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Healing in a Bowl

HEALING IN A BOWL

I’m not much of a shopper.  I bore quickly browsing through stores.  But there was a store I loved when I lived in New York City many years ago: Steuben.  Their impressive collection of crystal captivated me.  There was something magical about the delicate objects shining in that museum-like store, though I never imagined they could have healing properties – until many years later.

Healing Rhythms

HEALING RHYTHMS

I’ve worked in television for over 15 years now.  While it can be fun and creative, it can also be grueling, full of 60- and 70- and 80-hour weeks at the height of production.  And for someone like me who has a tendency to burn the candle at both ends, work can really do a number on me.

Geographical Healing

GEOGRAPHICAL HEALING

I moved myself across the country a few years ago – left everything familiar to begin life anew.  After 18 years together, my ex-husband and I divorced.  It sounds so cliché, but we seemed to be growing in different directions.  Even though we were two peas in a pod for most of our relationship, we began to want different kinds of lives. Leaving the safety and comfort of our home together to begin life as a single person is the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced. 

Tuned Up and Calmed Down

TUNED UP AND CALMED DOWN

When it comes to natural ways to relieve stress and reduce anxiety, I’m always up for something new. While visiting Canyon Ranch (www.canyonranch.com) in Lenox, Massachusetts, I got the chance to try out a healing system that needle phobics can embrace.

Healing Can be Sweet

HEALING CAN BE SWEET

A woman who was a guest on my television series, What’s the Alternative?, emailed me recently and invited me to a chocolate-tasting party.  “Who can resist that?” I thought.  The invitation explained that we wouldn’t be sampling any old chocolate -- we’d be delighting in a delicacy that conferred health benefits way beyond anything we might imagine.

The Ears Have It

THE EARS HAVE IT

If you have any interest in natural medicine, you’re certainly familiar with acupuncture and have maybe even tried it.  In fact, even if your medicine cabinet is chock full of prescription drugs, you’ve at least heard of acupuncture.  It’s become that mainstream.

But there’s a microsystem of acupuncture that’s much less well-known, and I got a taste of it from Anthony Phillips, an acupuncturist and herbalist who practices outside of Boston.

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