Your Light

I just participated in an amazing experience at Esalen, for 7 days.   I attended an intensive immersion training offered by Laurel Parnell, creator of Attachment Focused EMDR, perched right at the edge of the sea in Big Sur.  I was transformed and inspired by the rugged power of the cliffs, sea, whales, and condors, and training simultaneously. AF-EMDR uses bilateral stimulation to activate both hemispheres of the brain, in conjunction with...

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You Were Designed for This!

You Were Designed for This!

Everytime I’m in the wilderness, something simple hits me as astonishing. Winding down a trail from a couple days and nights in my favorite high sierra landscape, I spotted a row of willow saplings, taking root in the most precarious and unprobable places: a tiny crack in a giant granite boulder. Willows like low, damp stream banks and snow-melt saturated meadows. In this case, they obviously found everything they needed right there,...

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Music is my umbrella

Music is my umbrella

In the hail of life, music is medicine.  We all know it.  Most of us change our mood, reinforce it, or broadcast it with favorite sounds. Here’s what I think is amazing about what happens in our bodies: Our nervous systems are constantly taking in, processing, storing, ignoring, amplifying, and making meaning of all that is happening in our environments. The complexity of the exterior and interior worlds meet and meld and are translated...

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Become your own hero

Become your own hero

We’re all telling stories to ourselves, and to others, whether we realize or not, all the time. Even if you’re a meditator/yogi and grew up on a commune, or your Mom is a cranial sacral practitioner goddess or invented organic bamboo legwarmers, and your Dad hangs out with Deepak Chopra or your Dad IS Deepak Chopra, you’re a person, and you have an ongoing narrative going on in your amazing and complex mind. You’re writing your own myth, every...

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