A lifelong journey of discovery

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Last week we looked at the underlying cause of stress and disease: Emotional patterns and early childhood stresses that are born out of lack of connection, with others and with yourself. How are these patterns learned? There are situations in life that just happen. There’s nothing you can do to change them. You can’t change how your dad was or …

The Source of Disease

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“Most diseases are a result of lifelong emotional patterns and early stresses.” Gabor Mate As with most things, it depends on the lens that you are using to observe, which determines what you see. And if you think that you’re not using a lens, think again:). In the western model of health care, where they use a lens that sees …

You get to choose your thoughts

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Most people I think would agree that feeling obligated can be stressful. When we feel like we have no other choice or that we have no say in the matter, we can feel trapped, stuck or helpless. This can create a cycle where we end up feeling burnt out, tired and feeling like we want to quit. Finding what motivates …

The problem with problem-solving

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Karen was in again this week. This time she came in with a headache, nausea, pain in the sinuses and back pain. After she lay down on the table for a while, I came and asked her what she was doing with all of these sensations. She told me that she was trying to focus on releasing the pain and …

5 Common Exercise Myths

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Now that the weather is turning and exercising outside is easier, I wanted to mention a few things about exercise. In this video (http://bit.ly/5mythsonexercise), Daniel Lieberman discusses 5 common myths about exercise.And I’d like to follow up a bit on the points that he makes. On SittingDaniel mentions that it’s actually sitting for long periods of time that is the …

Your true identity

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“In your attempt to be an ‘adult’, you lose touch with your inner child. In your rush to be the ‘expert’, you disconnect from the amateur in you, the inner lover, innocent and wild. In your quest for security, you run from your insecurity, bury your anxiety, crush your doubts. (Until one day they explode all over the place. And …

How do you know that you’re healthy?

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Is it that you don’t feel sick? Is it that you’re not feeling any symptoms? What about your energy levels? Or your performance? (Physical, mental, emotional) Does your quality of life factor into your measure of health? Researchers have for many years been developing various measures of health. For one thing you can’t “plug” a human being into a computer …

Self Love isn’t always

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During the time that some people work with me, they discover that the source of their symptoms or health problem wasn’t just physical. They realize that certain habits play into their body’s eventual breakdown. When we say “habits”, often we think of certain actions like eating too many carbs, not exercising enough, not having a good self-care routine etc. But …

Sophia is a great teacher!

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Our little Sophia is 9.5 months now and she’s already walking around! Most of the time she still needs help and at times looks a little drunk. But she is absolutely amazing! When she goes down to the floor with some control, she will often fold her leg underneath herself or one of her feet gets bent and sat on. …

Pain and Negative Emotions

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Research is now showing more and more the relationship between the emotional brain and the experience of pain. In fact, the emotional brain (cortico-limbic system) has been shown to amplify acute pain and to sustain chronic pain levels. What this means is that negative emotions can cause us to feel more pain than there actually is true cause for and …