Safety Within

Well… here we are.  In NY, it is week 10 of shelter-in-place. No matter your particular situation:  How are you doing? How are you feeling: physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually? Have you been learning new things about yourself, your life, your world? Discovering challenging things, uncovering pearls of wisdom or inner gifts?  Do you have things […]

Realizations and Lessons

I had a big change a week ago, a huge realization: I am not what is swirling about in my head, my body or the environment around me.  I am the stillness that resides deep within, that I have been allowed to touch every so often in meditation. With this realization, that sense of stillness […]

Releasing What Has Been Held – the Breath and the Lungs

I lost a dear friend and companion, my cat Norton, who was by my side for almost 15 years to cancer at the end of April.  I was devasted from the time I got his cancer diagnosis until his peaceful death at home. Yet, soon after Norton’s passing, my husband and I found ourselves fostering […]

Digesting the Difficult Things in Life

I’ve recently been going through the most difficult thing in my life to date. And, I’ve developed a slew of digestive issues, and a return of migraines, to boot. My dear cat, Norton, was diagnosed with intestinal cancer a week before Christmas.  I honestly, naively, thought my 17yo cat had worms and that’s why his […]

Living with a Brave Heart

When we begin our own healing journeys, it’s scary to dive in and make all of the changes that are requested, if not outright demanded. We don’t know what we might become, or how our lives will change – will we be better, worse, lonely, more connected, joyful, or angry? It is what keeps a […]

The Too Small Pot: Expand your Roots

  I have a plant that sits next to my computer. It is in dire need of a larger pot. In fact, it is so big it is growing up and out of the pot that it is in, yet the leaves are starting to wither.  The plant is starving and dying to grow – it […]

How To Meditate

Lately it seems that a lot of talk around me is about meditation.  A client requested that I write a post about meditation and how I practice.   I am striving to write as little as possible about a big subject, and it is indeed a subject that many people have many different viewpoints, techniques […]

This Much I Know…

When something happens to you, your responsibility is not in that it happened: it’s already happened after all, you cannot change what happened no matter how much you wish you could. Your responsibility is in your choices, actions, decisions and response after the event, now in this moment. What are you going to do with […]

Some Thoughts on Traumatic Discharge and Release

As I delve into learning more about trauma and PTSD, I am learning how the best of intentions can lead a person astray in a regressing or damaging way.  Working through trauma, trauma release, or PTSD, is very scary and exhausting for the person suffering. Everything feels like it is out of control: the mind, […]

After Resistance, the Release: 12 Ways to Support Yourself

In the last post, I discussed what happens to the person (body-mind-soul system) who is in a state of unreleased trauma and shock.  When these walls are broken down, we may be left in a delicate state for a while.  I am not a therapist, or an expert in this type of work, but I […]

Resistance: Cycles Created from Trauma and Shock

Last week I mentioned that if we are unable to filter an experience in a way that is healthy for our individual needs and psyche, we get into a state of resistance and set forth a cycle of disruption that creates imbalances elsewhere in our bodies, minds and souls, thus preventing the potential for a […]

The TCM Five Elements (A Very Brief Overview)

  Ah, the TCM Five Elements. Where would I be without them?  When I first started learning TCM and the Five Elements, a light bulb went off in my head.  It is time I give you a very brief review of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Five Elements and their paired Organs. This is by no […]