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What Is Mother Earth Saying? A Shocking and Unexpected Earth Day Message from the Big Mamma

What Is Mother Earth Saying? A Shocking and Unexpected Earth Day Message from the Big Mamma

What do you feel from the Earth? When you turn your attention not to an individual aspect of nature, but to the great matrix of the planet, what do you notice?

Tuning into the Earth is an exercise I did many times as a student and have since repeated many times with my own students (because we all want to know: what is Mother Earth saying?).

My noticings are often quite different from those around me.

Mother Earth is so sad, someone will say.

She’s grieving the loss of the rainforests, another will chime in.

And for sure someone will be weeping inconsolably, “feeling her pain.”

What if I told you that’s not at all what I get when I tune into this gorgeous planet?

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How I Got a Book Deal without Having a Gazillion Followers

How I Got a Book Deal without Having a Gazillion Followers

When I was a kid I dreamed of being an author.

I figured the job description involved, well, you know, writing. I thought the primary requirement to get a book deal was to be a decent writer.

And then I grew up.

This could have been “the end” ’cause I was told that, in order to get a book deal, I needed at least 60,000 people on my email list, 80k followers on Facebook, a YouTube Channel, a popular podcast, and flaming blue hair.

Just kidding on the hair… well, sorta. (more…)

A Jewish Girl Does Bacon

A Jewish Girl Does Bacon

Lessons, we all know, come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and anything (or anyone!) can be a teacher.

We are all connected to each other and everything else in the universe. And because of that, we can learn from anyone and anything…

Even bacon.

Bacon is, as we all know, made from pork.

If you, like me, grew up in a traditional Jewish household, there was no pork, thus no bacon. Don’t get me wrong; there was plenty of bacon at the diner on Sunday (we weren’t that Jewish) but my parents’ rule was no pork or shellfish in the house.

So my sister ate pepperoni pizza at the parlor and plain at home. I didn’t have my first taste of lobster ’til I was in my twenties and decided to remedy what I saw as an obvious hole in my culinary education. (more…)

“A Detox Is Not a Diet” and Other Things I Tell the Woman in the Mirror

“A Detox Is Not a Diet” and Other Things I Tell the Woman in the Mirror

A detox is not a diet.

Getting comfortable in my own skin and with how I perceive my body image has been one of my challenges this lifetime. So every spring, as I come off the liquids-only day of my yearly, oh-so-gentle detox, I repeat the mantra “A detox is not a diet. A detox is not a diet.”

My inner teenager, who danced with bulimia and diet regimens enforced by both my mother and my doctor, can never be skinny enough. She looks at pictures of my raw-boned ancestors and cringes, wondering why she didn’t inherit my mother’s bird bones and Audrey Hepburn visage. (more…)

If You’re Looking for “The Answer,” I’ve Got a News Flash for You

If You’re Looking for “The Answer,” I’ve Got a News Flash for You

Life doesn’t deal in stasis or absolutes… which means there’s no such thing as “the answer.”

There’s only the answer that works right now. If what you’re doing isn’t working, it’s time to make a change.

I’ve always been fascinated by how the human body regenerates: your stomach cells regrow every 2 to 9 days, your skin every 10 to 30 days, and your liver takes about 6 months.

Which means that your body is constantly in motion. It’s micro-motion, to be sure, and most likely you don’t even notice it, but it’s motion nonetheless.

Everything in the universe is in a constant state of flux.

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How to Detox Your Life without Making Yourself Crazy

How to Detox Your Life without Making Yourself Crazy

Every year about this time, as spring’s energy begins its upward spiral, folks come into Herbiary ready to cleanse.

“What’s your favorite detox?” they ask, imagining that how to detox involves scrubbing their colon, pumping their gallbladder like a piston, and removing every last toxin from their liver.

(My past-students are eye-rolling. They already know where I am going with this.) (more…)