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December 1, 2019

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March 26, 2019

Spring is the season of “Wind” in Chinese Medicine. Spring (like Autumn) is a pivot season, where we are moving between the ecliposed darkness of Winter and the full light of Summer.

This Spring has been especially changeable for me.

This Spring, I resigned from my position at Drexel where I ran their employee wellness program for (almost) 11 years. I completed yoga teacher training (and am sitting in the formation of a plan for how I want to teach). And on April 17th I’m getting married to...

January 11, 2019

Someone I have been working with recently asked me “Did you do something to help me change my career?”

She told me that six months ago (about the time we started working together), she would never have felt strong enough to start taking the steps she was now taking towards making a significant career change, but now she was feeling so much stronger overall, with less anxiety and a lot more confidence in herself.

That’s the kind of side-effect I love!

Occasionally patients are confused on the...

November 1, 2018

Scarcity has a bad reputation. When I think of scarcity, I think of fear, starvation, depletion of resources, loneliness, isolation, and generally not having enough. When I do get caught up in the negative effects of scarcity-thinking (or scarcity-experiencing), it’s easy to feel flooded by stress hormones, to feel stuck in that fear-based place of “I don’t have enough!!!” or “I myself am not enough, I can’t do this!!!!”

But if we can step back and separate scarcity itself from the underlyi...

October 15, 2018

In my yoga teacher training, I recently learned about the three A’s of the Alignment-based system of yoga I am learning. Here’s my take on how these three A’s (Attitude, Alignment, and Action) can be brought into our lives.

Attitude: This “A” is equivalent to the Spirit-level in Chinese Medicine. What is the song of my heart, what is my deepest longing for this one precious life, and how am I expressing that song by how I shine bright in this lifetime?

Alignment: This “A” equates with the le...

August 14, 2018

If you’ve ever been sick, stressed, or have just felt stuck, you’re probably feeling worn down and exhausted, unsure about what to do next or how to proceed. Maybe you’re trying lots of different things but none of them seem to be working. Maybe your impulse is to just keep pushing through, but you end up worn down, and what you really want seems even further away. Maybe you aren’t sure what you really want, or why you want it, so you have no idea how to get there.

These simple steps will h...

March 14, 2018

I recently turned to the Neijing Suwen (The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine) to help myself prepare for another glorious spring.

The verses about Spring instruct us to:

“Go to rest late at night and rise early.

Move through the courtyard with long strides.

Dishevel the hair and relax the physical appearance,

Thereby cause the mind [to orient itself on] life.

Give life and do not kill.

Give and do not take.

Reward and do not punish.

This is the correspondence with the qi of spring and

I...

February 28, 2018

Winter is the water season in Chinese Medicine. The cold, contracted, and dark days of winter ask us to surrender to the lack of illumination and to allow ourselves to be pulled underwater into the depths of our experience.

The water season of winter is so powerful because water is so adaptive. It can flow around any obstacle, and it can easily erode rock given enough time and persistence. It can transform from a still ocean into a tsunami. It can be a waterfall, a puddle, tap water, a bog....

February 16, 2018

Happy New Year!

That’s right! If you missed all those New Year’s Resolutions, today you get to start fresh, as today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year.

The Chinese New Year is based on the solar calendar (like our Gregorian calendar) AND on the lunar calendar, thus accounting for the movement of the moon and the tides. Because of this, there is some “drift” each year, meaning that the start date of the Chinese New Year waxes and wanes like the moon.

So take in all of that natural be...

October 9, 2017

Autumn can be a challenging time of year. The energy of summer (which is a lovely spreading feeling, that expansive sense of time) has fallen way to the energy of late summer (the time of the harvest, when the crops are taken in and we have a sense of having everything we need) and now we're entering the energy of autumn.

In autumn, everything begins moving downwards. The leaves fall from the trees. Nature is getting ready for winter, when the sap moves to the very center of the tree and st...

September 18, 2017

 Though I spend a lot of time sleeping (my spirit animal is the koala), anytime my eyes are open, I want to be awake.

Though our natural state is being awake, being awake takes some commitment and is very much aided by practice.  

Since 2006, my meditation practice has been the one mode of awakening that has consistently helped me strengthen my tolerance for uncomfortable situations. And sometimes it seems like life is full of uncomfortable situations and things we don’t like!

By learning to...

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