Are you honoring your journey?

Last week in the middle of my NIA class, I looked at myself in the mirror and thought, “Wow, you’ve aged, you really look tired.” I was tired. Not “I didn’t get a good night’s sleep tired,” but tired from the emotionally intense rollercoaster I just stepped off of (challenging relationship dynamics with family members […]

How do you want to BE in 2019?

2018 was emotionally intense for me and most of my family, friends and clients, but one thing that helped me get through this period was my quality for the year: KINDNESS (read more). I don’t have to tell you that most New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside come March 1st.  The idea of […]

Hello darkness, my old friend

While I love celebrating Christmas as a season of light and time of spiritual renewal, often the days before and after this sacred holiday can be a bit dark for me. Between the cold, grey weather, honoring my deceased mother’s birthday on Dec. 20th and the Winter Solstice (the darkest day of the year), I find myself […]

Why rituals matter and how to embrace them

Life is not a thing to be managed, but a mystery to be lived. Last weekend I took time out from a very busy day to join friends for a labyrinth walk in nature. Labyrinth walking is an ancient meditative practice used by countless spiritual traditions and faiths for contemplation and healing. Often the act […]

5 ways to find rest & renewal this holiday

Yesterday I spent an hour with my December calendar–not penciling things in, but cancelling pending events and making choices that supported a more open, spacious, restorative winter schedule. Does the thought of hanging lights and attending holiday parties make you want to grab your sherpa blanket and run for the nearest cave? It would be […]

Do you approach life with a sense of urgency?

I am coming off a full fall speaking schedule, an eight-day trip to the east coast to visit family and colleges and a travel-induced cold. As I look at what needs to be done this week at work, I can feel my heart and mind start to speed up. But, even though I know there […]

Are you practicing emotional self-care?

This morning I woke up feeling fabulously nourished and complete. What happened? This past weekend I attended a beautiful community sing-a-long, had a three-hour lunch with a beloved mentor and went for a hike with a group of dear friends. All of this “belly time” (face-to-face connection) and heart-nurturing left me feeling happy and connected. […]

Meditation saves me from myself

“I’m sorry. For everything. Can you forgive me?” This was the text I sent to a beloved Sunday night coming off of a two-day silent meditation retreat with Adyashanti. Meditation always brings me to new understandings. Sometimes to supreme clarity. And always to my most humble and soft places. After meditating for long stretches of […]

How to say “no” and why it’s so crucial

I woke up Saturday morning and could feel my breath was short and shallow and my chest was tight and constricted. My plate was too full–professionally and personally. Some things had to go. I was born with a lot of energy, and one of my life-long challenges is I tend to over-schedule (read more on […]

3 ways to cultivate an attitude of gratitude

Growing up, our overachiever family placed a high value on competency. Often that translated into a critical mindset toward self and others, where we frequently saw the bad before the good. This way of being, like all patterns, became habitual for many of my siblings. And as my father’s daughter and a champion of “let’s […]