Just a few months ago, a new practitioner asked me what I’d do if I weren’t sick. I froze. A feeling of emptiness washed over, as I glanced at my partner, panicked. We waited in silence while I tried to grasp onto ideas, but nothing felt right. As a teenager, I’d always planned to do something creative and physical, tracing back to dreams of being … Continue reading When Being Sick Becomes Your Identity
Our culture often celebrates those with overflowing schedules. We are addicted to the caffeine-fueled, GO GO GO mentality, bowing down to busy-ness, impressive resumes, and those superhuman individuals that seem to always get things done. See more. Buy more. Work more. Travel more. Detox more. More movement. More juice. MORE GREENS! More yoga! More meditation! Everything in moderation, except for doing more. More is better, … Continue reading How I do Less and Choose Rest
For the past few years specifically, living in my body has often felt horrific. I craved an escape from managing this chronic illness, clawing my way to any semblance of stability or calm throughout the day, only to realize that by clinging, the intensity of my discomfort grew. The world of healthy people with nine to fives, walking their dogs after work before heading out … Continue reading When Everything Is stripped Away: What Remains?
As we know from neuroscience and brain scans, chronic illness and stress literally transform the brain. If you’ve been sick for a while, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about, but just in case, here’s a quick background: Trying desperately to protect us, the brain rewires to scan for what’s going wrong, dreaming of what might go wrong, and hyper-focusing on everything that is … Continue reading Following the Beauty to Rewire the Brain