Have you ever been with someone and you are sharing from a place of vulnerability and they seem distracted? How do you feel? What decision do you make about the person you are with? You decide that they are not present and probably begin to shut down on some level. I would venture to say that some judgment comes in that creates separation with you and this other person. [Read more...]
We are in the month of LOVE! And really, it is always the time for love. Let us tap into the energy and awareness that is happening right now. Some of this love is over-the-top passion, intimate and physical. Some of this love feels like lack, mistrust, yearning or pain. Some love is friendship, family and for our beloved animals. I want you to know that no matter where you are; Love is always available to you. It begins from within – it begins with yourself and you were born in the image and likeness of love. [Read more...]
As you step into 2014 I want to stand with you in the remembrance that you are a powerful creator. The life you dream of awaits you in extraordinary ways. Your past does not matter. Your family patterns do not matter. Doom and gloom predictions do not matter. What matters, is your consciousness, commitment and courage. You can accept a life that is easy where struggle is not an option. [Read more...]
This is the time of year when people are often either excited to celebrate the holidays or they are feeling a sense of dread about what might be coming during this sometimes stressful season. But the one thing that we all have in common is that we want to be happy.
As I was thinking about happiness, it came to me that a key to happiness involves circulation. By that I mean that true happiness comes from giving and receiving. The kind of sharing that involves the heart and the willingness to share without any expectations.
It is so easy to focus on what is not right or supportive. We get fixated on the gifts we will give or receive during the holidays. We become anxious about having enough money to get all of the things we desire to give. There are moments of joy about the presents we receive and moments of disappointment when we don’t get what we want. However, what brings true happiness revolves around peaceful thoughts and acts. [Read more...]
It is always my honor to serve and support you during the year. As we move into the holiday season and especially this month of giving thanks, please know that you are held in my heart and in my prayers.
I know that many of you have experienced tremendous ups and downs during this year. It has been a time of deep questioning and contemplation. Some have experienced loss and even despair. I am extraordinarily grateful to have had the opportunity to serve you and be in your thoughts. [Read more...]
This has been an amazing month. There have been incredible gifts that have poured into me in surprising and glorious ways. There have also been challenges, upheavals and upsetting experiences. As I moved into meditation and contemplation on my experiences I had the thought, “There is a gift in everything.”
Now, that was not surprising, since I believe that everything that happens has a purpose. However, when thoughts come in like that, I pay attention. What I discovered is that I have been allowing little thoughts of concern to creep into my consciousness. I have a strong spiritual practice, but still I noticed that parts of my body felt constricted. That is always a powerful sign to pause.
I have had several clients and other acquaintances who have shared their discontent recently. Their challenges range from unsatisfying relationships to chaotic work environments to spiritual disconnection to complete exhaustion. As I listened to each person there was a similar question that kept running through my mind: “Is your container too small?” [Read more...]
Summer is often a time to rest and rejuvenate. It has been a really powerful time for me and I have used it to contemplate and reflect on many areas of my life. It is very interesting to me that when we slow down, the opportunity to witness our thoughts and behaviors amplifies.
One of the things that I noticed is that there are times when I will resist something or someone only to discover that the event or person is bringing me an amazing and unexpected gift. I paused and asked myself to explore the habit of resistance. It’s a habit I often see in my clients, so we work on dismantling the need to resist without reason. And then, here I am, watching the same behavior in myself. (We never really arrive, do we?!) [Read more...]
I want to start this conversation by making the point that I am extremely grateful for the time in which I live. I love information and the many ways that we can access this information.
However, I do want to talk about a question that has been on my mind for some time: As a culture, are we addicted to technology?
This question really came into my conscious awareness after I attended a five-day silent meditation retreat. I arrived a day early to enjoy the stillness and was excited to actually “turn off” my busy life and focus on my connection to the Spirit and the Infinite Universe. It had been some time since I gave myself the luxury of this kind of retreat, and anticipation was high within me. [Read more...]
I was thinking about hope and what it means to our lives. When I looked up the definition of hope, here is what came forward: The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best; A person or thing in which expectations are centered; to look forward with desire and reasonable confidence.
The definition reminded me that hope can be attached to a feeling and therefore can be affected by emotion. “I hope things turn out okay.” “I hope that I will be understood.” “I hope my family will be okay.” It dawned on me that when I am hoping, I am looking into the future. There is a desire to be supported, but not an assuredness that everything will fall into place. Somehow there is a little kernel of doubt that things might not work out in a powerful way. [Read more...]