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
Conversation before smart phones:
“I wonder what the population of Iceland is?” “Dunno. I don’t even know what the population of Oakland is. I’m pretty bad with those kind of numbers. Why are you wondering about the population of Iceland, … Continued
I dislocated my shoulder in February, an old recurring injury that popped up again. Recovering from the injury meant being unable to do certain things at work and home, and needing help for many tasks as my arm was immobilized. … Continued
In today’s fast-paced, live-now, pay-later culture, the essence of “the meal” has been altered in a way that often emphasizes speed over content. Many of these choices present long term problems not only because our body cannot digest them but … Continued
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
The way you feel while you’re … Continued
Anxiety is a common experience for many people in the modern world. While it’s approximated that 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, almost everyone experiences symptoms of anxiety at some point in their lives.
Some common physical symptoms of … Continued
Every day I come to work, I park off-lot, which means I cross Piedmont Avenue at least twice a day. Lately I have been playing a “game” each time I stand in the crosswalk: “How many cars will pass by … Continued
Solitude is an increasing rare commodity; this is not good for your mind, body or soul. Being the only person at home doesn’t mean you are experiencing solitude. (And loneliness is not that same as solitude.)
Mindful solitude is about … Continued
I’ve written before about Chinese Medicine’s approach to emotions, how each organ system holds both virtue and vice, and how it is all connected to different seasons. Here I’m going to discuss the wonderful dichotomy of Spring and its partner … Continued
Happy Spring! Spring is a time of new growth – the budding of tender shoots. It is also a time of fertility – birds and bees coming alive. In the human realm, it is a time for planning and planting … Continued