Empower Your Self

We are empowered when we have the tools and knowledge to create intentional change and respond to life’s challenges in ways that ennoble us and support our quest for a True Life.

We need fortifications for such challenges. As one of my clients said to me, “Healing is not for sissies.”

We need the strength of our minds, hearts, and spirits as we navigate the rough waters and bumpy terrain of our healing paths, and as we discover our potential.

These articles offer inspiration, stories, and practical tools to inspire your powerful inner-guide.

The Curious Science of Embodiment

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Relieve Anxiety by Zipping In, Not Out

What to do with the gnawing discomfort and prickly, excessive energy of anxiety? My go-to strategies are walks, hard work outs, doing chores, writing, weed pulling, filling the bird feeders… something to engage my body and my whole attention to the task.

This strategy of getting into my body is curiously calming and soothing, and often steers me toward…

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Anxiety: Simple Ways to Calm and Soothe By Fine Tuning Your Biology

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The Power of Self-Care to Smooth the Rough Edges of Anxiety

In my own life, I’ve had to contend with my personal biology to discover the ways in which I am more vulnerable to anxiety. Taking good care of my body’s needs has been one of the cornerstones of my mood stabilizing strategy. A few key corrections to my nutrition and lifestyle has made a world of difference.

For all of us, self-care is…

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The Genius of Our Anxious Minds

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Reframe Anxiety: How to Use Its Wisdom as a Trusted Guide

How does it make sense to use anxious and genius in the same sentence?

Isn’t the opposite true? Aren’t our anxious minds–you know, the way they churn and burn with worry about what has not yet happened, question everything, and stay on high alert–our downfall? A whopping character flaw? Loss of all control of, well, everything? The enemy…

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Optimism: The Key to Starting Over When We’ve Failed

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Once we’ve failed at a resolution or a goal–how do we re-engage and start again? We’ve all felt the weight of this experience–the frustration and the shame of it. How do we rise up, dust ourselves off, and dare to try again?

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over…

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Four Simple Steps to Jumpstart Change

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…and your healing. (All healing requires change.)

Getting started is the hardest–and the simplest–part.

Four simple (I didn’t say easy) steps to get you rocking and rolling:

  1. Make. the. Decision. Make the decision to change and heal. Say it, write it, tell someone. Your intentions are powerful medicine.
  2. Take an action. Just one–any–simple action. An action that leads to something. Or an action…

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Celebrate the New Year With Self-Love

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“I celebrate myself, and sing myself.” -Walt Whitman

I love the freshness and promise of each new year, but I’ve never liked the harshness and punitive nature of New Year’s resolutions that feel so judge-y–like we’re not good enough until we drop those pounds or start that exercise routine or accomplish this or that, believing that the new year will bring the magic that we need to create better…

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The Hope for Healing: Where to Turn When Your Doctors Can’t Help You

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Sue’s Story

Sue had almost given up. Her symptoms began abruptly one summer after returning home from a camping trip with her family. It started with vertigo that became so severe she couldn’t turn her head while lying in bed. She developed pain, numbness, and tingling all over her body. She felt like she was trembling from the inside, but no one could see this. She had headaches, muscle…

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Gratitude: The Decision to Be Happy

I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude lately, both because it has been a respite for me from the climate of fear that has surrounded us this past year, but also because it’s Thanksgiving.

I’ve decided that gratitude is so much more than the spontaneous rush of thankfulness we feel when good and joyful things happen to us.

Gratitude is a decision that we make and practice every day, that…

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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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