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Posts tagged joy

i am my mother’s daughter

Of all the meanings of Mothers Day, the one we most like to celebrate – if we can – is the love we have for our mothers and the joys we get by being mothers.  Yet it is not all joy.  If it were, it would mean less, because the contrast between joy and pain […]

living with autumn

One of the great, classic texts of Chinese medicine and philosophy is The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, or Neijing.   Reportedly written by the great Huang Di, the Yellow Emperor, in 221 BCE, it is the backbone of all modern acupuncture studies, and its text has a strong relevance to our lives today. The […]

do you want to be a hero?

Well…. yeah.  I mean, who wouldn’t, right?  Except doesn’t being a hero involve, you know, danger, possible injury to self, maybe burning buildings, stuff like that? Actually, no, it doesn’t.  I mean, it can, of course, and I’m not in any way going to dis the people who do really big heroic stuff, the stuff […]

it’s de-lightful, it’s de-licious, it’s de-lovely

Here’s a question: when was the last time you woke up singing? Lately I’ve awakened before my alarm goes off to the refrain of Cole Porter’s song ‘It’s De-Lovely’ dancing around in my head.  What a lovely way to start my day: a bouncy, memorable tune and glorious lyrics.  I get out of  bed with […]

living without fear

I am tired of fear. Tired of waking in the morning, happy to be alive, eager to see the wonders of the day, only to watch that joy be overwhelmed – sometimes within minutes – by the ambiance of fear that shimmers in the people of my town, my country. I am tired of trying to […]

thinking on the unthinkable

I don’t usually write about ‘world events’. The things that I hear or read in the media distress me – a lot, and I know from past experience that they can suck me down until being angry and bitter becomes my default setting. That way of being serves no one, least of all me. I […]

miracle day

I picked up a magazine the other day while waiting to do a radio show (sorry, sorry, can’t remember the name of mag), and found an article on living a Miracle Day.  It wasn’t about a law of attraction thing, though why not?  It was about viewing each thing in your life as a miracle.  […]

happily ever after today

Once upon a time there was this woman.  We’ll call her Karen.  Karen was crazy in love with her job.  She just adored the people she met, was fascinated all the time by the puzzles she tried to solve, the things she learned, and the gifts she got.  Oh sure, there were some parts of […]

no and yes

One of the cool and interesting things I’m discovering  is that there’s a difference between getting in touch with how I feel, and examining what those feelings mean.  I’m really a star at grabbing on to a feeling and pretty much worrying it to the point of, well not obsession exactly, but pretty close. I’ve […]

what’s with this?

Patients bring many stories to their acupuncture treatments – some already conscious, some rising up as we work together.  These stories are opportunities for personal transformation.  The back pain, the head cold, the depression all hold stories that can change the dance of our lives.  My job is to help bring the stories to consciousness, […]