Getting Clear About the Essentials

What’s essential and what’s optional? What are the elements of your daily routine that you must have to be at your best? As we navigate the transitions of this life, it helps to feel a sense of “solid ground” on which to stand and knowing what’s most important for our daily self-care can provide that […]

Silence, Separation and Connection

I’ve been thinking about connection. About how in the face of our western, independent mindset we get to feeling deserted, lost and alone. About how the very pain of that experience can open us to see the illusion in that thinking and feel the deeper truth of our connection to . . . well . […]

Dissolving Avoidance

Last week I found myself spontaneously making a note on along the bottom of my calendar. “Make a choice. Yes or no. Do or do not.   Don’t waste precious time and energy on avoidance.”   Yes, part of that is stolen. Thank you Yoda. Here’s what can happen for me. I run my own business, […]

Awe – One of Life’s Essential Ingredients

How often do you pause to appreciate experiences of awe in your life? Research is providing evidence for what you probably already know intuitively. Awe is one of the essential ingredients to a fulfilling life. Studies reveal that experiencing awe engenders a sense of social connection, make us more altruistic, cooperative, able to share resources […]

Calming Fear and Finding Peace

Over the last couple of posts I’ve been talking about the automatic mind/body response to fear. The practices I’ve offered help us shift from the reactive, fight or flight mode to the responsive, rest & digest state. You’ll likely recognize these as the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions of the nervous system.   Both the sympathetic […]

Grounding and Connection Practices for Calming Fear

Fear can be a tricky emotion to navigate. I’m a firm believer that our emotions, in their pure form, are useful and informative. They’re a source of insight and energy. And they can get distorted, amplified or disruptive when we don’t learn how to befriend them and work with them skillfully. The clear form of fear […]

Calming the Body When Fight or Flight Kicks In

When we choose to take a deep dive into creating a more meaningful life, reaching for the life we’ve dreamed, or embarking on a new direction – stuff happens. Things change. Patterns & routines get shaken up. Sometimes that feels invigorating and expansive. Sometimes, it taps into fear – current fears and stored experiences from […]

Wisdom of the Seasons

I remember a conversation I had with a friend once. It was about 25 years ago. My first marriage was coming to an end under pretty unpleasant circumstances. (I don’t know – do marriages ever end under pleasant circumstances?!?) Anyway, it was a mid-December day and we were walking in the waning light. There was […]

Small Actions, Big Life

In it’s ever-changing way, life is constantly inviting us (sometimes gently, sometimes not so gently) to be clear about our intentions.  One of my favorite resources for all of us on the journey of conscious living, is Life is a Verb, 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally, by Patti Digh. The death […]

Nourishment When You’re Depleted

Throughout my life I’ve had a tendency to over-extend myself. I love to learn; I love to share what I’ve learned with others. Deep connection to the people I love, my community and my environment are extremely important to me. I invest a lot of time & energy in these areas of my life and […]