Open Your Heart, Quiet Your Mind


One of the most challenging symptoms of anxiety and depression, or just managing the chaos of an ordinary day for that matter, are the barrage of thoughts talking and sometimes yelling inside our heads. It may start with an ongoing ‘to do’ list: call so and so, pick up the laundry, change the oil in…

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Help Your Body Work For You


Emotional Freedom Technique, or tapping, combines acupressure with the therapeutic use of positive affirmations to calm the nervous system and ease overwhelming emotions. While I haven’t yet discovered the magic wand to heal all of our wounds and fix the challenges we face, I do know that our bodies are equipped to support us. Sometimes,…

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Kicking the Anxiety Habit: Attuning to Gratitude


In my previous post I introduced a first step to Kicking the Anxiety Habit with a meditation aimed at bringing ease and calm. When anxiety intensifies, our nervous system kicks into high gear, as if we are in a life threatening situation. There are times when this is, of course, critical, but what we’re focusing…

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Kicking the Anxiety Habit: A Practice of Ease


One of the most prevalent challenges I witness as a Somatic counselor is anxiety. I’ve heard it described as a constant state of urgency, difficulty relaxing, difficulty sleeping, the sense that something bad is about to happen, shortness of breath, a racing heart beat, racing thoughts, jittery muscles, over eating, under eating, stomach pains, headaches…

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Spring Blooms!: Find calm and open to possibility


Spring is blooming in San Francisco! The sun is shining, temperatures are warming, and flowers are blossoming. For many of us this comes as a relief after a cold, rainy winter. There is a new sense of possibility as our pores stretch open to soak in the sun and limbs reach out with newfound vitality…

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