On Symptoms

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I know how uncomfortable and debilitating symptoms can be. I also know that healing THROUGH and WITH our symptoms requires a shift in how we relate to them, how we experience them, and how we think about them.

Our culture typically views symptoms as dysfunctions of the body or mind or as an interference to be avoided. They aren’t seen the way homeopaths see them; that is, as the adaptive, often necessary, healing responses of our Vital Force.

Scroll down to explore some of the empowering ways I think about symptoms. When you stop fighting and resisting your symptoms, you may find they have a lot to offer you. […]

Curiosity and Judgement

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Curiosity and Judgement Rarely Co-Exist

This idea keeps coming up in my work, my conversations, and my life. And when something keeps coming up, I turn towards it (and get curious about it).

Curiosity ignites spaciousness, flow, openness, and flexibility. Judgment closes, limits, shrinks, and suppresses. Routine judgment of ourselves and others diminishes our vitality.

Also: the tendency to judge may be a signpost of diminished vitality, because judgment often arises from a place of fear and self-protection (and we don’t thrive in fear and self-protection). Judgement helps us feel less threatened, temporarily.

Curiosity, rather, is available to us when we feel safe and secure. It is a signpost of vitality. And practicing it enhances our […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Alchemizing Healing with Our Symptoms

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The conversations I have with women—clients, friends, and healers—illuminate the commonalities we share in our healing processes. If you’re a return reader you know I share my personal process at times, a process which I know has no end. I will always be healing, evolving, transforming. This is true for anyone on a healing path. It’s one of a handful of universal healing principles I’m realizing through my process and my work.

Recently some uncomfortable (and old) symptoms returned to my body and reminded me of this truth once again. I am always in process. A conversation with my homeopath about these symptoms […]

A Short List of Things I’m Learning and Remembering

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I recently posted on Instagram that I’m feeling the pull to rest and reflect, to go inward. This great awakening is offering me so many opportunities for healing, and rest is a crucial part of that healing. We’re almost halfway through 2020—this pull to rest and reflect is my body is syncing up with the time and season so I can create space for integration of all the work in the first half of this year.

In this spirit, I thought I’d share a short list of some of the ways I’m healing and learning right now. I feel like it’s important to […]

Delivered to My Healing

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I love this picture of my mom and me.

When I was younger, this photo reminded me that my mom was not only my mom. I could glimpse her as a daughter, a sister, a wife, a friend, a co-worker, and a woman with experiences, feelings, needs, and interests of her own, independent of me. I was in awe of this and of her.

My mom always laughed when she talked to her best friend. She still does. When I was young, this felt like another glimpse into my mom as not only my mom. She was someone else, too. And that felt good. I felt her laughter in […]

We Need Free Thinkers

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Hippie (noun): a person, typically young, especially in the late 1960s and early 1970s, who believed in peace, was opposed to many of the accepted ideas about how to live, had long hair, and often lived in groups and took drugs.

My daughter’s tween friends recently labeled her “the hippie” of their group. While part of me cringed at the act of assigning a label, part of me cheered inside. I suspect they weren’t referring to the long hair or the drugs. I suspect, rather, that they connected my almost-twelve-year-old with the idea that hippies don’t conform to societal norms. This, I think, can be […]