Mono-diets & eating psychology
My mom had once told me that when she was a girl and my grandfather Ernesto was sick, he would eat a diet of only fresh fruit, an easily digestible and high-energy food, for a few days so his body could focus on healing.
Many years later, when I was in New Mexico studying with Rita Navarette, a traditional Mexican curandera (healer) she suggested that it can be healing to have a mono-diet of fresh melon one day per week to rest the digestive organs.
I smiled and immediately thought my grandfather. (more…)
Stay centered in the digital age with this…
Archetypal psychologist, James Hillman, wrote in his book, Interviews, that Western culture clings to and consequently suffers from its “Go ahead, Get Ahead, Do it” mentality. It’s a “manic defense,” he says, a way of skimming on the surface of things, never tending to the complicated and soulful ordeals of being human.
You’ll find it all over the place.
Robotic diets. Yanking the body through excessive activity. Workaholism.
There’s no place for soul to breathe. (more…)
3 Core Concepts that will change your eating
As you know, I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. This simple concept alone helps my clients work through their health concerns in a multi-layered and compassionate way.
Though each of my clients are different, there are core concepts that I’ve trusted over the years to guide our work sanely and wisely.
I’d like to share those with you today in a clear, concise way: (more…)
Reflections at 35
Last month I celebrated my 35th birthday. (more…)
For your immune system…
When I feel a doozy of a virus coming on I usually roll up my sleeves and get to work on a few practices from my arsenal of holistic remedies.
Last year I juiced fresh ginger with lemon, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and cayenne pepper every day while I was feeling unwell. I draped my towel over my head and inhaled the steam of hot water with couple drops of wintergreen oil to open my sinuses. I got to bed early most nights.
I ended up getting better. (more…)
One thing you mustn’t ever neglect when you’re working on yourself
DIGNITY: THE STATE OR QUALITY OF BEING WORTHY OF HONOR OR RESPECT
“Dignity does not consist of possessing honors, but is the consciousness that we deserve them.” - Artistotle
The work worth doing (that you’ll likely resist)
Last weekend I taught an edgy workshop in Grand Rapids on the shadow aspect of the psyche. The content, although fascinating, is not so flowery and sweet.
No one walked out on me, though, so a good sign A little humor and self-disclosure goes a long way! (more…)
A Healthy Spirit & the Will to Keep Going
The late maestra curandera, Elena Avila, stressed the importance of cultivating a strong spirit…”the envelope of the soul,” she calls it.
Without a strong and resilient spirit we can feel stuck, powerless, and like victims in our lives.
These are often the times we may be unable to find a way forward or aren’t able to quite see a new opening or possibility yet. (more…)
I couldn’t get motivated. Then this happened…
Not long ago, I almost passed this tiny creature on a rainy stroll through country roads near my home one evening.
I assumed it was just another rock, but something slowed me down as I passed by.
I backed up and crouched down to get a better look. (more…)
Healing versus Curing
A glimpse into a guiding principle in our healing work