Nursing in global health is a steep and fast learning curve. The last few weeks in Haiti were tiring but deeply soul-fulfilling. I have shed tears with some of my patients over situations that no person should endure. I have also smiled so hard it hurts from the stories of hope and resilience.Read More
Be the compassion in healthcare.
Recently, I was struck by a conversation I had with a patient who had been told she had "small amount of calcium on her heart walls that we should continue to monitor."
No explanation by her cardiologist as to what that meant.Read More
The news was on. We were quiet. The sadness was palpable. As Trump statements flashed across the screen there was a collective sigh.
One woman whispered, "What an election." I looked at her and smiled.
Moments later in the privacy of the mammography room, the radiology tech made me laugh as she pressed my tissue between two plates.Read More
Our upper lip curls into a snarl. A deadly stare accompanied by clenched teeth. Disgust is loathing, anger, deep and cruel.
We may want to turn away, pull the blankets up tighter. Or maybe we continue to gaze, unable to turn away. Or maybe harsh words erupt from our bowels.Read More
40 things I know now that I didn't know then. . .
1. Red lipstick makes everything better.
2. Happiness takes practice.
3. Your efforts never go unnoticed.
4. Buy good bras.
5. There is no such thing as a bikini body.
6. "Hell yes" is ALMOST always the right answer.
In August we took a journey to colorful St Croix for our 1st Annual Elemental Flow Conference.
EARTH. WATER. FIRE. AIR.
All embodied on one beautiful Caribbean island.
Equi. Nox. Equal Night.
Twice a year, the Earth’s equator passes the sun’s path. The cycle of the earth around the sun is witnessed through the seasons; the rising of daylight in March and the quieting of that same light in September.Read More
A quote presented itself to me recently: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Ugh. Does it have to?
The end of my comfort zone brings me to sweaty palms, heart palpitations, and a general sense of unease. The unknown often signals an experience in our bodies that we call fear (
When we fire a neuron for any reason - movement, thought or emotional circuitry - that neuron is myelinated.
The more it fires, the more myelin encases the neuron. The more myelin there is the faster the nerve can signal, which means a quicker response time. This is how we acquire “skills” such as riding a bike or master a yoga balancing posture. The same is true in working with our emotions; the stronger the myelin around the neural signals, the greater our awareness and response to the emotion.Read More
SEEING your intention imprints it on your brain and keeps it at the forefront of your mind and close to your heart.
At Rasamaya we use the nine core emotions (rasas) as a base for manifesting our intentions. One of the ways we accomplish this is by wearing one or all of the rasas on our wrists. For centuries, people have adorned their wrists for remembrance, gratitude, honor. Wearing a rasa cuff is a little bit like tying a string to your finger so you don't forget what's important. Every time you look at your wrist you move a little closer to your most creative, full and inspiring life.Read More
A new moon is an opportunity to transform. Our retreat to St Croix will offer an opportunity to say, "Yes. This."Read More
Use the Karvonen formula to train your heart correclty and improve efficiency.
It's going to be okay. Take a deep breath. Here's how.Read More
Saying “yes” takes courage. When we practice the art of saying “yes” we learn what we want to say “no” to.Read More
In other words, we often walk like our parents or carry weight in the same way because we mimic them, not because we ‘are’ them. How we move tells a story about our personal culture and lifestyle.Read More
Ask most people what they want out of life and they say, "I want to be happy."
But "happy" is really vague. What is "happy?" How do you even get there?
If you haven’t noticed lately, I have been ecstatically "happy." Like ridiculously, punch-drunk, slap-happy. The kind of joyful where literally shiny, gold glitter rains down from the sky and falls out of my hands like Lakshmi’s gold coins...Read More
It's an age-old debate in the yoga world —do you teach a pose variation as "beginner variation, to intermediate, to advanced" or "intermediate, beginner, advanced" or "advanced, intermediate, beginner?"Read More