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calming herbs

Q: I’m freaked out about politics. Are there herbs for that? A: And how! If you are having a hard time, I encourage you to lean heavily on your herb friends. They will be there for you! Note: I want to say that I am directing this piece to a particular person. This friend of mine lives in Texas, enjoys…

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skullcap

Skullcap is one of those herbs I’ve seen around but never gotten to know very well, like a neighbor you recognize but have never actually spoken with. It doesn’t grow very well in Austin, so I’ve never grown it or gathered it fresh. And there are so many other options for calming herbs that I never felt any particularly lack…

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Thought Bubbles

Winter. The days are short and cold. I’m sick and cooped up indoors, sorting through old things, reading, writing, thinking. My ponderings become kaleidoscopic, everything relates to everything. Where does one idea begin and another end? A particular moment comes back to me, over and over again. It was my first day working in a gym, as an actual paid…

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Who Are We?

Roses are love, rabbits are fertility, but what are we? We get so caught up on the differences between us. These people are like this, those people are like that. But what if you look at us all together as one? What are we? What do WE symbolize? My teacher, Michael Moore, told a story. I can’t remember if he…

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wisdom

thank you, negative mind

Here’s one of the handiest mental tricks I’ve ever learned. I was taking an Introduction to Kundalini Yoga class. In one session we learned about the 12 bodies. Three of them were mind-bodies. They were the positive mind, the neutral mind and the negative mind. Each of the three could be excess, deficient or in correct proportion. Somebody with excess…

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Bauerngarten

This growing season three friends and I shared a plot at a community garden, and not just any community garden, but Bauerngarten – a brilliant, amazing, dream-come-true community garden. The genius behind this project is a young man named Max. I want to share his model with the world because I think it is so remarkable. I guess he went…

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Connective Tissue Healing

Q: I found out I have degeneration in my knee caps. I have full thickness fissures in my left patella. Anything you recommend for pain, inflammation, irritation in joints or regrowing/strengthening bone/cartilage? A: What a juicy question! I can use it to demonstrate so many points! I know this answer is sort of long and complicated, but I think it…

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life changing self massage

I learned this technique from a former Soviet Olympic athlete, Oleg Boumier. A massage therapist friend told me that as much as I may not think of myself as a jock, that this guy had something important to teach and I should learn from him. This sequence of techniques prepares the body for movement. It can be used before an athletic…

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general principles

Many years ago I was flipping through a magazine (I honestly can’t remember if it was a fashion magazine or Playboy or Parade or what) and there were short bios of a few women – a photo, a name, a hometown, some likes, some dislikes and a motto. I remember wondering how one comes to have a motto. I wanted…

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At some point most gardeners realize they’ve planted a long-lived perennial in the wrong place. So what do you do? Prune it back, dig it up, and move it. It’ll look dormant above ground for a while – maybe even a full growing season – while it works on its roots. If it’s in a better spot, though, it’ll come…

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