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

Holidays, merc retro, numerology, solstice (+ more) for a new year

Oh, I had so many blogs planned for you this month. From writing a heartfelt “i.m.burnout” piece that addresses a popular topic these days, to “Shiva and your bones,” which speaks to ongoing creation-destruction cycles around and within us. But in the past few days I have found myself in a conversation that I would like to share with you. It has proven insightful for others and so my hope is that it will also help you in some way, as 2016 is a year that many of us would like to release at both individual and societal levels. Which brings to mind the phrase, “As above, so below.” This popular saying originates with the Hermetic tradition of Late Antiquity…. 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

i.m.resilient

To die and be reborn, you gotta be resilient. After last month’s newsletter discussing how childbirth was a portal to a new me, many of you shared stories of your own personal phoenix rising from the ashes: moving out of an abusive work situation and into a new state, new job, & new hobbies (including climbing 500ft trees!); taking a financial hit but still starting the integrative health practice you were born for; overcoming personal loss to—finally!—write the book that has been inside of you for years; fracturing a bone and, instead of becoming your own best victim, viewing the injury as a lesson to slow down and enjoy life’s journey…and slowing down & enjoying life’s journey. You are transitioning… READ MORE

i.m.energy

Looking in the bathroom mirror you see your body. A five-pointed star comprised of arms, legs, torso, head…and about 40 trillion cells. Yup, you’re nothin’ but a beautiful sac of cells. But it gets even better! If we were to peer into your cells, we would see that they were made of atoms, the building blocks of all matter. If we were to look even closer at these atoms, we would see that there isn’t really any thing there. That neither atoms nor their components (protons, electrons and neutrons) are solid. They are primarily a bunch of electromagnetic forces dancing together. And it gets even weirder from there! (Hence, the term quantum weirdness). The point being: You are comprised entirely… READ MORE

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