I understand now that no one else in the world knows what I should do.

I doubt that I am alone in feeling this feeling today.

The news of closures and precautions and viral pandemic are blazing across my phone, my watch, the tv, our dinner table, and in the eyes of everyone I meet.

The experts don’t know, the doctors, the therapists, the journalists, the authors, my friends, my kids, they don’t know. Because this level of global shut down has not happened in our lifetime — certainly not in mine.

Yet through all the unknowing, I feel a…

First’s hold a special place in our memories.
The first time you held your person’s hand.
The first kiss.
The first taste of a new city.
The first look on the kids faces when they see the presents under the tree…

These moments seem to suspend time and become etched in us. I listened to the most wonderful meditation the other day. It reminded me of the freedom of what Zen Buddhism calls ‘Beginner’s Mind’.

Most of us walk through the day silently (or not) casting our views and opinions out onto just about everything and everyone. …

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“Are you ready?” Klaus asked finally.

“No.” Sunny answered.

“Me neither,” Violet said, “but if we wait until we’re ready we’ll be waiting the rest of our lives.” — Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator

I was standing on the porch of the tiny green house my daughter’s and I had only just moved into. My head was spinning. My heart was racing. The voice inside me was saying just do it. But then, “I’m not ready. I can’t possibly pack up and move again. We’re just getting settled. What the fuck am I thinking….”

In the preceding months, I had…

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Why do some of us struggle with time, while others make it look so easy? We all have the same 24 hours in every day.

I like to keep things simple, so a good visual goes a long way for me.

Imagine you have a large glass jar. Next to it, you have a few large rocks, a small pile of marble sized pebbles, and a pile of sand. If you put in the sand or pebbles first, what happens? You can’t fit the big rocks in. But if you add the big rocks first, followed by the medium sized…

You know those days when you are too tired to focus, too busy to feel in control, too {insert something frustrating} to enjoy {insert something great}?

What if the thing that turned that around was to be a little selfish?

That sounds crazy, but stick with me. This advice, to be selfish in order to get your personal energy out of the hole — in order to then become more open and generous — is given 44,000 times a day, to 2.7 million people, across 29 million square miles of space.


Every flight you’ve ever taken starts with a…

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The other day I was talking with a new client. It was our 3rd visit. Great guy. Super smart. Been in pain for about a year.

Meniscal surgery back in the Spring didn’t fix his knee pain. This is not surprising to me, as multiple studies have shown no difference in outcomes between people who get their meniscus repaired and people who have a ‘sham’ or fake surgery.

No difference in outcomes.

Take a look at this much replicated study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Anyhow, back to creating your own luck. My new friend let me know…

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Knee pain can stop you in your tracks. It also continues to be surprisingly mishandled by many healthcare practitioners. People with knee pain would do anything to be rid of it, so following a doctor’s advice for a cortisone (steroid) injection or two is often a no-brainer.

Unfortunately, there’s a problem with that.

Despite mounting evidence that they do no good, steroid injections are among the most common ‘treatments’ for knee pain. The research has been clear for years — steroid injections do not lead to good outcomes for joint pain. …

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Common sense and good health go hand in hand.

It stands to reason that if you feel stiff every morning, you ought to stretch yourself out. Don’t waste time feeling old or pining for the days you could jump out of bed without giving you body a second thought. Just stretch it out.

The vast majority of muscle aches and joint pain can be worked out with a combination of mindset and movement. If you are sore you aren’t broken. Your body is craving something different and nothing good will happen until something changes.

Choose to do something different and be consistent with it. If you aren’t sure where to begin, try this or some variation of it.

MRI and CT for back pain can cause more harm than good.

It depends. In fact only 5% of people with back pain need an MRI or CT to investigate a serious problem. Flip that, and we know 95% of people with back pain don’t benefit from images. So what’s the harm in checking? You may be surprised by the answer.

We’ve all said it, “a picture is worth a thousand words” and in most cases, I agree. Our minds can conjure up entire novels from one photo. Art can inspire generations to think and feel and do amazing things. Shouldn’t a high tech picture of our spine speak volumes about back…

Robin Dufour

Physical Therapist, Speaker, Occupational Health Consultant, Entrepreneur, Applied Functional Scientist, Mom of two crazy girls

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