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Please Hear My Pain Pt 3

What is your pain trying to tell you?  Last week we explored the art of listening to our bodies.  Is there a message our physical, emotional or mental body is trying to send us? In my experience of rebuilding my health, I have had to address many issues outside of the...

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If God Had a Refrigerator

With fibromyalgia, it can often feel like we are alone.  We may feel abandoned.  We feel frightened and hopeless.   That is never true.  God is as close as your next breath, your next prayer.   When you feel lost and alone, pray and ask for guidance.   That has helped...

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Please Hear My Pain Pt 2

Do you hear your own pain beyond the physical pain?  Last week in Please Hear My Pain Pt 1, I talked about the need to feel heard and how other people couldn’t understand our experience.  This week, we are going to explore a deeper level of hearing your own pain. Is...

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Embracing Pain with Love

Pain is the name of the game Fibromyalgia is a painful challenging illness.  We have physical pain, emotional pain and mental pain.  It disrupts our lives and can steal all that we hold dear. How can we move beyond the pain? For years, I fought the fibromyalgia.  I...

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Please Hear My Pain Pt 1

One of the biggest challenges for women with fibromyalgia is feeling heard.  We go to medical doctors and they might say, “there is nothing physically wrong with you”, “it is all in your head”, “you are just a hypochondriac”. If you have danced with the new age or...

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Take Time to Smell the Flowers

Balance the difficulty with remembering the good.   Living with fibromyalgia is difficult.  Sometimes we get caught up in the agony of it all.  That is easy to do when we are in physical and emotional pain and when our body doesn't allow us to do what we want to do. ...

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Power of Breathing

Breath is Life The most important nutrient that we take in every minute of every day is air.  Breath is life.  Your life begins with the first breath in and ends with your last breath out.  Without breath/air, you would cease to be alive in 3-4 minutes.  You can live...

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Body, Emotion, Mind, Spirit Connection

Becoming aware of my body and emotions through yoga My first experience with exploring the connection between the mind, body and emotions was during my years of residency at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.  I was already living in a lot of pain and was looking for...

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From the Heart

Is Fibromyalgia a Wake up Call from Your Soul? Last week, I began speaking about the connection between fibromyalgia and negative life experiences.  For the past 40 years, I have been exploring this area of health and well-being.  I have been guided to take many...

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4 Essential Components to Rebuild Your Health

The body is designed to heal itself if given what it needs.  Rebuilding your health is an inside-out process.   It takes the detective work to identify underlying causes of your symptoms and creating solutions that are in harmony with your body’s needs.  This approach...

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Mindset for Healing

The mind is a powerful tool. It can assist with the process of rebuilding your health . . . or it can get in the way. I believe that the reason I have made so much progress in rebuilding my health is my mindset.  It pulled me through when the body couldn’t.  It also...

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Developing Equanimity – Equanimity Pt 3

Developing Equanimity Two weeks ago, I shared the story of the Farmer and the Horse which introduced the Power of Equanimity to me.  Last week, I talked about applying this to the experience of fibromyalgia on a day to day basis.  This week, in my final installment on...

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Power of Equanimity Pt 1

The Power of Equanimity Part 1 of 3:     The Lotus Blossom has long been a symbol of Equanimity.  While rooted in the mud, the flower floats on top of the water above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. When I began my spiritual journey many years ago, one of...

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Core Values

Core Values.   Our core values are those values that guide us in our life;  like the banks of the river that allow the water to flow back into the ocean, our core values allow our life energy to flow back into a state of harmony.    On a more practical level, our core...

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This is who I am . . . or is it?

This is who I am???   Through my life, I have changed my personality many times. Here is an example:   I used to not be a very nice person.  I was mean and drove other people mercilessly.  Then I became too wishy washy and let others push me around. Now, I am finding...

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