On Protocols

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This is a photo of me last week (below), feeling frustrated and sad about the unintentional harm done by healing “protocols.”

You are a unique individual with a unique history, susceptibilities, and strengths.

Yet protocols, by nature, disregard your individuality. Too many women share with me that they feel worse (or even develop new challenges) following protocols that are restrictive, definitive, authoritative, and narrow in focus.

  • Think of the protocols that focus on “good” and “bad” foods, with little to no recognition of the food fear and orthorexia that this breeds.
  • Or the protocols that focus on parasites or other “bad” bugs, with no consideration for the terrain and susceptibility of the […]

Not Another Resolution

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I’m not drawn to New Year’s resolutions. True vitality is hardly nourished through a once-a-year declaration.

That’s not to say we shouldn’t set goals or have intentions. But doing it once on the New Year and expecting that we’ll uproot decades-long behavior patterns and conditioning too often leads to feelings of guilt or shame when we, understandably, don’t stick with the changes we set out to make.

If you’re considering a New Year’s resolution (or any change to support your health and healing), I invite you to consider a shift in your approach and get curious, instead. Keep reading for three simple experiments that, explored alone or together, will give you more […]

Revisiting Partnerships

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This girl is my partner in healing and in life. And I am hers.

Healing called me in to connect with her, and so many other parts of me, with compassion and intention.

Being partners means we hold space for each other and listen to each other. We honor each other’s wisdom. We build trust with one another through practice.  We share a common vision, even when we aren’t yet aligned on how to get there. We’re there with each other.

Partnering with this girl allows me to, more and more, align with my Vital Self, that part of me that knows and trusts in my innate healing capacity, because […]

The Complexity of Joy

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I danced with dolphins on Sunday. It was the ultimate celebration of my transition from student homeopath to practicing homeopath.

Connecting with these creatures has been on my proverbial bucket list since I can remember. You know the experience of building something up in your mind so much that the something can’t possibly meet your unreasonable expectations? This was NOT one of those situations.

I felt wild and big JOY, beyond what I imagined, in the presence of these gentle, loving, playful beings.

The Complexity of Joy

My relationship with joy is complex—as it is for so many humans.

I remember when I first heard Brené Brown […]

Probability and Possibility

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My husband and I celebrated our birthdays this weekend. I’m forty-five. He’s forty-two.

Yes, we have the same birthday. What are the odds that spouses share a birthday? I looked it up, and while numbers vary, it might be around .27%. The probability is low, but clearly it’s a possibility.

Probability

When I was young, I liked that math so often yielded clear answers. When studying for my master of public health, statistics offered tools to research and answer so many of my health-related questions.

And while the part of my human mind that craves certainty still finds some comfort in numbers, after forty-five trips around the sun I’m more […]

Revolutionary Healing Part 6: Barriers & Bridges to Healing

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I recently shared that I’m on the other side of a number of months of uncomfortable symptoms that were, ultimately, an invitation to remember my wholeness on a deeper level. While that’s true, this is ALSO true: my symptoms were an invitation to take an honest look at what’s connecting me to my healing and what’s getting in the way of it.

Last September I started my third year of homeopathic training. It was my first year of full-time school alongside conscious parenting, birthing a business, nourishing a marriage, healing, and more—all while witnessing the biggest collective trauma of my lifetime. It […]

A Collection of Invitations

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Eleven days, nine states, two national parks, forty-nine state license plates, kids bickering, countless songs and pit stops, and so many lessons learned from immersing ourselves in the landscape of life. Our family’s cross-country road trip punctuated a summer – and a year – full of invitations to learn and grow. I was on the other side of, what some might call, a healing crisis when we landed in Badlands National Park, a magical place that stunned me with its beauty and reinforced a truth I’ve come to know through healing:

Life is a collection of invitations to remember our wholeness.

WHOLENESS

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Revolutionary Healing Part 5: Self-Expression

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I’m still learning how to embody the magic and medicine of self-expression after years of actively healing my body, mind, heart, and spirit through expressive practices.

My therapist highlighted this recently when I shared a letter with her that I’d written in my journal. I’d intended to feel and express my anger through this writing; however, after three tries (including two invitation from her to try again), she helped me see how I’d intellectualized the emotion every single time.

I quite easily thought and wrote ABOUT my anger, but I didn’t actually FEEL or EXPRESS it.

Suppression of Self

Anger is one of the four core […]

Revolutionary Healing Part 3: The Power of Partnership

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In the early stages of my healing, I oriented myself toward fixing my dis-ease and toward the belief that I was not OK. So I scurried from one practitioner or doctor to another, certain that one of them would confirm my belief with a diagnosis and fix what (I thought) broke in me. Many did offer me a plan or a protocol, and for a time I thought that if I ate their diet, took their supplements, followed their steps, or bought their program, I’d be well.

This is what I unconsciously sought then—someone to do the heavy lifting for me, to give me an […]

Revolutionary Healing Part 1: Curing or Healing?

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I began this Curing or Healing post one sleepless night a few blurry weeks ago, tugged by the swell of activation energy in my physical and emotional body. After much editing, I’m sharing what was my stream-of-consciousness-style writing in a series of posts that expand on an earlier blog about revolutionary healing. Ultimately this series stems from my lived experience healing myself and catalyzing healing for and with others. It is a beginning attempt at pulling it all together for you. No two healing stories are the same, and as such, there is no definitive “how-to” for healing. This, rather, is a framework, with boundaries […]