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.

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

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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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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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