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Power of the Mind-Body Connection


My passion for yoga and meditation was born out of my own desire to heal and move forward in life.  Early in my career, I experienced military sexual trauma (more than once).  I was adept at dissociating from these experiences by immersing myself in work and and trying to be a bad-ass female officer in the predominately male infantry divisions […]

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Monster Repellant

mom monster

Today is the first morning all summer (since the end of May) that I’ve been alone. My husband is at work. I have no guests, meetings, or events. One child is back in school, and one just went to camp for several days. I am in a state of bliss, despite the piles of laundry, puppy messes everywhere, construction noise, […]

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BIG WAVES & Bright Horizons


Ever have the experience where your long-awaited breakthroughs come all at once?  Epic opportunities have come right on the heels of my personal commitment to finally make time to write my book(s).  It’s like a test to see if I’ll put these books on the back burner yet again.  Life is challenging my commitment to write in fierce (yet wonderful) […]

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Dream Upgrades


I should have known I was in for another wild ride on Maui when Budget Rental Car upgraded me to a hot rod Camero.  My preferred means of transportation is my well-loved rusty, trusty friend with two wheels or my hybrid hatchback that gets 45 mpg.  Honestly, I was a little nervous about driving this “upgrade” which, compared to my […]

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In the Spirit of Lokahi

Originally posted on Indigenous Medicine:
This is an interview conducted over the telephone between myself and Dr. Jane Ely that I thought would be worth posting. Mahalo Jane. In The Spirit of Lo’kahi: An interview on the work and world vision of Dr. Maka’ala Yates D.C. Written by: Dr. Jane Ely, D. Min. Lokahi is an ancient Hawaiian word with many layers of meanings. For Maka’ala Yates, lokahi is the essence of unity, peacemaking, harmony, connection, and embracing diversity. Ho’o lokahi is the action that brings about agreement, diversity, and unity. But it is much more than this. In the Hawaiian language there are tones, sounds, and meanings within meanings that carry vibrational frequencies of understanding, mana [life force], and healing. As Maka’ala explains, Lokahi is the platform upon which to communicate and illuminate healing and more importantly, to reunite that which has been broken back into unity, and awareness—in short, to renew a way of life. Dr. Maka’ala Yates is a remarkable man with a very large world vision. The Big Picture is nothing short of complete transformational change for the people of this earth. Although he would be the last person to admit it, he would perhaps say he is just here doing what he has come here to do. Or perhaps he might say, he woke up at a certain point in his life and ‘remembered’ why he came here and the job he came here to do. Born on the Big Island of Hawaii in a…

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