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Working in Story

My work in the realm of Story is both as a Listener, a Teller and a Tender. What does it mean to work in the realm of story and what do stories have to do with health, well-being, and a life well-lived?  

The realm of Story is a powerful place. We are all creating versions of our lives on a daily basis. Our stories unfold in a multitude of ways; sometimes they unfold as memories that we tell as a way of positioning ourselves in our relationships and the world. Sometimes they are handed down by our family and friends. Sometimes they are silent to the world, working the power of their telling in the sub or unconscious parts of our mind. 

Stories are a gift. They are alive. They have a rhythm and a cadence. They identify what is meaningful. Most of us are not aware of the extent that we rely on our stories to hold our place in the world. We are also not aware that we have the power to rewrite our stories, once we are aware of them, and change the outcome.

Story Medicine recognizes that when we feel bad, physically, mentally, or emotionally or when we chronically experience symptoms of ill health or dis-ease, it is not only the body's way of speaking story but also the Soul's. How we listen and respond can influence how the story unfolds and what the outcome might be. 

I began my journey with Story as a StoryTender for the dying. When I began my work as a death doula, I had no idea it would lead me so deeply into the realm of Story. But I quickly learned that in the sacred space of dying and death there is nothing but authentic story. The constructs of society begin to fall away and we are left in the deep, rich, fertile place of the liminal, the very place where our primordial stories are birthed. Bearing witness and tending stories, listening and telling stories, are the most powerful ways of connecting, healing, transitioning, and transforming that I have ever experienced and so the beautiful work of story and storying continues to call to both the living and the dying. 

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Soul Medicine

What does it mean to work with Soul Medicine? Soul Medicine arises when we access the creative and imaginal realms of the seen and unseen, the conscious and subconscious, and nourish that part of the Self that is timeless and nameless, yet nonetheless very much part of our overall well-being. Your soul expresses itself through its connection to things like art, poetry, music, and nature. 

We are, currently, in modern society, experiencing a mental health crisis of epic proportions. This is in addition to the crisis of Lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease....the list goes on and on. We have for the first time in recorded history actually decreased our projected longevity due to these modern health crises. It has become apparent that we can work on our physical health and still feel unwell mentally. We can then work on our mental health and still feel apathetic, empty, depressed, anxious, etc... so what gives? What's missing? 

What's missing is the well-being of our soul and spirit. What's missing is our relationship with the natural world. The most valuable thing we can do for our own health and for the well-being of those around us is to explore our own soulful connection to the world. Establishing your purpose and life meaning are the pivotal points of connection that provide an overwhelming amount of support to your physical and mental health. Spending time in the liminal realms of imagination and creativity are critical activities for wellness. Besides feeling more balanced emotionally and more deeply connected to the world around you, you will also experience physical benefits like enhanced immune function, balanced nervous system, improved digestion, pain management. 

There are many gateways to the liminal world and many ways to connect with your soul, however, what becomes Personal Medicine for you will be unique to you. If you are feeling unwell, stuck, chronically ill, it is time to invest in a little soul medicine. 

 

 “The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.”

~ Caroline Myss

Credentials and Expertise - Yes

As an Integrative Health Specialist, Researcher, and Educator, I am able to access the knowledge of science and evidence-based medicine and blend that with deep intuitive listening and embodied knowing. My physical practice is based in Vermont, however, thanks to modern technology, my client base, and course offerings extend worldwide. 

As a Lifestyle Medicine and Ayurvedic practitioner, I have the absolute privilege of helping people feel better, live happier, healthier, and more connected lives. 

As an Educator, I have had, and continue to have, the opportunity to write and teach curriculum for several Colleges and Universities in the U.S at both the graduate and undergraduate; courses like Narrative Medicine, Psychobiology of Eating, Nutrition & Mental Health, and more... 

I also offer courses and workshops for my clients and the public to inspire continued well-being. 

As a Scholar Practioner, I actively engage in research and writing. My research interests are the use of storytelling, creativity, and imagination to enhance lifestyle health and well-being, trauma-related eating issues, women’s health, trauma and diet, resilience, regenerative living, and how reclaiming cultural wisdom impacts our well-being.

 
Why Do I Do What I Do?

Initially, I came to the road of integrative health, much the same way many practitioners do; I got sick. A long and frustrating encounter with a mystery illness that left me exhausted, depressed, and pain-ridden. Visiting doctor after doctor, watching them shake their heads, with no ideas and no answers, it was a challenge not to fall into a downward spiral of apathy and depression.

Finally, one very kind and concerned doctor, suggested I look into something called Ayurveda. This was before Traditional Indian Medicine was a ‘thing’ in the U.S.

I realized I didn’t have anything to lose, so I read everything I could get my hands on and literally changed my lifestyle overnight. I committed to the full revamp; food, movement, meditation, all of it.

Believe it or not, within a week, I felt better than I had in years. Within a month, I required no more visits to my kind and concerned Physician. Within three months I had enrolled in an Ayurvedic training and massage school. I was hooked. I was convinced that changing my lifestyle had saved my life and I wanted to know more.

I haven’t looked back. Since then I have continued studying and researching, accruing two doctoral degrees and many training certificates in various modalities for Lifestyle Health and Spiritual Well-Being. I have also continued to hone my intuitive skills and my connection to nature and the liminal space where Story resides. 

Who I am in the world is intricately woven with what I do in the world... they are inseparable. 

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