Are you feeling called to simplify?

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Many of us feel called to simplify our lives and do less. Not a fluffy, it-would-be nice- to-have-clean-closets simplicity, but a new way of being. This new simplicity is about purging and streamlining our thinking, our doing, our giving and receiving, and, of course, our stuff. We crave more time to just be — so […]

Maybe it’s time … to ask for help

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We weren’t meant to do everything for ourselves. We all need support — lots of it. Assess how you currently navigate challenges. You or your spouse just got laid off from your job.  Do you immediately isolate, put on your armor, grab your sword, and head out into the forest to slay the dragon alone? […]

8 tips for a mindful vacation

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I was visiting with a good friend last week who was feeling exhausted, frustrated and saddened that her recent family vacation was not what she had intended. “We crammed too much in, checked our work email too often and didn’t build in enough downtime. I don’t feel like we really got to connect as a family,” she shared. Planning […]

Rest

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“If we feel tired, we think something is wrong. Nothing is wrong. We are just tired. We need rest. Sometimes a lot of it, if we’ve gone for years vetoing our body’s signals.” Dr. Claudia Welch A yoga teacher with a neurobiology background told me recently that every time we hear our phones notify us of a […]

Is it time to unplug?

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I just returned from leading a self-renewal retreat at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health on the east coast for an amazing group of women from all over North America. I was away from the office for a total of five days … unplugged. No computer, no email, no Facebook, just minimal texting to support retreat logistics […]

Slower is better

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Last week I attended a meditation workshop with my teacher Dr. Richard Miller. Taking three hours off in the middle of a Tuesday afternoon to learn more about the benefits of meditation and how to bring this into my daily life felt a bit decadent. But it proved to be time well spent. That evening, […]

Why I meditate

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I woke up this morning feeling tired even though I got eight solid hours of sleep last night.  Transitioning and training new staff,  switching gears to a new summer routine and looking at real estate while we engage in long-term financial planning has got my brain working overtime. And it’s not good.  Not only does overthinking raise my […]

Do less, experience more

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Recently, our family was invited to visit friends for the weekend at their cabin on the river, an hour’s drive from our house. The night before we were going to leave, my husband and I were frantically creating lists of all the things we needed to buy, prepare, and pack — when we suddenly paused […]

What’s your intention for this summer?

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What is your intention for summer 2014? Do you plan to slow down and enjoy unscheduled downtime with your family? Is there a work or creative project you want to complete by the end of August? Do you want to reconnect with those you love and start living more in the present? Maybe you’re exhausted […]

9 self-care practices I can’t live without

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I just returned from a family graduation celebration in Philadelphia. We indulged. It was a gastronomic whirlwind: divine Greek dishes, sublime Italian gelato and delicious Saag Paneer with a heaping side of poor sleep. When I get off my normal routine–which my body craves–and need to get back in my groove, I head back to basics. Recently at […]