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Early Morning Rituals to Set Your Daily Rhythm

December 1, 2019

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October 31, 2019

The Lung (Chinese Medicine uses the singular to refer to the two lungs) is said to be the “Commander of the Qi” which helps to set the rhythms for our body, mind, and spirit.

In this way, the Lung, our posture, and how we are breathing, sets the tone for our entire lived experience. When the breath slows, we feel steady and at ease. When we stand up straight but without tension, we feel powerful and strong. When the breath compresses, quickens, or is held, we start to feel panicky and fast,...

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...

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...

July 1, 2019

Happy summer! It’s not just calendar-time summer. I’m starting to feel the full blossoming of the heart that summertime entails in Chinese Medicine theory. It’s the season of the Fire element, of warmth and connection.

A few weeks ago, I gave a talk at the Penn Museum Summer Solstice event called ‘Self-Care in the Summertime.” I really enjoyed helping participants create a personalized self-care action plan. This talk is based on my self-care workbook, which you can download from my website...

June 1, 2019

In Buddhism, it’s sometimes said that there is no dharma (no teaching). My understanding of the “no-dharma dharma” is that every lesson that we learn in life happens IN CONTEXT. A teaching will not be received in the same way by two different people.

That’s why general weight-loss or health advice often falls short. It’s too general. It hasn’t taken into account an individual’s particular experiences, habits, and patterns of thinking or behavior. It hasn’t been taught in a way that’s digest...

May 15, 2019

I’m constantly surprised, in a great way, by the people I work with. Someone can come in one week with anxiety and the next week with knee pain. I know that someone is starting to feel better when the smaller complaints start getting voiced.

When I did my acupuncture school interview, I said that I wanted to never be bored. And y’all can bet that I have NEVER have a boring day in my acupuncture practice EVER. The practice of medicine keeps me completely engaged with the unfolding of life. T...

May 2, 2019

I recently spent four days at a Five Element Acupuncture retreat. Most of the people had been practicing acupuncture for more than 20 years. The two women leading the workshop had 95 years of experience between them.

It’s hard to not compare. To not assume that I wouldn’t not do well simply because I don’t have that length of learning behind me.

We spent four days seeing patients and taking turns interviewing patients, taking pulses, locating points, needling, treating. Those four days were...

April 15, 2019

“The mind becomes clear and serene when the qualities of the heart are cultivated.”

~Yoga Sutras of Patanjali trans. By Alistair Shearer

At this mid-point in April, I would like to invite you to invite you into the oneness of undifferentiated bliss.

The word “Shri” (or “Sri”) in Sanskrit is translated most directly as an honorific or term of respect when addressing an elder (or a Hindu God). It can also mean beauty or grace or unspoiled goodness.

We used this term often in my yoga teacher trai...

January 11, 2019

Someone I have been working with recently asked me “Did you do something to help me change my career?”

She told me that six months ago (about the time we started working together), she would never have felt strong enough to start taking the steps she was now taking towards making a significant career change, but now she was feeling so much stronger overall, with less anxiety and a lot more confidence in herself.

That’s the kind of side-effect I love!

Occasionally patients are confused on the...

December 31, 2018

Winter is the season of loss in Chinese Medicine. As it was written in 2600 B.C. in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine (Translated by Maoshing Ni), “During the winter months, all things in nature wither, hide, return home, and enter a resting period, just as lakes and rivers freeze and snow falls.”

As the calendar year winds down and we continue this ascent into the darkness, AND as we turn a new page into 2019, I wish you wellness, contentment, and love. These days might fee...

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