“If you put your hands on people to help them feel better, love has to go with those hands. That’s how you facilitate transformation.” – Dr. John E. Upledger, DO, OMM

Inner Sanctum

One of the most influential aspects of our lives is the people with whom we choose to surround ourselves. I love this quote below from Trent Shelton, former NFL player, which he made to Mel Robbins on her Podcast. (Episode: “5 Things Only Fake Friends Do & How to Let Go of What No Longer Serves You”)

“When you’re in the right environment, around the right people, you never have to question anything that is real.”

If you find that you are consistently questioning other people’s loyalty, intentions, words, actions, (or lack thereof), and generally have no peace that they have your back, then it’s probably time to take inventory. People have bad days of course, but the people with whom you choose to spend your time, share your grief and good news should feed your soul, support your growth, and generally want to help you become a better version of you with nothing to gain for themselves. If there are people in your life who are taking and not giving, not happy for you when times are good, and grieving with you when times are difficult, not holding you to the standards to which you hold yourself, you probably already know it and may even be thinking of someone right now who fits into that category. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to cut them out of your life altogether, but probably need to limit their access to those parts of you you should be holding sacred.

At the same time, you’re probably thinking of those who DO have your back and best interest at heart. I refer to these rare and cherished individuals as my ”Inner Sanctum.” They hold me accountable, share my ups and downs, give as much as they take, but most importantly, I can trust them with my emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual safety. I am grateful for them every day.


“Trauma is not what happens to you. It is what happens inside you as a result of what happens to you. And things can happen inside you for which you don’t need very dramatic events, but essentially, trauma is a restriction of your capacity; a limitation; a constriction in the body – constriction in your mental capacity to respond in the present moment from your authentic self. Essentially, trauma is a restriction of your authentic self in the present moment. That’s what trauma is.” Dr. Gabor Mate’

August 2, 2022

“You are no longer a boy, but a full-grown man. If you are careless and lazy now and keep putting things off and always deferring the day after which you will attend to yourself, you will not notice that you are making no progress, but you will live and die as someone quite ordinary.” – Socrates –

May 3, 2022

Touch them with your hands, your eyes and your heart. Let them bond with the living, breathing world. Let them feel their feelings and teach them their names. Return to the uncarved simplicity. – Vimala McClure

Unmistakably You

Your whisper is a breeze. Your call is like the bird flying high. Yes, I see birds every time you call me. Call me again.

Call me in the rain to say welcome home. Cleanse me to the soul and remember my name, like Mama in the evening calling me in. Call me again. Call me again.

Your voice is unmistakable. Your laughter makes me smile. But no matter whose face I may look into, I know in my heart it’s unmistakably you.

Call me in the rain to say welcome home. Cleanse me to the soul and remember my name, like Mama in the evening, calling me in. Call me again. 10/12/01

God calls us inside sometimes. I remember Mom doing that. I’ll rise to the occasion, just give me my rest; give me some silence; give me something simple; give me something deep, but let it end, so something new can begin within.


Most of us crave balance in life, but as the saying goes, “A scale is only in balance for a brief second. Inevitably the pendulum swings. It’s impossible to maintain.” That doesn’t mean one shouldn’t try to achieve a “balanced life,” but instead, to understand and accept the inevitable to and fro of life. Resist going in either direction to extremes.


Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by these strange times. For the safety of everyone, we are not taking appointments at least through April 30th. Check here for updates. Be safe and be well.

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

All of us are doing the best we can with terrible circumstances this year. Many are getting through these times without acknowledging the underlying stress and unspoken hardships in the name of coping and trying to achieve a sense of normalcy in the face of uncertainty. Some are struggling with mental and emotional issues that bubble under the surface, and, for many, those around them are blind. Give yourself and others grace. “Grace is the face that love wears when it meets imperfection.” – Joseph R. Cooke



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