Friday Roundup - February 5, 2016

What I've been reading, writing, thinking and about and indulging in this week.

Image from Pennington's Youtube channel

Image from Pennington's Youtube channel

Inspiration Station: Canadian plus-sized clothing company Penningtons is receiving a lot of attention for this heart-lifting ad showcasing their yoga clothes. It may be an ad, but it made me feel pretty great (and eager to get my sun salutation on!)

Oil Cleansing How-to: I use Angelica & Peony facial serums to clean my face as well as moisturize it. If you're thinking "clean my face with oil?! what?!" read this nice overview from Already Pretty, a body-positive fashion and beauty blog.

Happy Lunar New Year! Also called Chinese New Year, many Asian cultures will celebrate the new year with the new moon on February 8. Many practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, no matter their birth culture, mark the Lunar New Year as well. I got to learn all about what we can expect this year from Lillian Pearl Bridges on Medigogy, and here's a fun article from her on lucky foods to eat through the new year season. 

I wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Monkey!

PS See you Thursday at 4 pm PST for the next episode of TCM Talk, all about radiant, natural skin!

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Friday Roundup - September 4

What I've been reading, writing, thinking about and indulging in this week.

Cinnamon bark getting ready for oil infusion

Cinnamon bark getting ready for oil infusion

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."

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