The Alchemy of Choice

Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you made. If you want different results, start making different choices. — Dr. Wayne Dyer I have had the great blessing of sharing final conversations with loved ones as they left this world. At the end of their lives they...
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I Want to Start My Business But Not Sure How . . .

Nine times out of ten, if you ask for business start-up advice, you will be told that the best thing to do is to start with a Business Plan. Even though we know there are many successful private practice businesses that were started without a Business Plan, it is an...
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Supporting Self-Care with Intention: The Role of Feng Shui

  The practice of self-care has gained attention in the lives of care providers including nurses and Energy Medicine practitioners. The American Holistic Nurses Association’s (AHNA) commitment to self-care is clearly stated in Core Value 5: Holistic Nurse Self-Reflection and SelfCare. “Holistic nurses value themselves and mobilize the necessary resources...
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Strategies for Empaths and Sensitive People

Empaths are emotional sponges who absorb other peoples’ stress into their own bodies. As an empath myself, I know how exhausting this can be. Quiz: Are You an Empath?  Are you super sensitive to the world around you? You may be an empath! Take this quiz and make the first...
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Self-Care: Engaging the Back Side of the Human Chakra System

I would like to invite you to make contact with the back side of your chakras as another self-care tool. The back side of the chakras generally speak to us in symbols, colors, shapes and words. When working with the back side, we are asked to engage noncognitively through “feeling,”...
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Practicing Gratitude

Good food to eat, my kids’ laughter, glimpses of blue sky (I live in Seattle), our tight community of neighbors, for all these things, I am truly grateful.  T’is the season to count our blessings. While Thanksgiving encourages us to give thanks on the fourth Thursday of November, being grateful...
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Finding Motivation on Important But Non-Urgent Tasks

I have a friend who is self-employed, running his own business and doing a great job … except that he finds himself procrastinating on important tasks like writing. No, I’m not talking about myself! Although, to be honest, I do the same thing too. We all do, I think: we...
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Cultivating Inner Peace to Prevent and Recover from Burnout

Burnout. The very word conjures the metaphor of a fire losing its flame. When it happens to you, the exhaustion and devastation are frightening and cause many to question their true purpose. Burnout occurs when passionate, committed people become disillusioned with a career or life from which they have previously...
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breBreathe. Breathing can transform your life.

If you feel stressed out and overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions.

If you are worried about something coming up, or caught up in something that already happened, breathe. It will bring you back to the present.

If you are discouraged and have forgotten your purpose in life, breathe. It will remind you about how precious life is, and that each breath in this life is a gift you need to appreciate. Make the most of this gift.

If you have too many tasks to do, or are scattered during your workday, breathe. It will help bring you into focus, to concentrate on the most important task you need to be focusing on right now.

If you are spending time with someone you love, breathe. It will allow you to be present with that person, rather than thinking about work or other things you need to do.

If you are exercising, breathe. It will help you enjoy the exercise, and therefore stick with it for longer.

If you are moving too fast, breathe. It will remind you to slow down, and enjoy life more.

So breathe. And enjoy each moment of this life. They’re too fleeting and few to waste.

Originally published in Energy Magazine: Issue March/April 2015

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The Attitude of Gratitude

Be joyful even when you have considered all the facts.” -Wendell Berry Gratitude isn’t a new idea; most spiritual philosophies emphasize gratitude and compassion for others. But in recent years gratitude has shifted from being an idea to a practical tool that we can use to become happier and even...
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