Does your skin glow? Is your digestion running smoothly?
Do you have unstoppable energy and a v...
“The ancient Taoist sages learned everything from their keen observation of nature. They followed the changes in the seasons, the movement of animals, the properties of medicinal plants, and the pattern of weather in the sky. They knew that we are part of this grand symphony called nature.”
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do...
I will never forget this picture. Two weeks prior I had been through one of the most painful times of my life...a total hip replacement.
The agony of that surgery was just the beginning. Recovery is often more painful and challenging than the immediate procedure itself.
On the particular day ...
Wow! I cannot believe Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner. If you're like most people and think that Southern California is warm and sunny, I have some news for you:
I actually had to wear my ski jacket, leg warmers and scarf on my walk last night!
One of my favorite things a...
1.5 billion people worldwide are challenged by chronic pain.
I can’t even begin to count the number of individuals I have run into this past week who are dealing with some form of pain. Shoulder, knee, hip, elbow, ankle, neck and the ever so annoying...back p...
What if I told you that at the end of one week you would be healthier, happier, more peaceful and productive as well as age better?
Pay attention closely to this Rise Up Well and that might just happen.
When it comes to health and wellness, my brother ...
I have a new kitten and her name is Happy.
I figured that when I am feeling down or overwhelmed and my kitty comes running up to me, “Here comes Happy,” would be an instant mood lifter. You know what? It really works.
Well, last night while ...
I love this time of year. Yes, even where I live in Southern California, we have seasons.
The summer has passed and the crowds are gone...yippee! The air is crisp and the ocean is a more vibrant blue with cooler winds and transitioning currents.
As the seasons bring c...
Yesterday at 5:30 am, I entered the dark spinning class room at SoulCycle, as I consistently do 5 times a week. I have always arrived there before everyone else and proceed to warm up for at least 15 -20 minutes.
I get my mind focused, my intentions set, my muscles engaged and I plug into the zone. Spinning is not just an exercise class to me; it is a life altering transformational experience that helps me to grow tougher mentally, psychically and spiritually.
I felt called to send a simple message....a message we often forget.
Why do you need this ancient healing remedy?
Dr. Gary Null, a very well-known doctor, says it best:
“Black Cumin Oil is probably the single most important oil you can put in your system. Every time you take black cumin you are stimulating your immune system to fight on your behalf and increase natural killer cells.”
In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective. - Dalai Lama
We love it when our life just flows, when everything clicks and we have a vibrancy and joy that is unmatched. We feel unstoppable. But then it happens—your life gets stuck, your mojo is gone, you start to feel sluggish, scattered, overwhelmed, and anxious, like you’re caught on a treadmill going nowhere. The worst is that you can’t even begin to think about how to pull yourself out of this paralyzed state. The Dalai Lama is 100% right when he mentions PERSPECTIVE, but when you are so far in the dark, how can you possibly open your eyes to the light?
I will never forget my first time using bone broth. I had heard amazing facts about it's healing abilities for quite some time. Healing abilities such as:
“Jen, dear, you should try writing, it might be interesting.”Those were some of the last words my Nana ever wrote to me. Ironically years later, I began writing and it has blessed me ever since.
My Nana passed away February 29th 1992, a loss many have never recovered from. I especially was radically transformed by her death. She was the first person I knew who had died. I was going through a life-threatening situation myself and because of her passing, I became aware of my own mortality. I realized that I had to change my situation or I would die too. I truly believe my Nana gave me her strength when she went to heaven. In fact, I know without a doubt that she breathed life back into me with her last breath. I know this because I was at a desperately low point in my life and going down fast. When Nana died, I suddenly found the will to live and began to make changes that would allow me to heal. I had never been able to find such power until she was gone. I have felt my Nana’s spirit with me from that day forward. She is with me now and guides me daily….I can bet some of you have a “Nana” in your life too.
Thirty Two vials of blood….I think this was a record for me. I was at the lab once again gathering information for my doctor as we put together the puzzle pieces of the chronic illness issues I am currently dealing with. Note, that I say “THE chronic illness” because I do not identify myself as such nor do I choose to live into the diagnosis, and…I say CURRENTLY, because I accept my present situation but it is not going to occupy my life forever. I know that my words steer the direction of my life so I am careful to use them wisely. Something we all need to consider. Do I enjoy this frustration, overwhelm and discomfort? No way! Does it make me angry and question God? Absolutely …but I do not doubt God…not even for a minute because I understand the role of faith and hope. If we lose that, then how are we supposed to get through tough times? You don’t have to believe in God, but a life without hope and faith will indeed be a struggle. It’s normal and okay to be upset and ask the dreaded question…WHY ME? I can bet you have asked that question yourself when you meet seemingly insurmountable circumstances, devastating loss, pain and suffering or when you find yourself in a rut.
Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.
Stop for a moment and think about how often you look outside yourself for answers...
The next time you are challenged....which sh...
I believe in PINK. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. -Audrey...
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are headed - Lao-Tzu
Get quiet with yourself today, if possible out in nature....ask yourself are you really living the life you were born to live? Are you headed in the direction that you know is in your soul? Or are you living someone else's...
During my teenage years, I struggled with a life threatening illness and almost died. But I know what it's like to overcome and have so much more energy, resilience, strength, compassion, peace, productivity, passion, well being, creativity and authentic health. To me, life is a journey. It is abou...
Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark. - Agnes de Mille
During my teenage years I suffered from Anorexia Nervosa. Hospitalized for two months, I almost died. After falling to a life threatening body weight of 85lbs, I made the conscious decision to fight back…. Having a strong faith, I summoned the strength to take my anxious initial step into the unkn...
Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity. When you don't think you can, hold on. - James Frey
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. - Henry David Thoreau
We live in a land of great opportunity and resources. We have the freedom as well, to make choices everyday that will impact our wellbeing. Why not give our body, mind and spirit the best advantage as we journey through the miracle of life itself. When we make the decision to live in the realm of optimal wellness, we can produce transformational changes that lead us to the ultimate level of living….the level of Higher Health.
Whether or not one manifests disease or attains wellness, relies a great deal on the condition of the human, or host. A question to ask is, “how am I contributing to my present health.” Why not give oneself the best possible chance to live at a state of higher health, the level in which we were born to live.