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The Dark Side of Excellence

The Dark Side of Excellence

Once there was a greatly admired martial arts master. He was at the highest level of his field, skilled not just in his physical prowess, but in his deep understanding of the subtle energies that govern the practice. He was a great friend to many, often the first to help in a time of crisis. He was even an accomplished sushi chef. It seemed there was nothing he couldn’t do. He was the envy of many. One day, he took his life “with his own steady hand.”

My teacher opened up one of his courses with this story. His intention was to remind us that while cultivating great skill is a wonderful thing, it does not erase the deep sense of not being enough.
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What I Learned From My Semi-Orgasmic Birth

Like most women, I was afraid of childbirth. Fear was part of the reason I delayed getting pregnant.

I knew that a natural, drug-free birth was ideal, but I hate pain. I have no qualms about taking a painkiller for the occasional headache.

So when I became pregnant, I gave myself an out: I promised not to judge myself if I asked for pain meds. Then I set out to prepare. [read more…]

A Calling for the Ages

A Calling for the Ages

Whatever you’re feeling right now, feel it fully. Stay present with it, and allow it to be in its fullness.

As you are experiencing these emotions, I invite you to feel into what your role is in all that is happening right now. What part you have played so far, and what you are being called to be.
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Maybe This is Why You’re Anxious

Maybe This is Why You’re Anxious

The bombardment in Syria. Climate change. Poverty. Racial injustice. Corruption.

Make no mistake, there are problems in the world. Terrible, serious problems.

I bring these up not because I want you become more anxious and depressed.

I’m saying this because, as a living, feeling, and loving human being, you may be more aware of global problems than you realize. Your pervading feeling of dread, grief, or sorrow may not be an illness to be medicated away. It could be a [read more…]

When NOT to Analyze Past Mistakes

When NOT to Analyze Past Mistakes

Understanding your past is important.

Recalling childhood events can help explain why you have certain ingrained behaviors. Maybe you’re way too defensive because your mother was overly critical of you. Or you don’t trust your spouse, because your father abandoned you.

Look, answering the “why” is a moment that can be incredibly healing to your confused and long-suffering spirit.

But reliving the past can also work against you in these two instances:[read more…]

What To Do With All That Advice

What To Do With All That Advice

There’s no shortage of advice in the world.

Everywhere you turn, someone is telling you the absolute best way to do live your life.

Someone says, “Antidepressants are dangerous!”
Another piece tells you, “Stop shaming people for taking meds for depression.”
Then you read, “People take drugs for diabetes, why shouldn’t you take it for depression? They are both diseases.”
“Vegetarians are less depressed.”
“Paleo cured my depression.”
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Where to start if you want to get off antidepressants

Where to start if you want to get off antidepressants

Where do you begin?

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, how to get started on the road to finally getting off antidepressants?

Think about it: You’ve been taking antidepressants, and while they seem to be doing something for you, it’s simply not enough. Or the side effects are terrible, and you just don’t feel that great on them.

But it’s not as simple as just stopping the meds. In fact, it can be dangerous to do so.

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What I Learned From a Story About Empty Prisons

What I Learned From a Story About Empty Prisons

National Geographic just published a beautiful photo essay about the empty prisons in the Netherlands. They have been re-purposed into shelters for refugees seeking asylum from armed conflict. In these shelters, they learn to speak Dutch and ride bicycles – “both skills are essential to life in the Netherlands.”

They are free to come and go, and have made friends among their Dutch neighbors.

While the reasons behind the Netherlands’ declining prison population are complex, I’m sharing this story with you because it’s a beautiful analogy for how to relate with difficult emotions.[read more…]

One Nerve to Rule Them All

I’ve been thinking a lot about nerve.

One nerve in particular, that appears to hold a potent key to reversing depression, heart disease, and autoimmune disease.
This nerve also provides the anatomical basis for the effectiveness of meditation and breathwork in reversing so many conditions, from depression to chronic pain.

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