Real Life: Noise Sensitivity, Mantra, Wizard Stuff
4 Minute Read: Chinese Medicine, holistic nutrition, passion project, noise sensitivity, silence, mindfulness, mantra, yoga, self-care.
I’m currently recording lots and lots of audio…and a few neighbourhood situations are making it tough: guy building a roof across the way, loud men stomping up above, people roaring through on motorcycles, 20-something Derek Shepherd lookalike using an electric sander out back. Good times, great times.
I’d blame it on city living…except those aren’t really “city” sounds. Plus, the same sorts of machinery drove me batshit way out in the Kootenays. At my most crazed, I contemplate waking at 3am to record, though I know what a fantastically bad idea that would be. When it comes to self-care, sleep is non-negotiable.
Sigh. At least it’s forcing me to learn audio editing. Anyone else suffer from severe aversion to machine noise? And legit desperation for quiet?
Yoga + mantra
Speaking of self-care, I got to some special yoga classes this week . Teacher Jasmine Nash was around for Jedi training and led intermediate practices open to everyone. So. Much. Fun.
In yesterday’s class, Jasmine spoke about “not making decisions before they happen” – as in, don’t create a story about what might play out in the future; wait and see how things are when you get there, then decide.
I love that. Alongside it, I’ve been trying to avoid retrospective thinking – as in, creating stories about something that happened in the past.
Meanwhile, hanging in the present, I’ve been returning again and again to a simple question and mantra:
Helpful? Or not helpful?
The answer is usually pretty clear. What we do with it is the potentially hard part.
Chinese Medicine wizardry
Oh, yeah, and if you’d like to know about the online, self-guided course in the works (as well as future ones), make sure to sign up here. I’ll be sending special coupons to that list too.
In brief, the inaugural course is Roots + Shoots: An Alchemist Guide to Chinese Herbs. It’s perfect for students wanting to:
Learn, review (and remember!) Chinese herbs like a Boss
Take the stress out of tests + exams
Impress teachers, classmates + loved ones with mad herb Wiz-dom
In this 20-module, self-guided online program, I’ve included:
Audio lessons covering hundreds of herbs in 19 categories
Written Cheat Sheets and audio reviews of What You Need To Know (plus keener tips + dad jokes)
A Big Ass Herb Chart (plus other helpful handouts + tools)
Practice quizzes + exams designed by a real live instructor who passed Chinese Medicine herb and acupuncture boards in both Canada and the United States (uh, that'd be me)
Free membership in Alchemist Academy’s interactive, online community
The first will be on Yang Sheng Fa, or “Nourishing Life Principles.” It will cover Chinese Medicine food therapy and lifestyle guidance, including:
Seasonal eating + living
Seasonal rituals + routines
Eating for your type
Chinese Medicine self-care
An intro-level course, it’ll be suitable for anyone (no Chinese Medicine knowledge required). It’s also immediately applicable to daily life. Again, stay posted here.
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