Find peace of mind: how to take a digital detox

I recently took a week off from work to unplug (no computer use, email, TV/movies and only minimal phone use). I spent the time pulling weeds in the early morning, journaling, doing creative visioning for my business, taking evening strolls with the frogs and fireflies, visiting springs with friends and tending to my soul.   […]

Letting go = peace of mind

Last week, I had “one of those days” …. double booked appointments, a miscommunication with a vendor, tech gremlins gone wild, a lost check— and suddenly everything felt like it was going from bad to worse. I was trying to wrap up an intense week filled with deadlines before leaving town on a family beach […]

Why it’s important to do it different

This morning as I prepared to head out to my usual morning yoga class, I remembered hearing about a beginner modern dance class that had peaked my interest. I’m an avid yogi and Nia fan but I haven’t done any type of dance in decades. But, spurred by my desire to try something new and […]

7 ways to have a more mindful vacation

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 […]

Stop creating suffering for yourself (here’s how)

Last month I received some news that was quite painful. But in the week that followed, my thoughts around what had occurred were downright tortuous. Until, in a Nia dance class, I heard my Wise Self say loud and clear, “Renee, don’t create more pain for yourself than is necessary.”  This stopped me in my […]

Looking for a therapist? Read this first.

In the past month, I probably received at least ten requests from friends and clients asking for referrals for great therapists. “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Jung Whenever these calls come in, I try and encourage my friends to slow down, step back and approach this process with mindfulness and intention. […]

Why I do yoga and maybe you should, too

This past weekend I was visiting with some friends who have been navigating recent loss and trauma. My friend Elena turned to me and asked, “Renee, what do you do when you feel shaken to your core?”  I thought for a moment about all the hard times I’ve endured since my twenties and answered, “I […]

8 ways to reclaim your humanity

Yesterday I had a lot of big deadlines to hit. Plowing through work, I began to feel more like a robot than a homo sapien. So midway through the afternoon I made myself pause, found my dog’s leash and headed out with my canine into the chilly weather for a short, brisk walk. I made […]

Many things are true at once

“Nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” ~Shakespeare Around the globe, many of us are experiencing deep frustration and despair right now. Others are expanding joyfully into new ways of being and seeing.  And most of us are dancing with both. I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in a […]

5 positive ways to start your day

I’m in the middle of my busiest speaking time. I just finished two engagements and am preparing for two more. While I love to travel, break routine and “do it different,” going for extended periods where I’m eating new foods, sleeping in hotels and flying, can be hard on the body. So the one thing […]