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Softening

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Softening: a simple practice to take the edge off what feels impossible.

What do you do when the overwhelm of life runneth over? Melt down? Succumb to worst-case-scenario thinking? (That is what our brains were designed to do, after all!)

And there’s a certain sensual satisfaction in a juicy meltdown, isn’t there? But I always regret it. It never leads to positive, constructive resolution.…

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Hope’s Wiser Sister: Faith

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I see many people in my consultation room who, like most of us at some time or another in our lives, have almost given up hope. I say “almost” because something inspired them to come see me. For some it is one last glimmer of possibility that they can heal.

Many of the folks I see have been sick for a very long time, have been to many doctors, and have yet to receive sustainable solutions for…

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Are We ALL READY yet?

all ready, empowerment, embrace uncertainty, be yourself, show up, do the work, commit to yourself

Every find yourself putting things off because you don’t feel All Ready?

Like that perfect time will come, your tool kit will be perfectly stocked and organized, your energy and enthusiasm will be robust, and you’ll dive in with the full support of the Universe all around you, humming and whistling as you go?

Me too.

And how does that work for you?

Things rarely happens that way for me. If what…

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Ever Feel Hopelessly Behind?

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Are you like me—always behind, never quite there? Deadlines looming. Elated to make them (when I do). But feeling constantly pressured, and time-deficient?

Hmmm… Pondering this a lot lately. Because, you know, it gets overwhelming.

Realization: I’m in charge. I’m my own boss. I set all my own deadlines.

First thought about that: how lucky I am!

Next thought: why do I do that to myself? The only…

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When Our Hearts Say, “No,” But Our Mouths Say, “Yes.”

how to say no, self-empowerment, stand up for yourself, empowerment, be true to yourself, empowered, strong, stress resilience

Have you every caught yourself saying, “yes,” when your body/your heart/ your mind screamed, “no?”

Yah, join the club.

I have enough trouble managing all the good stuff that my heart and mouth actually agree on—so many “yeses!”

What’s the story with the yeses we say but don’t really mean? The yeses that pile up and eventually overwhelm us?

For me, it’s my assumptions about what will happen if…

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Inner Wisdom: How to Find and Trust it

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I call it inner wisdom. Or inner guidance. Others refer to it as “the small quiet voice,” “intuition,” “gut feelings,” “inner knowing,” or, “the heartbeat of God.”

It’s the truth of what we know–truly know–deep within. A knowing that is innate to us all, that can guide us effortlessly once we learn to recognize it, listen to it, and trust it.

I believe we are all born with the capacity for…

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Remind Me of the Little Things

friendship, the small things are powerful, transformation, affirmations, love

You know how those little things others do for us can pack the biggest punch? And that no matter how practiced we are or sophisticated we seem to others looking in from the outside, we still need the gentle, loving reminders?

That’s what my massage therapist did for me a several years ago.

She massaged me during a time of great trauma and turmoil… too many details to share or even remember,…

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Hope.

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Dear One,

Someone once told me that hope is just wishing that things could be different than they are. They didn’t want to have “false” hope after so many struggles and disappointments.

I hear this concern expressed by my clients—many have suffered greatly. Promises were made. The positive outcomes did not come through.

Someone else told me (essentially) that hope was for sissies. In their…

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How We Harm Our Patients With the Need to Be Certain (and Right)

Karyn Shanks MD, The Center for Medicine and Healing Arts, Functional Medicine, The Physician-Patient relationship, self-empowerment, compassion, uncertainty, commitment,

Carol’s Thirty-three Year Undiagnosed Illness

Carol and I were comfortably seated across from one another in my consultation room when I asked, as I do with all my new patients, what her goals were for our work together. She said without missing a beat, “I want to get my life back. I’ve been sick for thirty-three years. That’s half my life. I would like to be a well person and do what…

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Forgiveness: Essential Power Tool for Health Resilience

forgiveness, self-love, self-care, empowerment, transformation, body-mind healing, mind-body healing, letting go, health resilience

For me, forgiveness has been one of those life lessons–and practices–that has had mind-bending and life altering payoffs. I’ve learned the hard way that holding onto past hurts and trauma consumes precious energy and mind power.

Clinging to anger and resentment is an energy suck that drives stress—the smoldering kind of stress that hangs on and leaves decay and destruction in its path. That…

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