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Early Morning Rituals to Set Your Daily Rhythm

December 1, 2019

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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...

June 1, 2017

Most of the people I work with come to me looking for help around a specific problem. Some challenge in their life or in their health has been holding them back from living  a life that they love.

I am always so happy, and indeed feel lucky, to help people find a solution, feel good again, and start to take steps towards fully engaging with their health, their friends and neighbors, and (most crucially) themself.

I was recently working with someone who left their first session saying, “I fee...

May 12, 2017

After months, and even years, of wanting to offer you some immediate steps you can take to help yourself heal, I finally figured out exactly what it is I want to offer to you!

My new workbook “Sustainable Self-Care” has some practical wisdom about what self-care is (and isn’t), why willpower isn’t as powerful as you think it might be when you want to make a change, as well as an exercise to help guide you through what specific self-care action will help you, as a unique individual, live a l...

March 8, 2017

"Am I worthy of support?" Yes! Yes yes yes DEFINITELY YES you are without a doubt worthy of support!

But so many of us struggle with not feeling worthy or with feeling like we are “too much.” Several people I’ve been working with lately have apologized to me for “being a mess” or they’ve expressed guilt for feeling like they’ve given me “too much” to help them with.

I’ve been there before. Feeling like too much. Feeling like I’m not worthy of support. Feeling embarrassed about how I’m feelin...

February 3, 2017

Happy Chinese New Year, Friends!

Chinese New Year is the start of the lunar calendar in China and neighboring Asian countries. It’s the time of new beginnings, a great time to clean out your home, have a bonfire, and burn away any of the remaining residue left behind by the tricks and tribulations you may have experienced in the year of the Fire Monkey, a year which we are now laying to rest.

The rooster, in Chinese astrology, is known for traits such as loyalty, commitment, perseverance, an...

January 14, 2017

I recently went bowling for the first time in at least 10 or 15 years at a holiday party for the therapy practice I’m affiliated with (more info here). I asked someone if I could jump into their “team” and bowl with them, but I was nervous, and I also tried to create safety for myself by saying, “I’m really terrible at bowling.”

Do you ever do that? Try to anticipate total and utter failure and give yourself an out?

The problem with this approach is that it’s not really that honest.

After my...

January 1, 2017

This picture illuminates the view from my Center City office, up in the clouds on floor 15. I wanted to share it with you because though the days are short and the dark comes quickly, the warmth of the light is so astounding to me. Patients with 4:30 or 5:00 appointments have really been loving watching the light change while they lie down with needles in.

I've been working with lots of people lately around big changes that they want to make in their lives and the fear and uncertainty that...

November 14, 2016

We tend to think of letting go as a big dramatic process, and sometimes it is. Letting go can mean letting go of a job, a relationship, or a story of blame or victimization that has been fueling your rage for years on end!

But, often, letting go is a process less fit for the stage, and it looks like a series of micro-choices. It really is the little things that contribute so powerfully to our health. I emphasize these day-in-day-out choices with my patients.

We can let go of the candy offere...

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...

October 15, 2016

I recently received this email from a fairly-new client:   “Hey Monica! I got a raise and I exercised!” This is the kind of email that really makes my day! Whil

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