Let Us Not Forget the Healing Power of Touch

With the recent #metoo and #timesup movements, I’ve been thinking a lot about touch. The focus lately, of course, has been on the wrong kind of touch. The kind that makes us feel shame and fear and anger. Used, violated, helpless, traumatized. Powerless. The uninvited kind. The kind that crossed a line. The kind that […]

What to Do When You Discover You’re a Full-Blown Empath

“You’re too sensitive.” Boy, if I had a penny for every time I heard that when I was growing up (or even as an adult), I’d be a millionaire. If someone chastised me or looked at me the wrong way, I felt as though I’d been punched in the stomach. I took on other people’s emotions. […]

Simplest Vegetable Soup Ever

Simplest Vegetable Soup Ever I was going to share this recipe on Facebook and then decided, what the heck, I’ll put it on the Blog. My friends and loved ones know this about me – I do not enjoy cooking. That being said, I probably eat 90% of my meals at home. I keep it […]

Fear in Fibromyalgia and How Ayurveda Can Help

It was quite a while after I’d healed from fibromyalgia that I happened upon something Louise Hay, one of the founders of the self-help movement, had said. “Fibromyalgia is fear showing up as extreme tension due to stress.” – Louise Hay Well, I didn’t know about the fear factor in fibromyalgia at the time, but […]

Is Optimism a Choice?

Many years ago someone said to me “You’re always so pessimistic.” Frankly, it took me by surprise. After all, I’m a Sagittarian, and by nature, we’re pretty darn optimistic. To make matters worse, this was a Virgo (notoriously one of the most pessimistic signs in the Zodiac) saying this to me. For some reason I […]

Who Went and Put the Holidays Smack Dab in the Middle of Vata Season?

Who went and put the holidays smack dab in the middle of Vata Season? This year, armed with my ever-growing knowledge of Ayurveda, I am facing the holidays with a new sense of understanding, freedom, peace, and CALM. Usually, as soon as Halloween is over, I’m filled with panic and dread. The holidays seem to […]

Cold Windy Weather, Anxiety, and Vata Season

Here we are again, at the juncture of the seasons. Where I live in the Northeastern US, it seems as though the high heat and humidity will never leave. Elsewhere, hurricanes are raging. All of a sudden, it’ll be hat and scarf weather. Windy, cold and wet. Vata season. At this time of year, it’s […]