Finished… but not done yet!

Finished. Completed. Concluded. All A’s.
The more I learn, the more I want to share this potentially life changing information. I will continue learning and I will do my best to share what I’ve learned.

I will receive the degree of Master of Science in Health Sciences in Integrative Medicine from the George Washington University. The curriculum I completed represents the most progressive, scientifically rigorous and forward thinking platform for medical wellness. However, I do not have a license to practice medicine. Wellness doesn’t have to be pharmaceutical, surgical or even invasive but rather, wellness is lifestyle based!

Medical wellness. Think about that. Not medical illness but actual wellness. I have been amazed and fascinated by how much research and evidence exists to support the need for lifestyle interventions in order to maximize wellness. Think about these statements and see if either of them resonate with you.

I’m no more stressed than normal.
I feel fine but I could feel better.
Well, let me tell you…
Stress shouldn’t be normal and why don’t you feel better? 

The practice and science of maximizing wellness involves understanding the underlying mechanisms and biochemistry that fuel human cell growth and function. I now get how and why we study genetics, that human metabolism is more than burning calories and that proteins are the building blocks and directions for how we continue to maintain wellness. I get that nutrition is the primary way we fuel our bodies but nutrition also builds or breaks us down. We all have different chemistry and even biology so the right food for one person isn’t the same as for the next person. I know why exercise is necessary for the body’s health, not just weight management. But can you define exercise? Organic food is more than a fad and more than nutrition, it is about preventing toxins from entering the body. Supplements can help you find balance in the body’s systems augmenting what may be missing or lowering what is high.

Physicians, acupuncturists, nurses and nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, chiropractors, naturopaths, yoga teachers, meditation instructors, energy healers, Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors, Ayurvedic practitioners and other healers all have a role in integrating care for patients. Use what you and your practitioners believe will work for maximum healing! Follow the evidence, from traditions and history through to allopathic western medical research. Use the integration of body systems as well as healing systems to maximize wellness! How do I fit into all these practitioners? I am a health educator. I can help you sort through the evidence from your own life, current research and ancient traditions.

The practice of Integrative Medicine often feels like a game of hide and seek, looking for the hiding causes of symptoms and the evidence that directs you to improvement. Looking and questioning isn’t medical but requires awareness and knowledge. How you live your life has an effect on how you feel your body, the clarity of your thoughts, the efficiency of your digestion and the beating of your heart. When stress, unhealthy food choices or things like a sedentary life can be changed, why NOT? There are so many causes that have negative effects on the body and mind however, for every negative, we can change our behavior and lifestyle to effect positive changes and maximize wellness.

I’m not done learning or making my own lifestyle changes. I feel GREAT everyday knowing that I am proactively choosing to maximize my personal wellness and am helping those around me do the same. Movement. Meditation. Spiritual practice. Healthy cooking and consumption. Infrared Sauna. A few supplements. I choose these steps to help me feel strong and vibrant.

My spiritual practice has brought me to an awareness of Karma. There is an element of Karma that is conscious and often moves to unconscious positive choices. I consciously make decisions that are selfless however many decisions that appear selfish are really in oder to prepare my mind and body to serve others. As healthy decisions become healthy habits, my efforts toward positive health become automatic. Karma is a path of action. What you do matters and all actions have consequences, both positive and negative. I want Amazing Karma and amazing results. Do you?

While I might be finished with this degree, I’m still working to balance the Universal laws of cause and effect in order to maximize wellness. Amazing Karma, my friends. Come and get it… but know you’ve gotta work for it! I will be teaching health classes and doing one-on-one sessions at JOURNEYoga in order to help you find your Amazing Karma and balance your causes and effects.

Do Something!

It’s time to learn about yourself and how to maximize wellness.
Balance the laws of cause and effect!

Vacation Mentality

Vacation is a State of Mind

I found myself in the final month of a master’s degree in Integrative Medicine, doing biostatistics with this view… on vacation in Mexico. Now, this is an obnoxious statement and I implore you to not judge me, but I was a little angry with my husband for planning a major vacation 3 weeks before the end of school. Why couldn’t he wait three weeks for me to be done with school and REALLY take a vacation?

  1. I love my husband.
  2. I love learning.
  3. I love vacation.

So what was the problem? When I miss the signs from the Universe, it wacks me in the head with a 2×4. People keep asking, “What are you going to do next? What are you going to do with your degree?” I have bajillions of ideas and things I want to do and people I want to reconnect with. Plans are being made and I am beginning to put ideas into action assuring I can fill the extra 25-40 hours a week that are coming to me when school is over…

AND WACK!!!!
Vacation was the 2×4 to the head. The Universe tossed me an amazing opportunity! Thank you husband for being an agent of Universal wisdom. Thank you for the vacation.

What I learned on vacation is that I need to take some vacation mentality with me through time. The subtle sign from the Universe that I’ve been missing is that it’s important to make space. On vacation, I found it easier to concentrate and comprehend the content for school. I actually enjoyed biostatistics?!?! When I do less, I do everything better. I need to leave time in the day to be still and easy. I need to find more time to be creative and connect with nature (the beach and ocean are beyond the pool here). I need to do less.

Think about it

What can you let go of? How can you make space?