Flow: Emotional Wisdom

Jealous: The Heart’s Quest for Belonging

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Jealous–we ALL know the sting of it and have been smacked down by the shame of it, but it’s really a normal part of being humans who thrive on connection. In this article I demystify jealousy, look at it’s purposeful role in our lives (yep, you heard me right), and remove the burden of shame and indignity that always seems to go with it.

Jealous: We All Know it Well

Two recent conversations…

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Find Your Strength in the Midst of Fear

Karyn Shanks MD, The Center for Medicine and Healing Arts, Functional Medicine, The Physician-Patient relationship, self-empowerment, compassion, uncertainty, commitment,

This past week brought with it a tsunami of emotions as a result of the election. Throughout this presidential campaign, no one has been immune to the expressions of anger, fear, disbelief, shame, grief, and hatred that have permeated our social spaces, leaving many of us feeling vulnerable and exhausted. Whether it be a highly contentious election, economic insecurity, health crises, or the…

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Heal Anxiety: Let Go of Comparisons

Constantly feeling anxious because when you compare yourself to others you come up short? Feel like you have to compete to be good enough, successful enough?

You’re using competition and comparisons as a tool to check out where you stand on the worthiness scale. There’s just one problem. Competition and comparisons are built on the assumptions we make about others and their lives–not the…

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Anxiety Reboot in Thirty Seconds

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Looking for a quick way to boost your confidence, relieve anxiety, and get yourself ready for the challenges ahead? Try powering up: use your body to reboot your emotions in thirty seconds.

I was feeling mopey and weepy. Summer was coming to an end and it was almost time to say goodbye to my youngest son as he went off to college. Not only that, I would soon be saying goodbye to my oldest son…

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Learning to Say “No” and “Yes” to Heal Our Lives

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Creating Boundaries is Part of Good Self-Care

I used to not know how to say “no” to the people in my life–my clients, my family and friends. I didn’t want to disappoint them. I felt that to be the perfect everything (ha) and to earn the love and approval of the people in my life, I had to take care of everything, always be available, never ruffle feathers, and meet everyone’s demands and needs.…

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Abundance: Can There Be Too Much of a Good Thing?

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I love all that I love, but I still feel the need to step away, be unplugged, to pause, to be alone. I don’t enjoy getting everything I want and I am easily overwhelmed by too much of anything that I love.

Abundance has a beautiful resonance to it. It is the focus of many peoples’ desires and affirmations—to be abundant and to have an infinite supply of everything they want.

Indeed our world…

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Five Ways to Harness Your Intuitition

“I have been a seeker and still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teachings of my soul.”    

-Rumi

Time and time again my voice within is the strongest and the wisest. Not because I am a sage or have superior intelligence or am all knowing. It’s because I’ve learned that I have a higher self, a wise self, a self who knows what is best for me at all…

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