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January 15, 2020

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January 15, 2020

Winter is the best time of year to go deep within yourself and connect with your inner reserves. As winter wears on, here are a few simple tips to help you make the most of this season.

Rest. The Chinese classics advise us to go to bed when it gets dark and to rise AFTER the sun. Don’t be afraid to let yourself surrender to sleep. Practice conserving your energy so that you’re ready for spring.

Protect Yourself from Cold. Excess cold can cause us to feel paralyzed, frozen, or stuck. On a phy...

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...

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...

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...

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...

June 23, 2017

My favorite favorite lunch place (Picnic, on the Walnut Street Bridge) recently closed! I was so saddened by this loss. I was actually even sadder than I expected to be when I went there recently to get my last haul of local, seasonal, and hand-prepared goodness!

As you can see, I splurged big time! That foil-wrapped indulgence is actually a buttermilk biscuit with (more) butter and local strawberry jam.

The reason I loved Picnic so much was that everything was made by hand and prepared with...

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...

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