empowerment

Great Ideas–One Drawer at a Time

clutter, ideas, self-empowerment, karyn shanks md, functional medicine

Ever feel stuck? Can’t quite get the project started, or that great idea to emerge? Me too.

Here’s what I do: clean a drawer.

“Is she nuts,” you ask? (Well, yah, but that’s beside the point…)

That’s right, if you need that idea to pop, try cleaning something. De-clutter.

I choose drawers because they’re small, doable in a short period of time, and because, well, I’ve got a lot of “black…

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Doctor Do No Harm

so no harm, good doc, whole person medicine, functional medicine, love and medicine, compassionate medicine

I had a new client come to see me yesterday. This previously well, highly active, Nature-loving woman had been in excellent health until falling suddenly ill eight months ago. It took her docs six months to diagnose Lyme disease. She was the perfect candidate for this diagnosis—extensive exposure to ticks, typical symptoms for Lyme, AND her lab tests were overwhelmingly confirmatory.

The…

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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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