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June 20, 2017

This hash-tag has gained prominence lately in the political realm to denote women who are standing up to blatant sexism in the halls of Congress and persisting despite attempts by colleagues to silence them on the floor and in various hearings. Most notably it has been applied to Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, the former after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used the phrase to explain why he took action against her. Gleefully, it has been co-opted by feminists everywhere and used as a rallying cry. This post is not going to be about politics though, despite the fact that so much is happening right now. That’s not my gig.
 
The phrase came to mind this morning as I was thinking about what myself and some of my coaching clients and friends have overcome. Perhaps you can identify...

May 29, 2015

 

I wrote about this topic in February of 2011, and today I’m reminded that it is still a very relevant theme in my life. I have been very emotional lately, often crying easily during a frustration, and sometimes for a long time. It has been a busy and somewhat difficult six months for me for a number of reasons, and the stress of that prolonged period of discomfort is taking a toll.

 

For two years now, I’ve been taking part in a healer training program that involves energy and intuitive healing techniques. This course has taught me a great deal about the healing process, and solidified the truth of the statement, “healer, heal thyself.” Part of what makes me an empathetic healing coach is that I also struggle with many of the same issues as my clients. You’ve heard the phrase “we teach that...

November 17, 2014

Have you ever had a dream in which the answers to your life were so clear? The feeling of relief was so palpable? The joy and wonder had you saying, “of course?” Some version of this dream comes my way occasionally, and I used to wake up frustrated that what seemed so clear in my dream state had totally escaped me upon waking.

For a few years I had a dream that I had THE ANSWER – it was exhilarating – and then I would wake up with no idea what it was. I finally recognized that there was no such thing as THE ANSWER – the one thing that will always and forever more resolve all of our issues. When I realized that issues come and go and life is all about taking responsibility and making decisions over and over again, I stopped having the dream.

This week, I had a cousin to this old dream. I...

October 28, 2014

It is fall, and as the leaves make their annual transformation to brilliant reds, oranges and yellows and then flutter to the ground, it reminds me of the patterns we face in our own lives. I often find myself getting frustrated when a pattern I have seen over and over again, and thought I’d healed, once again rears its ugly head. But a teacher recently put this into perspective saying, “Do you think in the fall the trees say, ‘Not this again! I have to change colors, drop my leaves and then grow them again in the spring. Sigh!’” Of course they don’t.

There are seasons for everything in life, and that includes us. There are times when we are creative, vibrant, excited and ready to face the world. There are other times when we are reflective, quiet, withdrawn and need to rest. Sometimes th...

August 7, 2014

Reading the latest book in the Outlander series is a stark reminder that while it may not always feel so safe to be a woman now, it was decidedly less safe in previous centuries. Women couldn't really venture anywhere without a man's protection. It is interesting that books often provide the context for these realizations. Whenever I read Jane Austen I recognize how fortunate I am to live in a time when I CAN be a single woman living on my own with the independence to do as I like, and earn my own money. It is so easy to forget how far we've come as women in a relatively short period of time. Even watching Mad Men reminds me that women haven’t had the freedom to have their own careers all that long, and that my mom’s generation was mostly limited to support roles or a few limited options s...

March 31, 2014

What does it mean to be healthy? How do we define healing? What is the difference between the two?

 

The World Health Organization took the traditional definition of health — the absence of physical or psychological pain — one step further and said it is complete physical, mental and social well-being. Healing, meanwhile, literally means to make whole.

 

Much of modern medicine is focused on defining and alleviating symptoms in both the physical and emotional senses. We take drugs to make us feel better, but not to heal us. In a world that makes so many demands on our time, and requires our full focus, alleviating symptoms so we can still function is sometimes necessary, but if we want to heal what ails us, pharmaceuticals can’t do it.

 

It is easy to ask our healthcare providers to give us s...

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