This morning I got up early so that I could go for a short hike in the redwoods before facing the masses at Costco. I had been feeling kind of blue the night before, as all of the kiddos were at sleepovers, and I was by myself in the house at night for the first time in almost 3 months.
My mood started lifting on the drive to Wunderlich County Park. I parked, put on my hiking boots and began my climb up the hill to my favorite spot, Alambique Flats.
I said hello to the horses in the corrals, waiting for the day’s riders, stood for a moment at an ancient majestic tree, and watched for deer. It wasn’t until I was sitting on the bench in the Flats listening to the creek that I realized something new about why I love hiking and being out in nature so much.
There are literally billions of men and women in the world who carry the shame and wounding of sexual violence against them and who feel that wound every time someone makes an excuse for the perpetrator.
Sexual violence takes a huge toll on one’s health and well-being and also places a major burden on our health care system. This burden is not sustainable, and it’s time for each of us to stand up and put a stop to it. Even if you’ve been lucky enough not to have been a victim in your life, look around you. Just because you don’t know everyone’s history or herstory, you know countless people who have been assaulted in their lifetimes, both male and female.
My 16 year old daughter has been in Switzerland on a school exchange for a week. She has had no food sensitivities whatsoever. She says she has never eaten so much gluten in her life. She feels amazing there--no asthma, no acne, no runny nose, no fatigue. She's not taking any supplements.
The kids and I make financial sacrifices so that we can buy good quality food, and I am so grateful to have access to a weekly farmer's market and clean water. Not everyone is as fortunate. As my daughter is experiencing, though, how we grow our food and raise our animals can be our poison or medicine.
You don’t have to know anything about nutrition to know that there are hundreds of thousands of nutritional supplement products on the market. And of course, Americans are creative geniuses when it comes to labeling, advertising and marketing, so it’s difficult to make heads or tails of what’s actually good for you and what might potentially harm you.
Luckily, some companies have both high-quality ingredients AND heaping doses of business integrity.
A while back I had the pleasure of sitting down and interviewing Eddie Stone, CEO of Touchstone Essentials, to discuss their newest product called Organic Super Protein.
So often in our lives we think that we have to giving up pleasure to accomplish something, whether that's in our health, in relationships, or with our work.
What if there was another way? How good would it feel to make space for something or someone instead?
To me, giving up is about pain and deprivation. When we let go, however, we open ourselves and surrender to love and the possibility of transformation.
Here's a new video for you, where I explore the paradigms of giving up versus letting go. These are powerful concepts that can transform our lives, our loves, and the way we experience what challenges and frightens us.
From March 21 to 26, I spent 5 amazing days at the Chi Center in Galisteo, New Mexico. Gail Larsen, the Transformational Speaking teacher I met in 2015 and then worked with in 2016, had gathered together 24 thought leaders from the US, Canada, and Australia along with Andrew Harvey, leader of the Sacred Activism movement, and Wisdom Healing Qi Gong Master Mingtong Gu.
To dive deep within ourselves personally and collectively to find our voice so that we can stop the downward spiral that our world is in — physically, environmentally, politically, spiritually.
Have you ever been at a point so low that you that felt that your problems were insurmountable, that there was nothing you could do to solve them? Or worse, that you were all alone, that no one could possibly understand, and it was all pointless?
Gaaaa, that flu going around! I have been getting emails almost daily from people asking me how to get over it and what they should do to prevent it.
Western medicine’s only tools against the flu are not friendly to your body. Tamiflu is toxic to your liver, and the influenza vaccine may be toxic to your nervous system. PLUS their efficacy is questionable, to say the least, meaning most of the time, they really don’t work.
So how do I heal from the flu if I get it?
Common sense and earth-based medicine, of course.
Common sense and earth-based medicine, of course.
We have this weird attitude in our culture that it’s somehow shameful if we get sick with a cold or flu once in a while. I think I am sometimes guilty of perpetuating that belief in my zest for wanting people to feel amazing all the damn time, because life can be freaking incredible when our physical and emotional and mental and spiritual bodies are our allies rather than our enemies.
Now that we are into the full swing of 2018, it feels like life has turned up a notch. So many people live under constant pressure: work, family, society, traffic, bills, busyness, expectations … and, if all this were not enough, we then feel more pressure and stress simply because we are short on time.
In the last year, I have met dozens of health care providers — from physicians to nurses to physical therapists — who are desperate to help people heal naturally but aren’t sure where to start. They are frustrated by the few options available in the conventional health care system and exhausted by the bureaucracy of “health” insurance paperwork.
That’s why I am committing 2018 to teaching others and sharing my knowledge and expertise.
Despite the darkness of the winter solstice, this is one of my favorite times of year, not only because I get to spend extra time with friends and family, but also because I gift myself several hours of solo meditation and writing time to let go of the year’s pains and challenges while creating my goals for the next year. Carving out this time for releasing and dreaming allows me to appreciate everything I have accomplished as well as come up with the baby steps — those daily little actions I need to take — to make my next year’s big goals come to fruition. It's a healing ritual to see what's working, what’s not working, and how to move forward from a place of love, joy, and abundance.
Looking back, it was actually a really good year for me, and I have much to be grateful for. I also have much to look forward to!
This is my favorite time of year — the sunshine, fresh produce, and warmth are definitely earth-based medicine for me. They also fuel my motivation to eat well and move my body joyfully. This spring I participated in a fitness challenge with five colleagues, and together we racked up over 14,500 minutes of exercise in 8 weeks. It felt so good to move again after feeling so sludgy all winter!
Also, last month I had the honor to meet with and be interviewed by Polly Tommey on the VAXXED bus. This courageous woman has dedicated her life to vaccine safety awareness after her son was injured by the MMR shot many years ago.
Ever walk into a health food store or go online and get completely overwhelmed by the thousands of supplements available? Can’t decide which vitamins, minerals, and herbs are right for you? Which brands? What combinations of complexes?
It can get really confusing.
There is no podcast this week. In honor of last week’s new moon in Libra, I have been releasing old wounds that hold me back in my business and my relationships and prevent me from realizing my potential as a woman, a mother, and a healer.
As part of the healing process and at the suggestion of a friend and colleague who is a psychotherapist for the gifted, I burned a stack of about 20 poems that I had written in high school. Most of them were about unrequited love (sigh…), being the rejected ugly duckling, and how dreams couldn’t possibly come true. While each poem burned, I said thank you and good-bye to the words and their significance. I let go of the angst, the pain, the shame, and the fear. I made room for beauty, love, and gratitude. Then after I burned the poems, I realized there was much more within.
In the last few days, I’ve spoken with several people who have debilitating anxiety combined with digestive upset. This week’s podcast is a little different than previous podcasts in that it’s a short, 4-minute riff on anxiety and the gut. You don’t want to miss it. (Trust me, you have the time.)
We are nearing the end of a serious heat wave here in California, but the kids are back in school, and that means it’s the beginning of cold and flu season. In today’s podcast, I’ll show you 10 ways to boost your immune system naturally, especially if you’re feeling under the weather, coming down with something, or in the middle of a full fledged cold.
Stress levels are amping up.
Kids are back in school, vacations are over, and traffic sucks. There's way less light in the morning. Getting out of bed is getting tough.
Join me in Podcast #2 as I walk you through eight (8) easy ways to reduce stress naturally -- right here, right now.
How many of us, especially those of us living in the Silicon Valley, the most expensive housing market in the U.S., stress about finances on a weekly basis? On a daily basis? Do you worry about housing and taxes and groceries and college for the kids? Do you fantasize about what “financial freedom” might mean for you and your loved ones?
Money is complicated.
It’s also a potent healing force.
It’s finally here! Our inaugural Oasis Wellness podcast has gone live. And you gotta listen. Join me as I speak with fellow myth buster Gerald Roliz, certified nutritional consultant and author of The Pharmaceutical Myth. In this podcast, we will:
- give you a sneak peak into pharmaceutical marketing practices;
- explore why pharmaceutical drugs can be harmful; and
- provide you with applicable tools to take control of your own health by feeding your body the nutrients it needs.