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.

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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My Ten Rules for Starting a Meditation Practice

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Thinking about starting a meditation practice? Feeling daunted and, perhaps, intimidated by the many choices and strategies available for doing it “right?” No need to worry! Let me ease your mind about what meditation is all about.

#1: There really are no rules.

#2: This is all just about getting quiet, turning down the noise of our lives.

#3: And not judging or being judged.

#4: It’s about…

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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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Five Ways to Harness Your Intuition

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My intuition is the voice within, the voice we all know, that tells us the truth. 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 times, and who I can access if I just stay quiet and listen.…

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Five Ways We are Wired for Successful Change

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“Change is inevitable. Struggle is an option.”         -Bumper sticker on a car in Iowa City

Like everyone I know, I struggle against change. But over the years I’ve learned to soften, to allow myself to flow with change instead of constantly bumping heads with it.

I’ve found I’m not alone. Through my work as a physician, I’ve discovered that healing is all about change. But we hold ourselves…

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Thought Shifting: Using the Power of Positive Affirmations to Change Our Minds

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The Power of Positive Affirmations in My Life

Positive affirmations completely changed my life. I love my story about Houston Smith, the venerable religion scholar, teacher and author, who spoke in an interview about how he woke up every morning of his life, greeting the new day with excitement and anticipation. When I heard him speak I was at a very busy and stressful time of my life trying to…

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The Art and Practice of Softening

“Soften. Soften your body, soften your face, soften your mind, soften your stories, soften your expectations.” I hear the voice of my yoga teacher, Betsy, as I hold a challenging yoga pose. She teaches the practice of softening as a way to help us regulate our bodies and minds in the process of our yoga practice. The beauty is taking it off the mat and into life. I hear that voice when I am…

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Deep Dog Meditation

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Here is one of my favorite and, perhaps, most healing forms of meditation:

Lie back comfortably in the recliner with feet up. Breath deeply. Allow dog #1 to curl up at feet. Soles of feet are resting against her backside. Dog #2 curls up at your side. Arm is resting on her belly. Softness of both dogs is appreciated. Their sighs and moans lull you into deep relaxation. Dog at feet pulls your…

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Practice Presence by Cultivating Awe

“The great lesson from the true mystics is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, and in one’s backyard.” -Abraham H. Maslow, Religions, Values and Peak Experiences

We all know awe from those amazing soul-smacking experiences that we don’t expect: the incredible sunsets, enormous rainbows, powerful storms,…

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Five Ways to Harness Your Intuition

“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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