seasonal tips

8 Tips for Keeping you Healthy in Winter

As a Chinese Medicine practitioner I am a bit obsessed with keeping people from getting too cold. I admit it. Guilty. I’m like the cold police. Which means that despite my husband’s strong pleas that I stop concerning myself with his winter weather gear I still went searching high and low for the scarf and hat he was most likely to wear in below freezing temperatures – just in case. He rolled his eyes when … Read More

Be well this summer.

We are big on learning from nature about how to be well. Part of this is taking note of what each season, uniquely, has to offer us in learning to live our lives with more ease. Here we are in summer; the season of the heart. For some of us, it’s this time of year that we look forward to – we can’t wait for it. It’s the best time of the year. For others … Read More

Rainy reframe; how to deal with this rain.

This weather has been getting some of us down. The other day I thought to myself, I’ve always wanted to know what it was like to live in England, or Seattle – not that Silver Spring, MD is quite the same, yet this weather gives me just an idea. I think I’ll stay here then. I’ve been pretty bummed out with so much rain, and today when I came downstairs and noted the grayish-blue skies … Read More

5 tips for a great spring and a great year.

Springtime reminders to help you feel healthier all year long: #1 This is the time of year for moving your muscles! If you’re already a fitness buff then keep at it. If you and your couch or your desk chair have a better relationship than you do with moving your muscles this is the best time of year to start moving. You don’t have to run a marathon or try out for the Olympics unless … Read More

White-flag Winter: 5 tips for wintering well

Despite the nuttiness of our winter temperatures so far here in the mid-Northeast, it’s still winter. There’s no denying it when the sun sets early and rises late. It’s a signal from mother nature to slow it down. Many of us are better at staying busy and running on adrenaline or coffee, however a failure on our parts to move toward some semblance of hibernation in winter creates unnecessary suffering in the future. This can … Read More

Poop, dry cleaning, traffic, and letting go

More on the autumn theme; as Sam established, it is all about letting go – like the trees let go of the leaves. I’ve had a ton of reminders to let go lately, some painful and all necessary reminders that I am really not in control. The notion that any of us really have control over anything is a big fat joke anyhow. And for me, even though I know this deep in my soul … Read More

Cry-fest 2015; 5 ways to get the weepies out

When the season turned from summer to fall I found myself particularly weepy. It generally happens every year, and every year I forget that it happens. In Chinese medicine one of the correspondences for autumn is grief (the other side of that coin is awe or inspiration) and so it’s not really that weird that as the leaves turn and fall, so do the tears. I checked in with a few others, turns out weeping … Read More

The art of being thoughtful.

If you live in the MD/DC/VA Metropolitan area you’ve possibly noticed a bit of a subtle shift in the weather… a bit more heavy feeling with the humidity and cooler evenings. And if you are a friend of the farmer’s markets like we are you may have also noticed an abundance of juicy produce including peaches, tomatoes, plums and so much more. All this signifies a special time of year that in Chinese Medicine we call … Read More

Summer lovin’

This weekend happens to be the 4th of July. I am not going to get into the history of the holiday or the political, social and/or economic issues surrounding how we feel about our independence and freedom here in the USA and what it all means. I deeply respect that as a country we have a lot to be thankful for and oh-so-much work to do to be in wholeness together as a diverse culture … Read More