11.26.2023

Substack Migration

Hello friends, 

I am gradually migrating this blog to Substack... follow me there! 

(Substack is a blog-meets-newsletter style platform. I will share my usual bloggish reflections, alongside seasonal, herbal, and lifestyle medicine goodness. Hope to see you there!) 


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11.01.2023

πŸŒ— Reflect & Manifest annual template │ November newsletter

 

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We live in complex times. My heart goes out, comes back crying, and settles back in my chest. Breathing, feeling, expanding. Present, painful, here. We live in complex times. May you find your breath, anchors and glimmers of hope and beauty, amidst the pain. Don't get lost. Come back. Come back.


The leaves are falling. The world is goldening. Dry air. Growing and falling tides, swell, change. This is my favorite time of year. The transitional season. Coming inwards again. Tide receding even as the winter tide grows, even as the winter stones pile up against our surf-stairs, even as we change into our winter wetsuits, water colder than air. Change happening. Wars. Weddings. The works.


Anchors and touchstones are everyday bits of extraordinary grace that help presence us back in our bodies amidst adversity. This can be a practice like taking three breaths, an object like a special stone that you keep in your pocket or by your desk, or an idea like a word or phrase that you return to throughout the day.


In rough waters, what anchors you?


Reflect & Manifest

I’m embarking on a big writing project. Elements are organically falling into place. This was on my 2023 “Manifest” list, and a Big Dream far before that.


Have you ever had a Childhood Dream or Big Goal organically manifest? What conditions supported this manifesting?


After Halloween, I start reflecting on the year that came before, and visioning the year that lies ahead. As the darkness grows, I feel a delicious reflectiveness settle in. This is the time of year where it feels most natural to ponder big questions— and write.


What are your Big Dreams— or Childhood Dreams? What's calling for your attention? How can you cultivate the soil so that the fruit knows that this is the perfect place to grow? What reflective processes and timing feels natural to you?


Here’s my “Reflect & Manifest” template for reflecting on 2023, and manifesting the 2024 of your dreams. Download, share with friends, print… do as you please. And:

  1. I hope that you have some kind of “Reflect & Manifest” process— ‘cuz it’s important to look back before stepping forward, so you can learn, refine, and move with intention. When done right, manifestation works.
  2. Have fun!

Download template & guide:

REFLECT & MANIFEST


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Coming up

  • Elemental Creativity at Green Gulch Farm— art, movement, and meditation with Zen Monk Fu Schroeder, Art Monk Abbess Suiko McCall, and me! 11/29 - 12/3 (Get to know us on video here! This retreat will be extra special with the radical teacher trio of Zen monk, artist, and acupuncturist)
  • The Five Elements of Yoga & Chinese Medicine retreat at Esalen with Paula Wild and me, 12/11 - 12/15 (Love hot springs with an ocean view, alongside yoga practice and Chinese medicine goodness? Come join us!)
  • Ojai Herbal Symposium in Ojai, CA and online. 12 CEUs for acupuncturists! 11/11 - 11/12
  • Ecstatic Dance at Bodhi Salt, end of the month


Recommendations

  • Love ethnobotany? Mimi Hernandez just published her gorgeous new (and first) book, The National Geographic Herbal-- watch for our upcoming November Tea Talks interview!
  • Made in Taiwan is a new (and first) cookbook from my favorite young Asian American New York Times author, Clarissa Wei! (For gluten and sugar "okay" folks, see her sweet and savory mooncake recipes on NYT)
  • Poignant interview with herbal author Chanchal Cabrera (author of Holistic Cancer Care) about Holistic Cancer Care on HerbRally
  • Fun interview with herbal author Robin Rose Bennett about Green Witchery on Herbal Radio


❤️ Happy beginning-of-the-holiday-season, and welcome to the darkening days, 


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10.01.2023

✨On Ritual & Incense ⎸ October newsletter

 

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As cultures around the world gather to celebrate our ancestors in autumn, we can consider our own small rituals, such as making incense.


I love small rituals. Having lived out of a backpack for most of my twenties and still traveling a lot in my thirties, small yet potent packages of transportable sweetness help me create a sense of belonging no matter where I land. On most adventures, I commune with the landscape of my inner and outer terrain with my traveling trifecta of tea, journal, and incense.


You can create a traveling incense box from upcycled matchboxes or mint tins. Consider adding:

  • Matches or lighter
  • Small incense holder
  • Other aromatic incense plants, such as sages, cedar, or palo santo
  • A meaningful poem or picture 


Walk, bike, or drive to a special spot outdoors. Bring a little tea, incense, and perhaps some poetry. Laozi's “Dao De Jing” (老子道德碓) is perfect. Sit solo, or with a friend. Watch the landscape, sip tea, and savor aromas. Meditate on dancing smoke, commune with your ancestors and the spirits of the land, and wiggle your toes. Feed your free and easy wanderer self with beauty and breathe. 

Read more about how to...

MAKE INCENSE


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Labrador tea (Rhododendron columbianum, Ericaceae). Sierra Nevada, CA


Coming up


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❤️ With gratitude,


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Jiling Lin, L.Ac. ζž—εŸΊηŽ²

acupuncture . herbs . yoga


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9.05.2023

Packing for Backpacking

Last year, everything went according to plan: we entered the backcountry, rambled around for four days, then exited the way we came. We swam in alpine lakes, scrambled up peaks, ate well, played “pigs in a blanket” over a small campfire before bed, slept deeply, surveyed the landscape, and had a great time. This year, we got foiled. We planned eight days of efficient travel on a stunning route, but instead spent four days sick, breathing heavily, and trekking slowly, eventually cutting the trip short due to unexpected group illness. Goal-oriented by nature and with a particular attachment to this trip, I had a hard time letting go of original plans and settling into our new reality. But, we made it out and back safe. We got to spend time in the mountains together. All disappointment aside, every moment in the Sierra Nevada mountain range is precious, and every experience preparing for a long trip-- even if the trip doesn’t go as planned-- is a valuable learning experience in communication and packing. 

Communication
  • We planned our big-picture trip idea and determined entry and exit points via texting and emailing about nine months before our desired trip date, to be poised and ready to strike once permits opened six months in advance of our desired trip dates. Even with such suave maneuvering, someone (likely a bot) snatched up all permits for our desired dates/ locations immediately upon permits opening. So, we changed our starting point and dates, and figured out a new plan. Always be ready to pivot-- although some pivots are easier than others! 
  • Group meal planning is fun! We made a spreadsheet with dates, and each person signed up for two dinners. Individuals prepared their own breakfast, lunch, and snacks. We took turns cooking the dinners we planned/ hauled. 
  • Two weeks before our trip, we held a video call to finalize our route, group gear, food, and other logistics. 
  • A final smattering of text exchanges the day before leaving, day of travel-- then boom! We are in the mountains hugging, stoked, and ready to roll. 
Packing
Packing needs vary, depending on individual preference, and seasonal/ locational needs. For late summer in the high Sierra ranging around 10,000 feet elevation of a heavy-snowpack late-melt high-mosquito kinda year, we packed: 

Pack
  • 60-L pack
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera

Clothing
Day-outfit: 
  • 2 quick-dry underwear (Patagonia)
  • 2 quick-dry sports bras (Patagonia)
  • 1 sun-shirt (Columbia)
  • 1 pants (Mountain Hardwear)
  • 2 ankle socks (Smartwool)
  • 1 hat
  • Mosquito headnet
  • Bandanna
  • 1 pair shoes (Altra trail-runners)
  • glasses/ bag/ wipe
Night-outfit: 
  • 1 underlayer top (Smartwool merino)
  • 1 underlayer pants (Smartwool merino)
  • 1 fleece vest (Columbia)
  • 1 down jacket (Patagonia)
  • 1 beanie (Smartwool)
  • 1 light gloves (Patagonia)
Just in case: 
  • 1 rain jacket
  • 1 tarp-poncho 

Cooking
  • 1 titanium 900-mL pot & lid (Snowpeak, with husband-designed insulating-cozy)
  • 1 titanium ~2 L pot & lid (Snowpeak, with husband-designed insulating-cozy)
  • 1 stove (my old stove is Snowpeak/ propane. New set-up from husband: Evernew titanium alcohol stove (EBY254) with DIY aluminum windshield heat-cone)
  • Bear box, or bear bag (Ursack)
  • Knife, spork, lighter
  • Water bag/ filter
  • All the food!

Sleeping
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Tent
  • Stuff sack (for clothing by day, for pillow by night)
  • Tenacious tape (repair kit)

First aid
  • Chapstick
  • Sunscreen (group share)
  • Bandaids
  • Pine pitch salve (½ oz)
  • My friend Mason carried a larger 1rst-aid kit with ace-wrap, splint, gauze, tape, ibuprofen, etc.

Miscellaneous
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, mini-toothpaste, melatonin, floss, 2 mL argan oil, cut-in-half baby wipes, 2 extra hair ties)
  • Compass
  • Hip sack (or UL day-pack)
  • journal/ pen/ watercolor mini-set/ waterbrush
  • Headlamp
  • Mini-towel (REI)

Parting Thoughts

A few years ago, we planned a long 10-day through-hike. It got canceled last-minute due to fire. We had spent the past month dehydrating our meals and designing our trip. The night before driving up to the Sierra, our hearts sank as we watched the air quality numbers worsening-- and decided to cancel our trip. So we stayed home, celebrating our smoke-free staycation by surfing and taking small local hikes; we slowly ate all that dehydrated food spaced across various other smaller backpacking trips. 

Surprises happen. We can only try our best to prevent adversity, prepare for what we can, pivot when needed, and enjoy the journey because, as my fellow adventurer Mason reminded me as I was bemoaning this trip, “We’re here to have fun!” 

So, may your adventures be fun! May you prepare well, roam light, and feel the freedom of the wild. May you embrace the mountains’ siren call, and return again and again. May the wilderness inspire all the ways you show up in this complex beautiful world. May these adventures of Body and Spirit walk far with you, carrying you home to yourself, to Nature, and to community. Have fun!