How to Stay Centered During the Holiday Season


The holiday season is upon us. Right around the corner are parties, gift exchanges and family gatherings. While these can be wonderful, they can also be stressful. So how best to cope? Meditation. For about two months, I had been rushing into my day. The minute I opened my eyes, my mind focused on my…read more.

Four Tips to Holding on to Hope


In last month’s blog, I wrote about the role of resilience in helping the brain heal from childhood trauma. That got me thinking about “hope” and how having hope can help us in our lives. Hope is an innate gift—just like love. Hope helps us trust. Without hope, we can feel disillusioned and dissatisfied. Hopelessness…read more.

How to Heal through Resiliency


What is resiliency and how does it contribute to health and well being? Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress…family, relationships, health problems, etc. Bouncing back from difficult experiences. American Psychological Association, www.apa.org Just like the resilient dandelion flower which keeps growing…read more.

3 Tips to Lessen the Symptoms of GERD


“It’s just heartburn.” If you suffer from GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), those are the last words you want to hear. This chronic digestive disorder can be exceedingly frustrating for people who suffer from it. Constant chest pain. Constant meal planning. What to eat; what not to eat. Worry about the drugs you’re taking—the long-term impact,…read more.

Mindfulness: Lazy River Technique


Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring. Lilly Pulitzer, American socialite and fashion designer I’ve lived in Iowa long enough to know that even though it’s 77 degrees today, it might actually feel like winter by the time you read this. But for today, I’m going to enjoy “spring,” even though it doesn’t officially arrive…read more.

There’s a link between stress and the heart. Do you know what it is?


During February, the month of romance, the heart takes center stage. Our minds and, well, our hearts are focused on love. On Valentine’s Day, many express their feelings for others with cards and gifts of candy, flowers and the like. I’m all for this external expression of love, but I hope we also make time…read more.

10 Choices for Eating Your Way Past Post-Holiday Aches and Pains


Are you starting off the New Year feeling sluggish, stiff and even in pain? Unfortunately, all that overindulging we’re prone to do over the holidays can do more than just impact our waistlines. Here’s why: During the holiday season, we’re more likely to eat more carbs and more sugar, consume more calories, drink less water,…read more.

8 Tips to Soothe Your Soul with Music this Holiday Season


Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same. John Denver This…read more.

Take Time to Watch the Leaves Turn


Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. Elizabeth Lawrence September 22 marks the first day of autumn. Some dread this time of year because it means summer is over and the harsh winter weather is right around the corner—at least if you live in the Midwest. But this quote by the…read more.