Shedding the old, making way for the new

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. Joseph Campbell I’m doing a lot of shedding right now. Letting things wither on the vine. Die. Crumble. And fall […]

Finding peace through being with what is

As I along with so many others have attempted to digest all of the crises and atrocities we’ve been observing around the world, I have found myself vacillating between wanting to run out and take action and withdrawing from overwhelm to return to the  safety of my home.  Throughout this emotional roller coast I’ve continued […]

Feeling called to take action? Read this first

I just got back from leading a self-renewal retreat at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health for 50 women from across the US and Mexico from their 20’s to their 70’s; our theme was Embracing the Wild Unknown. I love leading retreats at these national centers as it gives me a “macro” snapshot of where […]

Change the way you look at things

I’m moving across the floor in Nia class and finding myself becoming more and more annoyed with the woman dancing in front of me. The room is packed—it’s a farewell class for one of our dear members who’s moving out of state—yet the woman I’m watching seems oblivious to this. Twirling, spinning and flailing –she’s claiming space […]

4 questions I’m asking before I leap into 2017

I love the month of January in many ways. As a coach/speaker/author who has spent almost 30 years studying, writing and teaching in the area of human potential and transformational growth, this window of time–ripe with possibility–always excites me. And this year in particular, feels like it brings with it an invitation to step into […]

7 reasons to choose LOVE over FEAR in 2017

Recently I returned home from an amazing women’s retreat (an early birthday present!) feeling euphoric and transformed. My husband and son picked me up from the airport. My teen had just returned from a late-night sleepover so my expectations for the evening were low: a quick bite out at our favorite pizza spot and then, hopefully, […]

Are you focusing on what you want (or DON’T want)?

Maya, my client, is wading through some swampy waters with a nonprofit she’s invested a huge amount of time, energy and money in. Active on the board for more than 12 years, she can clearly see all the challenges that the group is facing and it’s easy to come up with a list of all […]

4 ways to practice self-compassion

When my mother died in 2000, the quote my siblings and I chose for the front of her celebration of life program was, “The fruit of love is service–which is compassion in action.” Mother Teresa My mom’s ability to feel empathy, acceptance and deep compassion for those who suffered–particularly her patients–was deeply moving. One time […]

5 ways to find rest this holiday season

Does the thought of hanging lights and attending holiday work parties make you want to grab your sleeping bag and run for the nearest cave? This year–and especially this month–have been intense for all of us.  Additionally, most of us have felt over-scheduled, overworked and unable to unplug.  We navigated big career, life and political […]

3 (surprising) reasons I keep doing yoga

This weekend I was on the massage table when out of the blue my therapist asked, “What do you do to heal when someone close to you dies?” I thought for a moment–having experienced a lot of loss in my family–and answered, “I do yoga.” I have found conscious movement and breathing–experienced through practices like […]