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    Curious & Curiouser, Episode 13: Mental Health Therapy and Acupuncture as Tools for Transformation

Curious & Curiouser, Episode 13: Mental Health Therapy and Acupuncture as Tools for Transformation

Today on the podcast, we explore the intersection of Tracey’s work and my own, talk all about the benefits of combining mental health therapy with acupuncture and other forms of bodywork, and explain how doing so can facilitate transformation and often accelerate healing.

Both Tracey and I have seen our clients and patients progress more quickly when they are willing to make themselves vulnerable by asking for help on various levels from a variety of supportive people.

We have both also experienced the transformative power of this process ourselves — which is something we discuss openly in the episode.

For those of you who have been wondering, I […]

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    When a Fry is Just a Fry (or, Please Don’t Attach Meaning to Everything)

When a Fry is Just a Fry (or, Please Don’t Attach Meaning to Everything)

“Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you.” ~Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

Last week, I was having lunch with my boyfriend when he jokingly began to “read” our fries as a way to tell my future.

It was hilarious, yes, but it also made me think about how eager we can be to attach meaning to EVERYthing that happens in our lives and how sometimes looking for the deeper meaning is not actually that helpful.

Sometimes, a fry is just a fry, you know?

(And, yes, I love fries. I admit it.)

I spent many years caught up in an intense game of […]

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    Wrinkles, Gray Hair, and Cellulite? You Can Have Them All, But Still Feel Beautiful. I Do. (Or, How the Messaging Behind Skin Care and Beauty Products is Just as Toxic as the Ingredients)

Wrinkles, Gray Hair, and Cellulite? You Can Have Them All, But Still Feel Beautiful. I Do. (Or, How the Messaging Behind Skin Care and Beauty Products is Just as Toxic as the Ingredients)

“It is lovely to meet an old person whose face is deeply lined, a face that has been deeply inhabited, to look in the eyes and find light there.” ~John O’Donohue

When I was in 7th grade, I remember being invited to a pool party for a friend’s birthday and firmly deciding that I would not go because the tan lines from my soccer shorts would make my legs look too ridiculous in a swimsuit.

That’s right. I planned to skip out on a party due to what I felt was an inappropriate level of Pasty White Thigh for a 13 year old.

Where I picked up this idea I can’t say […]

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    Bold Moves! But First? Boundaries. The Year of the Fire Monkey Begins!

Bold Moves! But First? Boundaries. The Year of the Fire Monkey Begins!

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” ~Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

The Year of the Fire Monkey is upon us, you guys!

I, for one, am extremely excited about this year. I am also, admittedly, a little nervous.

Fire.

Monkey.

This is a potent combination of energies, if you ask me. One with the potential to stimulate some pretty important and profound change. One that will likely refuse to do what’s always been done in favor of doing something unexpected and different.

And one that asks us to be more bold in our actions, more courageous in our convictions, and more badass in […]

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    On Hypervigilance, Self-Compassion, and Channeling Your Energy For Good (or, Your Anxiety Might Be a Superpower)

On Hypervigilance, Self-Compassion, and Channeling Your Energy For Good (or, Your Anxiety Might Be a Superpower)

“Breathe properly. Stay curious. And eat your beets.” ~Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

What do you want your energy to feed?

This question has been on my mind since I first woke up this morning. Pulling me out of a deep-ish sleep, urgent in its efforts and impatient for me to offer some sort of satisfactory answer to its biddings.

What do you want your energy to feed?

Hmmm. Good question, self.

The implications of this inquiry carry a certain weight for me right now, and contemplating the answer makes me, admittedly, pretty uncomfortable.

Why? Because I have been TIRED lately. And feeling like the energy I do have is being too often squandered in less-than-awesome ways.

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    Let’s Change the Conversation About Bodies. Because They’re a Whole Lot More Interesting Than We’re Making Them Out To Be. (Also: This Post Might Talk About Sex. Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You.)

Let’s Change the Conversation About Bodies. Because They’re a Whole Lot More Interesting Than We’re Making Them Out To Be. (Also: This Post Might Talk About Sex. Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You.)

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”  ~Rita Mae Brown

On Sunday of this week, I got on a scale for the first time in at least six years. And for the first time in almost a decade, I actually looked at the number that appeared when I did.

This, you guys, was a big moment for me.

Mostly because the number didn’t terrify me or change how I felt about myself or really mean anything at all, honestly.

You see, in my mid-twenties, after years of measuring my self-worth by what some stupid scale told me about how many pounds of person were tucked […]

You Are Not Going To Be Eaten By Tigers. I Promise.

“There is no such thing as a weird human being. It’s just that some human beings require more understanding than others.” ~Tom Robbins

You are not going to be eaten by tigers.

A dear friend of mine offered this little gem to me during a particularly challenging bout of anxiety recently.

I am not going to be eaten by tigers.

And while it might seem like a silly statement on the surface, I must confess that I found it to be extremely helpful. And sort of profound.

And that I repeated it to myself on more than one occasion while attempting to breathe and run and cry and talk and sleep my way through […]

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    Let’s Talk About Anxiety. Or, Why I Almost Dropped Out Of Graduate School Eight Hundred Times.

Let’s Talk About Anxiety. Or, Why I Almost Dropped Out Of Graduate School Eight Hundred Times.

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” ~Allen Ginsberg

Let’s talk about anxiety.

While I was in graduate school studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I started having panic attacks multiple times a week, forcing me to excuse myself from class for extended “bathroom breaks”, often feeling unable to return for as long as an hour at a time.

There were days I left class for up to ninety minutes in the middle of a three hour lecture because to sit in the classroom surrounded by my peers for even one more minute made me feel like I just might die at any second.

I used to run outside and cry in the […]

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    What You Want Is What You Want. Until What You Want Is Something Else.

What You Want Is What You Want. Until What You Want Is Something Else.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~ E.E. Cummings

Ten years ago, the things I thought I wanted were vastly different from the things I know today that I desire.

In June 2004, I had just received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, with dreams of pursuing a master’s degree in creative writing, living the romantic life of a struggling full-time writer (oh, youthful naivete), having exciting love affairs with all the wrong (but devastatingly handsome) men, and remaining childless and single until age 40, at which point I would die during some sort of dangerous outdoor adventure and be celebrated and praised posthumously for […]

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    How You Relate To Your Body Is How You Relate To The World. Because Writing About Dating Wasn’t Personal Enough So I Thought I’d Give Body Image A Try.

How You Relate To Your Body Is How You Relate To The World. Because Writing About Dating Wasn’t Personal Enough So I Thought I’d Give Body Image A Try.

“The body is our general medium for having a world.” ~ Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

To say that my relationship with my body has been strained is to understate the reality of things quite a bit.

In fact, this relationship has probably been the most challenging and heartbreaking and life-changing relationship of which I have ever been a part. Talk about spiritual transformation.

As a teenager and an early twenty-something, I put a lot of energy into actively hating and abusing and trying to fundamentally change my body. And for a very long time, there was absolutely nothing about it I […]