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Body and Grief

How Your 7 Chakras Help You Heal

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People often ask me what the 7 chakras have to do with healing from loss. The 7 chakras are the seven energy centers that direct the flow of energy in our body. Each chakra has a specific color and is associated with a specific organ and impacts its functioning. Blocked chakras lead to blocked energies.…

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Am I Doing Grief Wrong?

I get this question ALL the time. Many of my clients come to me with this big, scary doubt chewing up their brain: Am I doing grief wrong? And ten times out of ten, my answer is NO. What does “doing grief wrong” look like? Here are some common answers from my clients: I’m crying…

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What Is The Difference Between “Doing” and “Being?”

You’ve probably heard the saying: Stop working so hard. You’re a human being, not a human doing. Sylvia Boorstein, the Buddhist meditation teacher, even wrote a book by the title Don’t Just Do Something, Sit there, a tongue-in-cheek take on what most of us heard as kids: Don’t just sit there; do something. We all know…

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4 Powerful Steps to Deal With Your Fears

Just when you think life can’t get any harder, it does. Someone you love dies. Your boyfriend dumps you. You’re laid off from a job you’ve been working at forever. Or a dear family member is diagnosed with a rare illness. It’s normal to feel fear when you’re faced with any one of the above…

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The 3 Gifts That Loss Brings Us

When my mother’s breath left her body for the last time in 2009, I could barely breathe. I shattered. I dropped deep into the dark well of grief. I could only think of my loss as negative. I didn’t have the insights I have now to think of the blessings that came into my life…

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The No. 1 Reason Why We Don’t Heal

About fifteen years ago, I had a pain in my gut that just refused to go away. It was a case of bad acidity. It kept me from enjoying the foods I loved, and made my gut very sensitive. I tried ignoring it, medicating it, praying about it, and waiting for a miracle. Nothing helped.…

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How Too Much Spirituality Can Hurt You

Recently I worked with a client (we’ll call her Brenda) whose mother was diagnosed with a rare illness. The illness caused limited mobility, episodes of forgetting, and an inability to work at the non-profit, a job she loved. Now Brenda had to do everything from making her meals, driving her to doctor’s appointments and handling…

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Our Top 2 Responses to Pain

In the previous post, I discussed the two types of suffering we humans encounter in our day-to-day life experience. In this post, my intention is to help you understand the two most common ways in which we humans respond to pain: Avoidance and Overwhelm. This is how the Buddha explains it: Avoidance: Touched by that…

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Emotional Decluttering…The Easy Way?

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If you woke up this morning and went out into the world, you opened yourself up to grief and loss. Stunning statement? Stick with me while I say more. We think of loss as something BIG. Catastrophe. Trauma. Tragedy. And yet our daily lives are littered with small losses — and many times they bring…

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6 Lessons from a Frozen Shoulder

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I’ve been dealing with a frozen left shoulder for close to two months. From all the work I do, I know the inner is as important as the outer (sometimes more important). So I’ve been tapping and sweeping and clearing. I’ve worked with a crystal pendulum, rubbed essential oils, and dunked myself in Epsom salt baths.…

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