How to Work With the Grief of Change

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Dear One,

“You’ll never get people to change.”

“It’ll bring down the whole economy.”

“People aren’t ready for it—they’re too much in crisis mode.”

“You’re too idealistic.”

What are they talking about?

This is the flack I’ve been getting for speaking out about what we’re called to do. How the pandemic and the suffering it’s brought is illuminating our weaknesses (it’s blinding!). How…

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How to Create Resilience: Adaptability, Energy, and Strength for Life

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Dear One,

First, we survive.

Then we step back and ask, what am I called to do next?

And we realize, we knew it all along, didn’t we?

We knew where our reverent care of ourselves was taking us.


And we know in our guts—This. Is. Our. Call.

Survival First

The global pandemic of COVID-19 is one of the biggest challenges we’ve faced—personally and collectively—in any of our…

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COVID-19: How to Protect Your Whole Self in a Global Pandemic

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We’re smack in the middle of a global viral pandemic (COVID-19) unlike anything most of us have ever lived through. It’s a stark and sudden reality. We’re isolating ourselves and taking precautions. And we’re scared.

What else can we do? What else should we do? How do we take care of our whole selves?

Right now, protection has two dimensions:

  • Physical protection: both for ourselves and…

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COVID-19: How to Bolster a Healing Life While Navigating a Storm.

We’re in the eye of the storm, aren’t we?

Never have we been called to navigate our safety and survival with so much uncertainty. We’re scared. Many of us are wondering what’s best to do to stay safe, to remain strong, and to thrive in the face of it all.

These are my top ten recommendations for navigating—and thriving—through the storm of a global pandemic.

One: Practice Safety

First and…

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How to Get Unstuck

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Sometimes we work so hard and keep showing up and still aren’t where we want to be.

Take my client, Grace, for instance.

She’s been sick for twenty-five years, mostly without a diagnosis. (And, to be fair, we still don’t have “a diagnosis,” we’ve got a chronic problem that’s created a wide path of destruction—it’s no longer “a diagnosis” but a constellation of dysfunctions, all needing our…

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How to Heal Thyroid Fatigue: Reclaim a Vibrant New You [Expert Guide]

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Part One: Thyroid Fatigue is ‘Just the Smoke’

The chronic fatigue of hypothyroidism is ‘just the smoke’ rising high above the smoldering fire that lies beneath the surface. Said another way, the fatigue of hypothyroidism is a symptom–it’s not a disease. It’s not the defining thing that is wrong with you. It’s just one–of many–surface-level indicators of much larger and deeper problems: ‘the…

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You Do Not Have to Be Good

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Dear One,

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”

—Mary Oliver, The Wild Geese

Who among us hasn’t worried about being good enough? Guilty of being ourselves? Shameful for having our own minds, hearts, and ideas about what’s true?

I’ve spent a…

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You Were Born to Heal

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You were born to heal. No exceptions!

How do I know?

It’s science-y stuff, but it’s the message of hope we all search for to end our suffering, to improve our performance, and to deepen our experiences as human beings.

It’s the science of human potential applied to our daily lives:

  • epigenetics,
  • neuroplasticity,
  • core biology,
  • body-mind-spirit integration, and
  • Functional Medicine (the science of…

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We Get Exactly What We Ask For

Dear One,

“What do I need to heal?” (She pleads to God, the angels, and anyone who will listen, as she sits, feeling overwhelmed, eyes closed, in morning meditation.)

“And, please bring it to me in a tangible form that I can understand for once!” (She demands in her uppity way.)


In the next second, her thirty-pound fuzzy canine love-bomb abruptly plops himself in her lap, no permission,…

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The Healing Roadmap We’re All Desperate For

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Dear One,

Have you ever been handed a new food plan? A savvy food plan, just for you, promising exactly what you were searching for? Designed to perfectly align with your unique systems biology? To correct nutrient deficiencies and beautifully address your problems like only food can? (Maybe this plan was even endorsed by a favorite NYTimes best-selling author!)

You take it with you, tail…

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