Taking Off the Armor

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Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word love here not merely in a personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace—not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth. (1) —James Baldwin We all have to protect ourselves but the question is how. We all construct walls that we believe are castles, though they slowly turn into prisons, because we can’t wall out pain and…

Be Kind To Yourself As You Grieve Deep Transitions

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Our days are full of thresholds to cross. Leaving behind the world as we knew it and entering uncharted territory seems to be a daily occurrence at this time. Stability in our environment appears to be crumbling. It isn’t just about weathering the storm as if our lives will go back to the way we were before. It’s as if the storm has torn the very fabric of our reality. As we are living in constant transition, we grieve what we have lost as we move into the unknown. We feel the sadness and precious fragility as well as fear…

How to Talk to a Vegan and Not Strangle Them

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You hear the words “I’m vegan,” coming out of someone’s mouth and likely that’s the last thing you hear as you run or walk swiftly away, mentally block them out as you find your happy place to eat in peace, or change the subject before they can utter another self-righteous syllable about animal rights, health, or the environment. I get it. I do. And I’m vegan.    WAIT!    DON’T GO! This essay is for you, Non-Vegan. A gift. There will be no gratuitous mention of violence, no food-shaming, no proselytizing about climate change, pollution, human health crises or looming pandemics. Instead,…

Communicating and Communing with Nature

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Recognize that simply being in or near nature can bring you information about your health and be “medicine” for you in ways you might not expect—as my client, Brendan came to see when he stood quietly and made a connection with a tree while waiting to receive health test results. As you observe a snowfall through the window of a quiet room, you might feel moved to dialogue with the experience and let it inform you about your health. You may get a message about purity, innocence, freshness, or a new beginning. You might realize you need to slow down…

Why Diabetes? Why Me?

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If you’ve started practicing and are curious about how yoga can support you in your diabetes care, let me assure you, you’re in the right place. I’ve met some people with type 1 diabetes who took up yoga post-diagnosis and plenty of type 2s who practice regularly. But it’s rarer to meet a yogi who developed type 1 as an adult. That’s exactly what happened to me. It took six years for me to accept my diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and a “lifetime” to find a story I felt passionate enough to write. Despite how long I took to…

Understanding the Fundamental Metaphysical Questions, Part 3, Where Are You Going?

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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This is a mystical saying attributed to the semi-legendary figure of Lao Tzu, reputedly the author of the Tao Te Ching, and considered the nominal founder of Taoism. We have been exploring the fundamental questions of existence. We began with the question of fundamental nature: “Who are you?” Then we continued with the question of origin and purpose, “Why are you here?” Now let us study the question of destiny and finality: “Where are you going?” We have seen how the forms in nature are evolving into more complex…

December Astrological Forecast: Dream Big!

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The Sun is in the jubilant sign of Sagittarius for the beginning of the month, allowing us to feel expressive and expansive. Ruled by Jupiter in Scorpio, it allows for the energy to also be transformative.  The Sun in Sagittarius allows us the freedom to feel festive during this holiday season. People decorate and bake cookies and buy generous amounts of presents.  On December 1st, Venus enters Sagittarius. This allows for extra Sagittarius energy to be in the sky but for particularly Venus, our wallets, feel extra generous this season. If you’re wondering whether or not to buy someone a…

When I Think of Sex, I Think of the Word – Frolicking

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What does it mean to frolic? It is simply, being playful with your partner. Your partner is the center of your focus, not his/her genitals. There are no standards to uphold. You are no longer attached to the goal of orgasm. You are enthralled by the moment. There is no beginning or end. Your physical intimacy with your partner is fueled by a symbiotic sexual energy –  his/ her pleasure is yours. There is no pressure in frolicking – you are already getting what you want. When I think of how I want to have sex, or what sex means…

10 Ways to Stay Well this Winter~Plus a Bonus Tip

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Well, it’s undeniable, isn’t it?  Winter is looming. Days are shorter and the dark nights are colder. We can grumble and complain, or we can nestle in and prepare to stay healthy over the next few winter months. Right now is a fertile time to rejuvenate and replenish yourself. Slowing down, sleeping more when you can, nourishing yourself with homemade soups and stews, and bringing warm tea with you as you venture out into the world are all great first steps towards staying well. None of us want to hear this, but it’s important to slow down and honor our body’s…

Slowing Down, an excerpt from Being Here: Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment

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It was a cold sunny day in New Jersey and the first thin layers of ice were forming on our pond. We were scheduled to go to Pilates that day, our private exercise class with a trainer, but we liked doing some cardio workout first. Usually, weather permitting, we would take a walk through town before our class. Even with the sun out the cold was not appealing, so we opted for a more rigorous half-hour of exercise on our treadmill and elliptical machines. Here is what happened: First, I noticed that I was watching the clock: Uhh-Oh, trying to…

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