Hello, and welcome to my blog. This is the place to come for tidbits on a wide variety of topics, all centering on healing and recovering from functional medical problems, both gastrointestinal and non-gastrointestinal. This is my first blog post ever, though I’ve been gearing up for this for nearly a decade. I’m finally ready to share with you my curiosity, experience, and knowledge.

What I share here is intended to stimulate your mind with hopefully new or different perspectives. If what I have to share isn’t new to you, then perhaps it is the healthy repetition you need. Sometimes it takes hearing or thinking about something many times before it sticks or we are willing to make a shift in our thinking or behavior. If this blog facilitates learning for you, then we’ve both truly accomplished something powerful.

I love to learn and am constantly reading, attending trainings, and talking to other practitioners about what they’re doing. I plan on sharing what I know and what I’m just learning with you. In fact, knowing that I was going to develop this website with a blog, I have been collecting articles over the years and intend on sharing them with you here along with perhaps some of my reactions, thoughts, and questions that emerge as I read the articles. I might do the same with passages from books I’m reading or interesting points from trainings I’ve attended. I may pose questions for you to think about or reflect on. My hope is that what I share here helps you to learn perhaps a littler bit more of what you have yet to discover about your body, your mind, your spirit, your life, and your relationships (not just with other people but also with every being and everything) that then translates into healing.

I’m going to be using the word healing often, so I’m going to devote my next blog post on defining that term.

A couple of recommendations:

  1. As you read my blog posts or any other self-help material, notice the specific reactions you have, pleasant and unpleasant reactions, especially the more intense ones, to what you read. Perhaps jot down your reactions in a journal, or start a journal if you don’t have one already. These kinds of reactions can serve as springboards for your own healing for every reaction you have is information for you about how your nervous system, mind, and body work. You don’t have to understand why you’re having the reaction you’re having, and you will increase your capacity to be mindful if you can let go of your mind’s need to understand why by focusing on what you experience. Instead see if you can neutrally observe the kinds of spontaneous sensations, emotions, thoughts, impulses, urges, images, or memories that arise, writing them down without interpreting, explaining, or judging them.
  2. If you’re new to my blog site, you may find it most beneficial to read through the blog posts in chronological order. At the end of each blog post there is a link to the next blog post. Just click to continue reading and learning.