mindful media: healers on healing

hello readers!

here is the first video book review. huzzah! i will post the links i talk about in the video below:


cultural appropriation:

native appropriations

hipster appropriations


mindful media: elizabeth gilbert on nurturing creativity

hello readers!

sorry we didn’t have a motivational mondays post this week, i just got back from my herbal intensive weekend (which i still have to tell you all about!) and things have been hectic. my husband got a new job this week so i am trying to get used to the schedule and responsibilities that are changing.

anyway, i watched this talk from elizabeth gilbert on nurturing creativity and it really resonated with me. if you don’t know who elizabeth is, she wrote the now ridiculously famous book eat pray love and the more recent book on marriage committed. she discusses the pitfalls that creative people encounter and how to release yourself from that stress. i love the way she describes the creative process, that it is divinity that flows through you and not something disjointed that you only created yourself.  it is a truly inspiring talk!

mindful media: all in this tea


i hope you all had a wonderful weekend. i enjoyed the weather before it started raining by celebrating a dear friend’s birthday, finding the softest dates i have ever seen at the farmer’s market and dancing to cumbia with my girls. we ended the weekend on a nice note by watching a movie tonight.

“mindful media” is a new series where i will be sharing movies, books, videos, etc. that can help us all learn more about health, natural wellness, d.i.y., v*gansim and all around world awesomeness!

tonight we watched the documentary “all in this tea”. it is the story of tea expert and exporter david lee hoffman. he traveled to china to more fully understand the cultivation, production and selling process of some of the world’s best teas. he was one of the first exporters of chinese tea to deal directly with the farmers, cutting out the corporate factories completely and he was the pioneer in the tea world to introduce worm composting as a healthy alternative to chemical fertilizers.

here is the trailer:

we found the movie interesting (i am a super tea nerd) but we were hoping there would be more emphasis on the actual process of growing, picking and processing tea. the documentary is more about hoffman’s career as a tea exporter and how he does business to obtain high-quality teas from all over the world. nevertheless, it definitely made my husband stop and think about tea in a different way and reminded me why tea is such a blessing and why creating the perfect cup of tea is an art.

i will be writing more about the medicinal and spiritual purposes of tea later on but watching this movie is a great starting point in understanding where your tea comes from. cheers!


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