Guilt is not useful when it comes to self-care practices. Since I frequently talk with patients and qigong students about various things they can do to feel better, I get to hear a lot of “confessions” from people feeling guilty … Continued
Meditation is not about separating ourselves
from the suffering around us.
It is about increasing our capacity to be able to meet suffering.
We find spaciousness within the chaos
So that we can better, more effectively
meet the moment.
Respond … Continued
Next week is the Autumnal Equinox, which means we are headed into longer nights, shorter days. From a Chinese Medicine point of view, this means that for the next six months, Yin energy dominates. Within the 24 hour clock, Yin … Continued
The harvest season is not only a time to stock for the winter, it is also an excellent time to shore up your energy reserves.
We pull our energy from different sources: food, water, sleep (of course), but also solitude, … Continued
On a recent road trip with my kids I had lots of driving time to unwind, contemplate, feel the wind in my hair and let a lot of overly-structured life go. It’s here that I find the most creativity and … Continued
Autumn is associated with the Metal element. The metal element is about healthy boundaries, thus the organs corresponding to this element – the Lung and Large Intestine – are all about taking in what is beneficial, and releasing what is … Continued
I often say “you never know what will come up in retreat” – which means, no matter what comes up, retreat gives us the space to work very intentionally with it. If we sit with “how do I practice with …...
It is that time of year – home gardens and farmers markets are replete with summer squash. Anyone who has grown zucchini knows the experience of finding da humongous squash hiding under giant leaves that seems to have quadrupled in … Continued
In contrast, I have found being “grown up” means lots … Continued
I recently returned from a one-week meditation retreat for practitioners of color at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. I try to attend at least one meditation retreat annually – it’s such an important reset for me, as a practitioner living “in … Continued
I believe that part of creating health is knowing what you stand far, and living accordingly. So I love it when my own mis-alignments get pointed out. Well, OK – I don’t love the feeling of the discovery, but I … Continued
Let’s face it – life is stressful. Hopefully not all the time, every day, but all of us go through times of stress, both “garden variety” every-day stressors and Big Deal stressors.
In terms of your health, one of the … Continued
There’s a question I’ve heard more times than I can count. What’s the point of learning something new when I might not be great at it? What’s the point of writing anything down if no one will read it? What’s … Continued
I was connecting with a good friend a few weeks ago about how slightly tuned out we’d both recently been regarding the current political state of affairs: kind of like averting one’s eyes when witnessing a car crash. We were … Continued
I didn’t set out to do an annual 4th of July watermelon recipe, but this is the third year in a row, so I think it is official now. I just can’t think about 4th of July without thinking about … Continued
Recently while washing the dishes, something shifted in the dish drainer and a favorite bowl fell onto the tile counter and broke. Arrggg! I loved that bowl! It was a gift from my inlaws and I think of them each … Continued
Daily life as an adult is a lot of “chores”: day to day tasks at work, at home, for our families, errands, appointments etc. That’s normal, and routines and repetitive tasks provide structure and predictability, which is good for our … Continued
The spine typically has four distinct curves: two primary and two secondary. Our primary curves are our kyphotic curves, those that coil away from our organs and were developed in utero. The secondary curves are our lordotic curves, they are … Continued
I’ve spent quite a bit of time in western medical offices this past year getting various types of tests and care that only allopathic medicine can provide. I needed to use multiple approaches – conventional and “alternative” – to properly … Continued
I often find it ironic when parents insist on keeping up the appearance of Santa Claus for the reason of “keeping a sense of magic alive” in the kids. What happens to their sense of magic when they realize it … Continued
One of my mentors used to say to me, “you get good at what you practice.” We don’t get good at playing the piano by playing it once, it takes many hours of repetition and practice. And of course there … Continued
I love lentils: delicious, versatile, nutritious and economical. Green, brown, red, yellow, black beluga, french – rarely a week goes by that I don’t make a big pot of lentil soup, or, in the summer, a lentil salad.
Did you … Continued
A few months ago, my spouse and I broke free of our Netflix addiction and rediscovered the power of shared silence.
Maybe you know the seduction of Netflix. You come home after a long day and feel the need to … Continued