Morning Meditation and Nude Mineral Bathing

My first week in Sofia I went on a Remote Year organized event and had no idea what I was in for!  About 15 people that signed up for the event met in a parking lot outside Vasil Levski stadium at 7:30 AM.  We drove about 30 minutes outside of Sofia to get to our destination: Pancharevo Lake.  Our adventure began with a 30-minute silent meditation hike that took us to a viewpoint with stunning views of the lake and the city of Sofia. The hike was a beautiful and energizing way to start the morning and was a great accompaniment to my fledgling meditation practice this month.  After taking in the view at the top, we hiked down to the lake and our guide presented us with our next challenge (as if walking in silence wasn't enough for us):  it was time to refresh ourselves in the natural hot mineral springs.  Nude.  As the Bulgarians do.  

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Reiki in the Energy

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.  

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Insane in the Membrane: Getting Lost to Find My Way Home

I'm sitting here enjoying one of the best soy iced lattes I've ever tasted, in Kraków, Poland of all places, reflecting on my last 6 months of life and travel (I'm sorry, but you had to assume a 'halfway there' post was inevitable, right?).  It's hard to believe it's been one year since I first applied for and was accepted to Remote Year and gave a very courteous 4 month notice to my NYC employer.  It's even harder to believe that it's been 6 months since I boarded a plane at Logan Airport in Boston to start my Remote Year journey in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

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How to Avoid D-ficiency.

Over the last few years Vitamin D has been touted as the wonder vitamin, but there is a lot of conflicting information, guidelines are continually changing and much of the population suffers from Vitamin D insufficiency. It's important to clarify the guidelines and our needs, because unlike other vitamins and minerals, it can be difficult to get enough Vitamin D from food.

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Come As You Are

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.

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