Biophotons, your aura and celery sticks

Or, living the light you are In last month’s newsletter, we discussed how energy means different things to different people. Well, the same goes for light. But instead of reviewing the myriad ways in which you hear the word “light”—referencing everything from ceiling fixtures to the divinity within—I just want to skip to the part where you ARE light. Legit. So let’s discuss biophotons, because if you haven’t heard about them already, you likely will soon. Bio means ‘life’, and a photon is a bundle of light. Hence a biophoton is a bundle of light that your body emits. All living bodies—frogs, bats, the guy next to you—do. This light is made of ultraweak particles/waves (depending on how you’re measuring them) that… READ MORE

The matter with energy

As you’ve likely noticed, I talk a lot about energy. How we are it, have it, and live in a world of it. All in an attempt to take science out of the books and into our lives so we can walk our talks. It’s no mean feat understanding what energy means…especially given that different people use it different ways. For instance, in physics, energy is defined as a property that everything in the universe can have…but not a thing, itself. Which is why we can derive it from mass (e.g. solar energy from the sun), momentum (e.g. elastic energy from a stretched rubber band) and more. In our layperson life, we use energy to refer to many different things,… READ MORE

Your houseplants have eyes (and your brain has waves)

According to a recent study published in Trends in Plant Science, your houseplants have eyes. So does the cabbage you ate for dinner. Well, technically they are very basic “eyespots,” but either way what we’re talking about is visionary vegetation. At first glance, the idea seems a bit odd. And yet, it’s not new to the science arena. It’s an idea that has been proposed by many different researchers, even dating as far back as 1907. This is how ideas, in general, seem to work: they exist in a collective sphere that we tap into when the time is right. Which could explain why several individuals may tap into the same idea, as with Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Cubism, and… READ MORE

Why 7-Eleven plays classical music in the parking lot, Or, A “high-vibe” life

In the past couple of decades, classical music has been used as a deterrent against loitering (in the parking lot at 7-Elevens), punishment for mis-behaving (at a school in Derby, England) and a tool for relaxation (at the Port Authority in New York City). The same song used for a variety of purposes. How so? Maybe it has to do with the song’s vibe in relationship to yours. Meaning, at home after work, Mozart may help facilitate calm as you sip wine to unwind. But if you’re in more of a go-go-go state – at a nightclub, for example—then the same sonata might seem aggravating as your body yearns for faster-paced tunes to match its mood. It all depends on… READ MORE


Earlier today, a repairman came to look at my chimney and told me that its structure was faulty. Over time, the liner had cracked, bricks were out of place, and debris had accumulated. Our body reflects the body of the world so, of course, his words reminded me of skin that cracks, bones that shift, and residue in our colons. Our bodies have many structures—skeletal, digestive, cellular, etc—and they change over time through a combination of nature (hello gravity!) and nurture (helloooooo chocolate). This process of transformation—whether over the course of a day or a lifetime—is a beautiful and intricate dance of many variables that science has only begun to understand. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist… READ MORE


When you are stressed, where do you feel it in your body? Place one hand on that area. Chances are, answering that question took you less time than reading this sentence. Perhaps you put your hand on your neck (i.e. muscle tension), head (i.e. headaches), or gut (i.e. digestive discomfort)…the list is as long as the stressors responsible for them. If I were to ask you what’s causing the stress, my guess is that those of you with neck tension would not reply, “interaction of actin and myosin filaments,” just as those with headaches wouldn’t say “problems with pain-sensitive structures in my head.” Even though these physical realities exist, it is more likely that you’d mention a fight with a… READ MORE

What’s your sign…and what does it have to do with your health?

“What’s your sign?” It is a question that floats around society—friends ask it, newspapers print it, and movies script it. You might not remember when you first learned about your sign—or how—but chances are that you not only know it, but also the basic attributes associated with it. For instance, Leos are known to be charismatic and courageous, while Aries are active and headstrong. Leo, Aries, Aquarius… whatever your ‘sign,’ the reference is usually to your sun sign—the zodiac sign the sun was rotating through during the month of your birth (e.g. individuals born July 23 – August 22 are of the sun sign Leo). As with most fields of study, there is more than meets the eye and this… READ MORE

Just be.

Just be. Be happy, gregarious, inquisitive…whichever adjectives you want, whatever qualities you feel are true to you. Actually be them. Embody them through the way you walk, the words you say, the foods you eat, the clothes you wear, the company you keep. And know that in being you, you are enough. Somehow, we westerners have forsaken “being” in our relentless pursuit of “doing.” It’s as if, over time, we harnessed the parts of us that are active and productive, and started rewarding and lauding them without limit. A successful business person, therefore, must be the CEO of not one but five companies; a successful student attends Harvard undergraduate and graduate schools; a successful mother raises perfect kids while also keeping… READ MORE


In last month’s newsletter we discussed your hands, and your ability to communicate your thoughts and feelings with them. We talked about the intricate arrangement of bones, joints and muscles that leads to their nuanced movements and the myriad gestures you can subsequently make (think: American Sign Language). Even if just for a moment, did you pay any more attention to how you use your hands?  Do you clench them in fists at a tense meeting? Let them dangle while walking down the street? Extend them in Warrior 2 pose? Apparently, I move my hands almost as quickly as I move my mouth 😉 Long story short: I was on a Connecticut Style TV segment and got to witness—from the… READ MORE


Look at your two hands and appreciate them for a moment. [Pause]. Evolutionarily speaking, our hands are a defining aspect of the human species. In fact, much of our ability to walk on two feet (bipedalism) is so that we can use our hands to gather and eat food, communicate (signing was a proto-language), and make tools to create (and destroy) things. This handiness took millions of years to evolve. So how handy are you? What do you do with your hands every day? Apart from texting and typing, your hands are quite amazing in their ability to bring your thoughts and dreams to life. In other words: to manifest (note how not-so-coincidentally the Latin root manus means “hand”). For… READ MORE

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