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Inner Wisdom: How to Find and Trust it

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I call it inner wisdom. Or inner guidance. Others refer to it as “the small quiet voice,” “intuition,” “gut feelings,” “inner knowing,” or, “the heartbeat of God.”

It’s the truth of what we know–truly know–deep within. A knowing that is innate to us all, that can guide us effortlessly once we learn to recognize it, listen to it, and trust it.

I believe we are all born with the capacity for…

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New Year’s Resolution: Be Soft, Be Gentle, Be Kind (and start with yourself!)

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We all know how hard it is to get our New Year’s resolutions off the ground. Or harder still—sustain them for the long haul.

Why is that? Why is it so dang hard to create positive change in our lives? Change that we want? Change that we know will lead to better lives?

Maybe we start too big. We’re better at small changes—even the small things lead to big shifts in our lives.

Or maybe our…

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Focus: My Five Favorite Tools for Diving Deep

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Focus Then

Focus has been a lifelong challenge for me. I frankly don’t remember studying in elementary or high school. How’d I get away with that?

I remember being antsy and impatient with reading and problem solving. What was that “x” they were talking about in algebra?!

Partly I didn’t have the tools to organize myself and get down to business (I’d never learned how). But I also had a special…

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Simple is Better: the “Rule of Threes”

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Have you heard of the Rule of Threes?

It’s the smallest number of anything that can create a pattern within our minds—patterns our brains can latch onto.

Three is a power theme within human engagement, compelling the mind, enhancing memory and pleasure.

While I break this rule a lot, it does remind me to keep things simple. It’s crucial when it comes to behavior change. Smart and…

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Gut-Brain Connection–Part Two: Action Steps for Healing Depression

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The Gut-Brain Connection is a central pillar to healing depression–as well as the myriad mood and thought imbalances we struggle with. While depression can be a complicated issue, with inputs from many aspects of our lives–our thoughts and beliefs, past trauma, stress, and the situational challenges we all face–persistent and recurrent depression almost always has roots in the body–and most…

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Jumpstart Your Libido: An Energy Solution

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A Story About Life Force Energy

There was a girl so wild and free… when life was one present moment moving fluidly and effortlessly into the next. She was supercharged with the energy for everything she set her mind to–thriving in the pursuit, the challenges, and the accomplishments of life. And she played, and fell in love, and shared an energy exchange of love that was electrifying and…

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The Dangerous Myth that Self-Care is Selfish

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The Antidote? Self-Love (In Five Simple Steps).

How Caring for Ourselves FIRST is Vital…for Us AND Others

You’ve heard it a million times. Why? Because it is vital:

“In the event of cabin decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your…

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How We Harm Our Patients With the Need to Be Certain (and Right)

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Carol’s Thirty-three Year Undiagnosed Illness

Carol and I were comfortably seated across from one another in my consultation room when I asked, as I do with all my new patients, what her goals were for our work together. She said without missing a beat, “I want to get my life back. I’ve been sick for thirty-three years. That’s half my life. I would like to be a well person and do what…

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Forgiveness: Essential Power Tool for Health Resilience

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For me, forgiveness has been one of those life lessons–and practices–that has had mind-bending and life altering payoffs. I’ve learned the hard way that holding onto past hurts and trauma consumes precious energy and mind power.

Clinging to anger and resentment is an energy suck that drives stress—the smoldering kind of stress that hangs on and leaves decay and destruction in its path. That…

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My Beautiful Self-Care Plan

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A Functional Medicine Doc’s Approach to Daily Self-Care

Do I walk my talk?

You bet I do!

And I have a plan, a life plan… a way to navigate each and every day to support and nourish myself so that I feel my best and can be my best.

You’ll not learn about life “hacks” here. I have to create time every day for those non-negotiable aspects of self-care that support me the most: enough sleep,…

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