Meditation and the Practitioner: Moving from Judgment to Discernment

November 5th, 2019 Yesterday during the online chat we were asked about meditation and its purpose for a practitioner. I’ve just finished my morning meditation and wanted to add a few more thoughts to yesterday’s chat. A key function of meditation for me as a practitioner is the cultivation of the difference between judgment and

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A Note From The Day

A rare departure from the complement channels for me today. A pop singer came in today announcing that she was about to go on antibiotics for swollen lymph nodes in the neck. She had to leave early to fly and there wasn’t much time. Having been called to rescue her gut many times over the

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Food As Medicine Andrew Sterman Ann Cecil-Sterman bone broth

Bone Broth Finds the Spotlight, by Andrew Sterman

In the dietary branch of Chinese Medicine, cooking bones is a method to extract the essence of the animal in a way that can most easily be digested and assimilated. There is something shamanistic about it; we are trying to absorb the deepest digestible energy of the animal. Yes, high cuisine relies upon stocks for

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Food As Medicine Andrew Sterman Ann Cecil-Sterman grains

In Priase of Grains, by Andrew Sterman

With so much food variety today—and so many people’s health sabotaged by their food choices—one thing we can count on is a steady stream of food fads. To be more respectful, let’s call them trends. To someone following a new trend, of course, it seems totally sensible, the only questions left are, “What took me

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Food As Medicine Andrew Sterman Ann Cecil-Sterman wet damp

Diet & Dampness, by Andrew Sterman

Dampness is one of the six climatic factors taught in Chinese medicine, along with cold, heat (fire), wind, summer-heat, and dryness. For many today, modern heating and air-conditioning have eased the climatic influences—unrelenting cold or oppressively humid summer heat can be escaped by going indoors. And while climatic dampness can be an important issue for

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Food As Medicine Andrew Sterman Ann Cecil-Sterman grains

Cook As An Herbalist, by Andrew Sterman

There are many Chinese medicinal herbs that double as foods, and some famous herbs are used in the specialty tradition of herbal broth cooking. But to be fully integrated with a living Chinese medicine, there is nothing more powerful than organizing your daily foods as the herbs of your life. Rather than adding medicinals to

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