Nerdo Science

In an earlier post I gave a simplified introduction to four key regions of the brain that influence how we feel. The most important take-away is the understanding of how the neural circuits work. There is a circuit for every thought, feeling, and action we have. By making small tweaks we can “swing the vote” […]

The “Feeling” Brain

Most people know by now that the human brain developed in three stages. The first to come along was the stem brain which we inherited from dinosaurs, next came the limbic followed by the prefrontal cortex, which – for better or worse – sets us apart from other animals. This post will focus on the […]

The Power of Play

What is play? A classic definition is to engage in recreation or amusement that relaxes or refreshes the body and mind. With one small caveat, it must come from the heart. We need play because life is serious. It helps create balance and is different than just having fun. In play, we lose ourselves. We […]

Self Talk

I’m going to take you on a brief journey into the heart of Being. As a therapist, one of my favorite roles is to remind people of their largeness – which I define as living a Self-led life. When describing the qualities of Self, it’s not unusual for clients to look at me quizzically. Recently someone […]

The Quiet Killer

Sugar is the devil in disguise. Think I’m kidding? Stop what you’re doing and “Google” the harmful effects of sugar. About 20,600,000 results will come up in 0.38 seconds. Click on any one of them and you’ll see a list a mood disorders, degenerative disease, chronic inflammation and metabolic syndrome. If you don’t suffer from any […]

Sweet Savant

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m glad I’m a (recovering) sugar junkie. I’m feeling lucky that the bane and pleasure of my existence is/was and may always be – sugar. Where it not, I would have never discovered what a crucial role it plays in well-being. Up until this moment, I viewed sugar […]

Choose Health

One of my favorite childhood cartoons was a propaganda piece that taught kids how to make healthy food choices. A squatty, smart aleck named Ol’ Timer proselytized “you are what you eat from head down to your feet!” The tune was catchy and I’d find myself singing it mindlessly while happily eating a bag of […]