Heart & Soul Blog

How to See People WHOLE

How to See People WHOLE

My husband says that he thinks I’m pretty darn perfect most of the time (and to be fair, he usually acts like he actually thinks this). Until…He doesn’t. Every couple of months Tom suddenly expresses a list of gripes about me – most of which I’ve heard before. And so...

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Wear Kindness:  Self Expression Through Fashion (pt. 1)

Wear Kindness: Self Expression Through Fashion (pt. 1)

We’ve had this dream… It started out as a vision, and then morphed into conversation… Now we’re putting our ideas onto paper…And soon there will be actual plans afoot. But to make that a reality, we need to fully flesh out the vision – our individual visions and...

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Burnout – A Life Force Exhausted

Burnout – A Life Force Exhausted

Why do we push ourselves to the point of detrimental consequences such as fatigue or exhaustion, anxiety or stress, depression or isolation…? Is it the expectation we feel to act a certain way coming from society, family and friends, work associates, or ourselves? We...

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The Garden Diaries (Introduction)

The Garden Diaries (Introduction)

While I’ve always loved nature, I wasn’t all that interested in gardening until my 40s when the concept of helping things grow suddenly seemed a miraculous endeavor. In addition, having daily access at my fingertips to fresh organic food is a component of living a...

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Tai Chi: Philosophical AND Practical

Tai Chi: Philosophical AND Practical

“Internal martial arts gives you a method of learning to focus awareness and refine sensitivity. The techniques in themselves are not so important--functioning as concepts or points of departure for a deeper discussion of what's really going on in a given interaction....

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The Man, the Myth, the Legend… The Role Model

The Man, the Myth, the Legend… The Role Model

His name was Bob. He was a devoted husband, supportive father, successful businessman, and steadfast friend. But in the end, no matter the role he played in each of our lives, he was one thing to all of us: An inspiration.I hadn’t seen Bob in about 6 years, but he...

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MASSAGE: From Physical Presence to Magical Realm

MASSAGE: From Physical Presence to Magical Realm

"If I am able to lie down in comfort, feeling the physical sensations of relief and healing, my consciousness is also able to float up into a more spiritual-feeling space of timelessness and pure potential."When I had my first massage, I felt gentle tingling...

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ART SAVES LIVES: Open House & Opening Reception

ART SAVES LIVES: Open House & Opening Reception

"We are a gallery and a center for healing and creativity - as we know it is all connected - creating the kind of intimacy that facilitates profound healing."Did you make it out to the Middleway Health Foundation Open House & Art Reception on 2nd Saturday, October 8?...

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Say What? Rumors, Hearsay and Gossip, Oh My!

Say What? Rumors, Hearsay and Gossip, Oh My!

“Is the Dalai Lama coming to Sacramento?” When people hear something like this they often just run with it, turning it into a statement rather than a question. “The Dalai Lama is coming to town!” The big things in life are especially prone to this.The truth is that...

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Life’s Little Adjustments

Life’s Little Adjustments

There are a lot of conveniences in life I never knew existed. You know, things someone else invented and stores stock for selling that just make our days a little more pleasant. For some reason, I wasn’t “taught” to think outside the box when I was younger, and it was...

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Stephen’s Web

Stephen’s Web

When I first met Stephen, he was a therapist at the Sacramento Complementary Health Center, and was gracious enough to give me a phone interview for an article to be published in the Midtown Monthly. It was my first paying writing gig, although I had already self...

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Advice for an Idealist

Advice for an Idealist

[I read this and I know how ‘ideal’ it is… but suddenly I also see how ‘impossible’ it might be, how this has at times set me up for confusion, collision or let down.]This is a hard lesson for an idealist like myself, but it’s come up enough times for me to have to...

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Designing Dreamy Space

Designing Dreamy Space

{By turning space into a sacred personal place, you are conspiring with the universe...}Creating magical, sacred, serene, inspiring, functional, or just plain pleasing space requires one thing mostly: A willingness to experiment. Because any plan – no matter how well...

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Mixing Business with Pleasure: The Power of Moderation

Mixing Business with Pleasure: The Power of Moderation

{It’s better to bring some of your personal life into work so people know what’s going on... When done properly it balances the whole rather than depletes it.}Team Work. We all know it’s important – being team players, complementing each other’s skill sets, the whole...

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