Scarcity has a bad reputation. When I think of scarcity, I think of fear, starvation, depletion of resources, loneliness, isolation, and generally not having enough. When I do get caught up in the negative effects of scarcity-thinking (or scarcity-experiencing), it’s easy to feel flooded by stress hormones, to feel stuck in that fear-based place of “I don’t have enough!!!” or “I myself am not enough, I can’t do this!!!!” But if we can step back and separate scarcity itself fr
In my yoga teacher training, I recently learned about the three A’s of the Alignment-based system of yoga I am learning. Here’s my take on how these three A’s (Attitude, Alignment, and Action) can be brought into our lives. Attitude: This “A” is equivalent to the Spirit-level in Chinese Medicine. What is the song of my heart, what is my deepest longing for this one precious life, and how am I expressing that song by how I shine bright in this lifetime? Alignment: This “A” equ
For several years now, I’ve been walking by a store near my house called The Nesting House, a children’s consignment store that also has some thoughtfully-selected new items as well. I recently had a friend who is pregnant come visit me, so I finally had an excuse to stop in and explore. The West Philly location of The Nesting House (they also have locations in South Philly, Mt. Airy, and Collingswood, NJ, or you can order many of their inventory online!) is a true delight. I
“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 i
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
"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 abou
“Generally, when we look at an object, we do not allow ourselves to see it properly. Automatically we see our version of the object instead of actually seeing that object as it is. Then we are quite satisfied, because we have manufactured our own version of the thing within ourselves. Then we comment on it, we judge, we take or reject; but there is no real communication going on at all.” ~Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Buddhist teacher, from his book Cutting Through Spiritual Mate
Hi friends, Today is my birthday (yah!) and today is also Acupuncture with Monica’s “birthday.” (Today is the anniversary of the day I first opened for business 2 years ago.) Happy birthday to us, and maybe to you too, if you were born in August or September. I’m taking a moment to celebrate with you because you’ve been there with me on this journey. I’m touched and honored by everyone who has visited me as a patient or taken the time to open this email and take a peek into m
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
Flowers always help my heart feel connected to love. Whether I’m happy, or sad, or depleted, or joyful, I often turn to flowers to meet my needs for beauty and comfort and for that feeling of being “plugged-in” and part of the world. I think it’s because flowers spring forth from the humility of the earth and represent creativity and perseverance to me. Plants never question if they should grow or not. They just keep reaching towards the light. As we head into summer, the sea
Almost all of my patients have a specific destination in mind when they come to me: -”I’ve got to get rid of this neck pain; it’s killing me!” -”I can’t wait to start running again; please fix my knee!” -”This level of stress isn’t sustainable; I’ve got to learn to do something to take care of myself now!” If I had a magic needle, I would love to teleport each and every person to exactly where they want to be. Ta da! You’ve arrived! Your neck feels great! You’re running aga
Happy Chinese New Year! It may still be chilly, but Chinese New Year (February 8th this year) marks the beginning of Spring. Spring is the season of growth and development in Chinese Medicine. It’s a great time of year to “spring” into action if you have a dream or a vision that you’ve been nurturing or dreaming about through the dark, cold days of winter. What I really love about acupuncture is watching my patients get out of pain (be it physical, emotional, or mental stru
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 w
While I love helping people get out of pain, trim down (and sometimes eliminate) their symptoms, I really love helping people get back to doing what they love and being happy with who they are. If you’ve ever been stuck in a cycle of anxiety or despair, you know how painful and isolating it is to feel constantly on edge, exhausted, jittery, worn thin, or just plain stuck. When you’re in pain, either emotional pain or physical pain or even financial pain, responding to that pa
We had a lucky streak of warm weather (though I was very worried about global warming during all of October and most of November!), but it appears that winter is starting to settle in. I know; this is bad news for most of you. I’m sorry to say it, but it’s true! Winter is coming, and winter is a natural component of the cycle of the year. Many of my patients struggle with winter. It’s a difficult season and there are evolutionary reasons for the fear that arises during this t
Do you ever start a project thinking that you know what you want only to discover that your original plan isn’t quite what you expected? That is exactly what happened to me a few weeks ago when I painted my office at Studio 34 Yoga. More accurately, a friend and colleague, who also has a wellness practice at the Studio, volunteered with me to paint all three wellness rooms, a task which took a whopping 8 hours to complete! This friend has one room she uses most often; I have
We’re not quite into the summer season yet, but friends have started going to the shore, the Mister Softee truck is singing its siren's song all over West Philly, and soon the heat of summer will be searing us all. In the Chinese calendar, we’re moving into the season of the Fire element, the time of year that governs the Heart, and relationships. In summer, we savor the most light, the most warmth, the longest days, and the greatest opportunity to connect and to receive love