The Fragility Of Life & How To Love Dangerously

“Good morning, Grendel!”When my hubby Matt lifts my Bichon Frisé pup Grendel up on the bed first thing in the morning, she’s so excited she can hardly contain herself. Although she’s eight years old, she thinks she’s still a puppy, and she wags and bounces and barks and creates such a frenzy that nobody who might still be sleeping can stay asleep....more

My Ego Is A Wounded Animal

I’ve always had a funky relationship with the concept of the ego. It seems to get all muddy because different people use the term to mean different things. Sigmund Freud refers to the ego as part of a triad - the “id” is the set of uncoordinated instinctual trends; the ego is the organized, realistic part; and the super-ego plays the critical and moralizing roles....more

The Healing Power Of Loving Practitioners

In the rousing conversation that ensued on my blog post Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself, massage therapist/energy healer Fred Krazeise (whose amazing work I have experienced myself) posted this comment:...more

When Shamanism Meets Western Medicine

If you mixed the ivory towers of Western Medicine with the back jungle villages of the native shaman and shook them up with Pop Rocks, you’d wind up with something that starts to resemble the way I work one-on-one with patients.At least that’s what other people who hear me talk about my work tell me.My Work is Shamanic? Say What?...more

The Doctor-Patient Relationship: Part Three

Awhile back I wrote an article about how medicine is a spiritual practice, and in response, I received an email from a surgery resident at Columbia University that left me in tears and inspired me to share it....more

Is Getting Sick Like Being Raped?

A patient I saw recently, who has been sick on and off for the past 16 years, spent the better part of the past two years in the hospital, under the knife, and once released, shuttling between doctor’s appointments. At one point she broke down in tears and said, “It was an assault. It was like being raped.”And I found myself tearing up while silently witnessing the confession she had just made....more