Fall Into Autumn Feeling Strong

Living in Indiana for most of my life, the transition of summer into fall was always my favorite time of year. Arizona autumns are a bit subtler than what goes on in the midwest, but for me, fall is still special. First off, let’s get our priorities straight and call it like it is: Football is finally here. Enough said. And once you start watching games on Monday...

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“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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Take a Hike for Enlightenment

I hiked the Grand Canyon recently with a group of buddies. We walked down the South Kaibob trail on a Saturday morning, camped by the Colorado River, and then hiked out Bright Angel trail on an early Monday morning. Never having done this before, I made some important discoveries. One, as somebody who’d like to learn more survival skills, it was key having folks who...

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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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The Springtime Sniffles

Spring is finally here. And with it comes the sniffles for over 35 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies. Personally, it’s the pollen that gets my eyes itching and nose running.  For others it may be the flowers, grass, trees and plants, or even dust and dust mites inside the house, along with mold, or pet dander as spring stirs things up. Regardless of...

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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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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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Train Like a Spartan

I have a friend, let’s call him Sean McMannus. He’s an imposing guy, standing 6’3” and every ounce a Scot from the Highlands. You’d almost expect him to have blue paint on his face, lift his kilt, smile and then take your head off with a giant claymore. In all honesty, he’s really just a large teddy bear who’s always laughing and joking. He’s much happier...

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