What I've been reading, writing, thinking about and indulging in this week.
Warm it up! I enjoyed (and shared) this article about 'womb-warming' herbs. 'Cold uterus' is a condition in Chinese medicine linked to a variety of health issues, like menstrual cramps, issues with fertility, ovarian cysts etc. Tranquil Palace Oil has ginger and some other warming herbs in it - part of the effect is has on pain. I've been refining a 'Warming Oil', infusing many of these herbs like cinnamon, ginger, mugwort into oil and adding essential oils - it's almost ready - just as we're coming in to fall!
Loving yourself is transformative: My Body Belongs To Me: Navigating Racial Body Politics as a Fat Black Girl Anitra Winder writes from a tender, first person place about coming to love and appreciate your body as a black woman in a white supremacist world.
Lovingkindness: There's a lot of horrible stuff happening in the world right now. That's always true I guess. My friend and acupuncturist Prajna introduced me to this LovingKindness Meditation as taught by Thich Nhat Hanh many years ago, and I'll be adding it to my practice this week.
"May all living beings live in security and peace - beings who are frail or strong, tall or short, big or small, visible or not visible, near or far away, already born or yet to be born. May all of them dwell in perfect tranquility."