I have always loved storytelling, writing and travel and helping people. It is at the intersection of all these things that I do my best work and that I feel most joyful. When I was very young I directed and produced many dramas and fairytales in my own backyard with neighborhood children as actors in my plays. I have always been a storyteller, starting from very young.
I’m late to the Netflix trend. It isn’t until recently that I decided to subscribe since I watch virtually no television. But every once in a while I feel the need to relax my mind hoping that something on television will inspire my thinking or writing without stressing me out.
And so it was with The Kominsky Method….Read More
My greatest fear has been that when I finally show up for my life, I disappear. ….Read More
Hope is not a strategy.
Recently a personal retreat guest asked me in one of our sessions, “I’ve read your book and your posts and I noticed I never see a particular word in what you write. I never see the word “hope”. Do you believe in Hope?”
I had never considered this question. I had never noticed that I don’t write about hope at all. I loved the question. And as I answered it became clear that for me, I never hang my hat on hope.Read More
I have moved 17 times in my life. (Just counted. I surprised myself too!)
Down the street. Across town. To another state. To another country. Alone. Together. Alone. Together.
Each and every time I left something behind. Not just stuff but a piece of who I was.
I remember saying one time, I’m not moving, I’m moving on.Read More
I’ve been working with people on improving their lives for about 20 years. I’ve also been mentoring coaches who work with people on improving their lives.
So I’ve heard and used a million questions to help my clients achieve that AHA breakthrough moment that shifts their perspective opening up new possibilities and solutions.
And there is one question that I hear coaches and others use that may be one of the more useless questions I’ve encountered.Read More
I used to think that mantras and affirmations were for sissies. Well, not quite, but I did believe that they were superficial and used by people who simply weren’t ready or didn’t want to do the deeper work that would actually make a difference in their life.
I was wrong…
At least partially wrong…Read More
As a society we are on a precipice. We are at the edge of an evolutionary leap, a potential rebirth that is predicated on how enlightened we die (figuratively and literally).
The fairy tale is over and the wizard behind the curtain is the one staring at you in the mirror.Read More
If your day starts with you running around, without focus or feeling lethargic and uninspired, this post is definitely for you.
There are a few very simple things you can do to set the tone for a positive and productive day. It's a matter of self awareness and consistency.
5 Simple things that you can start today.Read More
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
I remembered this quote as I was making home made soup today.
It’s a drizzly, dark and cool day. I don’t mind these days. They are days when the absence of activity brings me closer to my inner voice.
These are days when doing the simplest tasks are openings for a deeper conversation with myself, revealing what has been hidden behind busyness and doing and caring for everyone and everything but me.Read More
It begins with an inkling, a soft whisper, a gentle nudge...
Something is calling you to something more but you're not sure what that is or maybe you know but you're not sure how to get started.
This is the first sign that change is coming. Whether you're ready or not, whether you're fully conscious of it or not, you've stepped again into the flowing river of life and nothing is the same as before.
You are on the cusp of a transition.Read More
Read this slowly. Read this aloud. Allow yourself to hear the words, to let them sink in deeply enough that the soul will respond. Only then will you know what to do.Read More
I’m sharing the results of my “kitchen meditation”. Pretty much a whole day thinking through what I wanted to make, getting the ingredients together, mixing, tasting, experimenting, all while listening to some pretty good tunes with some dancing thrown in too.
And you might be thinking this is a food post. It’s not.
It’s about meditation.
You act according to your own level of consciousness. Therefore, the most significant thing you can do in your life is to focus on developing your consciousness. To become more aware, more open. To study the spiritual texts, to evolve...Read More
How can you recover your true nature while being present to the reality of your life?
That’s the BIG question, right?
Maybe you can’t take six months off to live in an ashram in India or quit your job to travel the world?
Maybe you have a family to take care of or a job that you love but you still long for something else, something you can’t yet define, but its urgency is growing as time passes?Read More
January is the time for a reset as we commence a new year. Here are 5 tips I'd like to share with you on how to get started.Read More
Every New Year a mantra reveals itself to me that serves as a compass for my decisions and actions and that challenges me to go beyond my limitations of ego and mind. The mantra is more than just words. It’s an invitation to break a hypnosis that quietly runs aspects of my life. It can be subtle and although it may seem obvious there is always a much deeper, hidden meaning behind the simple words.Read More
All of us have asked ourselves, “Why did such a terrible thing happen?” We begin to doubt our humanity, we doubt our faith, we doubt everything we thought we knew about fairness, about what’s right and wrong, and even our capacity to continue in the face of terrible events.
As I consider those times when life sent me to my knees I ask myself this question again and walked myself backward to see what I may have missed. Here’s what I discovered about why bad things happen to good people.Read More
The holiday season has arrived and despite the joy and merriment there is often a higher than normal level of stress. Here are my ten tips for bringing more joy and less stress into your holidays. Practice these and you will enjoy this special time of year while maintaining your well-being.Read More
The last time I saw my mother she was smiling and laughing at nothing in particular. My mother has dementia and has had dementia for almost ten years now. Each visit brings an onslaught of guilt and uncomfortable feelings. Could I have done something different to ease this for her? For years I discounted my heritage and all my ancestors and in doing so devalued her. How could I have been so heartless? How could I have stayed out all night and worried her to death when I was in my twenties? Why didn’t I stay with her in Boston after I married? The list goes on and on.
And then it happened...