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Off the Grid

off the grid, rest, peace, unplug, Karyn Shanks, Karyn Shanks MD

Sometimes we’ve just got to rest. Sometimes we’ve just got to go off grid. Sometimes we’ve just got to do nothing.

That’s what I’ve been doing this past week and it’s felt so dang good!

I turned my book into my editor last week… I was so ready to hand it off, so needing to disengage to put my brain somewhere else after the four month marathon of editing, following a four year creative…

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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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Inflammation: Beauty, Not the Beast

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Inflammation is beautiful. It is not the beast. It is not bad, nor our enemy.

We need an intact, healthy immune system, capable of robust inflammation. When we need it. Whenever called upon–24/7.

In fact, we cannot survive without it. While inflammation results in much human misery, it does so as the wise and elegant response to real danger signals–from both internal and external sources–that…

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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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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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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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