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December 1, 2019

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September 14, 2019

Autumn is often a time when melancholy sets in. The beauty in nature peaks as the leaves turn, then slowly, or suddenly, the trees are stripped bare.

The energy in nature is moving downwards in autumn, and so this is an excellent time of year to let go. Letting go can look drastic. Maybe you clean out that closet, room, or drawer in one fell swoop. Or it can be gradual. Maybe you begin to assess the quality of relationships in your life and vow to communicate more authentically so that you...

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 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...

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...

July 10, 2016

My heart has been so heavy with recent heart-breaking events in the news. Many of my patients have expressed deep sadness and grief and outrage and anger about the brutality and confusion and chaos that’s part of our world. I felt a deep longing in my heart to offer you some possible insights about how to handle a tender, heavy heart. This is long. I’m sorry about that. It ends with an exercise that I think might be helpful for you.

We’re all on this planet together and we’re using it up at...

April 1, 2016

One of my patients recently told me, “I love it when you burn that stuff on my arm but I wouldn’t know how to tell people that you use fire in your practice.”

 

First, let’s talk about fire. The “fire” I’m using is a relatively mild form. If you’re picturing a flame thrower, forget about it! As in the picture above, I’m actually using a lighter to light a narrow stick of incense so that I can then use the incense to gently ignite a small pyramid of Chinese herbs pressed together and set atop...

March 1, 2016

Acupuncture, although not a panacea, (believe me, if I break my arm or my gallbladder starts gushing bile, please take me to the hospital), is helpful for many common ailments (and, even better, is miraculously free of side effects).

 

Where acupuncture REALLY shines is in two particular scenarios that I work with often in my practice.

 

  1. Prevention & Wellness (I'm saving that topic for a future edition, but feel free to contact me if you just can't wait, and want more info on how acupunctu...

February 1, 2016

If you feel stuck in pain or bogged down by life, or just generally fragmented or disconnected, practices that help you take a pause and gain some perspective may be incredibly helpful for you. Examples of these practices include: prayer, meditation, and acupuncture. Acupuncture rebalances your energy and gives you space to really connect to yourself and to how you feel.

 

A gratitude journal is also incredibly useful, though I find that there are a few specific tips, which I will share with...

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