Showing posts from February, 2013

Healing the Heart

Happy Valentine's Day! Today I offer you a special excerpt from one of my research papers about Stress Management. Since today is the day we acknowledge our hearts, I wanted to share this section that is dedicated not only to human hearts, but the the heart of nature that comes through in the plant kingdom.   Please feel free to share this blog with others if it speaks to you, but all content on my website, including this original work, are subject to copyright laws. I love sharing, but please credit me as the original author - this was months worth of work. Thanks for honoring me by stopping by, and honoring the work with proper credit. Enjoy! Opening the Heart “Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”   ~Rachel Carson In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are three treasures. Jing is the source of all life; Qi is energy flow -the sources and movement of Jing; and Shen is the “spirit”, t

Hidden Gifts

Life has a way of showering us with little gifts and blessings. Sometimes those gifts come hidden in a torrent storm that is scary, chaotic, and unpredictable, and can be hard to find at first. The past few weeks have been a bit rough in our house. My husband's new job has had him out of town quite a bit over the past month, with one of those weeks being while my daughter had the flu. This week, my teenage son became quite ill with what we thought initially was Strep throat, but turns out that he most likely has mononucleosis. Just when I thought I could take a breather from the intensity of my daughter's illness, the battle against the pathogens has gone one step further. Generally speaking, we're a pretty healthy bunch and not usually ill like this. But this has been a particularly strong year for viruses, and I guess it was our time. My hands are raw from washing so frequently, my sink is constantly filled with used tea cups and strainers that held healing herbs, and