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Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Chinese Medicine, Fertility, Perimenopause, Personal Development | 4 comments

Redefine Your Authentic Feminine Power After Age 35

Redefine Your Authentic Feminine Power After Age 35

  After age 35, a woman enters into the Queen or Imperial phase of life, according to ancient Chinese medicine texts written about self-empowerment in 600 CE. She transitions away from the Maiden or Princess phase, where she was concerned with what the world thought of her, how she looked to everyone around her, what others wanted her to do, and procreation. During this transformation, the Heart, also known as the Emperor or Empress in Chinese medicine, heats up and loses communication with the cooling water aspect of the Kidneys. This can lead to irregular periods, mood swings, and fertility issues; a collection of symptoms also known as perimenopause. I believe the Heart heating up is the body’s way of speaking up to be heard. It’s asking the woman, what do YOU want? How do YOU feel? What is YOUR expression of your authentic self in the world, regardless of other’s opinions and expectations? Literally and figuratively, what does your heart want? I recently listened to an interview on Dear Sugar Radio with singer/songwriter India Arie, who talked...

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Chinese Medicine, Fertility, Personal Development | 0 comments

Get In The Right Relationship With Your Desire: A Baby, Idyllic Delivery, Perfect Body… Anything

Get In The Right Relationship With Your Desire: A Baby, Idyllic Delivery, Perfect Body… Anything

  Longing. Obsessing. Aching. The kind of yearning that brings you to your knees. You want something so badly, it’s all you think about. If you could will it into existence, you would:  A baby, an idyllic delivery, a more beautiful or healthier body, a partner, a dream job, THE house, more money… whatever it is for you. Often, you find yourself thinking, “It’s not fair!” with the strong urge to throw a toddler-style tantrum. Working primarily with women trying to conceive, I see firsthand what this obsessive desire for a baby does to the different energy systems in the body, through the eyes of Chinese medicine. As you might have guessed, this intense wanting stresses the body and has a huge impact on fertility and overall health. In fact, strong desiring can negatively effect anyone’s health, no matter what the scenario. Unless you can get to the root of your desires. The goal is not to eliminate your desire, but to get in the right relationship with your desire.  When you intensely want something–let’s say, a...

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Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in Feminism, Fertility, Motherhood, Personal Development | 0 comments

In Defense Of Pink: How Embracing Your Femininity Can Prevent Disease

In Defense Of Pink: How Embracing Your Femininity Can Prevent Disease

  I know you’re not supposed to call little girls princesses anymore, or even tell them they’re pretty or beautiful (lest they think they’re not smart). I know it’s not cool to overdo it where the color pink is concerned. It’s hip to be gender neutral. I get it. Well, today’s post is a plea for femininity. This plea that has more far reaching consequences than you might think, especially where your health is concerned. Having a little girl, with a second one on the way, I’ve become acutely aware of prejudices that exist in the world around gender stereotypes–particularly, the feminine ones.   I am a feminist. I’m also about as feminine as you can get.   I love a good lipstick, the color pink, dressing up, and gabbing with girlfriends. And I feel just as strongly about my right to be feminine in a masculine world and the power and strength present in feminine energy. When I get into conversations with other parents about discouraging their daughters from...

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Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Personal Development | 0 comments

Are You Setting Healthy Boundaries?

Are You Setting Healthy Boundaries?

  Three weeks ago, my husband and I decided to break down our home office and turn it into our little girl’s room. We almost did it in the middle of the night, but decided to wait until morning. Yes, it was one of those nights. I have been so reluctant to place boundaries between me and my daughter when it comes to sleeping and nursing (I’m a hippie at heart). But I realized I was becoming resentful. And freaking exhausted. And no one gets the Mother Of The Year award for ignoring her own needs. So we met with our (amazing) lactation specialist and formed a plan. Now this mom gets 7 whole hours of uninterrupted time to unwind, hang out with my husband, and sleep. Did I mention sleep? It’s pure heaven. And Dad got a promotion to primary caregiver–at least from 8pm to 3am. This new arrangement has changed everything. Our daughter sleeps more soundly for longer stretches, I am more rested and therefore a thousand...

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Motherhood, Personal Development | 4 comments

Top 5 Things Your Buddha Baby Can Teach You About Being Present

Top 5 Things Your Buddha Baby Can Teach You About Being Present

  Several years ago I participated in an online class taught by Eckhart Tolle and Oprah. I looooooved it. (If you haven’t read A New Earth, do!) During one of our classes, a mother called in and asked Eckhart what she should do about not having time in her day to meditate or keep up with any kind of spiritual practice.   He told her that her children were her church. They are the greatest teachers of living in the present moment, he said. They will challenge and change you more than any other spiritual practice.   I have always been a spiritual person and writing has always been my favorite form of meditation. I remember being 21 and backpacking in New Zealand by myself–talk about freedom!–and writing in my journal one afternoon while I was staying at this organic farm / yoga retreat center / bliss-on-a-mountain location.   The woman who ran the farm with her yogini Columbian husband and one-year-old daughter stood for a moment and watched me...

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in Personal Development | 14 comments

How Do You Move On From A Painful Experience?

How Do You Move On From A Painful Experience?

The day I came home from spending a week in the hospital, I painstakingly made my way into the backyard, sat on a chair in the sun and watched my husband mow the lawn as my puppy jumped up to sit beside me. I’ve never been so grateful for the breeze on my face, for the warm dark fur next to my leg, for my full pregnant belly, and for my husband taking care of the house, taking care of me.   How do you move on from a painful experience? I’ve been asking myself this question a lot lately.   A month ago, I was at a friend’s baby shower when I started to feel strong contractions. I knew something wasn’t right, so I left immediately to go home and rest. I called my husband, he raced home, and after talking with our midwife, we decided to go to the emergency room. After 10 hours of painful contractions one minute apart, the doctor finally found what he thought...

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