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Qigong and the Blue Jay

I heard a thrum of wings behind me and turned to see a Western scrub jay atop the tall, wooden front gate. “Hello, lovely,” I smiled, and continued with my Qigong practice, barefoot on the cool red bricks. For a moment he sat there, observing, possibly looking for the dogs, then flew just over my

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The Price of Healing

To embrace your highest health and well being, what would you be willing to give up? A few weeks ago, in a post called “Pulling Weeds, Seeking Health,” I shared my electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) woes, as well as the beneficial, healing effect of being barefoot on the earth—especially in regards to the so-called “electromagnetic smog” (EMF’s,

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A Bit of Green Magic

A curious thing happened the other day. I will leave it for you to decide whether or not it was magic. Some years ago, I read a lovely little book called Growing Myself: A Spiritual Journey Through Gardening by Judith Handelsman (1996, Dutton), in which the author offers stories of her lifelong connection with plants,

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Pulling Weeds, Seeking Health

There is a timeless metaphor in tending a garden and pulling weeds. I have spent several hours in the past weeks in the rear yard/garden of this small cottage, barefoot, tugging up handfuls of new grass and tartly tasting clover. With the abundance of recent rain, this stretch of central California coastline shimmers lush and green, and half

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Rewilding the Heart: Finding Nature

I need to go find the deer, eat some wild weeds, and walk beside a singing river.  While tree blossoms burst open in profusion all around, scenting the air with honeyed sweetness, and the earth is overrun by lanky, bright flowers of yellow woodsorrel, I’ve been gradually constricting. Slowly, like a lengthening shadow, domesticity creeps up on me

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