Resolutions

I hope that everyone had a fun and safe New Year!

For many people the new year is a time to reflect on changes that we want to make as individuals, which is why we create resolutions. Resolutions, though we don’t necessarily need them, are a good way to set the intent for an auspicious year, whether it’s goals we want to achieve, or things that we simply want to improve on. I used to have pretty lofty goals when I was much younger, but nowadays, I like to keep them a little more simple, and a little more within my personality. So just like every year for the past few years, these are my resolutions: Read More





The Tao of Art Workshop

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Purple Cloud is proud to announce a unique workshop entitled “The Tao of Art,” featuring art therapist Katharine Houpt and licensed acupuncturist and meditation teacher Lorel “Sonny” Zaide. In this class we will be marrying the therapy of creating visual art (drawings/paintings) with the Taoist philosophy of “Wu-Wei,” or effortless action. Meaning, you’ll learn how to peacefully create beautiful drawings that are reflective of your inner brilliance without getting in your own way. Read More


The Amazing Potential Energy of Water

So many times, I’ve told friends, patients, and even my own Mom that in order to build energy, you must have water. People have always asked me why, or how I know this, and I’ve never had a clear way to explain it, other than my use of Taoist principles of Yin and Yang… that is, up until a colleague shared this Ted Talks presentation about water. Read More



My love for Paris, France.

On the streets of Paris, 2003.

On the streets of Paris, 2003

Back in 2003 while I was living in Las Vegas, my childhood friend James called me from Germany where he was stationed in the Air Force, and told me that he had been taking college courses during his time there and was going to graduate in May, and that he’d love if I were to be there with him while he walks down that aisle of academic achievement. Of course, I exclaimed… I’d never been to Europe, and he was there for my graduation at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, so it’d be an honor to return the gesture of support to be there with him. Read More



Exercise and Inner Peace.

A lot of people have fitness goals, and that’s great. But my approach to my own personal regimen is different. I’m not a competitive athlete and I don’t care how much I lift or what I look like. I have no goals when I exercise. I’m only in the moment. I feel that fitness isn’t a goal, it’s an action… it’s what you do. To me, coming from a Taoist standpoint, the act of exercise is, in itself, fitness. You’re not “trying to be healthy,” you’re simply engaging in health. Read More