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
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 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...
“We are more than we believe, perhaps better stated we are cosmic beings having an earthly experience. The question is whether or not we are able to live from our cosmic home even as we are earthbound. I don’t know of anything more difficult, or more worthy of the effort.”Read More
Purpose, how we make meaning, is not static. As we grow it changes. What mattered to you in your twenties is different than what matters in your forties or sixties. To say there is one purpose behind your life is to limit your potential, to cease growing and evolving into the most expansive version of yourself.
No one grows up saying they want to live a small, meaningless and indifferent life.
When you are constantly bombarded by images of the perfect woman, wife, friend, daughter, mother, teacher, entrepreneur, Instagram personality — on and on — you sub-consciously compare yourself to others. This superficial measurement outranks your self-affirmation. You begin to believe what others tell you about how your life should be instead of self-validating your desires and dreams....Read More
“Have a nice day.” What does that really mean?
Does it mean my day will be easy, comfortable, without any surprises?
Does it mean that the sun will shine and flowers will bloom as I walk past?
Does it mean that all heartache, illness and catastrophe will miraculously cease in the world?
I don’t want to have a nice day.
It’s not that I don’t want all these things. It’s not that I wouldn’t welcome a day of ease and comfort with the sun shining and only good news flooding my social media.
But that would be it, wouldn’t it? It would end there in ease and comfort.Read More
How do you find the wings to fly towards a new possibility that exists when emptiness becomes the invitation for emergence?
I’ve worked with thousands of people who have been standing on that ledge, knowing they could no longer remain there and afraid to move should they fall into the void. They deny their intuition, caving to the mind that sends messages of fear and conformity, acting as if there could be a knowable plan.
There is no denying a longing, a call and the element of synchronicity. But it doesn’t happen on a set timetable no matter how much you wish it were so. The waiting becomes unbearable and yet if you sink into it you’ll find that the answers will appear unforced and at the right time.Read More
Everyone is an artist.
I believe that.
Maybe not an artist in the ordinary sense.
Maybe you gag at a blank canvas or tremble in front of a naked sheet of paper. Maybe you can't carry a tune let alone read music.
Maybe the farthest you got as a sculptor was the little clay pots you made in primary school, the ones your Mom fawned over only to find their way into a forgotten drawer.
Maybe you are the burnt toast, canned soup, microwave the shit out of the meal type of chef?
You are an artist, trust me.Read More
Have you had the experience of feeling like something inside of you was pulling you in opposite directions?
One voice seems to be braver, encouraging you to step into a bigger life, to see yourself as greater than you’ve ever seen yourself, to dare to grab for that big dream and make it happen.
The other voice asks, “Who are you to….?” It shows you all the evidence that proves that you’d fail, that you would be taking too much on, or maybe that you just don’t deserve to do or be that wonderful, big giant of a person you dream of.
And of course, there is this little thing called “reality” that kicks in. (See other blog post on reality). You still have to pay the bills, take care of your family, to be that responsible person you know yourself to be. Clearly taking something on that is so challenging and venturing into the unknown territory of the future can be frightening.
How will you choose?Read More
I now make choices that align with my values even if it displeases someone else. I continue the practices I began when my son was young to stay attuned to what matters most to me in the present moment.
I learned that unless I place value on myself, no one would value me. I've become less tolerant of ignorance, unkindness, and victimization.
I have been able to identify a set of practices that sustain and nourish me. These practices lead to an authentic, empowered life.
Because I practice these lessons, I live an extraordinary life traveling between two countries, doing work that is location independent and having the flexibility to express myself creatively in ways that benefit others too.Read More
If you feel an “inkling”, a subtle feeling that there’s something amiss but you don’t know what it is, pay attention. That is the wisest part of you speaking. It may come as a whisper but if left unattended it will wreak havoc in your life.
This inner sage has the answers to the questions your mind doesn’t even know to ask.
There is transformation happening and it may not conform to what you’ve been told you should be or do. The outer world will present you evidence to the contrary. It will speak to you of what may happen if you dare listen, if you dare act out of love instead of out of fear.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...
I am fiercely claiming my right to name myself from the inside out, not the outside in. It keeps the projections of others from intruding. It maintains my truth as my compass. I am making a choice about who I am in the world and how I am choosing to interact – from my center not from the projections of the outer world. That choice is inner freedom. From there I generate aliveness and energy that is the foundation of any endeavor I undertake.