Spikenard? What did you call me?!

Spikenard essential oil.  Am I the only one who finds this name funny-sounding? At first it made me think it sounded like an insult.  But now after recently watching some reruns of The Office, I can’t get Andy Bernard’s nickname “Nard Dog” out of my head.  Think of this as the oil that can calm…

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Stress less? Yes to Ziva Meditation! How about you?

Stress less?  This is my big Yes! to Ziva Meditation. I thought I knew meditation. I’ve done various forms over the last twenty years. I wouldn’t say that I followed any particular discipline or had total consistency with it, but regular enough. And even more so a few years ago after reading Hal Elrod’s “Miracle…

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Zentangle – Not just a boring old doodle

What is Zentangle? The number one question I get when I explain Zentangle is “well, isn’t that just doodling?” Yes.  And no. It’s more than.   So to describe it with a little more detail…. It’s an easy-to-learn and fun way to draw beautiful images using structured patterns.  The Zentangle Method is the creation of Maria…

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On My Nightstand: Living Beautifully

I just finished reading Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  I have been to four funerals in the past five months and, boy, if that doesn’t bring up uncomfortable feelings of uncertainty and change….

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4-7-8 Meditation

Here’s another meditation practice for you.  This is the “4-7-8” technique. Sit comfortably Inhale through your nose to a count of 4 Hold your breath for a count of 7 Exhale through your mouth to a count of 8 Repeat It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you count as long as you use a…

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If you can count to 10, you can meditate

Patients frequently mention to me that they want to start meditating but don’t know how to start or don’t have the patience to sit still for 10 minutes, let alone a half hour or more.  The beauty of meditation is that it is completely adaptable to your life.  Some people really enjoy the discipline of…

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