Coffee Alternative: Buddha’s Hand with Cherries Tea

  My piece de resistance blend of the moment, now that I’ve quit coffee, is new crop sencha green tea, sour cherries, dried Buddha’s Hand, and fresh ginger. Sometimes I’ll add teensy bit of raw honey, just to give it a little more sweetness and body.  Other times, I’ll leave out the green tea and […]

Nourish (or Deplete) Your Blood

I’ve been turning over the idea of living life with more Blood: passion, spirit, vivacity, courage and wisdom and how what we do creatively and in connection with others can be a source of nourishment and expression of what we feel. From an emotional and spiritual perspective, we can nourish our Blood through the experiences […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Filters, Resistance and Quaternity

Lately I’ve been thinking about how we filter our lives, what we take in and digest, what we let go, what we resist, and the images that define us.  My hope is to explore, without purpose, ambition or goal, what comes from our experiences and how they inform our health and well-being. Quaternity is a […]

Trust Me, I Know What I Want

Not too long ago, I decided it was time to work with a trainer at my gym, with the specific goal of learning how to do a deadlift, squat, bench press and military press.  It was a lesson in “know thyself” and also a nice little reminder when working with others: trust me, I know […]

Messages, Attitude and Weight

I’ve been thinking about the messages we receive and say to ourselves, with regards to weight loss and with everything else in our lives, and the attitudes with which we approach both weight loss and life.  What do these messages and these attitudes have to do with our weight? On the one hand, “losing” weight […]

Exercise and Weight Loss

You may or may not know that I’ve recently embarked upon my own weight loss journey. My goal is to be back to where I felt best physically: strong, resilient, full of life and endurance, powerful, conquering, beautiful. I want to look in the mirror and be proud of myself and my body. I want […]

Diet: A Way of Life

Did you know that diet comes from the Greek diaita meaning “way of life”, the Latin diaeta meaning “prescribed way of life, a day’s daily food allowance”, and related to the Greek diaitasthai meaning “lead one’s life”? In other words diet is a person’s gastronomic way of life.   In the early 13th century, diet simply […]

Avoiding the Quick Fix for Weight Loss

I’ve been lacksadaisacle with writing blog posts lately, for a couple of reasons.  One being that I started a new full-time job a few months ago, the other being that I haven’t felt “up” to sending out newsletters about feeling great when I myself haven’t been feeling great. I hurt my leg, I had made some serious changes, […]