According to my Akashic Records, the United States of America is going through the biggest upheaval since the Civil War. This includes social and political as well as geological turmoil. We’re experiencing a crisis of the very soul of America and who we are as a people. That soul could be viewed through the symbol of “Lady Liberty,” our feminine aspect, whose power and grace we have mistreated and ignored. There is now a strong emphasis to remember and honor this “Mother of Exiles,” the emblematic goddess who was to carry the light of freedom for all people and for our blessed land. Seeds for a more just and equitable world that were planted in the sixties—civil rights, gender and economic equality, environmental protection—are now bearing fruit as paradoxically seen through its opposites. Unresolved issues of America’s past are destined to repeat themselves and can manifest as illness, war, social […]
Dear Friends, I hope this finds you healthy and feeling purposeful this fall. It’s been an unsettling summer for many due to personal, climatic, geophysical or sociopolitical disturbances. Many have been left feeling overwhelmed, disconnected and in deep grief. May our hearts and hands go out to those in need. Are things falling apart or falling into place? As Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron reminds us, things fall apart and come back together, fall apart and come back together again. May this be that time of coming together! Now that fall has arrived, this gentle season calls for rest, realignment and reconnection to our vital life force, our joy and our intentions. Fall is a time of turning inward and letting go of what no longer serves us. Replenishing our beloved body and spirit gives us the strength and inspiration to create and be of service to others. Know that I am here to assist and support you on your healing journey, be it stress or pain relief, fortifying your […]
BY LINDA JOY STONE Many of us find beauty in gnarly old trees, amongst overgrown forests and within nature’s oddities, but shudder at the wrinkles, barnacles and deformities human bodies develop with age. The Japanese have a jaunty term—wabi sabi—for the beauty of imperfection. In our rather adolescent culture, imperfection is seen as a flaw. However, striving to achieve some kind of perfection or perpetual youth can rob us of joy. I find the “anti-aging” movement a bit of a con job that feeds a vanity-motivated, death-fearing, multi-billion-dollar industry. Instead, consider “pro-aging my way” as a better description for a natural occurring process, and then choose wisely. Our bodies and our hearts know what to do if we listen and take care of them. Having a good sense of humor is a vital attribute in aging well and being able to appreciate the unpredictability of life. This is where we […]
Welcome to the “Age of Overwhelm (Ow!)” where people are stressed and running on empty. Some common symptoms are anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, IBS and musculoskeletal pain, not to mention hormonal imbalances. The demands of parenthood, jobs, aging parents and our own changing bodies can feel daunting. And there never seems to be enough time. Ow! It takes skill and awareness to navigate this fast-paced world of radical flux. Somewhere we bought the program that we can do it all and be everything for others until the pressure to perform gets to the point where something’s got to give. We can either stop, evaluate our circumstances and revise our so-called “reality” or deny the warning signs and wait for an emotional or physical breakdown. Sometimes such a profound shift can be what the system needs in order for a breakthrough to occur, but it can be costly. It’s time to […]
In TCM, each organ system has an associated emotion. For example, anger and frustration can negatively affect the liver, creating stagnation and constriction. Worry, stress and overthinking can impair the spleen’s digestive function, causing heaviness and lack of mental clarity. A buildup of toxic emotions can be as deleterious as an overindulgence in food, drugs and alcohol. Conscious and appropriate emotional expression is necessary for optimal health, but the body will become unbalanced when any emotion becomes chronically discordant. So, what do we need to detox—which actually means “to dispel poison”? Maybe what’s needed is “disciplined wildness” and beneficial ways to nourish—not only our body, but also our spirit. Laugh, dance and be in harmony with nature. These may be the best medicines to help cultivate joy and our innate wisdom of being.