When we feel it, we heal it

How comfortable are you “feeling uncomfortable feelings?” During my 20’s and 30’s I experienced my parent’s divorce, my brother’s suicide, and the death of my mother and father.  All of the pain, sadness, betrayal, anger and abandonment these losses brought up for me left me with a deep desire to stuff, ignore or run from […]

Maybe it’s time to re-frame your circumstances?

I was once at a workshop with mindfulness teacher Tara Brach where she shared a line about a son who sends his mother a telegram that reads, “Start worrying. Reasons to follow shortly.” I love this! Have you ever found yourself in an endless cycle of worry, fear, irritation or frustration about how your life […]

5 things I learned about myself in 2013

There’s something magical about this window of time as one year ends and another is about to begin. It’s a pregnant pause: ripe with possibility and potential. To me, it feels especially so this year. Yesterday I challenged our 6th grade son to write out five things he learned about himself this fall (his first semester of middle school!). […]

Feeling=healing: 4 ways to begin

This is the time of year that many of us who have lost loved ones can feel particularly tender. Both of my parents and my brother died between 1992-2000. The anniversaries of their passing and the holidays–when the absence of their physical presence is often felt most strongly–can bring up a wide range of emotions […]

On being anxious (and how to remove cat hairs)

The summer before 6th grade, my parents moved me and my four brothers across the country–away from my best friends Ann, Karen and Laura–to an alternative school on a yoga commune in the Sierra Nevada mountains of CA (this was part of their plan to simplify our lives; if you’ve read my memoir-ish new release […]

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 (Thanks Jen Louden.) A few weeks ago I led a work-life balance mini retreat for a group of twenty very successful women leaders. As I […]