“Ahas” Change Lives

I love aha moments. I live for that kind of profound knowledge—golden bits of awareness or clarity that come through an experience or conversation; a piece of information you get at a lecture; something your coach tells you when you’re ready to hear it, and the light bulb shines on. Brightly. Aha!!! We are in the business of creating aha moments at Miraval Spa and...

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Emotional Intelligence

Getting in tune with your feelings and those of everyone around you is as easy as 1, 2, 3… 4! Practice following these four steps. As spring is upon us, I find myself thinking about what a difference a change of scenery or season can make on mood. We are often swayed by external circumstances or situations. Sometimes the world makes us feel good—other times, not so...

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Kava Bar

I recently spent time in Hawaii on vacation where I discovered my first Kava bar. I was walking along the market streets of Kona on the Big Island and ventured inward a bit, when I happened across a small outdoor café – a pleasant place called Kanaka Kava.  Behind the bar was a friendly hip-looking guy in his twenties, looking cool stirring a brownish liquid in a...

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Give Yourself the Gift of Silence

I talk about the power of silence in my book Integrative Wellness Rules:  A Simple Guide to Healthy Living. Silence gives us the chance to listen to the whisper – that part of us that inspires, invites new opportunities and challenges, and gives us creative ideas. It’s hard to hear the muse when we are chasing out tails; and the pace of our lives encourages us to do...

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Unclutter Your Health Routine

Medicine is focused on what’s wrong with you and not what’s right or how to get back into balance. As I looked into areas where I could guide people, health seemed like it gave me a lot of opportunities. When you think of medicine as just treating disease, then it’s just drugs and surgical approaches. But if you think of medicine as a way to be and stay healthy,...

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Quick ‘n’ Dirty Wellness

Health does not have to be complex or difficult to manage. It can be simple, doable, effective—it can even be fun. And if we pop the right health tools into our daily lives, they can move us closer to where we want to go instead of bogging us down or overwhelming us into doing nothing. Health can be quick ‘n’ dirty. I’ve defined wellness before as a feeling of...

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The Pace of Life

Is it just me or has life gotten really fast? It’s so evident around this time of year. Right when we land on Black Friday, it seems like the lightspeedbutton gets pushed, and we instantly go into hyper-mode, even though we were probably moving pretty quickly in the first place. What’s with all of this speed? I frequently ask this question to guests staying at...

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Home Sweet Home

I just got back from vacation with my family. We spent Fall Break in Phoenix playing at the Zoo and Arizona Science Center, exploring downtown Tempe and the ASU campus. I had major fun living vicariously through my children’s adventures. However, after dwelling in the cramped quarters of a hotel suite for a few days, I was most grateful to cut our stay a bit short and...

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