Simple is good. I have not always leaned in this direction. I have a strong mind and am prone to complex thought. Now, in this age of information, there are so many perspectives available to consider on any topic. I frequently get lost down the rabbit hole by following a piece of information that I find curious. Before I know it, several hours have passed. Yet I find my mind turning to the question of how to simplify this thing called optimizing our health, wellness, life. What would be the bare bones of it? Increasing levels of complexity may be the...

Dave Asprey of The Bulletproof Diet book fame has had a tremendous influence on me since I read his book and started following his podcast. If optimizing your diet and lifestyle for peak performance is of interest to you, then you might want to check out his material. His new release, Head Strong, just got stocked on our shelves and I am excited to dig in. This book focuses specifically on how to tailor our lives to support our brains to be sharper and more resilient, which in turn helps us to be emotionally stable and effective in our lives. Asprey...

I just finished listening to The Neuroscience Training Summit 2017 from Sounds True, where 20 experts in the field present their latest findings for practical application into everyday life. As a long time meditator and student of psychology and human potential, I loved learning more about the science that supports what many spiritual traditions have long suggested – meditation is really good for our brains and has positive impacts on all areas of our lives. There were many good presentations on trauma as well, including information on how past traumatic experiences can continue to influence us throughout our lives if...

Through my journey of awakening to fully assume responsibility for my health, I have learned to turn more and more to the wisdom within my body.  Our bodies’ innate healing capacity is one of the most overlooked power sources in our lives. Our culture of externalized medical authority has us generally looking elsewhere for answers to our health issues. If there is one thing I could change about what we teach kids regarding our bodies, it would be to honor, (maybe even worship!) our capacity to self-regulate and return to health after assault or injury and to do whatever we...

Isn’t that, well . . . dirty? In Dr. Josh Axe’s new book, Eat Dirt, he challenges us to question many of our “chemical age” approaches to hygiene and how we maintain our home and work environments. He suggests that our “hyper-hygiene” era is contributing to the demise of our very critical microbial communities that live inside (and on) our bodies. This is the new age of understanding the importance of our microbiome (our gut microflora) and learning how to live in harmony with the microbial communities that are so essential to our health. Our bodies are possibly as much as 10...

Many years ago I read an article on integrative medicine, the practice of emphasizing wellness of the whole person and combining allopathic medicine with complementary approaches to health. Intuitively I thought this made excellent sense and was encouraged that options were expanding in medicine, though at the time there were only a handful of large institutions across the country offering this possibility. In pursuit of my own health and healing I have been blessed by many holistic alternative practitioners that address the individual as a whole, such as acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, and various forms of energy work.  These approaches help the body...

Why I love the Urban Monk ~ You know you love a book when you tell everyone you speak to on any subject, about the book you are reading. This is what has happened for me reading the Urban Monk. I have also said that the author is generally addressing someone younger than me, which I am super happy about, but I have still gotten plenty out of the book and think you would too, regardless of age. Pedram Shojai is comprehensively looking at our modern life and supporting the reader in getting an integrated grip on directing one’s destiny with wisdom...