Let's get back to basics this week. Especially for those days when you feel like there's little to be grateful for. How do you reset? How do you support yourself and bring the power of gratitude back into your day and into your lives? This one simple exercise will be the one you may use most often. It's so simple that it will seem too easy but its power is magnificent.Read More
I am so grateful that years ago, my mentor taught me what she called The Three Laws of Spiritual Communication. She explained that these rules would help inform all of my relationships. I felt like she was making a pretty big claim but I kept an open mind. It is very possible you have heard them repeated by others. I seem to hear them everywhere now. But I had no idea how right she was. I use these rules at work, at home, in almost every setting. And they have made a huge difference for me so I wanted to share them with you here today. Let's break them down in real life practical ways and have some fun with them!Read More
Now, let's get this straight. There is no way around it. Some days are hard, I mean really hard. Maybe you have stress at work. Maybe something really painful happens in your family. Maybe you are experiencing problems with your marriage. And on and on, Life just gets hard sometimes. So, in those situations you can feel powerless. But I want you to take some power back. When we feel small and powerless, we are in a lower energy state. You may have heard people refer to this as a low vibration. I know it can sound weird but it is true. When we are in a state like this, we can feel stuck and whatever is happening around us feels even more challenging. But I want you to try this one tool during those kind of days! It's free, accessible anytime, and has no risky side effects, so why not?Read More
What is cluttering your mind today? What is taking up space that you need for other projects, other relationships or just space to breathe? It could be social media, it could be shopping, video games, anything. I will share that for me, I needed a Facebook break. Let me paint the picture of my addiction. I am one of those Facebook users who did a hard stop and then it crept back into my life again. I wasn't going on to post anymore but I would get caught up in my personal feed and "lurk" as they creepily call it. I had all sorts of justifications of why I "Needed" to check it:
- FOMO, being a big one.
- I have family all over the world and how would I ever keep up?
- Even with my friends locally, their lives are much more trackable in a way through FB since I can't keep up by phone in a reasonable way.
- I "Needed" to keep up on current events, especially in this infuriating political climate. How would I know the latest piece of warfare to take action on without it?
This week's dose of gratitude medicine is my interview for the summit, "Detox your Life, Release Toxins, Restore your Vitality and Create a Life You Love." The summit started last week and my interview is TODAY! It will only be available for a couple of days.
We spent a very fun half hour talking about the power of gratitude and the biology of hope.Read More
I have been practicing a compassion meditation in the last month that has been very powerful for me so I wanted to share. I heard someone offer it. (It's driving me crazy, but I cannot remember where!) I share that mostly so you know this is not a meditation I designed but one I gratefully adapted..Compassion is a critical part of my daily ritual. As a physician, I strive to be a compassionate clinician but it is an intention and not always one I can feel perfect with. Before clinic every day, I hold a jade Kuan Yin (Buddhist goddess of compassion) figurine on my stethoscope and say a meditation/prayer to have compassion for those I will care for and when I do not have enough, to have compassion for myself. But what DO you do when you don't have enough compassion? Where do you turn?Read More
We know there are plentiful benefits for the person who practices gratitude...Better sleep, better mood, stronger immune systems, less pain, it goes on and on. So if you are reading the latest neuroscience (or this blog), you know that being grateful is a sound strategy to better health. But do you think the more grateful you are, the more likely you are to be generous to others? A recent study last month looked at this very question.Read More
This week, our dose of gratitude comes in a short seven minute video interview I did on Social Impact TV, a You Tube channel highlighting diverse social impact leaders making a difference in their community. The mission of the channel is to source positive media that leaves you inspired and in action to make a difference. And we could all use more positive media in our lives! If you are inspired, you can also choose to subscribe to the channel.
Watch as I speak with Anna Sun Choi, creator of this channel, to speak about why I think Gratitude is such powerful medicine. I hope that this dose can inspire you to further deepen your gratitude practice and bring some burst of positivity to your computer screen this week!Read More
"Take a deep breath," we tell loved ones when they need to ground or calm, when overwhelm has set in. "Take one day, or even one moment, at a time," we tell them when they are experiencing great challenge or need to find a way to get up and face the day. Even with food, the truth is that digestion is optimized when we take smaller bites and chew more. The theme here is that slowing down helps us manage moments when too much seems to be coming at us. It's the same way with gratitude. People often ask me how anyone can possibly be grateful in a time of challenge, a time when the onslaught of life's difficulties can seem to be far greater than what we are able or willing to face. Somehow we don't hold the same principle of one at a time with this, we think gratitude for life has to come to us right away. The truth is that in the same way, you "take it one morsel of gratitude at a time." Go slow and steady.Read More
It was the morning of December 3rd and Mercury had just gone retrograde. I feel like that phrase is more mainstream than I had realized. Even if. you don't follow the astrological and planetary forces (which I can't say I truly understand), you may have still heard that all havoc is wreaked in the world when Mercury changes direction. Don't ask me how, but chaos definitely ensued that morning. We were on our way to a cross country getaway, just my husband and myself. Nobody else. Just us, in nature, trying a new sport, connecting, getting much needed time. And then the silliness occurred. I slipped, missed the last 1-2 stairs and the next thing I know I was on the floor. And it was clear to me that this was no ordinary fall. I could not bear weight and my foot was a huge, purple mess. Fast forward to an X-ray of three avulsion fractures, a mid foot sprain, a boot, and knee scooter and the cross country skiing was now on hold for at least most of this season (I haven't given up hope!). This is not the first time I have been immobile, I have had past injuries that kept me off my feet for several weeks. But this time was very different because our life situation is always different and so it came with some different lessons.Read More
We make so many New Year’s resolutions and it really is a beautiful thing. It’s a time we put out intentions into the world for ourselves, possibly for the world as a whole. The caveat is to have compassion for the resolutions coming to fruition fully or maybe being tried on and lasting as long as they need to (That’s a more compassionate way to view “failed” resolutions for me.) So here’s another one to try on and trust me, it’s one that takes no extra time, no extra finances. Just your commitment to see the world differently and in the process, you may just find you see a whole new world than the one you were used to.Read More
It's that time of the year. When you hear all the "Best of..." and "Worst of..." lists. When the year gets reviewed ad nauseam and we start talking about our wishes for 2018. Notice how quick we are to move to what we hope for in 2018 and try to "leave behind" whatever we did not like about 2017. It's a natural tendency and I definitely find myself doing that. But I want to share a powerful way to flow into the new year, using gratitude. I literally felt my biochemistry shift within the first few minutes of trying this and want to give full credit to my mentor, Debbie Kaplan, who called me out on not using all my gratitude skills.Read More