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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Say “Thank You!”

  There is a moment at the beginning of Wayne Dyer’s film “The Shift,” in which he demonstrates how he would wake up each morning at around 3:30 am. Rolling to the side of his bed, placing his feet on the floor, he lifts his gaze slightly, takes in a deep breath, pauses to appreciate […]

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The Three Levels of Meditators

   In their book Altered Traits, Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson distinguish between three levels of meditators. The first level consists of those who meditate for a short period of time (few minutes to half an hour) on most days. The second level consists of those who stick to meditation over the years and accumulate […]

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Meditation in Times of Chaos

  When he was fleeing his home country of Vietnam, the Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh had a direct revelation of the real power of meditation practice.   “When the crowded Vietnamese refugee boats met with storms or pirates, if everyone panicked all would be lost,” he said. “But if even one person on the […]

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11 Healthy Habits For Fighting Depression

  Hopelessness is one of the main characteristics of depression. Since coming out about my experiences with depression, I’ve been blessed with many good days and months, and I’ve mostly been on the bright side of the street. I’ve been feeling a lot more hopeful.   Many people have reached out to me, sharing their […]

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How meditation helped the Thai cave soccer team

  Following their practice, the Wild Boars soccer team ventured into the Tham Luang Cave complex. It was June 23rd, 2018, and the 12 boys and their coach sought to explore the cave. After entering the area, however, flooding sealed off the entrance. They were stuck, with no way out.   Ten days later, two […]

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Meditation and mindfulness for stronger mental health

            Mental health – a strong level of psychological well-being and absence of mental illness  – is an indispensable factor of living a joyful and purposeful life. When we are mentally healthy, we are able to perform better in our personal and professional lives. We are able to cope with the stresses that come with […]

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