Who Are The Friends Of Your Soul?

I used to think that friends were the people who unconditionally comforted you when you felt wronged, showed up for you when you felt needy and insecure, joined you in righteous indignation when you felt angry, and validated you when life isn’t going your way. I thought friends would be unconditional cheerleaders, and you would always feel better after being with a friend. But lately, I’ve realized that my most valuable friends are the ones who stand for my soul, even when that means saying something my ego doesn’t want to hear....more

A Love Letter To Aspiring Medical Students

On my PBS tour, I had lunch with health blogger James Clear, who is studying for his MCATs and wants to go to medical school. James and I have been talking about his desire to go to medical school for a while. As a successful entrepreneur with a strong sense of self and a calling to medicine, James once asked me whether I thought it was possible to go through medical training without getting your spirit broken.  I told him I think it’s possible. It’s hard. But possible....more

Are You A Cognitive Validator Or A Flaming Mystic?

When I went through the spiritual experience I wrote about here, a part of me simply couldn’t handle it. Some of the events that unfolded in the wake of The Experience made absolutely no sense to my cognitive mind, which I have come to trust. How can you dissolve clouds with your intention? How can you telepathically communicate with people and animals? How can objects speak to you? How is it possible that sand was moving around us when nothing in the sand was moving?...more
I have found it helpful to begin to value different forms of ‘knowing’ rather than just the ...more

Coming Out Of The Spiritual Closet

If you follow what I post on Facebook, you may have gotten a glimpse of what’s been happening to me in the spiritual realm over the past three weeks, but this is the first time I’ve tried to sit down and write a blog post about what I’ll call “The Experience.” The unfoldings have been so non-cognitive that I’m finding it very challenging to engage the part of my brain that likes to write, so I’ll ask for advance forgiveness if what I’m about to write makes no sense....more

10 Tips For Receiving Criticism With Grace

Because I put myself out there in public ways, I’m subjected to a LOT of criticism, both on the internet and in person.  Some of it is the kind of vicious, violent hating that cowards love to spout amidst the safety of being anonymous on the internet. Some of it is pure projection. People don’t like what they see of themselves in the mirror I hold up. Some of it is totally valid constructive criticism delivered in a respectful, helpful, balanced way....more
This is great advice. Especially the part about jumping in to defend yourself before hearing ...more

How To Advocate For Yourself With Doctors

When I read the following Facebook post from my friend Aviva Romm, MD, it struck me that if a Yale-trained physician who works with Mark Hyman, MD has this much trouble getting the kind of medical care we all deserve, we have a bigger problem than I even realized. Fair or not, usually doctors get easier access to health care than those outside of our field....more

How To Keep Your Heart Open When You’re Angry

It’s easy to talk about opening your heart when everyone is getting along....more

What Drives You To Help Others?

I recently spoke at the Hay House I Can Do It conference in Pasadena, where I was surrounded by well-intentioned spiritual self-help authors who are committed to helping people live their best lives.  At these events, which I’ve spoken at many times now, I’ve heard people come up to these celebrity Hay House authors and gush about how their lives were saved because of the books they wrote. I have no doubt these gushers genuinely mean it. It’s an honor to share the stage with these life saving pioneers. ...more

Are You Addicted To Busyness?

How many times have you heard variations on this conversation?Person A: How’s it going?Person B: I’m insanely busy. You know, the usual.Person A: Yeah, me too. I’m scheduling into 2015 already.Person B: I get it. Haven’t taken a real vacation in over a year.Person A: Well, gotta count our blessings for being busy, right?Person B: Amen.It seems to me that we wear busyness like a badge of honor. I’m busy, therefore I’m important and valuable, therefore I’m worthy. And if I’m not busy, forget it. I don’t matter....more
HI Lissa, Your observation regarding the addiction to busyness in our modern day lives is a sad ...more

How To Raise Healthy, Happy Kids

When I wrote the title of this blog, I think I might have been overly ambitious. How DO you raise healthy, happy kids? It’s a question I ponder almost every day and one my readers ask me about frequently.Because I’m a mom, doctor, and entrepreneur, I’m often asked about my parenting choices, and as you may have noticed in my blog, I pretty much steer clear of anything you might call “mommy blogging,” not because I don’t have plenty to say about the topic but because:...more