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You Don’t Have to Believe in Yourself

I have a new blog! It has a much broader focus, but I will be sharing some relevant posts here from time to time. I hope you enjoy!

Emerald Shaman

On really hard days, if I’m lucky, the theme song to the children’s show, “Arthur,” pops into my head. “Just believe in yourself,” a voice sings, “Well, that’s the place to start…” I smile, feel refreshed, and keep running uphill, ready to face my demons and what felt, just a moment before, like the whole world turned against me. It’s a great message, one I wish I had heard more while I was growing up. Young children are newly building their models of who they are and how the world works. They need to know that they are safe and loved. The recipe is quite simple: Build a healthy self and healthy relationships; then, everything else will fall into place…

Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t go so smoothly for most of us. Metaphysically, I think it’s not even supposed to go smoothly. We are meant to have problems and glitches along…

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energy-healing, Personal Healing, Philosophy, Spirituality

Seeing Healing

Last month, I brought home from my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah reception three plants wrapped in foil. Since our apartment is small, I left them on the balcony. I thought it would be a good way to let Nature take care of the plants and not to have to worry much about them. After a few… Continue reading Seeing Healing

Collective Healing, Personal Healing

Breaking Up with a Narcissist – Advice for Our Country

How do you break up with a narcissist? How do you get rid of that toxic person in your life? Earlier in history, these might have been mere self-help questions, but now they concern the whole country. How do we, as a nation, break up with Donald Trump? How do we let go of our… Continue reading Breaking Up with a Narcissist – Advice for Our Country

Personal Healing, Philosophy, Spirituality

Growing through Up and Down

One day in Tai Chi class, my instructor said something that surprised me. When you’re experiencing a lot of Yang energy and everything is going strong, he said, expect Yin to come along. In other words, when you’ve been flying high for some time, expect to come down. When life is easy, expect it to… Continue reading Growing through Up and Down

Collective Healing, Philosophy

Asking the Big Questions

The other day a reader on Facebook contacted me. He wanted to get a professional philosopher’s take on a question. “What do you think…,” he asked, “of the meaning of existence?” “Well, that’s a big question,” I could hear my own advisor answering in my head.  In academic philosophy, we are trained to be very… Continue reading Asking the Big Questions

energy-healing, Guided meditation, Learning Meditation, Personal Healing

When Life Comes Crashing Down – A Recipe for Healing

There are those very dark and gloomy days, the ones where everything seems to fall apart. Absolutely everything. You’d go stick your head in a hole and stay there forever – if only you could find a hole, if only you could bear a minute more of the chaos. What do you do? How do… Continue reading When Life Comes Crashing Down – A Recipe for Healing

energy-healing, Guided meditation, Personal Healing

Valentine for a Broken Heart

Today I posted a new guided meditation that is part of a series I am developing on how to heal a broken heart. I don't think there is a more exquisite pain than that of a broken heart. And yet that pain has driven a great deal of my own spiritual work. At times, I… Continue reading Valentine for a Broken Heart

energy-healing, Guided meditation, Learning Meditation, Personal Healing

How to Achieve the Benefits of Meditation When You Can’t Focus, Relax, or Let Go

Most people know that meditation calms the mind and relaxes the body; they are also aware of the tremendous health benefits of this practice. The problem is that many people find it hard to sit still long enough to meditate. One of the most commonly taught meditation techniques is to focus on the breath. If… Continue reading How to Achieve the Benefits of Meditation When You Can’t Focus, Relax, or Let Go