You’ve Been Duped! You’re Your Own Best Fitbit

“What have you learned since using your Fitbit?” I asked a patient of mine, nodding toward his wrist. It seems that half my patients wear them. “Well,” he said, “I’m more aware of when I move versus when I don’t.” “So, you are more mindful because of it?" "I’d say...

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I Feel Sorry for Old People

"I feel sorry for old people," quips my my 86 year-old Mother. I must’ve audibly chortled as she quickly softens the comment by adding that she hoped she didn’t sound arrogant. I’m grinning ear-to-ear listening to her back-pedal that I might see her seriously thumbing...

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It’s Good Information

“You could take anti-depressants. Or, you could just be with your sadness.”

These wise words were offered by a therapist. A friend had been feeling really low and wanted perspective.

“Oh, yeah,” she then thought.

What struck me about this was that the therapist didn’t jump to medicating her feelings.

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Your Particular Language

In my practice, I listen very carefully to what people say about themselves, about their lives. The conversations hold the clues of how you are draining your qi or vital life force. No pain nor disease comes out of nowhere. Pain is an accumulation of little things...

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Stop with the New Year’s Resolutions!

You know on New Year's Eve when you resolved to drink kale smoothies and work out 5x a week starting January 1 while perhaps in a drunken, and most certainly depleted state. Your December may have been full of merriment and good sentiment. Perhaps it was a good...

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Winter Wisdom

A patient (a teacher, really) reminded me that presence is the best gift I can give to myself, yet the beautiful gift is that everyone benefits. I can dramatically slow down my day when I become aware that I am speeding through it. I then take a deep breath to slow my...

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10 Rules for Being Human

A good conversation piece for the dinner table... 1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it's yours to keep for the entire period. 2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, "life." 3. There are no mistakes,...

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The Gift of Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward It's no fun to wake up at 3 AM with a headache. That's exactly how I started today. In my very awake state I listened to a talk by Marianne Williamson, whom I...

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No, I Don’t Have a Tissue

The energetic of Spring is UP and OUT. Observe what nature is displaying all around you. Yes. We are still receiving reminders of Winter, as if this season is offering another pause – a not-so-fast question that asks: "Are you really ready to spring?" The added...

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Good Medicine: Acknowledgement

Something about him caught my attention. Maybe it was because I was in a happy mood, and I can be acutely aware of others who aren’t. After being escorted to our table by the hostess, we were greeted by a young man. His interaction with me and my friend, who I was...

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Keeping Score

A construction site is developing at the soon-to-be-torn-down house across the street from where I live. And by “across the street” I mean that, standing at my front door, I could toss a rock and hit this house. Left-handed. My neighborhood consists of less than 20...

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Winter and Confessions of a Christmas Curmudgeon

Newsflash:  It's Winter. Some will argue that this is not the case. They will point to the calendar on the wall that says the Solstice is the first day of winter, usually on December 21. This makes no sense. The day where the light is the least of all days, followed...

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