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18 Apr 2013

Got Moai?

Moai is a type of community I first read about in Dan Buettner’s  book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest .  In Okinawa, people form social cooperatives called moai . These informal groups offer emotional, social or even financial assistance to one another.  While moai are often practical in their collaborative purposes, they also provide a way for men and women...

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11 Apr 2013

8 Ways to Banish the Mindless Munchies

Have you ever finished a candy bar and wished you had just one more bite? Are you surprised when your hand hits the bottom of the popcorn bucket at the movies? Do you ever feel completely stuffed and miserable after you eat? These are all symptoms of mindless or unconscious eating. In the land of “Crazy-Busy”, people eat while they watch TV, drive, and work....

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04 Apr 2013

Breathe, Just Breathe

I get asked lots of questions about what works to help with hot flashes. The truth is, the data is sparse and inconsistent. A whole lot of things have been tried (herbs, antidepressants, acupuncture) with varying degrees of success depending on the study design. However, one technique called paced respiration has been shown to reduce the severity of hot flashes by 44%! No hormones; no...

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28 Mar 2013

The Fourth Agreement: Always Do Your Best

“You can only be you when you do your best. When you don’t do your best, you are denying yourself the right to be you.”                 ~Don Miguel Ruiz Practicing the Fourth Agreement, always do your best, cements the first three agreements into a way of life. If you are impeccable with your word, don’t take things personally and don’t make assumptions, your best is...

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21 Mar 2013

The Third Agreement: Don’t Make Assumptions

“The whole world of control between humans is about making assumptions and taking things personally. Our whole dream of hell is based on that. … Because we are afraid to ask for clarification, we make assumptions, and believe we are right about the assumptions; then we defend our assumptions and try to make someone else wrong. It is always better to ask questions than to...

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14 Mar 2013

The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally

“As you make a habit of not taking anything personally, you won’t need to place your trust in what others do or say. You will only need to trust yourself to make responsible choices. You are never responsible for the actions of others; you are only responsible for you.” ~Don Miguel Ruiz Why is it so hard to not take things personally? I’ve spent a lot...

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07 Mar 2013

Be Impeccable with Your Word

“The word is a force, it is the power you have to express and communicate, to think, and thereby create the events in your life.”  ~Don Miguel Ruiz  “I must be stupid. I’ve been working on myself since I was 17! I’m 57 for God’s sake and I’m just not getting it. What’s WRONG with me? Tell me what I need to do!” My client,...

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28 Feb 2013

What to do When Menopause Zaps that Loving Feeling

Of all the changes menopause brings, lack of interest in sex is one of THE most common and least discussed symptoms. Many boomer gals in the “free love” generation seem to have checked their lovin’ mojo at the door. So, What’s Going On? Mother Nature gives women a natural increase in the desire for sex beginning just prior to ovulation. This lasts for several days...

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21 Feb 2013

What’s at the Top of Your To-Do List?

Take a look at your to-do list for the coming week. Are you on it? And if time for you IS on the list, where is it? At the top? At the bottom? If you found yourself at the bottom (or in the “not-at-all” category), read on. If you’re at the top of your list…come back next week. So, what IS self-care? When we talk...

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14 Feb 2013

Be Your Own Valentine (BYOV): Write a Love Letter to Yourself

Cupid’s back again. The cynics are crabbing about jacked-up flower prices. The newly-in-love are going all out with cards and teddy bears and expensive dinners.  And if you’re not in a love relationship, it’s hard to give Valentine’s Day anything more than an eye-roll. But what if we all looked at it differently this year? Why not write a love letter to yourself? Use this...

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