2013 Year of the Black Water Snake

by admin on January 30, 2013

2013 Year of the Black Water Snake

Get ready for the year of the Black Water Snake! Feb 4th will be the end of the Wood cycle (thank God!) moving into a period of Fire. Wood is about intense growth, change and challenges. Fire is about reaching upwards, brightness and expansion. The duality here is that “water is under the fire” which exemplifies the 5 Element theory so beautifully…it signifies the thought (water) before the action (fire), the a-ha moment (water) before it becomes a concept (fire)…it is the seed (water) before it becomes a flower (fire). Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous transition into the New Year! Gong Hay Fat Choy!!!!


2010 Resolution or Evolution?

by admin on January 11, 2010

Resolution Cartoon


v.  The act or process of resolving and the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones.

I may sound naive here, but I was always under the impression that a New Years “resolution” was the act of making goals for the future.  After doing a little research into the true definition of this word (gotta love Merriam-Webster), I realized that it is about analyzing the complexity of the year prior and restructuring our internal maps to make way for a more simplified future.  Its about allowing ourselves to chunk the big picture into smaller vignettes thus being able to digest what “has been” and allow that to nurture what “will be”.

v. The act of answering.

Maybe a resolution is about answering the question of what truth lies within us.  Maybe it is about looking into the mysterious mirror of self and letting go of holding onto the egoic blemishes that we allow to make our daily choices of judgments, fears and prejudices.

v. The progression of a chord from dissonance to consonance.

This is the transition of instability to stability.  In music, it is when a sound goes from inharmonious to complete auditory pleasure.  I don’t know about you, but for the most part, I can’t hold much of a tune, but on those brief moments when I can, a smile stretches across my face and I feel like a rockstar!  Wouldn’t it be great to create consonance in every aspect of our lives?

v. The separating of a chemical compound or mixture into its constituents.

Not that I want to give anyone a lesson in organic chemistry (for that matter, I am choosing to forget the class altogether myself), but the one thing most of us can relate to is the idea that things that are whole are the sum of its very own parts.  Molecules make up atoms which make up compounds which make up organisms which make up organs which make up organ systems which make us up!  If we take this into the emotional realm, we could say that a thought makes up an idea which makes up a concept which makes up a belief which makes up a judgment which makes up a behavior and eventually an outcome.   So, if we were to work backwards, we could essentially change our outward expression, behavior or outcome by replacing any internal negative constituent that has come to make up our present day wholeness.


n.  A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.

So, here is the challenge, will you choose to experience the resolution or the evolution of yourself in 2010?


Aerosol…(gasp, choke, ugh)

by admin on September 30, 2009

So, I am officially one year older. I turned 37 a few days ago I decided that it would behoove me to make a little reflection on my life and see where I could make some changes to improve my future evolution of mind, body and spirit. It meant that I no longer was able to make any excuses about being too busy  and to get myself back to the gym. So, I packed my green kanteen, filled it with water and some Citrus Fresh essential oils and off I went.

Scenario: press play on the ipod which holds your favorite butt shaking tunes, climb aboard the imaginary stairs to nowhere piece of gym equipment, and then stare at the t.v. displaying the misspelled words of the anchor that is ranting on and on about something negative going on in this world. Sounds like fun, huh? It gets better…

As I plug along in my “trance” of stair climbing monotony, I continue to watch the t.v. screen. I see a commercial for Lysol. What stood out in my head and almost made me miss a step, was this big seal of approval that came on reading: “PEDIATRICIANS RECOMMENDED!” Serious?!?!?! Picture 7

Do Pediatricians really recommend this or any other product that contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and a cancer causing agent called orthophenylphenol. A difficult pronunciation I know, but from my college days of studying chemistry I recall that phenols are highly irritating to tissues (they occasionally use phenol derivative synthetic products to embalm bodies and it can burn skin if used topically). Can anyone say CHILDHOOD ASTHMA? How about CHILDHOOD ALLERGIES? I want to know what pediatricians find these aerosol products beneficial!

So, I did a little research when I returned home because my head was reeling with interest as to why this was such a great product and found something really disturbing…ladies, how about douching or spraying yourself with Lysol to disinfect or keep yourself smelling “fresh” (today the advertisement would probably say something like “smell like a tahitian vanilla bean”) ?  Well, I don’t think women in 1948 or those of us in 2009 even know what the real smell of vanilla beans are let alone those that come from Tahiti! Was there an ad that shouted “OB/GYN RECOMMENDED” back in the days of June Cleaver?  Ah, but I leave you with this wonderful ad…

So much for going to the gym…alright, maybe I will just position myself on a piece of equipment in front of a window or better yet, just turn the t.v. OFF.  Too much multitasking is taxing.

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by admin on September 26, 2009

Giraffe and Acacia TreeI just returned home from my very first annual Young Living convention, which was titled “ONE”.  In my own words, I would have summed up the entire experience as ONE VISION.  I was surrounded by 4,000 like minded individuals from all parts of the globe in their quest for health and healing.  It was inspiring to sit in on lectures by Harvard trained physicians whose goals are to integrate allopathic medicine with essential oils.  It was equally moving to listen to the personal story of a woman that found that Frankincense and Ningxia wolfberry has allowed an improved quality of life (after Western medicine had given up) for her 12 year old German Shephard from bone cancer.  I spoke to a Pharmacist who after listening to the scientific lecture on the chemistry of essential oils, now understands that pharmacy is the synthetic adulteration and mixture of the chemicals found in plants, herbs, twigs, flowers and resin and has an entirely new perspective.  I sat with a woman who is a hairdresser that massages the scalps of her bald cancer survivors with essential oils to promote hair growth and to help boost the self esteem of her clients.

Most of us  have no real palpable understanding of plants and their capacity.  I heard this story by a botanist…  Giraffes are herbivores (that which feeds on plants for food).  They happen to love and need the nutrients from the Acacia leaf.  The tree is happy to share itself with the giraffe however after about 20 minutes of giving itself to sustain the life force of its long necked friend, it releases tannins into its leaves and causes the lips and tongue of the giraffe to go slightly tingly.  Why?  For self preservation!  If the tree loses too many leaves, it will not survive!  Not only does it release these tannins for itself but it scents the air with its essential oil to alert neighboring trees to do the same!  How amazingly “smart” is nature?

I re-tell this story in hopes that 1. can we identify what our Acacia tree is?  2. can we become more inquisitive about the power of nature and her medicine?  3. can we all share in the ONE vision?

4,000 people committed to healing themselves, each other and the world.  One.  One vision.  One journey.  One shot.


Young Living and Donna Karan!

by admin on August 6, 2009

Urban Zen, Donna Karan and Young Living Donna Karan bringing Young Living Essential Oils to hospitals in the New York City area! Her Urban Zen project infuses complimentary and alternative ways of healing from the Eastern medical arts into cancer therapies across Gotham!

A shout out to Acupuncture and Aromatherapy!