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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...

August 15, 2019

This spring, I learned that it takes one thousand, one hundred, and fifty two bees (1,152!!!!) to make just one pound of honey. The average bee makes only 1/12 a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. To make one pound of honey, TWO MILLION flowers must be visited by the worker bees!

Sweetness is a special commodity that our culture tends to take for granted. We have corn syrup and beet sugar and cane sugar and coconut sugar and honey and maple syrup and agave nectar and stevia and all sorts o...

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...

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...

May 23, 2018

I awoke about a week ago (Tuesday May 22nd, 2018 to be exact) having had a beautiful dream about visiting a river in Northern California. I had taken a train (some kind of public transit that also ran through San Francisco) to its final stop, gotten out, and found myself surrounded by trees and by other people who had come to this place to restore themselves in nature.

The trees were so damp and so green. Everyone was happy.

I found a shallow river (more like a creek) with a rotting and damp...

May 15, 2018

“In addition to spending a lot of time conversing with my brain cells, I’m having a big love-fest with the fifty trillion molecular geniuses making up my body. I am so grateful that they are alive and working together in perfect harmony that I implicitly trust them to bring me health. The first thing every morning and the last thing every night, I faithfully hug my pillow, wrap one hand in the other, and consciously thank my cells for another great day. I care enough to say it out loud. ‘T...

May 1, 2018

Maybe you’ve wanted to try acupuncture but aren’t sure what it’s all about. Maybe you’ve been holding off because you’re not sure if (or HOW) acupuncture could actually help you.

Or maybe you’re curious about happens during an acupuncture appointment? What’s it like? Is it weird? Will I feel at ease?

All of these questions can be answered by taking a peek at my reviews on google. A handful of generous people took the time to reflect on their experience with me so that you can understand what...

January 1, 2018

“I’m this uncomfortable person, so I had to make these comfortable clothes.” ~Eileen Fisher, from her interview on the NPR Podcast “How I Built This”

I’ve really been loving listening to these hour-long interviews with entrepreneurs about how and why they built their businesses. (My other favorite stories from this series are the stories of Patagonia and Edible Arrangements).

I love this interview with Eileen Fisher not only because I love her clothes (though I don’t actually own any because...

November 30, 2017

A friend of mine recently introduced me to a concept that she calls “Beaver-Retriever.” This special animal hybrid works really hard (Beaver), and then hopes for a pat on the head (Retriever).

So many of us suffer from Beaver-Retriever syndrome. We think that hard work will earn us a special acknowledgment, outcome, or result. And sometimes it does! Thus further enhancing the wiring of Beaver-Retriever into our neural network (our patterned ways of being).

But more often than not, acting fro...

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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