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Wisdom Workshop: Time and the Art of Living–Less Overwhelm, More Oomph!

Do you feel like you have too much to do and too little time?

Is your to-do list full of “have to” and “should”,with no time for the things you want to do?

Does your solution to getting it all done involve skipping sleep, sucking it up, and grinding it out?

Would you like a more creative path to good timing, which supports ease and inspiration along the way?

What if you could have a spacious feeling while tending to the tasks of life?

The problem most people face is a widespread misunderstanding about where our mental wellbeing comes from.  As a result, you attribute your overwhelm, anxiety, and frenetic thinking to outside circumstances.  And then you spend a lot of time trying to change those circumstances so you can feel better.

What if I told you that everyone has access to wisdom that allows you to experience roominess in time, freedom, and creative insight, no matter what is going on around you?

And what if I showed you how this mental health “Immune System” works so that you can experience oomph and accomplishment with ease?

In this workshop we’re going to share with you a simple understanding that reminds you about the great pool of peace and creativity built into all human beings.  This insight, as experienced, discovered, and taught by the late Sydney Banks, explains The Three Principles behind how our psychological experience works.   Once you start to see this for yourself, you will re-discover how to tap into your wisdom and effortlessly access your natural peace of mind and inspiration at any moment!  

We’ll also explore the nature of time so you can deepen your experience of flow and presence.  You’ll stop losing sleep over your to-do list and start experiencing the infinite creative potential for opportunities, grace, and spaciousness in time.

I’m excited that my mentor Julie Gleeson, Founder, The Art of Living, will be joining us for this workshop.  She’s been helping people uncover their wellbeing for over 20 years so she’ll be able to help us deepen our experience of wisdom.

  • Friday, January 13, 2016, 9 – Noon
  • Register ahead of time to save your spot: http://wisdom-workshop-jan-2017.eventbrite.com
  • Tuition:
    • $122
    • Early Bird Registration before December 30th: $97
    • Register with a friend for a $12 discount each
    • Buy a package of 4 workshops for $300
  • At Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness, 3412 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

“…Now is really all there is or ever will be.  Now is every moment of every day in perfect motion.”

–Sydney Banks, The Enlightened Gardner Revisited

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Wisdom Workshop: Goals From the Inside Out–Less Doing, More Enjoying the Journey!

Do you struggle with new years resolutions?

Are you always abandoning your goals too early?

Once you reach your goal, do you often still feel unsatisfied?

Do you want a more imaginative path to happiness and success, that supports evolution and growth along the way?

The problem most people face is a widespread misunderstanding about where our mental wellbeing comes from.  As a result, you attribute your lack of fulfillment or motivation to outside circumstances.  And then you set goals to change those circumstances so you can feel better.

What if I told you that everyone has access to wisdom that allows you to have the experience you want to have, no matter what is going on around you?

And what if I showed you how this mental health “immune system” works so that you can experience happiness, inspiration, and satisfaction without any effort?

In this workshop I’m going to share with you a simple understanding that shows you where your mental wellbeing comes from.  This insight, as experienced, discovered, and taught by the late Sydney Banks, explains The Three Principles behind how our psychological experience works.   Once you start to see this for yourself, you will re-discover how to tap into your wisdom and effortlessly access your natural peace of mind, connection, and joy at any moment!  

I’ll also share a new way to set goals that helps you align your head and your heart.  You’ll stop making the journey about achieving one objective and more about experiencing inspiration, imagination, and empowerment from your instincts, flow with synchronicity, and unlimited opportunities.  

  • Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9 – Noon
  • Register ahead of time to save your spot: http://wisdom-workshop-dec-2016.eventbrite.com
  • Tuition: $97, register with a friend for a $12 discount each
  • At Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness, 3412 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

“Have faith in yourself and know that somewhere deep inside, beyond your ego, beyond your personal self, lies a beautiful flower waiting to unfold.  And it is the light of true knowledge that will make it blossom.”

–Sydney Banks, The Enlightened Gardner Revisited

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Wisdom Workshop–Holiday Spirit All Year Less Grumpy, More Gratitude!

wisdomworkholidayspirit-1-copyDo you struggle with the ups and downs of the Holidays?

Are you spending more time preparing for, than enjoying the precious moments?

Does gift giving leave you feeling more scarcity than abundance?

Are certain people getting on your nerves?

You know you have a good life, but you wonder why you don’t feel more grateful…

The problem most people face is a widespread misunderstanding about where our mental wellbeing comes from.  As a result, you attribute your holiday stress to outside circumstances, and spend a lot of effort trying to change those circumstances so you can feel better.

What if I told you that everyone has access to wisdom that allows you to experience more ease, no matter what is going on around you?

And what if I showed you how this mental health “immune system” works so that you can experience well-being without any effort during the holidays, and all year long?

In this workshop I’m going to share with you a simple understanding that shows you where your mental wellbeing comes from.  This insight, as experienced, discovered, and taught by the late Sydney Banks, explains The Three Principles behind how our psychological experience works.   Once you start to see this for yourself, you will re-discover how to tap into your wisdom and effortlessly access your natural peace of mind, connection, and inspiration, at any moment!  

We’ll also explore the nature of your experience so you can see how to access this wisdom and experience the holidays with a greater sense of ease, joy, and gratitude.  You’ll start to experience peace differently, appreciate your connection to the miraculous, and stop guarding yourself against the holiday blues.  

  • Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 3 – 6 PM
  • Register ahead of time to save your spot: http://wisdom-workshop-nov-2016.eventbrite.com
  • Tuition: $97, register with a friend for a $12 discount each
  • At Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness, 3412 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

“If you wanted to replace a glass of stale wine with fresh wine, first you must pour out the old wine. It is the same with clearing our minds of unwanted, stale thoughts.”

–Sydney Banks, The Missing Link

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Wisdom Workshop: Resilient Relationships – Less Conflict, More Connection!

wisdom-event-headerAre you looking to reduce conflict and increase your connection with your partner, boss, coworkers, friends, and other loved ones? 

The problem most people face is a widespread misunderstanding about where our mental wellbeing comes from.  As a result, you attribute conflict, stress, anger, and frustration in your relationships to outside circumstances, and spend a lot of effort trying to change those circumstances so you can feel better.

What if I told you that everyone has access to wisdom that allows you to experience more ease, no matter who you are spending time with?

And what if I showed you how this mental health “immune system” works so that you can experience well-being without any effort in all of your relationships?

In this workshop I’m going to share with you a simple understanding that shows you where your mental wellbeing comes from.  This insight, as experienced, discovered and taught by the late Sydney Banks, explains The Three Principles behind how our psychological experience works.   Once you start to see this for yourself, you will re-discover how to tap into your wisdom and effortlessly access your natural peace of mind, connection, and inspiration, at any moment!  

We’ll also explore the nature of resilient relationships so you can see how to access this wisdom and experience connection and rapport with ease.  You’ll start to see your relationships differently, appreciate differences, listen and communicate more deeply, and stop guarding yourself against insecurity.

I’m excited to invite you to your October workshop to deepen your connection in all of your relationships:

  • Saturday October 15, 2016, 9 AM to Noon
  • Limited seats are available so register ahead of time to save your spot: wisdom-workshop-oct-2016.eventbrite.com
  • Tuition: $97, sign up with a friend and save $12 each
  • With Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc
  • At Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness, 3412 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

“A mind full of love and good feelings can never go wrong.”

–Sydney Banks, The Missing Link

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Wisdom Workshop: The Nature of Transitions–Less Spinning in Place, More Springing Forward!

tansistionsAre you looking to level up in some area of your life, but feel stuck? 

When things don’t go as planned, do you feel like the rug was pulled out from under you?

Do you find yourself jumping from one thing to the next, never feeling satisfied?

The problem most people face is a widespread misunderstanding about where our mental wellbeing comes from.  As a result, you attribute your lack of motivation, fear, sadness, or dissatisfaction to outside circumstances, and spend a lot of effort trying to change those circumstances so you can feel better.

What if I told you that everyone has access to wisdom that allows you to experience more ease, no matter what is going on around you?

And what if I showed you how this mental health “immune system” works so that you can experience well-being without any effort during any kind of change?

In this workshop I’m going to share with you a simple understanding that shows you where your mental wellbeing comes from.  This insight, as experienced, discovered and taught by the late Sydney Banks, explains The Three Principles behind how our psychological experience works.   Once you start to see this for yourself, you will re-discover how to tap into your wisdom and effortlessly access your natural peace of mind, connection, and inspiration, at any moment!  

We’ll also explore the nature of transition so you can see how to access this wisdom and experience change with ease, confidence, and inspiration.  You’ll start to see your life differently, appreciate the cycles of life, and stop being scared of making mistakes.  

I’m excited to invite you to our September Wisdom Workshop to deepen your connection to the opportunities in the cycles of life:

  • Saturday September 24, 2016, 9 AM to Noon
  • Limited seats are available so register ahead of time to save your spot (the August workshop sold out): wisdom-workshop-sept-2016.eventbrite.com
  • Tuition: $97
  • With Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc
  • At Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness, 3412 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

“The achievement of mental stability and peace of mind is one  thought away from everyone on earth… if you can find that one thought.”

–Sydney Banks, The Missing Link

 

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Wisdom Workshop: Innate Mental Health & Moods–Less Stress, More Spark!

Wisdom-SparkAre you looking to reduce your stress and connect with your spark more easily?

The problem most people face is a widespread misunderstanding about where our moods come from.  As a result, you attribute your stress to outside circumstances and spend a lot of effort trying to change those circumstances so you can feel better.

What if I told you that everyone has access to wisdom that allows you to experience more ease, no matter what is going on around you?

And what if I showed you how this mental health “immune system” works so that you can experience well-being without any effort?

In this workshop I’m going to share with you a simple understanding that shows you where your moods and feelings come from.  This insight, as described by the late Sydney Banks, explains The Three Principles behind how our mental and emotional experience works.   Once you start to see this for yourself, you will re-discover how to tap into your wisdom and effortlessly access your natural peace of mind, connection, and inspiration, at any moment!  

I was first introduced to this understanding over 10 years ago and it changed my life, allowing me to relax and reconnect with my best version of myself.  I rely on it on a daily basis to access my intuition, joy, and inspiration. And now I’m ready to more deeply answer my calling to share this understanding and help end your innocent suffering.

I’m excited to invite you to our inaugural Wisdom Workshop to deepen your connection to your spark inside!

  • Saturday August 20, 2016, 9 am to Noon
  • Limited seats are available so register ahead of time to save your spot: http://wisdom-workshop-aug-2016.eventbrite.com
  • Tuition: Regularly $97, but only $48.50 for the Inaugural August Workshop
  • With Christina Ness-Hawks LAc
  • At Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness Corporation, 3412 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

 

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How to Get the Spring Back in Your Step

Spring Wellness Plan, Part 2

March 20th to June 20th 

The Spirit of Renewal, Creativity, Growth, Flexibility, & Vision

Wine Country Poppies

Spring is the ideal time for cleansing and rejuvenation for overall health and well-being. It’s time to clear out any internal stagnation you may be experiencing from the reduced activity and overindulgences of winter. The Liver and Gallbladder (the major detoxifiers of your body) are usually the primary targets for Springtime cleansing and health regimens. These organs are in charge of regulating a smooth and soothing flow of energy throughout the whole person (body and mind). Unfortunately, they’re prone to stagnation with our modern western lifestyle. Here’s what you can do to prevent a Springtime Liver and Gallbladder meltdown.

  • Put Some Spring Into Your Step: When the liver functions smoothly, physical and emotional activity throughout the body also runs smoothly and vice a versa. So, for optimum health this Spring, get a move on!
  • Do More Outdoor Activities: Outside air helps the liver energy flow. If you have been feeling irritable, find an outdoor activity to smooth out that liver stagnation.
  • Stretch: The liver controls the tendons. According to Chinese medicine, the liver stores blood during periods of rest and then releases it to the tendons in times of activity, maintaining tendon health and flexibility. Incorporate a morning stretch into your routine. Try yoga or tai qi.
  • Eye Exercises: The liver opens into the eyes. Although all the organs have some connection to the health of the eyes, the liver is connected to proper eye function. Remember to take breaks when looking at a computer monitor for extended periods of time and do eye exercises.
    • In a quiet, relaxed environment, clear the mind and slowly look around in a circle with the eyes only, reversing the direction each time. This  exercises the muscles of the eyes in a healthy way.
    • Look far away: go outside into a natural clean environment and look as far away as possible. Relax the eyes, focus on one direction for 30 seconds at a time, and then focus on something that is close by. Repeat a few times, three times a day. This allows the muscles and lens of the eyes to maintain their elasticity, and prevents premature changes in vision.
  • Clean Up Your Diet:

Eat Green: Green is the color of the liver and of Springtime. Eating young plants (fresh, leafy greens, sprouts, and immature cereal grasses) can improve the liver’s overall functions and aid in the smooth movement of energy.

Taste Sour: Foods and drinks with sour tastes are thought to stimulate the liver’s function. Put lemon slices in your drinking water, use vinegar and olive oil for your salad dressing. Garnish your sandwich with a slice of dill pickle.

Enjoy Milk Thistle Tea: Milk thistle helps protect liver cells from incoming toxins and encourages the liver to cleanse itself of damaging substances, such as alcohol, medications, pesticides, environmental toxins, and even heavy metals such as mercury.

Cook Less: Use shorter cooking times, lower temperatures, and less oil. Think sauté, steam, blanch, simmer. Increase the percentage of raw and fermented foods in your diet.

Buy In Season Foods: In season foods tend to complement the prevailing season, helping our bodies adjust to the climate, supporting health, and preventing the illnesses typical of that time of year. From a western perspective in season food simply contains more nutrients. If it’s not locally in season, it has to be imported and food looses nutrients after harvest. The shorter the time from harvest to your plate, the more nutritious your food will be.

Spring Shopping List
Animal Products: free range chicken, duck, lamb, eggs, full-fat raw or pastured milk and cheese, goats milk and cheese, cultured dairy products including butter, yogurt, and kefir
Grains: wheat, rye, brown basmati, and long grain brown rice
Vegetables: artichokes, arugula, asparagus, avocados, baby bok choy, baby greens of lettuces and other vegetables, beets, cardoons, carrots, English peas, fava beans, fennel, green garlic, green onions, leeks, nettles, nopales (cactus paddles), spring onions, pea shoots, radishes, rhubarb, snap peas, snow peas, sorrel, sprouts, turnips, watercress
Fruits: cherries, grapefruit, kumquats, lemons, mandarins, strawberries
Herbs, Spices, Condiments: cilantro, mint, parsley, and other fresh herbs, apple cider vinegar, umeboshi plum vinegar, raw sauerkraut, kimchi, other fermented vegetables
  • Get Acupuncture treatments: Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help improve the overall health of your Liver and Gallbladder as well as treat stress, anger and frustration, which are often associated with Liver/Gallbladder disharmony. Seasonal acupuncture treatments just four times a year can serve to tonify the inner organ systems and can correct minor annoyances before they become serious problems.

Time to Take Action

Take a moment and pick 2 things from above to help align yourself with Spring and foster your creativity, growth, flexibility, and vision! Yup circle them right now. Health is so much more than the absence of disease; your health is the most precious asset that you have. There is nothing more important than being proactive about your health, investing in your well-being, and choosing a lifestyle that fosters longevity and vitality. Springtime is a great time to initiate changes that can bring about your best sense of self. If you have any questions, please be in touch.  I’m always happy to help people figure out how to find their balance and maximize their natural rhythms.

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Are You in Balance this Spring?

Spring Wellness Plan, Part 1

March 20th to June 20th 

The Spirit of Renewal, Creativity, Growth, Flexibility, & Vision

Sonoma Mustard and OakAccording to Chinese medicine, human beings are microcosms of the natural universe.  We are subject to the same cycles that occur in nature, which manifest in the functioning of our bodies, minds, and spirits.  I see this when many patients all report similar symptoms at the same time, especially at the change of seasons when our body hasn’t found the balance yet.  We all know that allergies, colds, and flus have their seasons.  But did you know migraines, depression, frustration, and insomnia do too?  With this awareness, you can make use of the natural energy of Spring to maximize your productivity, sooth any discomforts, and prepare for what’s to come.

5 Elements

Each season is associated with a particular element, color, energy, climatic force, organ/physiological function in the body, and emotion.

Spring According to the Five Elements

  • Element: Wood
  • Color: Green
  • Nature: Yang
  • Climate: Wind
  • Organs: Liver, Gallbladder
  • Emotion: Anger

Spring is the time for get up and do. It is the season of activity: rebirth, sudden growth, and rapid expansion.  Seeds sprout, flowers bloom, and the sun warms the earth.  There is a sense of renewal and new life all around.  It’s time for things that have been resting, and replenishing, germinating and gestating, hidden and gathering power though the cold and quiet winter, to emerge and burst forth, take form, and assert themselves.

Our sense of balance in Spring is intricately connected to whether or not we took advantage of the natural energy in the previous seasons.

  • Winter is the time of storage and hibernation so it is a good time for internal focus and recharging your batteries.  In order to have the energy to spring forward, we need to make sure we took the time to rest in winter
  • Summer is the time of growth, maturation, and outward expression.  Gardens grow tall and flowers turn to fruits and seeds.  If we let stagnation slow us down in Spring, or wear ourselves down with Spring fever, we won’t have the force to be able to reach our full potential of the joy of summer and may struggle with agitation or nervousness.
  • Autumn harvest is the time of letting go.  If we didn’t let go of outmoded beliefs or emotions in the fall it can show up as stagnation in the Spring and can result in emotional outbursts, agitation, or stagnation.

Finding the Balance

When in balance in Spring we find the will to initiate and execute projects that we have been contemplating. This burgeoning of activity can also stir tumultuous feelings if we don’t take proper care.

How In Balance Are You This Spring?

Out of Balance

In Balance

Lack of focus, decisiveness, and firmness of purpose to achieve your visions Able to hone your vision, focus your energy, make decisions, and take action with creative vision
Lethargy, lack of motivation Enthusiasm to begin new projects
Hyper-Responsible Work-aholic—so goal focused you neglect your needs or personal relationships Grace, creative flow and the resiliency to adapt to change come easy, without loosing the big picture
Foggy thinking, forgetfulness Unformed ideas, plans, and aspiration begin to take on shape and detail
Outbursts of anger, increased frustration, restlessness, irritability, PMS (for women), depression, insomnia Able to express emotions in a healthy way, especially anger (Anger can be the impulse to create change; it can be positive and dynamic when channeled in a healthy way!)
Thrown off by changes and obstacles, either becoming rigid and angry when things to not go according to plan, or feeling hopeless and frustrated so you give up on your goals When obstacles arise you stay rooted in your mission while remaining flexible and seeking a new path, bending gracefully to accommodate the winds of change
Tight tendons, muscle pulls and strains, joint pains Muscles, tendons, and joints are flexible and pain free, the head is clear, eyes and skin are moist and cool, digestion is running smoothly
Headaches, blurry, red, or dry eyes
Dry skin, itchiness, rashes
Rib-side pain, poor digestion, abdominal distention

Stay tuned for the Spring Wellness Plan, Part 2 with tips to help you get your spring back in your step!…

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Class: Peace of Mind Is An Inside Job

I’m excited about the class I am hosting at the end of January with my incredible coach Julie Gleeson from the Art of Living, Inc.  She’ll be helping you get in touch with your inner resiliency and peace of mind; and she’ll be showing you how you can do this any time you want.  And best of all her classes are always fun, relaxing, and deep.  She has an amazing ability to help people connect with what is unique and special about themselves on a truly profound level.  It’s sure to be a great way to start the new year.

Here’s all the important info:

  • Saturday, January 31st 10 am – Noon
  • Located at Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness, 3412 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
  • Click on this link to register ahead of time at Eventbrite
  • Just $15 will save your spot
  • More details on the flyer here: Peace of Mind is an Inside Job
  • Please come early to enjoy some snacks and tea and get settled.

A little more background for those interested…  The work Julie does is informed by the 3 Principles as discovered and taught by Sydney Banks.  I first ran across these teachings over 10 years ago and it changed my life.  I’ve taken classes, worked with coaches, read books, and overall  kept in the conversation about the 3 principles ever since.  I rely on it on a daily basis to access my inner wisdom and intuition, reduce stress, access a greater ease and creative potential, and overall tap into my best version of myself.  I often discuss it with patients and it is the basis of the two books I recommend most: “The Inside Out Revolution” by Michael Neill and “The Relationship Handbook” by George Pransky.

I began working with Julie in October of 2013.  I was looking for a coach to help me get more connected with my purpose and find more ease and joy in running my business.  I put the word out far and wide and I think it was no coincidence that someone connected me to her.  I looked up Julie on the internet and was excited to find out that she too had been guided by the 3 Principles and had even studied with Sydney Banks himself when he was alive .  While working with her for over a year, she’s helped me deepen my understanding of the 3 Principles and learn to better apply them to allow me to tap into grace and flow.  I can wholeheartedly say she is an integral part of my support team and I am sure you will love her class.  Julie has a deep connection to accessing natural wisdom and a special ability to help people tap into their unique spark, all while being grounded in the practical aspects of daily living.

If this resonates with you, sign up today at Eventbrite , and join us on January 31st.  If you still have any questions, check out the flyer here Peace of Mind is an Inside Job with a description of the class, and feel free to give Julie or me a call.

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How to Keep the Spring in Your Summer Step

Summer Wellness Plan, Part 2

June 21st to September 4th

The Spirit of Expansion, Growth, Joy, and Intuition

Dry Creek Peach

The Heart, mind, spirit, and Small Intestine are ruled by the fire element of Summer, so priority should be given to these important aspects of ourselves in the Summer season. The Heart pumps oxygen-rich blood through the body and, according to Chinese medicine, it also connects our inner life and external universe—it is the foundation of the mind and gives rise to our capacity for thought, perception, sensation, speech, communication, and memory. The Small Intestine separates the turbid from the clear. This means it pulls nutrients from the food we eat and refers to differentiation in clarity of mind and thoughts.  This is a great time to realize our life’s greatest potential, but it is easy to overdo it in summer with the energy of abundance all around.  Here are some ways you can remain balanced in summer while still following your inspiration.

  • Awaken earlier in the morning, Go to bed later in the evening, Rest at midday:  People naturally go to bed later and wake up earlier during Summer in Northern California with all the extra daylight we get.  The part they forget is to get some rest midday to make up for it.  Some mindful breathing or a short nap at the hottest time of the day will keep you ready for summer action.
  • Drink plenty of fluids:  Water with slices of cucumber will keep you cool and prevent the body from overheating.  I recommend people drink ½ their body weight in ounces of water each day and it is especially important in the hot summer season.
  • Promote cardiovascular health with:

Daily exercise: It’s a great time to use that extra burst of energy that you wake up with to get some exercise in the cool morning time.

Heart Healthy Nutrients:  To support a healthy Heart eat foods high in or supplement with potassium, magnesium (Natural Calm Magnesium is my favorite supplement), Coenzyme Q10 (make sure you get the active ubiquinol form), and fish oils high in omega-3s.

  • Promote digestive health in your Small Intestine by:

Eliminating food allergies: Get curious about any food sensitivities that might be causing inflammation and harming the lining of the intestine.  Do an elimination diet for 2-4 weeks, then reintroduce the foods, one by one, and observe how your body reacts.  Eliminate the foods that make you feel poorly from your diet while you build your digestive system back up.

Eating probiotics:  There should be 3 pounds of beneficial bacteria in your gut; they play a large role in your digestion, immune system and inflammatory response.  Probiotics are available in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, raw sauerkraut, specifically labeled pickles, miso, kombucha (careful because it can contain lots of sugar and some caffeine).  I recommend supplementing with a therapeutic dose of 50-100 billion probiotic organisms, per day.  Work your way up slowly.

  • Let emotions pass quickly, don’t dwell on them: Pent up or excess emotions cause and exacerbate heat.  One of my favorite Chinese proverbs is “You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.”  Let emotions pass over you as you would a weather system.  With this in mind you will be able align with the Chinese medicine classics that say  “A healthy heart receives the joys and sorrows of the world without breaking.”
  • Allow yourself to act on impulse and intuition:  The Heart is connected with our true impulse.  When in balance, this connects us to our intuition or inner guidance.  For practice start by listening and following small impulses while you go for a leisurely walk or drive.  See where your impulses and intuition take you and enjoy the journey.
  • Plan a summer vacation:  Vacation calms the mind and refreshes the body.  It is crucial to balance the focused intensity of work with the reckless abandon of summer play.  This will help you go about your daily activities with more joy, passion, and laughter.
  • Clean Up Your Diet:

Eat in moderation:  Our body thrives on lighter fare in the summer; we don’t need as much of the heavier foods that are appropriate in winter.  Eat small light meals throughout the day.  Overconsumption of foods in the heat, even cooling foods, can easily lead to indigestion, sluggishness, and diarrhea.

Eat cool:  Summer is the perfect time to enjoy more cooling foods in your diet to clear heat, reduce toxins, and generate body fluids such as lettuce and salads, cucumbers, and watermelon.

Eat healthy fats:  It is now widely acknowledged that the low fat dietary recommendations beginning in the 1950s were based on little scientific evidence.  Current evidence shows that we need healthy fats and oils to support a healthy ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids which contribute to a healthy Heart and circulatory system.  Increase consumption of cold-pressed or expeller pressed olive and coconut oils, pastured butter, lard, duck fat, and ghee.  Decrease consumption of corn, soy, cottonseed, safflower, and sunflower oils

Taste bitter:  Bitter flavors improve nutrient absorption and distribution as well as cool and enhance the sometimes sluggish summer metabolism.  Get a digestive bitters tincture or increase the consumption of radish, kale, arugula, mustard greens, dill, sesame, horseradish, parsley, cilantro, turmeric, fenugreek, mint, and basil.

Cook Less:  Use shorter cooking times.  The best cooking method for Summer is stir-frying; it quickly adds the heat and energy of the season.  Increase the percentage of raw and fermented foods in your diet.

Buy In Season Foods: In season foods tend to complement the prevailing season, helping our bodies adjust to the climate, supporting health, and preventing the illnesses typical of that time of year.  Summer foods have the ability to clear heat and cool the body down. Those grown in late summer or fall are more hearty and tend to be better for building heat for those cooler fall days and nights (think root vegetables versus cucumbers).  From a western perspective in season food simply contains more nutrients.  Food looses nutrients after harvest and if it’s not locally in season it has to be imported.  The shorter the time from harvest to your plate, the more nutritious your food will be.

Summer Shopping List

      • Animal Products: beef, chicken, lamb, seasonal fish and seafood
      • Beans: red lentils, red beans, tempeh and tofu, mung beans
      • Grains: amaranth, corn, quinoa, rice
      • Vegetables: arugula, sweet corn, green beans, basil, summer squash, garlic, okra, cucumbers, avocados, tomatillos, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, green onions, chives, cilantro, snow peas, chard, sprouts, mushrooms, watercress, edible flowers
      • Fruits: apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines, apples, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, melons, citrus
      • Herbs, Spices, Condiments: garlic, hot peppers, horseradish, ginger, fresh herbs such as tarragon, rosemary, oregano
  • Get acupuncture treatments: Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help restore vital functions to your Heart and Small Intestine as well as calm the mind, enhance one’s ability to focus, soothe emotions, promote sleep, and cool off the body.  Seasonal acupuncture treatments just four times a year can serve to tonify the inner organ systems, ease the transition between the seasons, and correct minor annoyances before they become serious problems.

Time to Take Action

Take a moment and pick 2 things from above to help align yourself with Summer and foster your expansion, growth, joy, and intuition!  Yup choose them right now.  Health is so much more than the absence of disease; your health is the most precious asset that you have. There is nothing more important than being proactive about your health, investing in your well-being, and choosing a lifestyle that fosters longevity and vitality.  Summertime is a great time to initiate changes that can bring about your best sense of self.  If you have any questions, please be in touch.  I’m always happy to help people figure out how to find their balance and maximize their natural rhythms.

(Image Source: Lafiya Watson)

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