Why we need each other

“No matter how much we meditate or pray, we still need others to help us dismantle the walls of our isolation and remind us of our belonging.” – Tara Brach Last month I was leading a work-life balance retreat for a group of twenty successful female executives from around the US. As I guided an exercise on […]

My word for 2018 is KINDNESS

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” -Albert Schweitzer In early January, I sat on my meditation cushion preparing for my regular morning reflection and asked for a theme word to come to me for 2018. I heard, “Kindness.” My initial reaction was, […]

6 things to do when life gets hard

I was visiting with a dear friend recently who shared she’s battling depression. “It comes and it goes. But when it returns, I often freeze and forget what helps me most; all my great self-care practices fly right out the window,” she said. I could relate. Last week I had a bomb dropped on me […]

4 questions I’m asking before I leap into 2018

The weeks before and after New Year’s Day were hard. Really hard. As a result, I’ve been moving at a snail’s pace when it comes to envisioning and preparing for 2018. I feel I’m still releasing 2017, digesting all the challenging lessons and trying on new ways of being as I tiptoe into the next […]

Who do you want to BE in 2018?

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless. ~ Mother Teresa Years ago, my husband, son, and I visited our dear family friends —and native Irish speakers — who live in a fishing village outside of Dublin, Ireland. We took lazy cliff walks and farmer’s market trips together; […]

3 reasons I think we should all do yoga

This past weekend I was visiting with a group of women who were sharing about their battles with depression. My friend Cara turned to me and asked, “Renee, what do you when you feel down or hopeless?”  I thought for a moment about all the loss I’ve experienced in my family and answered, “I do […]

Maybe everything is perfect

“If you want reality to be different than what it is, you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.” Author/teacher Byron Katie We had a really bumpy holiday. There was some extended-family discord around our Christmas celebration, a series of unexpected, stressful events in December, a foregone mini-vacation due to a case […]

7 self-care practices I can’t live without

The last month has been particularly intense. I’ve had an extra-full plate at work, I haven’t been sleeping well, I’ve been navigating some bumpy family stuff and the holidays are always an emotionally intense time for me. In the old days I would have turned to some not-so-healthy habits to relieve my stress, but today, […]

Why we love rituals & why they matter

Life is not a thing to be managed, but a mystery to be lived. Recently my extended family got into a bit of a heated mess around a long-time Christmas giving tradition and how best –or even why— we should continue to honor it. It really crystallized for me how key these sacred touchstones are […]

Are you getting your 8 hugs a day?

A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away. ~Bil Keane, “Family Circus” I love my sister-in-law Ronna. The first time I met her, she gave me the most incredible hug. It wasn’t obligatory, wimpy or semi-commital. It was a full-on bear hug, complete with belly contact and a stout, strong, enveloping embrace. […]