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A note from your inner Customer Service Department

By | 2019-03-08T13:40:10-05:00 February 20th, 2018|Health Coaching, Integrative Health Coaching, Mindfulness|

inner customer serviceThat notorious Inner Critic — in health coaching partnerships with people carving a path to their healing, I observe this voice to be a shared entity. Like a weird uncle, we all seem to have one and it is important to be self-aware of such.

This ‘internal cattle prod’ has gotten plenty of attention. By now, no one is terribly embarrassed to confess to theirs, because we can be reasonably sure of a sympathetic audience. We know the feeling of squirming under its scrutinizing gaze and recognize its sharp disdaining tone as […]

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The Hole

By | 2019-03-08T13:41:16-05:00 February 1st, 2018|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles, Trauma Resolution|

Those of us who are in the recovery community often hear about “the hole”. It is the term used to describe a feeling associated with an unfulfilled need, or an uncomfortable emptiness that some people experience that they are driven to try and fill. The discomfort associated with this feeling is ever present and the first thing we come across that offers a feeling of relief we are very likely to come back to. If the relief is intense, the drive to come back is strong.  A curious aspect of this sequence […]

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Intention

By | 2019-03-08T13:40:27-05:00 January 15th, 2018|Health Coaching, Integrative Health Coaching, Mindfulness|

Albert Einstein, that master of the underpinnings of physical life, observed that the significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

Along that line, all of us who have been through the School of Sesame Street can see that there’s something wrong with this to-do list:

  1. Renew car registration
  2. Take the dog to the vet
  3. Get teeth cleaned
  4. Pay the bills
  5. Lose 15 pounds

An intention—to lose 15 pounds, to be less driven, to be more patient with our children—cannot be enacted from the usual way of thinking about our […]

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Taking Aim

By | 2018-02-22T18:22:24-05:00 December 15th, 2017|Health Coaching, Integrative Health Coaching, Mindfulness|

I have two dogs who insist on daily workouts of ball fetching. My childhood athletic reach never included ball games, and as a result, I never developed much of a throwing arm. We live in a wooded place, and our ball workouts have often felt more like a game of tree-billiards, with my workout involving chasing crazily bounced balls. Recently, out of self-preservation, I’ve started taking a moment before the throw to focus very clearly and specifically on where I want the ball to go.  Sometimes I even call it out loud […]

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Safeguarding our health

By | 2017-11-21T20:22:21-05:00 November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

All of us on the journey of health and wholeness must reckon with the grave influence of environmental toxins on our efforts.  Ubiquitous in our foods, our water, our air, our household products–the number of chemicals in use is growing daily.   Exposure to many of these is known to adversely affect the healthy development and function of body systems.   Sadly, the wise regulation of these in the public’s interest is diminishing.   If we are to be proactive about creating and maintaining good health, we must add awareness of this challenge to our […]

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8-10 servings of vegetables a day? How in the world…?!

By | 2017-11-20T16:19:27-05:00 November 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Yep, our super smart and well-informed nutritionist Nate tells us that’s how many servings of vegetables to eat in a day to get the vitamins, minerals, fiber etc necessary for good health.  How do we eat that much vegetable matter in 3 squares a day, especially given that one of those squares normally does not even contain vegetables?

Hint:  Let smoothies turn breakfast into a vegetable meal!  With the right equipment and mindset, smoothies are as easy, fast and yummy as any other other you might be used to, AND you can get […]

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Exercise: It helps us feel better

By | 2017-11-20T15:30:00-05:00 November 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Lots of research supports the benefits of exercise to make us less vulnerable to anxiety and depression.   In fact, we know that exercise is as effective in the treatment of depression as the SSRI drugs.   Why does this matter to our health and wellness?  Mental illness is a state of ongoing stress reactivity.  We experience it in our depressed or anxious mood, but the stress hormones continuously released are corrosive to the healthy function of our physiological systems in ways we don’t directly experience — until they show up in […]

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Triggering and UNtriggering fears

By | 2017-10-31T09:24:28-05:00 October 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.
~Lena Horne

We have no shortage of triggers for our fears these days.   It’s too easy for our amygdalas – those almond-shaped structures in the primitive part of our brains that prime us to react way before our conscious logical mind can think about it –  to remain in a state of fearful vigilance that is highly corrosive to our health and well-being.

How do we interrupt the reactive fear response?  We’ve all experienced that the more we try to suppress […]

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Heart Burn

By | 2017-10-16T17:38:58-05:00 October 16th, 2017|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles, Trauma Resolution|

Since I’ve been studying the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment technique called Somatic Experiencing I’ve learned to listen really intently to people’s symptoms. It is not uncommon for people to come complaining of, for example, heart burn.  That term carries a lot of weight – some of it earned and some of what we might call baggage.

The weight comes from the association of the sensation that stomach acid produces when it refluxes back up and out of the stomach and into the esophagus. This sensation often is burning in quality and appears […]

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