providing vitamin D. Let the air purify your lungs with […]

April 2023

Two redbuds are blooming brightly in my yard. They withstood the storms and the late snowfalls and are now showing themselves through their beautiful color. Just like the redbud, I withstood a long winter and now embrace and enjoy springtime’s splendor. Our bodies mimic nature. Just as nature goes inward to rest and restore before it can flourish in its abundant bloom, so do we. […]

March 2023

“Take Care” is a standard salutation we consistently use when saying goodbye to someone.  We say it when a person has been through a difficult emotional problem or a health challenge as a loving intention for them. Self-care means taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both physical and mental […]

January 2023

January is the reset month.  Being the first month of the new year, there is a sense of taking this opportunity to reset.  I like the word reset.  My daughter used it to refer to her intentions as she planned for January. To me, it seems to give a feeling of flexibility to what you want to […]

December 2022

As the year comes to an end, we may have a checklist that’s essential for us to finish.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment when I see my intentions being fulfilled.After quarantine was lifted, this year became a steady build-up of activity, both with work and socially. It’s been a year of building momentum.  I’ve been cognizant of respecting my energy now that […]

November 2022

November is the month that brings our attention to being grateful. We are still in the midst of harvest season and nature’s seasonal change.  We’ve had a beautiful autumn here in Nashville, which has filled my eyes and my mind with wonderful colors.  I have been nurtured by all the fall vegetables, and my heart […]

October 2022

September 22nd marked the equinox, where summer energy began to phase into fall energy.  You feel it in the crispness of the air, and you see it in the changing leaves of the trees. You often hear me talk about and make reference to the movement of energy, whether it’s in the food we eat or how we interact […]

September 2022

September is considered the fifth season.  Until the 23rd of September, when the fall equinox marks the beginning of the fall season, late August and early September are considered late summer. The weather begins to change to where we feel the heat during the day and coolness at night.  Chinese medicine, along with the macrobiotic lifestyle philosophy, make us aware […]

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