Mindfulness—What’s the Big Deal?

Our Western culture is literally bombarded with the word Mindfulness, but what’s the big deal? Be where you are? Mindfulness is noticing where you’re at, what you’re doing, what you’re feeling, and who you’re with. Mindfulness is being present, right now. Super-simple, right? Not so much. “The most exciting news of all is that the conversation between body, mind and genes can be transformed. This transformation goes far beyond prevention, even beyond wellness, to a state we call radical well-being.” People today are suffering from a host of ailments, including anxiety, depression (teen suicide is off the charts…), not to mention the many, many…

3 Ways to Turn Around a Bad Day

Having a bad day? A really sh*ty, life-sucks sort of day? We’ve all had them. As a matter of fact, I had one yesterday. It started out fine, my amazing husband took the kids to school so I could go to the gym, I had a pretty good workout, until out of the blue, I got an exertion headache (been struggling with Thunderclap Headaches—no, it’s nothing serious…) and had to end the workout early. I took some Advil and went to my office to get some work done. Pick-up with my kids (still sporting that headache…) ended in chaotic craziness, that resulted in…

Why Gratitude is the Secret Sauce to a Bliss-Filled Life

For years, we’ve known about the many benefits of living in gratitude—it seems fairly obvious. But why does it work? When I was in college, I had a girlfriend who I worked with that was the most grateful person I had ever met. Even though she came from difficult familial circumstances, had just gone through a divorce at the time I met her, and was struggling to stay afloat, she always had a smile on her face. She kept her modest house clean, she enjoyed nothing more than a good cup of tea, a homemade scone, and to work on a creative project.…

Get Grounded, Feel Better Now

What is grounding anyway? Grounding is simply a way of connecting with the Earth’s energy field. In ancient times, humans were grounded all the time because they didn’t wear shoes, lived in naturally-made huts and spent 100% of their time in nature. Today, we live in a way that’s super-disconnected from nature, surrounded by electronic devices, Wi-Fi, and radio waves and we’re constantly stressed by all the imaginary stressors of western life. Symptoms of being ungrounded are anxiety, tension, worry, racing thoughts absent-mindedness, clumsiness, inability to focus and even illness or disease. Many of us live perpetually in an ungrounded state, with thoughts racing…

Introduction to the Four Body Systems

Plato said “The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” Much of what I talk about regarding health and wellness has its roots in Hawaii’s spiritual system, Huna, as well as other ancient spiritual traditions. It is thought that many of the world’s religions have their roots in this one ancient philosophy. Joseph Campbell’s work on this is unmatched, as well as that of Max Freedom Long and Carl Jung, who came to many of the same conclusions regarding consciousness and spirituality. Even the Christian concept of the Trinity has its roots in this body of knowledge. What I’m speaking…

The Secret Power of Making a Vision Board

Most of us have heard of vision boarding—finding images in magazines, cutting them out and sticking them on a board or canvas. It’s supposed to work some sort of magic in the ether and bring all those things into your life. Some might think all that’s a bunch of woo-woo, psycho-babble nonsense. But is it? Does it really work? It absolutely does. The process of making a vision board, and keeping it in your home where you can see it daily, is a tool. It’s a tool that helps identify and express specific Conscious and Unconscious desires to the Universe for manifestation. Years ago,…

Get the Most Amazing Skin Ever with this Green Juice

I’m sure you’ve heard of juicing by now, for optimal nutrient intake and all the health benefits it brings. Juicing your favorite fruits and vegetables is super-easy with the right equipment, and a few good recipes. A couple of tips: First, make sure you have a good-quality juicer, or you’ll have a frustrating time with veggies like kale, beets and other roots. I have a Breville. I’ve had it for 4 years now, and it’s still going strong! Second, make sure you have a warming ingredient, or you could end up with a stomach-ache—a tip from my Acupuncturist when I was first…

Three Reasons to Take Up the Practice of Eye Gazing

Years ago, I discovered a little secret that changed the way in which I interact with people. I don’t remember how I discovered this secret, exactly—maybe it was that childhood event at our county fair. I was about three, and my mother, father and I were at a bluegrass concert at the fair, and I wanted to request a song. ‘You Are My Sunshine’—it was my favorite—my mother and I would sing it in the car on the way to preschool. On that summer day at the fair, my father carried me down to the stage, where I told the fiddle…

5 Ways to Slow Time and Enjoy the Fall

Have you ever had a frenetic, unproductive, energy-leaking-all-over-the-place kind of day? Yesterday was that day for me. I woke up late (eh-hem, actually, I woke up early—I got out of bed late), rushed my kids out the door for school and arrived at my office with a laundry list of things to get done. Unfortunately, a few of the things on my list were the result of my lack of boundary-setting with friends and they consumed most of my afternoon. This was the energy-leaking-all-over-the-place part. I suddenly realized I was rushing around because of my perception of other people’s expectations, my lack…

A Little Solitude Can Make All the Difference

I was walking on the beach the other morning trying really hard to drown out the barrage of ‘stuff’ going on in my head. Avoiding thoughts about my long list of to-dos, the deadlines, the friends going through challenges, whether kids’ homework got turned in…the list was endless. I was walking on the beach, alongside the beautiful Pacific—an early walk—just me and the seagulls. No one calling ‘Mom!”, no client-calls, no emails to answer or chores to do. It was still early—8:30—before even the fishermen arrived, and I realized how much I needed this walk. I realized how the daily…