In this expanded version of the three-minute breathing space meditation, we begin by observing inner experiences of thoughts, feelings, and body sensations as they are happening. The middle phase of the meditation is spent connecting to and focusing on the breath. The final phase of the meditation is expanding awareness to observe all sensations and the body as a whole.Read More
Wishing you, and those you love a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year!
As we celebrate the holiday season, and as another year comes to a close, I often take time to reflect on what is meaningful to my life and what values are important to me. One way I like to do this is through reading and contemplating beautiful works of poetry.
I was introduced to Desiderata many years ago ...Read More
The holidays are fun, but man can they be stressful!
On top of your already busy life, the holidays can create chaos with your schedule! There is shopping to do, parties to attend, gifts to wrap, and bills to pay.
Honoring traditions and spending time with family and friends, for some, is a beautiful thing, but for others, it can trigger painful memories of the past leading to anger, sadness, or anxiety. The holidays can also be difficult for those who have lost a loved one and are grieving, or for those who are reminded of loved ones who passed long ago, but who are still dearly missed.
And what about all of the yummy, tempting food! When we’re stressed, it’s easy to turn to food for comfort! It can be difficult to maintain balance and control where over-indulgence can lead to adding a few pounds of weight and a ton of guilt!
Here are three quick ways that you can make your holiday season happier and healthier:Read More
Meditation, a Love Story and an APP!Read More
As I continue to watch the news and witness the destruction of the island, and the despair of the people of Puerto Rico, my heart grows heavier with each story of suffering. Tuning in to my thoughts and feelings as I am apt to do,Read More
ot one minute to spare? Try this simple and relaxing one-minute breathing meditation. It might be the easiest thing you do for you all day!Read More
My love affair with Mindfulness is in full bloom, and when a client recently shared this Ted Talk given by Shauna Shapiro, I couldn’t wait to share it with you!
Key takeaways from this talk include:Read More
The RAIN of Self-Compassion is a simple but profound mindfulness practice can be used as a stand-alone mindful meditation, or as a tool to cope with painful thoughts, feelings, or body sensations.
RAIN is one of the essential mindfulness tools thatRead More
I am a lover of self-compassion. Seriously, I could talk your ear off for hours. When I first discovered self-compassion in graduate school, I wondered, where has this been all of my life? It seems to me that we are most familiar with is self-criticism, self-judgement, and low self-esteem.
I have discovered, however, in my work and in my life, thatRead More
The 3-minute breathing space meditation is a quick and portable mini-meditation designed to help you connect with the present moment.Read More
If you struggle with anxiety, you know first-hand how panic, worry, and fear can significantly limit your life and take an emotional toll.
For some, anxiety can seemingly come from nowhere and take you by storm in the form of a panic attack. For others, anxiety feels more like an unwelcome friend that accompanies you everywhere you go withRead More
The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as, “Tapping” is a simple, yet powerful method to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. The healing philosophy of EFT blends ancient Eastern acupuncture and modern day psychology, and is designed toRead More
Mindful meditation is increasingly popular these days, but how to do it can seem elusive and downright confusing. Many believe that in order to “do it right” you must rid yourself of all thoughts. The reality is, we are thinking beings, and if you are conscious, you will have thoughts.
The key to mindful meditation is toRead More
2017 has arrived! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope that you are as excited and anticipatory about the upcoming year as I am. Although I have a lot of plans, ideas, and dreams in store for the year, I am equally excited to open up, accept, and see what serendipitously “flows” my way. (Stay tuned for more about living in flow, as is a theme I will be focusing on this year.)Read More
re you longing to feel more joy, peace, calm, and contentment in your life? Gratitude can take you there. While there are many contemplative practices that can greatly enhance the way you live, experience, and enjoy your life, an informal or formal gratitude practice is a beautiful, gentle, and easy way to begin.
Contemplative practices are spiritual practices thatRead More
3 Keys to Lasting Happiness
“If you want to be happy, be.” Leo Tolstoy
I want to let you in on a little secret. Well, really it is a BIG secret, and it just might change your life. Are you ready? The secret is…
Is your heart heavy and your spirit burdened because there is something that you are holding on and you need to let go? Perhaps it is a person, a relationship, a dream, a mistake, a habit, a vice.
Often times we choose to cling and suffer because we believe that by holding on, we will eventually get what we want - our deepest, most ardent desire. Or, by holding on, we believe that we can avoid what we don’t want - loss, heartache, loneliness, fear. We resist letting go because we have tried and not succeeded in the past, and the cloak of shame, regret, and failure deceive us into believing that we are not strong enough or capable now. Sometimes we stubbornly refuse to let go because we are convinced that the time is not right. We mistakenly believe that when our circumstances change or it feels right, the process of letting go will be easier and without pain.
Has the time come? Are you ready to let go? If so, be gentle with yourself. Recognize that letting go is a painful process, and take comfort in knowing that with patience and compassion for yourself, you will heal.
Try experimenting with the following ideas...Read More
There is an old saying, “there are only two things guaranteed in life, they are death and taxes!” I would add a third guarantee—change. Change is an inevitable, inescapable phenomenon. In fact, even as you are reading this now, something about you is changing—what you are thinking, what you are feeling in response to what you are reading or perceiving this very moment!
Sometimes the changes thatRead More