My health coaching and nurse practitioner philosophy is one of holism. I recognize the importance of the mind-body connection and the role of spirituality in bridging the gap between the two. Yet, despite encouraging patients and clients to find strength in their spirituality, I've done very little (aside from an occasional half-ass attempt at meditation) to adopt my own spiritual practice. I have a science-oriented, practical brain and I believe in evidence-based practices. Not to say there isn't an evidence base for certain spiritual or mind-body therapies (meditation holds a significant body of reliable evidence in it's corner), but I remained somewhat a skeptic.Read More
Yesterday I had this wave of anxiety rush over me quite unlike anything I've ever felt. I'm not at all an anxious person (at least not in my adult life), so this sudden shock of paralyzing emotion as I was walking to meet friends at a coffee shop in Belgrade led me to the edge of panic. I began to question everything I was doing-recent decisions, my financial situation and where I want to end up at the end of this year.Read More
Dear Mr. Earth, are you there? It's me, Kara.
The Vietnamese are a superstitious lot and tell legends of how they descended from dragons and fairies. Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to Suô’i Tiên Fairy Park in Ho Chi Minh City, an amusement park built on 'sacred fairy lands'. The park embodies Vietnamese folklore and myths fused with Chinese legends. When you enter the park you feel as if you are stepping directly into a folklore story. Vietnam is a predominately Buddhist country, so touches of Buddhism are strewn throughout the park.Read More