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Two months ago today (as I write this), Oct. 18, 2016, this beautiful Being entered my life.  In many ways it feels much longer, perhaps because he looks so much like my dear Bo. But in reality, we are still learning to ‘dance’ with one another.  Joining a new, unfamiliar household at the age of 7 offers its share of hurdles for both of us.  I do believe his first several weeks were a bit of shock to his system as he underwent surgery (having never been neutered) and unfortunately experienced an infection at the incision site.  So his ‘welcome gift’ was a removal of his ‘manhood’ along with being forced to wear a silly lampshade around his head for over 3 weeks.  (OK, a cone. But as my dear friend Chris observes, it is indeed much like a lampshade.)

So what kind of WELCOME was this?  And I’m sure in his mind he was muttering,  “You’ve got to be kidding me… WHAT have I gotten myself into?!” as he bounced off walls and any objects in his path. Not exactly what he would have chosen, I’m sure.  I did share with him every chance I got that this was indeed NOT the norm, and he had much joy to look forward to. But given that animals live in the moment, this was not the most comforting news.

I do also believe his former guardian was a male and that he lived with other canine companions. So now, along with the surgery recovery and lampshade adornments, he was cohabitating with a WOMAN in charge, as well as a headstrong deaf cat. (Who loves Bailey Nanda dearly, by the way.)  Talk about change.

So now that the incision is all healed, the lampshade long gone, good healthy food and ample treats to partake of, several walks a day regardless of weather AND cozy sleeping quarters on the couch or the bed, I am pretty sure that life has taken on a ‘new glow.’   He did also share with me the other day that he isn’t particularly fond of ‘baby talk’ so I do my best to engage him in intelligent conversation as well. He is adorable in every sense of the word and I could not be more blessed.

*Also of note, especially for anyone who has a pet with seizure activity, Bailey Nanda’s medical reports – a bit scanty at best from the shelter – show that he has been on phenobarbital for several years after experiencing mild seizures some time ago.  Due to my quest to keep things as ‘natural’ as possible (along with the short and long-term side effects of the drug – lethargy, weight gain, liver damage) I am on the road to weaning him down and hopefully completely off this med.  CBD oil has been shown to be quite effective in preventing seizures  as well as various acupressure points and a ketogenic diet. (high fat, adequate protein and low carb).  If anyone would like more info on this, please just email me and I will share what I am learning.

WINTER HEALTH TIPS: So If you CAN’T Hibernate…

As we enter the season of winter, ‘Kidney’ season in Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are several things we can do to insure a healthy experience.  Just as the bears hibernate, the plants and trees go dormant, we are also being asked to slow things down.  This is, of course, not always easy as we find ourselves in the midst of holiday celebrations, shopping trips and generally more social outings and commitments than at other times of year.  So yes, indulge, but do so with some awareness on the rest your body is not only seeking but requires to maintain good health.

Foods to Support the Season:
Think yummy, warm hearty soups and foods that nourish inside and out including:
whole grains, quinoa, oats, squash, potatoes, root veggies, carrots, cabbage, black beans, dark green leafy veggies
& roasted nuts.

Lifestyle Tips:
* Stay hydrated (& avoid too much salt)  Also be aware also of not OVER-hydrating.  We hear so much about drinking enough water that we forget this can be overdone as well. You can decipher whether you are imbibing a healthy amount of H2O from the color of your urine. It should be pale straw through a transparent yellow.  NO color, you are drinking too much water.   Dark yellow, still normal but add more water.  Amber or honey, drink water now. Brown – severe dehydration and possible liver imbalance.

* Keep the feet, lower back (kidney region) and back of neck area warm. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Kidneys store what is known as ‘Jing’ – the essence of life. Keeping the feet and lower back warm will help maintain our vitality and life force by nearing the Kidney ‘qi’ (energy). Also we have acupoints located at the back of the head, neck and shoulders where our ‘Wei Qi’ (immune defense) can be easily compromised making us susceptible to wind, cold and dampness. Wearing a hat and scarf can help keep you protected.

* Practice yoga, qigong and meditation for movement and stress release – this of course, in any season.  But in the cold winter months, finding indoor activities becomes even more important.

* Get ample sleep – again – this is important all year round, but even more so in the season of darkness.  A natural sleep aid if you tend towards insomnia is valerian root.  I like the tincture and get mine at

Acupressure to Maintain Balance:
The Kidney & Bladder meridians are related to the season of winter and there are several acupressure points that can help contribute to balance, as well as massage of the kidneys themselves. These energy channels are associated with more than just the kidney and bladder/urinary health but also the spine/lower back, ears, reproductive organs, knees, feet and  joints. Working with the Kidney meridian can also help reduce the fear we carry, as this is the emotion linked to this organ when out of balance.

Two key points to consider:

Kidney 1(Bubbling Wells): located on bottom of foot, 1/3 way down between first and second toes. Very grounding as it drains excess from upper body thereby addressing headaches, ‘monkey mind’, insomnia and more

Kidney 27 (Elegant Mansion): located in small depressions underneath the knob of collarbone. Brings all energy fields into balance, addresses chest congestion, asthma, shallow breathing, throat pain and emotionally, restores balance and energy flow throughout body.

Kidney massage: above belt-line, both sides of spine- stimulates the kidneys, provides warmth and reduces levels of fear in body.

Blessing to all for a beautiful Solstice,  healthy, joyous Christmas and holiday season and AMAZING 2017.:)

The Magic Carpet Ride Home

My dear Pim (Simba) went home today.(Oct.31st, 2015)

My dear Pim

My dear Pim

She was 20+ years old (around 100 in human years) and up until very recently was pretty much in tip-top shape. Folks marveled at her condition and with good reason. She was an amazing kitty (and still is.) Letting go of her cuts like a knife and I must shift my awareness into what it is that I teach: We are all One. We are pure Love and Energy. We are always connected through time and space. And it helps somewhat, but the ‘human’ part of me wants to run through the streets screaming “NO!” It was too soon. It’s always too soon…

And so as balm to my aching heart, I choose now to share a little bit of Pim’s story with you.

She came to live with me when she was 8 years old, an exoticallly beautiful silver- striped tabby. She entered a household that was already sanctuary to three other kitties and two doggies and yet made the transition to being ‘home’ in no time at all.

One of her very favorite pastimes right from the start was to join me in yoga and I truly mean JOIN. No matter the pose, she was right there with me, including downward dog where I would warn her that there was a possibility of being catapulted across the room when I stood up. No matter. When we entered Savasana (relaxation pose), she would be sprawled out, fully relaxed and ready to let the energy settle wherever it needed to go. This inspired one of my favorite nicknames for her: My Yogini Warrior Princess. So fitting. One morning after we had completed our practice, I went to roll up my mat but couldn’t because she was still in Savasana. When I asked her to shift over, this met with the following response (I kid you not): “You’re putting the magic carpet away?” And me… “HMMM??? Magic Carpet??” I had never referred to my mat in that manner and was quite impressed. Yes, it is that indeed. And from that point on, when we did yoga together, it was on the magic carpet.

Another of her other favorite pastimes was getting an acupressure and tuning fork treatment. There she would sit on the end of the massage table in my treatment room and literally scream for me to ‘get my butt in there’ and give her a session. (Click here to see a tuning fork therapy session that took place just a few weeks ago.) I’m convinced these treatments were very instrumental in her longevity.

Something else that might have kept her young (though I’m not sure she would agree with me) was her annoying younger brother, Bianco Nove, chasing her through the house and basically harassing her whenever possible. It kept the adrenals active anyway.

Then there were the sunny days spent in her kitty yard, soaking up the light and snoozing under our beautiful maple, Kokepelli Dancing. And too many other memories to mention here…

And so. Here I sit. Looking for her to share the last part of my smoothie (which she did almost every day.) But she is not here. Her Spirit is definitely here. And with that in mind, this is my prayer for my dearest Pim, Yogini Warrior Princess:

Divine Mother/Father God, angels, guides… Please accompany my dear Pimmy as she takes her magic carpet ride back home, allow her to arrive pain-free and joyful to a beautiful fanfare of loved ones. I love her forever.

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
Until we meet again…

A customer behind you in line at the grocery store rams their cart into your legs…
Your five year old asks you the SAME question for the hundredth time that day…
Your precious feline dumps a brand new plant off the counter, shattering in a gazillion pieces…

In normal circumstances, perhaps any of these would be met with an initial sigh followed by an ‘Oh well’ response. But when we are in adrenal overload, even the simple things can trigger a blow-out reaction.

The main goal of my writing today is to offer you a respite from the never-ending ‘to-do’ list, the build-up of tension and the ramifications of our busy lives. (So hopefully you aren’t too busy to read this. haha)

When we find our true rhythm, we come into balance. I love what Terri Guillemets has to say on this:

“‪When you dance to your own rhythm, life taps its toes to your beat.”‬
-Terri Guillemets

In a world where we are ‘on’ way more than ‘off’ and connected 24/7 to a stream of incoming information, most of us find ourselves in this state of adrenal overload, so prevalent that even this begins to sound cliché. But it’s a fact – and it leads to nervousness, irritability, insomnia and the catch-all header of ‘stress.’

The adrenals are housed just above the kidneys in our lower back region and belong to the solar plexus chakra. The emotions related to an out-of-balance solar plexus chakra are frustration, anger and inability to make decisions. When we are IN balance in this chakra, we come into our personal power, confidence and courage. We realize that this is an innate gift that springs from a connection with the truth of who we are: powerful Spiritual Beings dressed up in human clothing.

The deep realization of our inner power – and our connection to a Divine Source – helps to dispel the feelings of fear. This in turn allows the adrenals to relax and heave a sigh of relief. But how does one accomplish this?

I liken it to a dance. It takes a little time and effort to learn the steps and become conditioned to practice them daily. These steps include breathing with awareness, practicing yoga, qigong or a similar mindful form of movement, and meditation. Even a few minutes morning and evening of getting quiet within and connecting with that Source will begin to show up as an increased sense of calm. And – you can’t get it wrong. I believe many people put off meditating thinking they just don’t know how. (On that note, stay tuned – I am hoping to soon offer a weekly meditation/mindfulness gathering…)

There are also acupressure points one that will help either instill this sense of peace OR even more importantly, bring one back from the edge of panic. Two very helpful points are the following: (Make sure to breathe deeply into the point with the intention of inner peace.)

PC 6

PC 6

PC 6 (Pericardium 6) – located approximately three finger widths from the inner crease of the wrist, between the tendons. The pericardium, also known as ‘the guardian angel of the heart’ houses and protects this beautiful organ and points along this meridian help to treat disorders of the heart and spirit. Applying first gentle and then firm pressure (best with thumb) on PC 6 for between 2 and 3 minutes will begin to usher in a feeling of calm, unblock the flow of energy from the heart and from a physical perspective, help with nausea.

HT 7

HT 7

HT 7 (Heart 7) also know as the ‘Spirit Gate’ – located in the dip below wrist crease below the little finger on the palm side of the hand. This is another point that is wonderful for decreasing anxiety, helping with insomnia and bringing a sense of general well-being. As with PC 6, hold for 2 to 3 minutes.

I’d like to share a poem with you that I wrote many years ago, but still opens my heart to ‘dancing with life’.


I looked up to God, ’cause I felt kinda low-
Needed some guidance on which way to go…
Thought it was all being left up to chance-
The answer I heard, was “Dance,Child, Dance.”

Your life is a dance, each day and each night,
Reach for the heavens, soar like a kite!
Let your energy flow with the wind,
And your path will find YOU, again and again.

I pondered the message, it seemed so near…
Just let go and the road would be clear?
Find that place between ‘trying and not’-
where dreams become real and the dance is taught.

So now I dance, sometimes fast, sometimes slow.
The sound of my heartbeat says which way to go-
Those elusive answers, once so out of reach
Are now dancing round me- It’s my turn to teach.

Your life is a dance, each day and each night,
Reach for the heavens, soar like a kite!
Let your energy flow with the wind,
And your path will find YOU, again and again.

Follow your heart.

– Maureen ©

And an affirmation to tie it all together:
Even in the face of adversity, I courageously embrace the dance of my life.

Namasté and peace to you…