Posts in the ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ Category

Growing through Grief

IMG_2595This is a transformational ritual in response to the pain of a death– a simple ritual for grief, growth, and turning toward our experience just as it is, as was taught by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, in 2015 at a training on Mindfulness for End of Life Providers. It’s a tool that is continually transforming me into a better provider and a more aware person. It is also a resource that I love to share with patients and anyone else navigating the death of a loved one.

Healthy Holiday Living and Tasty Treats (Back by Popular Demand)

IMG_7591In terms of self-care, December can be the hardest month. And the most critical, right? We can be overly busy, under-rested, sugar-crashed, out of our normal rhythms, and often struggling with expectations and stress about money, time, year-end loose ends, gifts, travel, family challenges, getting things done on time… and the list goes on. To have balance and health in the face of it requires both a conscious intention and some practical tools.

What would make it easier to stay healthy, sane, and nourished? Here are 5 tips (including two recipes) for a nourishing holiday season.

Being a Hospice Acupuncturist

IMG_7642People often say, “You work in hospice. Wow, that must be so hard.”  (…or heavy, draining, or any number of other words that suggest a weighty emotional slog.) In my experience, it’s many things. Poignant. Intimate. Beautiful. Intense. Fulfilling. Refreshingly real. With all due respect, there is plenty of grit in hospice work. I’m not saying it’s easy but for me it is unquestionably nourishing on a deep level.

Day 4: Navigating December with Health, Balance, & Sanity

Day 4. Choose the Right Amount of Doing Why are we doing all the holiday stuff? For fun, celebration, quality time with people we care about, to share in something meaningful? And does it feel that way when we are overextended and exhausted? Not usually. While it’s wonderful to be engaged in the festive season,

Day 3: Navigating December with Health, Balance, & Sanity

Day 3. Craft A Fitness Plan that Fits Your Life Walking around the block?  One yoga pose a day?  The 7 minute workout? Why wait for January to feel good? If you already have an exercise routine that you love, keep it alive through December. If you don’t, sample some options, find one or more

Day 2: Navigating December with Health, Balance, & Sanity

This is day 2 in a 5 day series of simple suggestions for tending to your body, heart, and mind during the hectic month of December. Two Minutes of Silence and Solitude Take it. I recommend mornings. Set a stopwatch on that fancy smartphone of yours. Take 2 minutes to breathe, to be with yourself, to

Navigating December with Health, Balance, & Sanity

The expectations and pace of life in December can easily spin out of control. In terms of self-care, December can be the hardest month. And the most critical, right? We can be overly busy, under-rested, sugar-crashed, out of our normal rhythms, and often struggling with expectations and stress about money, time, year-end loose ends, gifts,

On the Treatment Table Instead of the Triathlon Starting Line: A Journey of Training, Life-Lessons, & Rehabilitating a Back Injury

Susan riding on TaborThis is a personal story of training for my first sprint triathlon, getting injured, and letting go. It’s also a tale of new beginnings, self-love, and a commitment to health and self-care.

Susan Wilmoth Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Portland

 

 

 

, LAc, MAcOM
Susan Wilmoth Acupuncture
(formally Seeds of Health, PC)

5525 E. Burnside
Portland, OR 97215

503-333-3722
susan@susanwilmoth.com

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Susan Wilmoth Acupuncture (formally Seeds of Health, PC)
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