Episode 36: Personal and Collective Healing in Chinese Medicine and Deep Ecology (with Leilani Wong Navar and guest interviewer Lydia Violet Harutoonian)

Our bodies are just like the rest of the living world: coursing with healing, life-affirming intelligence and capacity; and suffering the effects of being out of balance. The body is one setting for what Joanna Macy called “the three stories of our time”: Business as Usual, the Great Unraveling, and the Great Turning. We’ve explored…

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Stress Causes Disease – So What Do we Do?

We’ve all heard that stress causes disease. Chinese Medicine teaches us that about half our diseases trace back to how we relate to our emotions. And, the world right now – there’s a lot of stress, and a lot of emotion. So what do we do? A new round of Healing Season: Practical Wisdom from…

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Turning Season Episode 26: News On Refugees and Regenerative Agriculture in Uganda, Fossil Free Research, and The Revolutionary Love ProjectTurning Season

Click play at turningseason.com (or your favorite podcast platform) for 13 minutes of Active Hope to hearten you today, in the latest news episode of Turning Season Podcast. Hear about: the work of a young refugee in Uganda named Irenge Mudekuza Gloire, founder of Plethora Social Initiative, teaching permaculture and regenerative agriculture to fellow refugees…

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Do I need emotional or physical healing? Which Element do I focus on? Clearing what I once stuffed down AND not stuffing anything new? (Healing Season Q&A Call)

Here are a few selections from a Healing Season Q&A in February 2022. This was about halfway through the group program, after exploring Fire, Earth, and Metal. Watch and listen to get a feel for the kinds of conversations we have in Healing Season, and to hear my replies to the questions below: 0:00 Question: How…

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Chewing One Bite of Food, Thoughts, or News at a Time

Physical, mental, emotional – all are working with the same qi. The Earth network of organs and channels processes information AND food. Overthinking or worrying can be like chewing, and chewing, and chewing on the same bite, without swallowing it. (✋🏼 I’m familiar with this one…) I share a couple of suggestions in this video…

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A Point for Opening the Chest and Calming the Stomach: Landscape of Your Body #14

https://leilaninavar.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Kidney-27.mp4 Every time I press this point, I find myself drawing in a deep, slow breath. It’s tender, but it feels so good. Kidney 27 (a.k.a. Shu Fu, or “Shu Palace”) is known to “unbind the chest,” for people who are dealing with lung tightness, coughing, or phlegm. That unbinding action also sometimes helps bring…

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Breathing Through: a way to meet bad news

https://leilaninavar.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Breathing-Through.mp4 How do we stay open to the essential function of feeling our pain for the world (or the person next to us, or ourselves), when it feels like it might break us? Or might make us feel helpless? Or might separate us? I recorded this video yesterday to post on Instagram, for anyone who,…

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