Loving What Is By Loving What’s Come Before.

I can’t say this better, so I won’t. The details of childhood experiences aren’t mine, but the imprints are the same. The triggers are different, but the struggles are universal. “I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m broken. Not in a sad way, just in an it-is-what-it-is kind of way. Life happened and

The Week of Everything.

I haven’t been writing much lately, because the requirement for living this week hasn’t left space for anything else.  I spent the weekend at Swami Satchidananda’s Ashram in Yogaville with my teacher Logan’s teacher Lisa. I’ve been missing Logan so much since she left for California and felt so much of her with us this weekend. Logan

Say What’s Real.

I was speaking with a friend of mine, Eva, the other day about the growing presence of transparency in social media and how realness is starting to give perfection a run for it’s money. Words like “vulnerability” and “authenticity” have become trending buzzwords. It’s a beautiful thing that people are sharing what is real and raw

Bring Your Whole Self to the Party.

Tell us your tales but don’t leave out the heartbreak because we suffer it too. Everyone wants to know that they are not alone. Everyone wants to know that something, someone or some energy is out there waiting to receive them exactly as they are. You have this ability with you now. I suggest that

The Tools in Our Box

 “I have learned an appreciation for silence from the talkative, openness from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strangely, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” – Khalil Gibran I like to imagine that we enter into this world with an empty toolbox and that the things we are dealt in life are the

The “Self” in Self-Care

The word “self-care” probably brings up thoughts of things like manicures, trips to the spa, kicking up our feet and zoning out in front of the TV. All of these things are great and often necessary tools for relaxation, but ultimately we’re controlling our external state in order to manipulate our internal state. Wouldn’t it

A Response to “Low Self-Esteem, Narcissism & the Need for Perfection”

Below is a response I received to my recent post regarding the continuum of mental health and the intersection of self-worth, narcissism and perfectionism. This woman’s words provide such a powerful example of how the need for perfection sneaks its way into our lives, shaping us–literally (in this case) and figuratively–without us even realizing it. It

The Pitfalls of Mindfulness for the Anxious Mind

This morning, in-between seeing patients on rounds with the neurology team, we were discussing the potential for psychological disturbances to manifest themselves as physical symptoms. The mind body connection is strong, so much stronger than we may ever fully realize. I find it so encouraging that a topic such as the mind-body connection is being

Low Self-Esteem, Narcissism & the Need for Perfection

I was sitting at dinner with my boyfriend the other night, talking about our clinical rotations. He’s on surgery right now and I’m on psychiatry. He tells me about colon resections and pancreatitis and I talk about mental illness. I tell him how working on the psych unit has made me realize that there really