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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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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Good Medicine: Acknowledgement

Something about him caught my attention. Maybe it was because I was in a happy mood, and I can be acutely aware of others who aren’t. After being escorted to our table by the hostess, we were greeted by a young man. His interaction with me and my friend, who I was meeting for lunch, was lackluster at best.  No eye contact, and a big fat zero in the banter department. It seemed he was there to do his job. Distracted. The…

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Keeping Score

A construction site is developing at the soon-to-be-torn-down house across the street from where I live. And by “across the street” I mean that, standing at my front door, I could toss a rock and hit this house. Left-handed. My neighborhood consists of less than 20 historic mini-homes that line a single-lane, gravel road, better suited for horse and buggy than cars, let alone excavation equipment. It’s a unique hamlet, an anomaly in Chevy Chase. We’re surrounded by parkland and…

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Winter and Confessions of a Christmas Curmudgeon

Newsflash:  It's Winter. Some will argue that this is not the case. They will point to the calendar on the wall that says the Solstice is the first day of winter, usually on December 21. This makes no sense. The day where the light is the least of all days, followed by days of more light is not the dawn of winter. It's the midpoint – a gentle nod to the teeny tiny glimmer of a Spring yet to come.…

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