Do you ever get these little flashes of intuition, thoughts or emotions asking you to change your path a bit, to connect, to rest? When we practice acknowledging the tiny voice of intuition, there's no telling what will happen!
When we begin to practice mindfulness, we soon discover that our whole life, our way of being in the world, is made up of many, many moments in which we can choose to be present. In this short video I offer an invitation to choose your own "mindfulness bell" to bring you to present-moment awareness throughout the day.
A short practice of taking in what's good... and a whole host of other ideas for shifting out of our negativity bias and into a more spacious and balanced view.
Do you have some area of your life that you're working on changing? I keep returning to this metaphor of a path in the woods as a useful one to understand the slow and deliberate process of change, and to stay motivated to be patient and persevering.
Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, "Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror, just keep going. No feeling is final." It can be a great comfort to sense how emotions are always on the move, passing through like waves. We can be in touch with our emotional state AND know that it will change. This helps us to hold ourselves with more lightness and curiosity. Join me for this meditation, an opportunity to practice tuning in to the feeling tones of this moment.
Are you craving quiet? Wanting to be still... and perhaps also feeling a pull toward distraction and busyness? In this video, I discuss this paradox and offer a taste of silence. Join me for 5 minutes of quiet. :)
From the moment we awake in the morning (and even before), we are benefitting from the presence, the work, and service of other beings. When we know that we’re connected, how does this affect the way we operate in the world?
We're all familiar with the type of courage that's assertive and ballsy... but what about the courage to stay present in a time of waiting, in a time of vulnerability? How do we practice courage in these times, and what does courage look like?
Wherever there is challenge, wherever there is a chance to grow, there is a good chance that fear will show up. In this video, I'm sharing some of the best ways that I know of (and use!) for working with fear, for acting courageously in the midst of fear.
We often think that courage is a huge and dramatic act, performed fearlessly... but that couldn't be further from the truth. In this teaching and meditation, explore: What is courage for you today?
One of the very best parts of my work is that I get to see people's perspectives change as they wake up to their lives... and then their lives change! Practicing mindfulness is (among other things) a way of being that is empowered, revolutionary, and deeply nourishing. Join me to hear more on this perspective and share a short restorative meditation.
What do you think of when you hear the word "self-care?" A massage? A bubble-bath? I want to talk about self-care because it’s important and often misunderstood. It's time to review what it means to really care for ourselves, sourced in awareness, compassion, and discernment.
Instead of being concerned about how long you *should* meditate, what if you focus more on the consistency?
In this first video of the year, I want to tell you more about it and about how we can be in contact. I am craving to hear from you and what YOU are hoping to discuss. Let's discuss what matters to us...together!
The future is a story that hasn't yet been written. We write it in each new moment. Yes, some things happen to us, and the choice that we have is in how we respond. And a lot of what happens is based on our own intentions and choices. Intentions matter. They're the difference between rolling along any old way and moving forward with purpose in the direction that you'd like to go.
For this week's reflection tool, we pull together the tools from the last two weeks, along with the needs inventory, to look at some of the key moments of this year. What will you discover here? Heck if I know! But I'm very certain that if you put your mind and heart to it, you will learn something new about yourself that will guide how you approach the next moment.
In this exercise, you identify your key attributes, explore how these attributes come into play when you're at your best, and consider how you can bring them to play now and in the future. Perhaps this seems simple. After all, I know who I am. I know my strengths...or do I? As it turned out, this was a very impactful exercise for me. Laying out my core attributes on paper and getting clear about them felt very concrete, like I know what I'm dealing with. Here are some ways that this was helpful for me.
When we take time to reflect, we make meaning out of the experiences of our life. We learn from ourselves, and we take a moment to mark, to acknowledge what has happened and who we are becoming. We marinate, we celebrate. Reflection is a type of alchemy that turns everyday life into learning, growth, and transformation. We say, "Ah-ha! Now I see!"