Mind-Body Connection

Mind-Body Connection He walked into my office and immediately I could tell.  He was holding his whole week’s worth of issues and challenges all over his body.  He was running late for our session.  Work was crazy, the traffic was horrendous and his youngest child did not want him to leave the house where he had been working.  Yet, I am fairly certain …

Follow Your Passion: My First Year Reflection

Follow Your Passion:  My First Year Reflection “Do what you love,” was the simple message of USA Today’s Heidi Przybyia.  She was presenting at the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Forum, an opportunity for women entrepreneurs to hear from others and become re-energized with their passions.  Her message kept repeating in my head. Last year, as I turned 50 years old, I decided …

The Autonomic Nervous System - Parent and Kid Stress

Let’s Talk Stress: On You and On Kids

Let’s Talk Stress:  On You and On Kids When you hear the word “stress,” what impact does it have on you? Do you notice your nerves begin to feel frazzled? Does your heart begin to beat faster? Or maybe it has little to no impact on you.  Yet most of us are experiencing various levels of stress throughout our day …

Groundhog Day: Are You Repeating the Same Patterns?

Groundhog Day: Are You Repeating the Same Patterns? Remember the 1960’s Sonny and Cher song “I Got You, Babe?” In the wonderful movie “Groundhog Day,” that song is the one that Bill Murray’s character, Phil, wakes up to every morning. The first time it happens, he continues on with his day, not sensing any oddities with how his day will …

New Year, New Beginnings

New Year, New Beginnings It’s still the holiday season with the hustle and bustle as people scurry around for work events, personal engagements and the typical holiday “to-do” list. Soon, however, the holiday season will come to its end as we say good-bye to 2016 and welcome in 2017.On New Year’s Day, we wake to all of the possibilities of a new year. One of …

Sabbatical Time

Sabbatical Time The other day my husband, Steve, declared that he was officially taking a break from TV reports, radio news and social media platforms.  He needed a break, an opportunity to tune it all out for a while. He officially declared a sabbatical from all news outlets. I liked his approach to a sabbatical.  For centuries people and religions …

Four Directions Wellness e-book Released

Four Directions Wellness e-book Released Four Directions Wellness (FDW) releases Inner Awakenings:  30-Day Challenge for Self-Care and Inner Awareness ebook.  Adopted from the FDW Autumn Awakenings videos that began on October 1, 2016, this is a compilation of the 30-days of videos into the first FDW e-book. Inner Awakenings: 30 Day Challenge ebook The ebook includes each of the 30-day videos …

Entering into the Silence…

“He who attempts to act and do things for others or for the world without deepening his own self-understanding, freedom, integrity and capacity to love, will not have anything to give others.”   Thomas Merton, Contemplation in a World of Action The other day I held a meditation group at the office. In advance of the group meeting, I planned …

The Autonomic Nervous System - Parent and Kid Stress

How Do Healing Modalities Work? Your Autonomic Nervous System Explained

Why do the various healing modalities such as Reiki, Acupuncture, Yoga, Meditation, Guided Imagery and others work with a person’s healing process? It is best understood through the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). Remember your Autonomic Nervous System? If you do, then you know that your ANS is comprised of two specific systems: the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) and the Sympathetic …

Healthcare Paradigm Shift: Use of Ancient Healing Techniques

A few years ago when I asked an audience how many people did a meditation practice on a daily basis or knew what Reiki was – very few would raise their hands. I am pleasantly surprised now when I speak before groups to see more hands rise for meditation, or other ancient healing techniques (like Reiki), more people are becoming …