~~~~~ It is important to shop with your conscience, don’t you agree? Especially now, with holidays looming and so much going on, it matters to spend in a way that is consistent with your values. Running out to the nearest big-box store or making online purchases from large chains may be cheaper and quicker, but … Continue reading Gifts of Health and Wellbeing: Some Thoughts for this Holiday Season
It’s not an either-or when it comes to health and wellness. Some days, it’s going to be vegetables and virtue. Other days, excellent chocolate. Or tacos. Or all of the above. Right?
~~~~~ Attitude is everything as a philosophy is, let’s face it, a bit of a motivational cliché. It’s easy to have a great attitude when things are going your way. Have you been hit by tragedy or are you in a truly grave circumstance? Well, if you have it in you to create and maintain … Continue reading Attitude is Everything: How to Avoid Speeding Tickets, Bypass Road Rage, and Have a Great Day Even When Things are Chaotic
~~~~~ Of the many beauties associated with Chinese medicine (and, as I ponder it, Renaissance Florence but I digress), one that resonates greatly with me at this time is its attitude towards change. Chinese medicine is based on a foundation of harmony and theories regarding yin-yang balance. Not too much of one or too little … Continue reading Anthropologie Bags and Doorknobs: When One Closes, Another Opens (On Embracing Change and Finding New Spaces)
~~~~~ Fibromyalgia—in a word—hurts. To the 5 million-plus sufferers who know this condition intimately, it is a case of Tolstoy’s “every happy family is alike and every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” when it comes to symptoms, presentation, and effects on quality of life. The common link, of course, is muscle pain. … Continue reading Fibromyalgia Relief and Ancient Chinese Medicine: Tai Chi, Acupuncture, and Tui Na
~~~~~ “This photo was taken less than 72 hrs after an ER trip for emergency units of blood. There was a 50 FT rock face I saw while hiking with family. I pushed the envelope and made it to the top. I did it for myself, for those who would, but can’t, and for those … Continue reading A Rare Courage: Transcending Self, Helping Others
~~~~~ (Note: This is an older–but always timely–essay that I have revised slightly and now wish to share once again.) ~~~~~ One of my favorite books for self-study is Tara Bennett-Goleman’s Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind can Heal the Heart. (I will add it to my book corner, but today is a lazy day and … Continue reading Cloudy day in Austin, Texas