season of dreams

Well, my Northern Hemisphere readers, we’ve just passed the autumnal equinox entering the season of Fall officially as a powerful full moon was overhead. This time each year is always a turning point for me as reflected in mother nature. I live in a forested area of Northern California so each day I notice trees – lots of them – browning, drying up, losing leaves along their branches that seem to be sagging oh so subtly. Nature is reminding me that soon, it will be time to sleep, hibernate, slow down and stay indoors. I’m been more accepting of what this turning point means. My preference is, and has always been, the creative burst of springtime and the sun’s invitation to play outdoors under its rays. Still, I accept that all things are in perpetual change as the cycles of nature continually turn. So that I do not slip into gloom I have learned to prepare for the colder, darker months. It’s around this time that I stock up on candles, baking supplies, art supplies, fine yarns and embroidery floss, purchase a half-dozen good books, a few blank journals, and bookmark recipes that require a hot oven. I also mentally recommit to scheduling in self-care and personal development practices, such as meditation, so that my week is truly work-life balanced. Last, but not least, I consider online workshops and conferences I want to attend so I can stretch my mind. Consider me a life-long leaner!

In this blog, I will tell you about one I plan to attend and another one where I will be presenting. I was excited to learn that next month a day-long psychotherapy workshop will take place which is focused on gender-sensitive treatment. Since my clinical focus is on women’s issues and women’s unique responses to trauma and other conditions, these gender-specific workshops are most welcome. Thank you PESI.com.

My own presentation will be included in an online conference that also begins next month, and it’s quite different from what I introduced above, although what the two do have is common is WELLNESS. October 30th begins the Many Worlds of Lucid Dreaming multi-day event featuring 15 diverse presenters. See: https://www.glidewing.com/iasd/lucid_dreaming_conference.html

During this event I will present a paper titled Dreams as medicine: How conscious dreaming can support one’s journey toward wellness. Whether you or someone you love has been impacted by disease or illness, this presentation will show how dreams can alert, warn, and even guide one toward improving health. Other presenters will also focus on wellness, such as reducing stress and relieving pain with the support of dreams. I hope you consider attending!

Autumn and Winter are great times to dive into dream-based practices such as improving sleep hygiene, utilizing dream incubation techniques, or committing to keeping a dream journal. After all, there is naturally more darkness, the nights are longer. Less daylight suggests going inward. Dreamwork pairs perfectly with this period of the year. So to my fellow summer-lovers, I remind you, not all is lost!

Dream big,

Dr. Kim

holiday season roadblocks

Happy November y’all! Did you survive the ‘candy binge’ that we call Halloween, here in the United States? I hope you woke up today headache-free – LOL. Believe it or not, I did not consume a single piece of candy. Yes, I know, it’s sad, but after all, I am dealing with a chronic health issue, so no sugar for me. Boo.

Do you ever wonder why ‘cold and flu season’ hits right in the middle of Winter? Could it be that it hits when it does because of the major events that precede it? Notice that colds and flus surface just after several holidays where high amounts of sugar and alcohol are consumed. Think about it, in the United States we have Halloween followed by Thanksgiving, followed by festivities in December such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve. December often includes several end-of-year celebrations, work-related parties, or other seasonal gatherings. This could mean tolerating people we may not like, plus consumption of cocktails, cookies, homemade candy and many other unhealthy ‘treats.’ Sure, it can be fun, but that’s not all it is. Tack on the stress that comes with attending and organizing these events, end-of-year deadlines, etc., and the body is like, “WOAH, JUST STOP ALREADY.” So, all I’m saying is that it is possible that the circumstances (in addition to our behavior) can lead to an increase in cold and flu susceptibility. Now that you’ve heard me out – haha, thank you very much – let me share with you something in my healthy ‘bag of tricks.’ You’ll find it in a blog I wrote for Best Holistic Life – the place to go for excellent health and wellness information by a diverse group of experts.

Let’s really get down to business now. We all want to stay healthy, right? Seriously, can you name someone who enjoys being sick? Best Holistic Life recently featured a short piece that I wrote on vegetables. That’s right — you read that correctly — healthy, wonderful vegetables. We do our best dreaming and living (and partying) when we run on clean fuel. I advocate for eating as many dark leafy greens and cruciferous veggies as possible all Fall and Winter long. Think of them as medicine…because they are!

Pop quiz!!! Can you name at least two veggies from the cruciferous family? How often do you consume those? What health benefits do they deliver? The answers to these questions and more can be found in my article here: https://www.bestholisticlife.com/dr-kims-4-good-mood-seasonal-veggies/

Oh, and in addition to their wellness blog, Best Holistic Life has a unique podcast – check ‘em out!

Wishing you a thriving and health-focused season,

Dr. Kim