PAST LIFE MEDITATIONS AT WOOM CENTER THIS WINTER

 The audio/visual presentation at WOOM is more than a little magical.

The audio/visual presentation at WOOM is more than a little magical.

Past Life Meditations Through Voice and Sound continues to be an absolute blast and favorite event to offer. My beginnings with past life regression were as a teenager when on many occasions I got to explore the rich, immersive narratives that come through. As an introduction to past life regression, I do my best to channel that enthusiasm, honesty (open and encouraging of skepticism), and creativity into the experiences that are shared and guided in the comfort of the WOOM Center.

Located on the Bowery in downtown Manhattan, WOOM is a unique place filled with extraordinary people. Created by David and Elian Zach-Shemesh, and run by a wonderful team (too many to mention), the place is a source of wellness, weirdness, and wonder in only the most restorative ways. The beauty of the people and place might be intimidating to some were it not for the sense of humor and warmth inside. I recently had the pleasure of participating in their teacher training offering the students brief hypnotherapy techniques to relieve minor somatic or emotional pain.

PAST LIFE MEDITATIONS THROUGH VOICE AND SOUND will be happening every month throughout the holidays into the winter. Dates and details below. Email me with questions, hope to see you there.

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot.

  • Saturday, December 15 at 7:30

  • Saturday, January 19 at 7:30

  • Saturday, February 2 at 7:30

  • WOOM Center is located at 274 Bowery, 2nd Floor, NYC (bet. Houston & Prince)

LIFE, DEATH, & REBIRTH THROUGH MEDITATION, HYPNOSIS, & PAST LIFE REGRESSION

 Recently published in Reality Sandwich.

Recently published in Reality Sandwich.

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is. -Alan Watts

There’s a case to be made that past life regression is the most versatile therapy. Inside the often marginalized and misunderstood practice is an introduction to meditation and hypnotherapy, the Freudian psychology of family, sex, and death, Jungian perspectives on nature, symbols, mythology, and art, spirituality (however we may define it), philosophy, storytelling, family constellations, chronology, a nuanced examination of time as both linear and nonlinear, and a new understanding of mortality.  

“Death is not the end” says the practice itself, “but another step on the path.” Often times during trainings and workshops we’ll move right past death, focusing our attention on the narratives that precede and follow. What if we zoom in on this moment and let our attention rest here? Broadly speaking, in eastern philosophies death is described as transformation – the breaking of the chrysalis and the departure from the husk. The interconnectedness of beginnings and endings is one of life’s most overused conventions. It hides in plain sight.

Of all the reasons to engage with past life regression, it seems to me that among the most universal (reflecting an embedded subtext in the promise of reincarnation itself) is a desire to know if it is possible to be reborn in our own lives. I’m deeply compassionate to this question – I find myself asking it too at any moment. I was a boy of 13 years old growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey in the early 90s while my father was experiencing great success leading regressions with individuals as a therapist, and training groups internationally. I gravitated to my dad’s work at a young age. Of the thousands of regressions I’ve guided, experienced, and witnessed, it is not the wealth of strange and beautiful stories that have emerged from the unconscious minds of so many courageous souls that echoes loudest now. It is the child-like, inarticulate nonverbal plea held somewhere in the body, yet orphaned in the self, seeking to be reintegrated and made new again.

Imagine passing through moments of “death” over and over again as men and women of all races, young and old, during war and peace, in ancient history and more recent decades, sincerely engaging with the narratives through the senses, activating the neurology and physiology of the positive states of release and relief throughout. After so long, one might naturally begin to rethink “death” as a portal or threshold we pass through. This does not devalue grief or sadness when it happens, nor does it subtract the need to honor our lives.

Our mental health ecosystem can be a rather harsh labyrinth. I professionally regard all modalities as tools available to us. Some tools will be right for some jobs. There is no universal prescription, no one-size-fits-all, no panacea. The spirituality inherent within the exercise is often associated with unhelpful new age tropes, but if you have existential questions in need of an adaptive therapeutic intervention, past life regression has you covered.

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When leading trainings and experiences that explore the three modalities together, I’ll begin with a few simple metaphors to illuminate their nature and give reference points to the approach. These come, of course, with the caveats that meditation, hypnosis, and past life regression belong to no man or woman and that their definitions are rightfully many. No metaphor could ever be perfect. The intention is to simplify for the purposes of comparison.

Meditation as a glass of water. Simple, refreshing, and refreshingly simple. Contained, for 2 minutes or 20, or more. No past or future, just the wordless experience of right now. Like the glass is filled with water, the mind is filled with activity which with time (and practice) comes to rest and becomes still.

Then hypnosis as a swimming pool. A larger container. We can see the boundaries, and be part of the activity. We can explore the past or imagine the future – we can comfortably play in the shallow water or explore the deep end. We can swim fast or wade peacefully. It can be work or pleasure. Hypnosis would be the second and larger of three concentric circles.

And finally past life regression as an ocean. A source of life that is most often beautiful, and can also be unpredictable and treacherous. The waves, the rhythms of the water and the interplay of currents happen on levels we’re not entirely aware or in control of. (Like some psychedelic journeys or experiences of ecstatic states) it’s deep, majestic, reflective, and mysterious. We can lose the horizon and explore endlessly. Past life regression would be the third and largest of the concentric circles with these three modalities.

There was a point in my training where the mechanical likeness of guided meditation, hypnotherapy, regression, etc. stopped concerning me. Progressive relaxation, present moment-awareness, attention with the senses, guidance and visualization, pacing and leading, a voice, deep breaths… “The ingredients seem to be the same, so what are the actual differences between these things?” An incredulous teen-aged voice in me used to implore. It’s a good question, ultimately, and one I still respect as fundamentally connected to why we do what we do. For instance, if one meditates to feel better and that does not happen, meditation doesn’t work and/or some failure occurred and something went wrong. What makes the difference between meditation and hypnosis, and all other inner work – there in the depth of the nonverbals, behaving like gravity – is the intention.

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 Dan

Dan

“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.” –Voltaire

At events I lead regularly with The Alchemist’s Kitchen, The WOOM Center, Assemblage NYC, and other institutions throughout the city, I’ll often say “if the only thing that occurred during an experience of past life regression were that it leads us to rethink our unconscious fears of dying, that would be a hell of a lot.”

Psychology and philosophy often frame life as a continuous process of loss. Grief, like the wallpaper in death’s antechamber, will happen consciously or unconsciously through life as we say goodbye to former versions of ourselves. And physical death may be the only true goodbye. Past life regression, guided competently, offers a compassionate framework to work with the reflections and projections of this natural process that we are actualizing in our behavior.

I defer to the people I work with as the experts on yourselves. I would not tell you what is or is not a memory of a past lifetime. I guide safely from one side of the process to the other, and help with the interpretation of the images, symbols, and narratives. Taking what is useful and leaving the rest, we want to extract the most directly purposeful lesson or feeling. Only you could know what that is.  

The story behind my curtain is the death of my father almost 8 years ago, when I inherited his work and my life as it is today began. It feels incongruous in moderate terms, and possibly disgraceful in the extreme that there were tremendous gifts in my father’s passing. Those gifts are a testimony to him and his ability to leave a wake of healing and magic in death as he did in life. My missing him every day is proportionate to my gratitude. Thinking of the suffering late in his life, I feel my engine drain. Then, remembering the months afterwards, the tributes and celebrations of his life, we both feel complete again.

I have questions about his death I’ve never felt able to ask because he was the only one who would know exactly what I meant, and only he would have the answers anyway. The questions have eroded over the years from their original words to muffled tones and finally vibrations in my body and voice. They hide in plain sight, beginning and ending simultaneously. They express themselves through me, like orphans seeking to be reunited with their parents and made whole again.

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“The Mexican … is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it. True, there is as much fear in his attitude as in that of others, but at least death is not hidden away: he looks at it face to face, with impatience, disdain or irony.” –Octavio Paz, Labyrinth of Solitude

I’ve not been to Mexico yet. I’m a “gringo” by every definition I’m aware of. Everything I know about the country and the culture I’ve learned from a distance so far. The direct thematic links of the living and dead coexisting were pointed out to me. On repeated occasions, friends, students, and collaborators have told me stories of being there, describing the braid of past, present, and future in the air, the music, and the dirt.

I’ll be there for the first time in October, a few short weeks before the country celebrates the Day of the Dead, for Mystery School in Mexico, a 5 day retreat in which I’ll be leading and teaching the path from meditation through hypnosis to past life regression. Like the voodoo deep in the bones of New Orleans that can only truly be known when you’re there, I anticipate something indescribable.

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Visit  www.mysteryschoolinmexico.com to learn more about the upcoming retreat. Use discount code alchemyinmexico for a special rate.

EVENTS THIS SUMMER


PAST LIFE REGRESSION

  • Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • The Assemblage NoMad
  • 114 E. 25th St. New York NY 10010

“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.”
-Voltaire

During this 90-minute guided experience, the characters and narratives that come through will be examined compassionately from the widest possibility space to include every story. We’ll begin with a talk and discussion answering any questions. Once that has concluded we’ll begin the first regression. There will be time for people who would like to share their observations and points of view to hear each other. Shamanic journeying, Jungian archetypal journeys, dream work, family constellation therapy, inner child work, early trials and treatments for trauma and depression utilizing cannabis or psychedelics, and akashic records readings are just a few of the siblings to past life regression that may be referenced or discussed over the course of the evening. Past life regression has a history in hypnotherapy and ingredients common to guided meditation. Whether approached as a therapeutic intervention or creative play, the potential within the practice is transformational.

"I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is."
- Alan Watts

This event is for members of The Assemblage and their guests. Learn more about joining and getting special access and entry to all of our programming.


TRANCE WRITING: GUIDED CREATIVE AWAKENING

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The Assemblage John Street
  • 17 John St. New York, NY 10038

Writers, artists, and entrepreneurs of all disciplines and backgrounds are invited. During this experiential learning lab we will explore and examine a subtractive approach to creativity and pave new pathways to states of flow, inspiration, and productivity. Whether there is a work in active process or new ideas are sought, the spark is always available if we know how to invite it. Using exercises developed from and based in meditation, hypnotherapy, and past life regression, we will actively be working with trance and using the experiences / states to write.

This event is for Members Only. Click here to learn more about becoming a member of The Assemblage and getting special access and free entry to all of our events.


 Artwork by Sara Shakeel

Artwork by Sara Shakeel

PAST LIFE REGRESSION & EXPLORATION

Join us for a special afternoon led by Past Life Regression therapist, Daniel Ryan. Modern neuroscience suggests that memory is far more creative and curated than previously thought. In this group healing experience, participants can look forward to relief and relaxation while dynamically exploring the past, discovering strategies and uncovering resources to apply on the road ahead.

Sanctuary Acupuncture + Holistic Health is a wellness center in Downtown Manhattan. We offer acupuncture, herbal medicine, reiki, cupping, and tui na therapies to treat the whole health of our patients and community.


PAST LIFE MEDITATIONS THROUGH VOICE & SOUND

Explore past life regression through a modern lens with the hypnotherapist and thought leader, Daniel Ryan. Integrating current neuroscience with the practice and philosophies within the field, experience a journey through your mind unlike any other, guided by voice and sound to places and narratives both strange and familiar. *Advance and day-of rates may differ.

ONTOPO : Memorial Day Weekend, Catskills Zendo

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Ontopo brings together artists and creatives in an informal learning environment that is site-specific, multi-disciplinary, and cross-platform.

Ontopo projects are participatory and based in socio-ecological exchange. Participants explore the mechanics and aesthetics of collective performance, with opportunities to workshop new artworks and courses. As an open collective, Ontopo’s form fluctuates in relation to location and participation. The goal is to engender a multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary collective event that merges production with exhibition, work with play, design with art, and performer with audience.


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Ontopo is pleased to present Ontopo Catskill Zendo, SS18 an overnight temple stay with Kathleen Kim, Helga Fassonaki, Jon Santos, Nelleke, AHARAW, Ai Lin, Ben Thorp Brown and Daniel Ryan. The stay, which includes group dinner and breakfast, will take place at Catskill Zendo, a Korean Buddhist Temple in Summitville, NY.

This intentional gathering focuses on the place of the sanctuary, as both a physical/architectural and mental/spiritual phenomenon. We will deconstruct Zendo temple as a structural sanctuary and devise metaphysical sanctuaries through sound, meditation, and vision. In doing so, we consider how modalities of sanctuary affect our well being as embodied and political subjects.

The retreat opens with a group dinner followed by a screening of Ben Thorp Brown’s Gropius Memory Palace and night of performance. The film features guided hypnotherapy by Daniel Ryan, inviting viewers to construct a ‘memory palace’ as they experience Walter Gropius’s iconic Fagus Factory. The film offers an opportunity to soothe anxieties around technology’s effects on the body and workplace, and to consider the relationship between memory and architecture. The screening segues into experimental music performances by Helga Fassonaki, Kathleen Kim, and Ai LIn. The night will conclude with a dance party featuring sets by D.J.s Jon Santos, Nelleke, and AHARAW.

The next morning, we will reconvene through guided meditation with the Zendo monks. Daniel Ryan will lead group hypnotherapy and past life regression. In a panel discussion, Kathleen Kim and Helga Fassonaki will discuss the intersection of creative production and social justice advocacy. Kim, an immigrants’ rights legal scholar and experimental musician/composer, will present on the constitutional foundations of immigration law and the historical link between race and immigration. Fassonaki, a visual and performing artist, will present on her project Khal, which derives from her experience as an American artist in residence of Persian and Azeri decent in Tabriz, Iran, where women are legally restricted from public vocal performance. Following the panel, we will embark on a guided mushroom foraging walk with Alberto H. Arensberg.

Ontop is an ongoing series of performative and participatory projects based on collective creative exchange. With a multi-faceted embrace of visual, culinary, design, sound, architectural, healing and performance arts, Ontopo reimagines the relationship between creating and consuming, author and audience in the age of accelerated production. Ontopo is organized by Jon Santos.

SPRING EVENTS


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Artist, Fran Rodriguez

Bowery Cannabis Club Presents: An Exploration of Altered States

  • Friday, March 30th. 7:00-10:00pm. $40. Sign up here 
  • Hosted by the Bowery Cannabis Club and Daniel Ryan CHT CRT
  • Treats by Enjoy Cannabis Desserts

You are invited to join a new kind of conversation about how we interact with Cannabis. We will kick off the evening with mingling and infused snacks, and then explore the borders and influences of our altered states through guided reflection. What are the differences when we enjoy anything with intention versus with a passive attitude? We will be compassionately illuminating the lessons of these experiences and integrating them into our knowledge through a guided experience combining meditation with hypnotherapy.

Attendees will be encouraged to share and reflect on their most potent and positive experiences with Cannabis, what made it so, and why. We’ll talk about the simple and essential nature of “set and setting” (our mindset and the setting we are in during an event or happening) and how to carry this new awareness with us and make it a practice while honoring ourselves, the plant, and the moment equally.


...the desire to alter consciousness periodically is an innate, normal drive analogous to hunger or the sexual drive. Note that I do not say "desire to alter consciousness by means of chemical agents." Drugs are merely one means of satisfying this drive; there are many others…

-Andrew Weil


 Woom Center

Woom Center

Past Life Meditations Through Voice and Sound 

Explore past life regression through a modern lens with hypnotherapist and thought leader, Daniel Ryan. Integrating current neuroscience with the methods and philosophies of the pioneers within the field, experience a journey through your mind unlike any other, guided by voice and sound to places both strange and familiar. 


 Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Refresh your mindset after the Spring Equinox, to break through that winter cycle of rigidity. Join us and meditation guide, Daniel Ryan, on Monday, 3/26 at 6pm, for the next opportunity to help yourself step out of the old wheel of rush and anxiety that’s so easy to be caught up in. Space is limited, DM or email us to RSVP!

$10 ear seed and $20 Swarovski Crystal ear seed treatments to compliment the meditation.


"... it had always seemed to me possible that, through hypnosis, for example, or autohypnosis, by means of systematic meditation, or else by taking the appropriate drug, I might so change my ordinary mode of consciousness as to be able to know, from the inside, what the visionary, the medium, the mystic were talking about."

-Aldous Huxley


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Trance Writing: Volume 3

The story we're telling ourselves is our dominant narrative, and the most powerful hypnotist at any given moment is the voice in our heads. Writer's Block, for instance, is a kind of self-defeating, self-perpetuating, state-inducing story about what's not happening that can have in it traces of procrastination, anxiety, laziness, shame, and other corrosive agents. With the writers I work with we'll usually use past life regression early on because past lifetimes or not, the exercise ignites the story-telling machine in our psyche and generates potent living metaphors.

FOR ATTENDEES: Please bring with you one or more of the following.

  • A project or idea currently in development to work with is suggested, but not mandatory. Those looking to discover new ideas will also find benefit.

  • A notebook, pencil, pen, laptop, tablet, quill, ink, scroll, or other writing instrument of your preference.

  • Questions about creativity, its definitions, boundaries, sources, and pollutants.


Meditation, Hypnosis, & Past Life Regression

  • Tuesday, April 24. 7pm-9pm, $40 
  • Maha Rose in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 97 Green St.
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Meditation is like a glass of water; refreshing, simple, and in the moment. Hypnosis is like a swimming pool. We can go into the deep end, be submerged, or stay near the surface. And past life regression is like an ocean. It's seemingly infinite in scale and depth - filled with mystery and revelation. Each of these three experiences is vastly different, yet mechanically each one is strikingly similar. Often times they are compared and considered together, others they seem worlds apart. What are the similarities and differences between them? What impact does intention have on the experience? What effect does the environment have? 

During this event, each modality will be experienced and explored. Beginning with meditation, moving through hypnosis, and ending with a past life regression - we’ll examine together precisely what separates and connects them, why they still remain so bewildering to so many, and how they offer unique benefits.

 

KCRW Podcast: Hypnotic Induction

As an appendix to the previous episode of KCRW's The Organist where I spoke with producer and artist, Ross Simonini, about my story and hypnotherapy, in this one I offer an experience. This is a hypnotic induction, and with that I must include some caveats. There are many different words for the same things. Often times hypnotic inductions are similar to guided relaxation or meditation. Guided imagery exercises can be similar to self-hypnosis and veer easily into shamanic journeys, Jungian archetypal work, or past life regressions. 

I'm a meditator and this particular induction is intended as guided relaxation. There are many ways to induce and work with trance that are eyes-open, awake, dynamic, and conversational. The central lesson here is that trance is not dependent on relaxation and can happen at any time. Living and working in New York City, I find people appreciate the opportunity to get quiet and be guided back to a native sense of calm. If you're seeking good old-fashioned chilling out, look no further. 

From KCRW's Website:

"If each episode of a podcast is an organ, an essential piece of a larger body, then this is an appendix to that body: a non-essential but still uniquely formed bonus episode. In it you’ll hear a hypnotic induction as performed and scored by the hypnotherapist Daniel Ryan. Ryan was featured on the Organist last week in our episode about the relationship between our bodies, our minds, and sound. One last note— it’s probably best if you stop operating heavy machinery while you’re listening to this podcast."

I had the pleasure of speaking with the terrific and knowledgeable Adam Eason on his podcast, Hypnosis Weekly recently. Adam maintains private practice and leads the Anglo European College of Therapeutic Hypnosis which he founded in Bournemouth, UK, where he lives. He champions a scientific and evidence-based approach grounded in ethical practice and teaching from all sides which I highly regard and respect. On his blog, Adam has been quite articulate and outspoken on what he sees as the concerns within regression therapy. I agree with him on most - if not all - of his points and personally feel that what are often seen as problems with regression therapy are actually opportunities for a broader possibility space. During our conversation, I talk a lot about my experience with my father, watching him practice in the 90s when regression therapy was less than 20 years old, and in the second half I list out what I feel are the 5 most significant issues for the field to overcome. I'm grateful to Adam and his writing as he has helped me become clearer on what the challenges are put forth to regression therapy. You can listen to our conversation above, and I highly recommend the podcast in general for informed conversations within the field. 

You Are The Expert On You

On a Venn Diagram of health and wellness offerings, it's hard to say where hypnotherapy would be. Somewhere near the margins, I imagine. Despite the absence of adverse side effects, it's being very cost-effective, or it's broad applicability, the entrenched PR problems of hypnosis usually overshadow other factors. The same feedback loop of messaging continues to cycle making little to no dent in the public perception or understanding. News stories and articles about hypnotherapy sessions usually go something like:

  1. Would this person make me cluck like a chicken/swing a pendulum?
  2. They didn't make me cluck like a chicken/stare at a swinging pendulum. 
  3. We talked and they listened intently and asked interesting questions. 
  4. We did some relaxing exercises that felt like guided meditation. 
  5. I left feeling calmer and more peaceful as opposed to more agitated or worked up. 
  6. I still don't get it. Maybe you'd like it? 

It's an echo chamber of the same non-starting narrative. There are exceptions, of course, but I never cease to marvel at myself and my colleagues working in this field so deeply trained in listening and language, and so seemingly unable to explain itself. 

Living and working in the vibrant and thriving wellness scene (it's a scene) in NYC, I notice often the conflation of luxury products with health and wellness services. Sometimes the marketing is boldly unethical. There are degrees and some are more egregious than others, but it's so pervasive now that containing it feels like a battle that's already been lost. It was due to this that reading my friend, Rachelle Robinett's recent article titled "I Helped Turn Wellness Into a Luxury Good. Now It's Out of Control" was refreshing and cathartic. I'm going to leave a few excerpts below, but please read the whole thing if you've come this far. Her story, in my opinion, is necessary and timely. I admire her courage and honesty in telling it.  

LINK HERE


"I see how wellness has become another way to display wealth, and commodifying health is more dangerous than fetishizing clothes. I see how it thrives on inventing new ailments, creating social pressure to cure them, and selling snake oil for how to do it. I see how, by embracing the idea that well-being must be bought, we’re becoming more and more distant from ourselves—our bodies, our minds, and our health."


"My new clients regularly confess that they don’t know how to make simple meals for themselves, how to get to bed on time, how to fall asleep without medication, or how to make time to work out. They can buy the potion, but they can’t buy the time to mix it into a smoothie (or a glass of water for that matter). These issues are serious, and correcting them is so much more important and effective than any supplement."


 Writer and Holistic Health Practitioner, Rachelle Robinett.

Writer and Holistic Health Practitioner, Rachelle Robinett.

"...from within the industry and with everyone’s wellbeing in mind, these are some of the ways I've learned to find health in more of the right places:

Try food first

As someone who has studied herbal medicine for many years, I firmly believe that food can do more good (or harm) to my body than any potion or pill. I believe that simply eating more vegetables can nix the perceived need for fancy remedies for most people, and produce is a hell of a lot cheaper too. Those “basic” foods you can find at most grocery stores often have fewer ecological and socioeconomic side-effects than so-called superfoods. By basic, I mean things like lettuce, carrots, garlic, and apples. And the more local, the better. As long as I'm mindful of my consumption, I'm on the right track.

Question products (and my motives)

While most of the wellness products on the market today aren’t inherently bad, details—such as quality, ingredients, and intent—really do matter. Before I buy a product, I ask myself: "Is this a shortcut that's going to handicap me in the long run?" "Is the intent to make me dependent on something rather than capable of caring for myself?" I read ingredient labels—not the marketing messages. I do research, check reviews, and get referrals from people I trust. And obviously, I question my sources. Searching terms like “the benefits of” is a sure way to get some confirmation bias. Need proof? Google “the benefits of Twinkies.”

Not everyone needs a healer and a supplement regimen

Perfect-health potions are a perpetual obsession of our species. I resist peer-pressure to have a healer, an astrologer, and a 12-ingredient daily smoothie. Or any unconsidered supplements in my life. (Unless it’s really good-quality probiotics. Just kidding, kind of.) If I'm taking supplements, I reality-check them once in awhile. Am I truly feeling better? Is it really worth the money? Nothing can counteract the effects of a poor diet or imbalanced lifestyle; if that were possible, we’d have a hangover cure by now.

Mind the social media

Today, every person can be a brand, and every brand can seem like a person; social media is full of blurred lines. So it’s on all of us to think about what we post, like, and share. It may be harmless to overshare over-styled smoothie bowls, but it can be harmful when celebrities endorse overpriced and untested products that none of us fully understand. (I recently suggested that a woman stop taking maca—which she'd tried after seeing it in her Instagram feed—in the evenings. Maca is known for increasing energy, and she was suffering from insomnia.)

Vegetables, sleep, exercise

Vegetablessleep, and exercise remain the unchanging foundations of wellness. I try to avoid today’s conveniences that pardon me from focusing on those basics. If delivery meals means forgetting how to prepare a meal, or breathing apps distance me from my ability to know when I need to stop and breathe, they may not be worth it.

My health is my own

My wellbeing is my responsibility, but it’s also my adventure. It should be a source of happiness, not anxiety. How I feel, what my medical test results show, and the way I'm able to live my life matter far more than being on the latest superfood bandwagon."