The Scar of Resentment

Things are not as linear as they might seen. I wish at times they were.   Sometimes I wish I could accumulate enough wisdom to be unharmed by life’s blows.   But challenges do like to stop by for tea rather often.   And they dress for the occasion.   They know how to throw […]

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On Grieving the Loss of a Loved One

When my mother passed away I experienced a rush of adrenaline with everything that needed to be done. Saying goodbye, literally and emotionally. Dealing with hospital administrators. Funeral arrangements. Not to mention everything that needed to be done during the final weeks before her death.   After she passed away I was high on adrenaline […]

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The Art of Mindful Relationships

  As human beings, we have a fundamental need for belonging.  Although there are individuals who crave infinite solitude, the great majority of us do rely on others: There is no doubt that we are social creatures. Yet social relationships, whether romantic, familial, or friendly, can be tough domains to navigate.   Some people challenge […]

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Arrivals and Departures

Your time on this planet is limited. The clock started ticking the moment your plane landed, when you arrived on terra firma through your mother’s landing strip. It was a bumpy landing. But you made it. As soon as the seat belt sign went off you were informed of three things: (1) you already have […]

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Four Ways to Deepen your Meditation Practice

  As with many things in life, our meditation practice can, at times, hit a plateau where progress seems to stall. During these dry periods, it can be difficult to find the motivation needed to sit on the mat and go on with our practice.   The first thing we need to remind ourselves is […]

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Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views the body as an integrated whole. All cells, tissues, internal organs and systems coexist in a constant stage of change, interconnected and interdependent of each other. A healthy body creates a balanced foundation for a healthy mind, and a healthy mind creates a balanced foundation for a healthy body. This […]

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Good Night, Insomnia

  Sarah came into my office, bleary-eyed and frustrated. “Doc, I don’t understand it.  I am so exhausted but when my head hits the pillow, it’s like an on button for my brain.  I just can’t stop thinking!”   If you’ve ever had a restless night with an exhausted body held hostage by an unruly […]

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#MuteMyMind

We have about 70,000 thoughts per day, and apparently more than half are negative! It’s no wonder Buddhists coined the term Monkey Mind. Stilling the mind should be quite simple, right?! We live in the Information Age, have more access to technology than we may even want, and multitask like ninjas! Yet, we struggle to […]

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The Amazing Experiences and Results of Sound Therapy

Depth, clarity and insight come with space. Much of the inner riches that we admire come through leisurely wonderment. The act of receiving the beauty that surrounds us is a blessing and the act of seeking that beauty introduces us to new paradigms and ways of life. To live our lives in the light of […]

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Bridging the Gap Between East and West With Sound

Day 8 out of 13, 13,700 ft in the Annapurna region of Nepal in the Himalayan mountain range. There is a small village that we had hiked to where every morning we sat in mediation in the Buddhist temple with the monks. I had already been through my second sound healing training which covered all the science and quantum […]

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Self-Hypnosis: A Super-Power Practice

  When most of us think of hypnosis, our minds tend to conjure particular scenes: a timepiece swinging from side to side; someone quacking like a duck for an audience’s amusement; a hypnotist creepily half-whispering some version of, “You’re getting sleeepyyy.” These classic images of hypnosis embedded in our collective consciousness give the practice a […]

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Confessions of an Anxious Meditation Teacher

In my role as a meditation teacher, I often feel like people don’t get a chance to know the real me. They see a curated persona who speaks with a calming tone of voice, someone who spent two years living in a Buddhist monastery and has written two books on meditation and spiritual life. I […]

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Eight Simple Words

  This week, a quote got stuck in my head like one of those earworms that creeps into your head off the radio and keeps popping up to annoy you and everyone around you each time you catch yourself singing the song.   This quote stuck in my head so much that I (selfishly, please […]

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Being vs. Doing

  During MUSE class, we use a headset which tracks our brain activity and sends real time feedback to the app. At the end of the meditation session, we can view the “results” of our meditation session.     On the top is a graph which is broken down into three categories: Active, neutral, and […]

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The Sound of Healing

Two years ago I was a stranger to sound bath classes.   I don’t have any background in music. You don’t want me to sing, trust me. And I never played any instrument for more than a hot minute. But at certain times in our lives we are guided towards the next step in our […]

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