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 ali
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
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! B
It's pretty common for acupuncture to be seen as a “last resort” form of medicine. Once you've tried everything else, all of the standard (and even the not-so-standard) solutions suggested by your doctors or friends, maybe then you might decide to try acupuncture. Most of the patients I see in my practice have already been to 3 or 4, or more commonly 6-10, doctors and specialists before they come through my door. One of the primary roadblocks to receiving acupuncture is the c
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 a
My last blog post was all about self-care. Self-care is one of my favorite topics.
Self-care does NOT have to mean you run for an hour (or even for thirty minutes or even at all). I work with people who haven't run in years who reconnect with the sheer triumph of even getting their sneakers on and running around the block huffing and puffing.
Stepping up and taking care of yourself is really what counts the most!
Seriously. Self-care can be simple. And the simple, lit
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 indiv
“Changing a diet can be a profound thing, and it is at the same time one of the easiest and the hardest of things to change. In theory, it is easy to drastically alter one’s health by simply eating differently. All you have to do is put something different in the mouth and diet change is done. However, diet change is one of the hardest things to accomplish because people have emotional attachment to eating certain things, or emotional patterns of eating. Thus, while the diet
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,
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 un