It’s Good Information

It’s Good Information

“You could take anti-depressants. Or, you could just be with your sadness.” These wise words were offered by a therapist. A friend had been feeling really low and wanted perspective. “Oh, yeah,” she then thought. What struck me about this was that the therapist didn’t jump to medicating her feelings.
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The Bee Teacher. Small Package, Big Reminder

The Bee Teacher. Small package, big reminder

There I was, sitting in the neighborhood park where gleefully screaming kids typically assault the jungle gym. But it was mid-week, early in the afternoon and a school day, so the park was unusually and blessedly silent. I needed quiet. Nagging thoughts about the next chapters of my life had me weary.
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You’ve Been Duped! You’re Your Own Best Fitbit

You’ve Been Duped! You’re Your Own Best Fitbit

“What have you learned since using your Fitbit?” I asked a patient of mine, nodding toward his wrist. It seems that half my patients wear them. “Well,” he said, “I’m more aware of when I move versus when I don’t.” “So, you are more mindful because of it?" "I’d say so,” he said. “I do notice when I’m low on steps and I’m moving a lot more—the more you move the more calories you burn, yes?" "But what if what…

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I Feel Sorry for Old People

"I feel sorry for old people," quips my my 86 year-old Mother. I must’ve audibly chortled as she quickly softens the comment by adding that she hoped she didn’t sound arrogant. I’m grinning ear-to-ear listening to her back-pedal that I might see her seriously thumbing her nose at her peers. We were on the phone chatting and catching up about various things. She lives in Maine and I in Maryland. She uses the term “old” when people in her age…

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Your Particular Language

In my practice, I listen very carefully to what people say about themselves, about their lives. The conversations hold the clues of how you are draining your qi or vital life force. No pain nor disease comes out of nowhere. Pain is an accumulation of little things over time –– frustrations, sorrows, grievances and/or fear wrapped in a story, words strung together that say why your life or the world IS the way it IS. My job is to listen…

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Stop with the New Year’s Resolutions!

You know on New Year's Eve when you resolved to drink kale smoothies and work out 5x a week starting January 1 while perhaps in a drunken, and most certainly depleted state. Your December may have been full of merriment and good sentiment. Perhaps it was a good holiday—not too many family upsets (because you've been practicing Upset is Optional).  But it was likely busy, hectic, without a lot of grounding or deep restfulness or listening to your inner wisdom.…

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Winter Wisdom

A patient (a teacher, really) reminded me that presence is the best gift I can give to myself, yet the beautiful gift is that everyone benefits. I can dramatically slow down my day when I become aware that I am speeding through it. I then take a deep breath to slow my thoughts and body down. Bringing myself back to the moment through breath, and shifting my thoughts to now—instead of the next moment or of previous ones—I create presence.…

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10 Rules for Being Human

A good conversation piece for the dinner table... 1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it's yours to keep for the entire period. 2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, "life." 3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately "work." 4. Lessons…

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The Gift of Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward It's no fun to wake up at 3 AM with a headache. That's exactly how I started today. In my very awake state I listened to a talk by Marianne Williamson, whom I know by name but have never read her material. The message: Today I will start the day with this question, which will be answered over the course of the…

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No, I Don’t Have a Tissue

The energetic of Spring is UP and OUT. Observe what nature is displaying all around you. Yes. We are still receiving reminders of Winter, as if this season is offering another pause – a not-so-fast question that asks: "Are you really ready to spring?" The added message could be: "Go back into Winter – recharge and don't come back out 'til you're rested. You need deep resources to bloom brightly in Spring."  As we close in on warmer temps, the blossoming trees, flowers and shrubs,…

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