...I see you fellow heart warriors.❤️
🌱🌺Don't compare yourself to others; you will bloom in your own time. 🌺🌱
✨Today's observation: We create our own reality. Via our thoughts, words, and actions. Though we certainly can't control the very circumstances that the universe puts in our way, we have a say in regards to the lens with which we view the world, our experiences, and ourselves. You choose. You've got that power. And how amazing is that? Nuanced, and sometimes challenging-yes. But amazing. ✨
Current cravings/Constant cravings. ☀️🌴☀️🌴
🔥burn, baby burn🔥. Moxibustion is an ancient technique used in traditional Chinese medicine to bring warmth and nutrients to the various channels of the body. In turn, this circulates blood and qi effectively throughout the body. Moxa is made out of an herb called mugwort, which has been used traditionally across many cultures for cleansing energy. Moxa can be used as a stick, as a string or ball, directly on the skin, or as a stick-on (as pictured above).I love the smell and vibe of burning moxa on myself and my patients. When you come see me in a couple of months, we will likely use lots of moxa in addition to acupuncture needles to clear blockages and promote balance.
For anyone else who is also in a state of major transition. 🌊 ~ I'm graduating from medical school next month. I can ACTUALLY see my graduation date on my iCal. I've been pre-Med my entire life. Literally. And now I'm about to catapult into a new state; going from working towards a dream, to achieving it, to actually living it. ~ Lots of options and opportunities floating around. I just pray for the ability to tune into my bliss and the flow of the universe in order to create the most fruitful version of my life that I possibly can. ✨⚡️✨
I honestly have no idea why this purple cabbage makes me so happy. All I know is that these intricate designs found in nature always remind me of a Higher intelligence and artist! After taking a selfie with this cabbage (lol), I chopped it up, added bay leaves, vinegar, salt and pepper, sugar and water, to make a yummy pickled cabbage. Rich in vitamins and fiber already, pickling purple cabbage makes it a probiotic rich food too. This means that pickled cabbage is healing for the gut, anti-inflammatory, and immunity boosting. Win, win, win! 🌱🍆🥒🌿
Whew, sigh of relief with the end of Mercury in retrograde. ✨⭐️🌙🔥Big big big one. Some reflections: 1. Patterns exist for a reason. Our thoughts and behaviors form and reinforce our patterns. I'm observing that ALL of our patterns have evolved to protect us and to ease our experience in the world. However, these patterns can serve to help us or harm us. This particular revelation is especially interesting to me because as holistic practitioners, we honor the individual in front of us, but we also honor archetypal constitutions. We see this in health systems like Homeopathy, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine. It makes absolute sense to me that the patterns we've adapted in our lives actually LIVE in our bodies. It's no surprise then that someone who is more prone to suppressing their feelings, for example, may develop certain pathologies that overly express (like tumors, polyps, and skin issues) or pathologies that reflect a lack of expression (like sore throat, thyroid disorders, chronic cough, etc.) 2. You teach people how to treat you. This is so much easier said than done because this demands ACTION, and thereby courage and vulnerability. Sometimes people literally need to be told how to treat you and you actually have to vocalize what your feelings, needs, limits, and boundaries are. I find this to be especially important if you are in relationship with someone who has a different love language from you (more to come on that topic). As an introvert myself, I constantly have to relearn that people actually cannot read what's in my mind and feel what's in my heart. 3. The relationships you have with other people really and truly reflect the relationship that you have with yourself. Honestly, if you treat yourself like crap, it is highly likely that you will accept others treating you like crap. I'm realizing that if you are dissatisfied with your relationships, it may be time to explore the dissatisfaction you feel with yourself. And that's a real and URGENT wake up call. 4. Stepping out of your comfort zone and doing things differently is essential if you want to experience a change in your current reality. ~ Ease out til the next retrograde. ✨🌙⭐️🔥
Courtyard goals. 😍 #jungalowstyle
Lavender has been such a godsend lately. The flowers and oils of this lovely herb can be used in so many different ways! You can sprinkle some essential oil on your pillow and allow the sweet volatile oils to carry you into a restful sleep. You can make a tea out of the herbs to help ease digestive, neural, or emotional woes. You can even consume the oil safely in pill form (though it will literally cause you to burp a lavender scent!). Many clinical studies out there have already proven lavender's efficacy at treating clinical anxiety and depression to an equal or even greater affect than common pharmaceuticals. Energetically, lavender is cooling, calming, and drying. From a Chinese medicine perspective, we use it to treat liver pathologies which often manifest as stress and irritability. Lavender kind of takes the edge off in a gentle way. Cheers to lavender, y'all. 🌸
🌎🌍🌏Earth day intention: Bless up mama Gaia. May we give to you, give to ourselves, and give to eachother, what you give to us every day.🌏🌍🌎 #earthday
🌸Observation: there's a season for everything.
It's ok to not be ok. It's ok to not smile all the time. It's ok not to respond. It's ok to cry and scream. It's ok to let go and it's ok to hold on. It's ok to be heartbroken. It's ok to feel-really feel-the pain. When everyone else tells you to be strong, to get over it already, to move on, remember that I'm telling you- it's ok. I see you. -lessons in vulnerability.
#healthyhacks Overnight oats have been such a Godsend; super easy to make and super nutritious. 🍓🥝🍒🍌All you have to do is layer oats, your milk of choice (I use almond or flax milk), fruits (I love berries and banana), and any topping of your choice (I like pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, coconut flakes, dried goji berries and bee pollen if I'm feeling extra fancy). ✨You just toss everything together in a jar, stick in your fridge, then boom you have a fiber-packed, nutrient-rich, breakfast in the morning. ☀️
Glory be. 🌸🌺🌷🌼
A snippet of Jacob Lawrence's 'Migration Series'. Absolute brilliance. If you're in Seattle, and are interested in learning about the great African American migration to the north and west in the early 20th century, check this important and moving work out. Show runs til next weekend!
🙏🏾🔄🙏🏾 Recent ponderings ✨