And my word of the year is...

... not especially poetic. Like, "beauty", or "connection", or "courage", of "self care".

In fact, it even ignores one of my guidelines for setting intention, which is to declare what you DO want, not what you don't.

Yet, after shuffling through a few good candidates, and learning from my teacher Katy Bowman, that sometimes we have to release chronic holding patterns before we can find our true alignment, this is the word made the most sense for now. That being:


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Emergence revisited

It seems butterflies are more or less the quintessential metaphor for transformation - am I right?

But what about clinginess and hesitation?

Because of a good friend, whose enthusiasm and butterfly obsession rubbed off on me, I had the honor of 'raising' a bunch of caterpillars from egg to adult Monarch - a one month and six day project that became strangely addictive.

Besides learning that the little buggers are basically eating and pooping machines until they go into chrysalis stage, I was able to watch and predict their process of emergence, right down to the hour.

Nature can teach you a thing or two patient observation.


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Can goose bumps prevent illness?

As much as I thrive in the spring and summer, I do enjoy the colder seasons as well - in fact, as I write this, I'm watching this fall/winter's first snowfall from my office window. It's lovely.

What I don't look forward to is the onslaught of cold and flu season. (Like, does anyone, really?)

Whether it hits me and mine (which, thankfully, is not all that often), or my clients, it's bad for business. :)

So, this seems like a good time to talk about an interesting concept in Chinese Medicine, the Wei Chi.

While immunology as a field is extremely complex and is still revealing its mysteries to western medicine, the idea of Wei Chi (a phrase which here is pronounced 'way-chee' and loosely translates as 'defensive life force') in Chinese medicine, can be conceptualized as a field surrounding the surface of the body, much like guards at the city gates.


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