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December 1, 2019

My favorite early morning ritual has been to wake up and take an upright seat on my couch with legs crossed beneath me, close my eyes (or stare at the flickering tree branches back-lit out the dark window) and breathe all the way down into my kidneys.

Your kidneys are located at the back of your body tucked (mostly) beneath your low ribs. Another way to find them is to grab onto the natural curve of your waist (where your waist turns inwards) then dart your thumbs up. You are now approximat...

November 14, 2019

We’re in the time of year (autumn) associated with the organs of the Lung (Chinese Medicine uses the singular to refer to the two lungs) and the Large Intestine. 

While autumn is a season of decline, it’s also a season of great inspiration. The leaves flash their most beautiful colors before they die off and drop down. Nature makes a grand show as the passing of this season propels us to make more time to reflect and retreat. 

Autumn is naturally a little melancholic. The associated emotion...

October 31, 2019

The Lung (Chinese Medicine uses the singular to refer to the two lungs) is said to be the “Commander of the Qi” which helps to set the rhythms for our body, mind, and spirit.

In this way, the Lung, our posture, and how we are breathing, sets the tone for our entire lived experience. When the breath slows, we feel steady and at ease. When we stand up straight but without tension, we feel powerful and strong. When the breath compresses, quickens, or is held, we start to feel panicky and fast,...

October 12, 2019

I recently started watching the three-part Bill Gates documentary series (“Inside Bill’s Brain”) on Netflix. The first episode is all about sanitation. I was shocked to learn that 4 billion people (more than 50% of this planet’s population!!!!!) do not have access to good sanitation (or to sanitation at all really). 

I guess that I knew that on some level but seeing the images of overflowing pit latrines and raw sewage being scooped up and dumped out into gorgeous rivers (and then reflectin...

September 28, 2019

These past few weeks have been busy for me. Busier than I’ve asked for. I like to stay engaged in life but I don’t like feeling overwhelmed by too many “to-dos”! The cooling weather and the darkening days have been reminding me of autumn’s most essential gift. A reminder to take it down a notch, to chill out, to keep your cool. 

As the weather shifts, It feels like the right time for a big exhale. Cozy sweater season is on its way. Soon there will be more desire to snuggle in with a steamin...

September 14, 2019

Autumn is often a time when melancholy sets in. The beauty in nature peaks as the leaves turn, then slowly, or suddenly, the trees are stripped bare.

The energy in nature is moving downwards in autumn, and so this is an excellent time of year to let go. Letting go can look drastic. Maybe you clean out that closet, room, or drawer in one fell swoop. Or it can be gradual. Maybe you begin to assess the quality of relationships in your life and vow to communicate more authentically so that you...

August 29, 2019

My acupuncturist and I were recently talking about compost. 

I carry my kitchen scraps to a friend’s backyard every week or so to compost them. Compost piles might look fairly inert, apart from any surface activity, but it’s actually the underneath, the unseen layers, where all the action is. 

Beneath the pile of freshly-added scraps, microbes and bacteria are breaking down waste into soil. Gradually, gradually, everything melts and crumbles back into nutrient-rich earth.

While composting mig...

September 14, 2018

A few weeks ago, I felt crushed by despair after a big disappointment at my (other) work. As the (part-time) Wellness Administrator at Drexel University, I oversee employee wellness opportunities for 5,000 people who have become so incredibly dear to my heart.

In the treatment room, I work singularly, one-on-one, and at Drexel, I touch 5,000 people all at once (!!!) every time I offer a new event, program, or initiative. The two seem very different sometimes, but both are aligned with my vi...

November 15, 2017

“[In autumn,] Go to rest early and rise early,

get up together with the chicken.

Let the mind be peaceful and tranquil, so as

to temper the punishment carried out in autumn.

Collect the sprit qi and

cause the autumn qi to be balanced.

Do not direct your mind to the outside and

cause the lung qi to be clear.

This is the correspondence with the qi of autumn and

it is the Way to nourish gathering.”

~Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen, chaprer 2, translated by Paul U. Unschuld and Hermann Tessenow

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November 2, 2017

A colleague who I trust and respect was recently telling me about their newest business venture, a consultancy business, which they were starting up on top of their private acupuncture practice AND on top of their 9-5 as a wellness consultant for a large corporation.

WOWZA I thought! I felt tired and anxious just hearing about all that they were doing.

Yet this person was sincerely excited and energized by taking on a big brand-new venture.

When the sensations of envy and disbelief start to c...

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