Archive | happiness

Cheers to a productive and challenging 2017!

As the year comes to a close, we have the opportunity to reflect upon the past year’s events, both personal and public, and look forward to our future. What does it really mean to make New Year’s resolutions? Are they fantasies that we create to allow us to continue indulging in certain behaviors that may […]

My Bitter Teacher

Overcome any bitterness that may have come to you because you were not up to the magnitude of the pain that was entrusted to you. You are called upon to meet it in joy, instead of self-pity. This is a Sufi saying, as elucidated by the author and poet Stephen Levine. Every day I am […]

Healthy Living

Patty Vasquez is the Assistant Manager at Tao of Wellness. At the beginning of this year, we created a buddy system where each staff member was paired up with one of the doctors. Patty paired up with Dr. Dao and started her weight loss journey. For the past four years, she has been carrying an […]

What Do You Want?

The main character in the movie Shawshank Redemption says, “Get busy living or get busy dying.” Every single day of your life you make a choice to move toward your passion or to wander further away from it. We are quick to place blame on our boss, our parents, and our culture on why we […]

Celebrating the Holidays: Five Essential Tips

The holidays can be a time of joy, love, family and friendship. Between the demands of traveling and socializing and the emotional aspects of meeting with family, holidays can also be taxing. At family gatherings, emotions from the past may come up. The abundance of sugar and alcohol, paired with decreased daylight can heighten emotional […]

February 18, 2007 Ushers in the Year of the Pig

The Year of the Pig is  symbolized by the elements of fire and water. These two energies are typically in conflict, thus making 2007 a year of continuing conflict, tension and strife. I expect there may be further global unrest, including revolts and regional wars. Despite the destructive tendencies, the water element does give rise […]

Secrets of Longevity Revealed

Looking and feeling young for decades is not just the province of the wealthy and surgically enhanced. Living to be 100 is simpler than most people imagine. In his new book, Secrets of Longevity, Dr. Maoshing Ni shares the secrets gleaned from generations of medical knowledge in his family, and a 20-year study of centenarians […]

Happy Chinese New Year of the Dog

January 29, 2006 begins the Chinese New Year of the Dog. It is Year 4,704 of the Yellow Emperor’s reign. With 2005 Rooster year leaving us, let us do a retrospective on my predictions at the beginning of last year. Economically, I forecasted that the industries sure to benefit from the year of the rooster […]

Healthy Aging Naturally

The statistics are in — the oldest of 76 million baby-boomers will turn 60 next year. In fact, over 50% of the population in the United States will be over 65 by the year 2025! However, the aging trend does not have to mean lower productivity and quality of life. Not only are the baby-boomers […]

A Pearl of Wisdom

The fourth emperor of China’s Ching Dynasty, Chien Long, was touring the Yangtze River. As he stood on a hill looking out to the river, he saw many merchants’ junks busily sailing along the river. He was very pleased with the business activity on the river. Casually he asked a monk next to him, “How […]