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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...

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 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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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...

November 1, 2016

All of us have at least a few outdated beliefs or habits or ways of thinking. By “outdated” I mean beliefs or stories or ideas about ourselves, other people, or the world that aren’t really true, but which we continue to hold onto out of habit or fear or the desire to be right.

I recently was stuck in a quandary myself and was talking to my acupuncturist about this dilemma during our most recent session. I would love to give you a concrete example but honestly I don’t even remember what exa...

August 13, 2016

In the last newsletter, I offered some general guidelines about how to make the most of your acupuncture experience, should you decide to dip your toe in.

I wanted to follow-up with another real-life example of the results one patient experienced when she committed to the five-session weekly package that I designed in particular to help people with ongoing health issues who need a boost to get back on track with their health.

I offered to change tiny details in the email this patient recentl...

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