DR. AMANDA COHEN

Acupuncture & Herbs, Functional & Behavioral Medicine

I am…

I am an Italian-Jewish (my heritage) grandmother stuck in a 35 year old body. I want to wrap all the people I love in my arms, squeeze them and make them food. I can’t wait to be a grandma.

I like to think of myself as a kind wizard coach in a white coat with acupuncture needles as pom poms. I love my patients. I work with my them and empower them to be an active participant in their health and healing and guide them to play an active role in pursuing their physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and life goals. I help those who come into my path heal themselves by designing a specific wellness plan unique to each person.

I am a closet introvert. I am bubbly and friendly and bounce around but I often need to retreat home each day and unplug all my gadgets and disconnect from the world.

The first thing I do when I wake up is… 

First thing I do when I wake up is make a cup of green tea, eat a piece of chocolate (or 2) and meditate for 20-25 minutes with my cat Charlie. I always work with crystals when I am meditating to set the intention for the day. I really like the Insight Timer app, Oprah and Deepak Chopra meditations and working with different crystals as I meditate. If I have time, I’ll do 20 minutes of yoga – I really like Gaia TV and love any yoga sequence with Rodney Yee.

I believe…

I believe that everyone has all of the answers inside of them and sometimes they just need some help accessing them and connecting with his or her intuition. There is a lot of magic and beauty in life and sometimes we just need to get quiet and slow down, connect to nature and others or disconnect and just retreat and hear our own voice. A huge part of my practice is helping people to get clarity –help them wake up to their lives and recover their passions.

I’m inspired by….

I am constantly inspired by the people close to me in my life. I love when people have a vision and work their asses off to get there. I am inspired when people honor their gifts. I go to dance classes in Atwater 2 times a week and even though my dance moves leave something to be desired, some of the people in the class are so elegant and graceful. I used to watch So You Think You Can Dance and dream of being so coordinated. I’ll settle for jumping up and down in place, listening to great beats and breaking a good sweat.

I am inspired by people who follow their dreams and become icons of their craft. Florence and the Machine, Mazzy Star, Stevie Nicks and Cowboy Junckies reach my soul. Wasslily Kandinsky and Mark Rothko rock my world. I love love love Pema Chodron ,Thich Nhat Hanh and Chogyam Trungpa . “Start Where You Are” by Pema Chodron, “Peace is Every Step” and “Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior” by Chogyam Trungpa are my 3 personal bibles and most recommended reads to those who are close to me.

I love….

I love myself (though THAT took a while), crystals, boots, clogs, kimonos, Griffith Park, my fiancé Dave and our fur babies Murray and Charlie, chocolate, dance class with my dearest Diana, tea, burger lounge turkey burgers with the gluten free buns, of course family and friends, and anything shiny. I love desert hot springs and Santa Barbara. Deep belly laughs and massages by my dear friend Marisol.

I desire….

I desire to be completely home within myself. There’s always that inner critical voice that pushes you to be better– a better doctor, wife, sister, friend, daughter, teacher and leader. So much of my life is based in the healing arts and on the spiritual realm – however, I still have a physical body and am not above having material desires like being able to do a pull up, losing 10 pounds before my wedding in October, make more money and have an unlimited budget for jewelry and crystals and be able to afford to buy a home in Los Feliz complete with a fairy garden…

The world needs…

Ah yes, love. Kindness. People trying to connect and hold space for others’ uniqueness and diversity instead of pushing others away, scapegoating, and cultivating hatred. My Grandpa Bernie passed away this week suddenly. He was a quintessential Jewish grandfather who grew up in the projects of Brooklyn. He was kind, made friends with everyone who came into his path and always loved his family more than anything. He said to me years ago that he doesn’t need money. He was a rich man because he had four sons, 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The world needs more Bernie Cohens who value kindness, love, community, family and friends above all. We would all be rich is we could follow in his footsteps.

Magic is…

Everywhere – we just have to open our eyes and get clear and quiet. Wherever and whenever there is a hummingbird in ones’ path, there is magic.

I’m most thankful for…

This present moment.

My greatest lesson has been…

Value my own voice. Be present. Breathe. Live. Laugh. Love each moment, even the terribly sad tragic ones because there is beauty even in tragedy because that’s when people most often are real and alive.

Advice to my younger self would be…

Never forget to play.

 

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