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Lazy, Self-Indulgent Workaholics

I’m signed up for a lot of Inspirational Mailing Lists. My inbox is inundated with a symphony of earnest healers and coaches, all urging me to “Slow down to speed up! Take some time for reflection! Don’t be busy for the sake of it!” If they only knew. Sometimes I think the systems I’ve created in order to structure my […]

Touchy Topic Tuesday: Supermarket Horrors

I love to grocery shop. It’s grounding, sensual, creative and pragmatic. In a world full of anxiety, filling my cupboards with a week’s worth of healthy meals feels like putting a carabiner in the cliff face of my life. But I’m also a professional health-news junkie. And now my local Superfresh is a minefield. Top priority: fresh fruits and vegetables, […]

Touchy Topic Tuesday: I Am Embarrassed To Tell You This, But…

…I’m wearing an ankle brace. Turns out my crippled ankle wasn’t psychosomatic after all. According to my fabulous new podiatrist, I have posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, caused by the extra bone in my flat, flat foot torquing my gait and stretching the tendon until it is practically shredded. He says if I don’t wear this brace, I’m a candidate for […]

Ben Affleck’s Hidden Power of Healing

Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Anxiety, Aromatherpy, Healing Spaces, Nervous system, Stress | Comments Off on Ben Affleck’s Hidden Power of Healing

Recently, I had a four-hour layover in Times Square. I was taking the bus up north to visit family, one of whom is critically ill, and my stress level was seismic. Times Square is not a restorative locale at the best of times; after ducking into Le Pain Quotidien for an overpriced lunch, and unwilling to stiff a long-suffering waitress […]

What to Do When You Can’t DO Anything

Posted by on August 20, 2012 in Anxiety, Cancer, Healing Spaces, Meditation, Pain, Practicality, Stress | Comments Off on What to Do When You Can’t DO Anything

As many of you know, my brother-in-law, Leif, is currently battling a rare form of cancer called mantle cell lymphoma. He’s young, formidably strong and has one of the healthiest lifestyles of anyone I know. We went up to Maine to visit him last week. It’s impossible to describe what it’s like to watch someone you love go through a terrible […]

The Perils of Positive Thinking

Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Anxiety, Belief, Brain waves, Craniosacral therapy, Placebo effect, Post-traumatic stress | Comments Off on The Perils of Positive Thinking

Now, I’m not going to name any names. Let’s just say that There are Those Out There who will tell you, with great fluidity and earnestness, that you are what you think. That “your attitude determines your altitude.” That changing your mind will change your life. They will tell you this in a spiritual context, in a relationship context, in […]

Is Reiki Flaky?

Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Anxiety, Belief, Placebo effect, Reiki | Comments Off on Is Reiki Flaky?

Image via Wikipedia Recently I interviewed a colleague, Kathy Fleetwood, about her Reiki practice. She lit up. “It’s changed my life,” she declared. Last year, Kathy’s mother came down with something that doctors tentatively diagnosed as Parkinson’s. She lost weight, was too exhausted to work, ached all over, and walked with a shuffle and a stoop. Kathy flew home to the UK […]

Fear Itself

Posted by on March 21, 2011 in Anxiety | Comments Off on Fear Itself

Scientists get around to noticing the obvious: What if Sullivan’s anxiety wasn’t merely an emotional side effect of her difficult life but the central issue affecting her health? According to research that Burke had been reading, the traumatic events that Sullivan experienced in childhood had likely caused significant and long-lasting chemical changes in both her brain and her body, and these […]