The Scariest Decision I’ve Ever Had to Make

interior of a conference hall

Back in 2010, the year before NICABM’s last conference at Hilton Head, I faced one of my biggest fears. Our conferences had been going on for over 20 years. They were profitable, and they brought people together from all over the United States to learn about the latest in mind-body medicine. But it took a lot of time, energy, and people to organize those conferences, which put a limit on everything else we could do. So I took the bold step (or at least it seemed bold at the time) of considering the choice to discontinue the conference. The night…

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Fear or Comfort: Which One Holds Us Back More Often?

Man With Courage On Sunrise

Someone asked me recently how I developed the courage to step out of the box and do my own thing. And it really made me stop and reflect. But before I get into that, I want you to take a moment and think about what might be keeping you from stepping out of the box . . . . . . is it fear? Okay. Now delve a little deeper into that feeling of fear, and really think about where it’s coming from. I know when I’m feeling apprehensive, it is usually because I’m about to do something I’ve never…

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What’s Your Backup Plan? How to Expand Your Impact (Even When Life Gets in the Way)


A couple of weeks ago, I told you I’d gotten hit with the flu and was sicker than I’ve been in at least 30 years. Many of you sent me kind words of encouragement and well-wishes, and I’m so grateful. But I’m curious. What happens in your life when you’re hit by an illness, or need to take care of an emergency? With the way that most of us practice, if we’re not seeing clients, we’re not getting paid. So when something unexpected happens and we can’t be in the office to see clients, we lose money. But years ago,…

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A Reflection on This Season of Renewal


For weeks I’ve been staring out my window at bare forsythia branches, almost willing them to reveal the slightest whisper of yellow. Finally, the other day, I saw it—the hint of yellow I’d been squinting so hard to detect seems suddenly to have arrived in full flower. Snowdrops and purple and white crocus had already begun dotting neighbors’ lawns and, next, daffodils trumpeted the arrival of spring. I awoke to birdsong as robins, cardinals, and chickadees busied themselves in building nests to cradle new life. Then, of course, it snowed again. I know, some of you in sunnier parts of…

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One Year Later, Remembering the Boston Marathon: An Inspiring Story of Strength and Passion

Boston Marathon

One year ago yesterday, we suffered a terrible tragedy, and it hit so close to home here in Connecticut. On April 15, 2013, three lives were lost and hundreds of lives were forever changed when two bombs went off near the finish line of the 177th Boston Marathon. But out of such a terrible tragedy has come so much love, compassion, and perseverance, which is even more evidence of the strength and exuberance of the human spirit. One story in particular that I think is a shining example of the ability the human body has to overcome big challenges can…

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Rebooting with Mother Nature – Something to Inspire You

Here in the northeast, we’ve gone through quite a winter. Now I know it could always be worse (and there are other places in the world that got hit a whole lot harder than we did), but I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever see flowers blooming again. And to top it all off, over the weekend, I got hit with the flu and was sicker than I’ve been in at least 30 years. But yesterday, as my symptoms started to ease a bit, I walked outside to the sun beating down on my face, a gentle breeze blowing,…

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