I was recently on a flight to do a speaking engagement. As I was getting settled in my seat, a little girl about 2 years old came up the aisle. She looked at me and made a face. I made the same face at her. She did it again and so did I. I thought, “This child is really expressive.” Her family sat in the row behind me and across the aisle. The father had an iPad and invited the child to sit on the side where she could see better and play a game. She didn’t want to sit in that seat and expressed it loudly. That started a very dramatic experience for the entire family. The little girl didn’t want to sit down. She didn't want to have her seat belt buckled. Everything that was offered was a definitive NO and the crying and screaming escalated. The parents were embarrassed and tried to calm her down. [Read more...]
Spring has finally arrived and it’s the perfect time to do some Spring Clearing. I use the word clearing instead of cleaning because I feel strongly about the fact that clearing something out is about releasing, it does not return. With cleaning, you do over and over again. Do you know people that spring clean every year and it is a huge task? Perhaps that is you!
My clients say that clearing out closets has “always been a challenge.” I also hear “when I lose weight I am going to wear that again” or “I really like this and I am sure it will come back in style.. In reality, they have not lost weight in five years, nor have they worn the outfit for twelve years. These kinds of statements are really about attachment. Buddhists tell us that attachment creates suffering. I say attachment does not leave room for anything new. It clogs up the flow in our lives. [Read more...]
There is a lot of talk about oneness and unity; that we are all connected and interconnected. So why is it so difficult for us to actually live in that place? Why is it so difficult to actually live with a deep understanding that everything we do, say, and think affects the Whole? You are not alone. In fact, your energy, your essence and your way of being have an impact on everything around you. [Read more...]
There is a lot of talk about oneness and unity today. So why is it so difficult for us to actually live in that place? Why is it so difficult to actually live with a deep understanding that everything we do, say, and think affects the Whole? You are not alone. In fact, your energy, your essence, and your way of being have an impact on everything around you. Think about entering a room and you instantly feel an energy that makes you uncomfortable. Where does that energy come from? How about when you meet someone for the first time and your instinct is to withdraw? Take this one step further. You are challenged with a colleague or a client. Whenever you see or are about to meet this person, your body becomes tense and constricted. You try to calm yourself, pray or even create affirmations—to no avail. You resolve to not let him or her bother you, but most of the time that tactic does not work. Here is the thing. Energy transmits. The real questions become: “What kind of person do you want to be?” “How do you want to affect your family, community, or work environment?” You can choose right this very minute. [Read more...]
We all have an opportunity to begin this year with strong and clear focus. I am aware that every New Year people create resolutions. They are nice, but often, we are not totally committed and so the resolutions fall by the wayside within a very short period of time. Gym registrations soar in January and by March, people are starting to give themselves excuses not to keep going. People also look at weight issues during this time. Weight Watchers enrollment goes up and again, people stop honoring their commitments within weeks. [Read more...]
This time of year, many people are working to complete tasks at work and at home so that they can enjoy the holidays. Others are in places of great pain as they move through times of loss and grieving. It is easy to feel overwhelmed, but what if this year we decided to do it differently? What if we decided to set an intention for this month to actively experience everything through a “peaceful mind?” Just the thought of it allows me to breathe and move to center. [Read more...]
Every one of us has unique gifts; some seem large and some seem small. They are all powerful gifts regardless of how we label them. Humanity cannot operate without the diversity of each person’s uniqueness. [Read more...]
While in Croatia, my husband and I stumbled upon a street where beautiful umbrellas were hanging above us. It was artistic and inviting. It took no time at all for several of us to take pictures jumping in the air as if trying to reach the umbrellas. It felt free and exciting to just leap.
Recently, students in China have been in the streets protesting for democracy. They have stood in the face of tear gas, threats and outrage by the government. When the tear gas started, they put up umbrellas to protect themselves. Thus, the name “Umbrella Revolution” came into being. They say that they are committed to non-violence so they encourage each other to stay at peace. People bring food to make sure that they are nurtured. They are fighting for a fair election in 2017. Why so far out? They want to bring an awareness of how the current system works. At the moment, the government is only allowing people to run that are vetted and loyal to the communist regime. These young people want candidates with different and expansive ideology to be able to run for office and bring democracy to the country. [Read more...]
Based on the research of HeartMath, the heart has an independent logic and intelligence. It responds to the brain through the nervous system but does not obey it without reason. In fact, the heart actually analyses information and communicates to the brain and the brain obeys the messages and requests of the heart. When negative emotions appear the heart registers rhythms that are jagged, disordered and out of balance. [Read more...]
We are never promised a life without “shift, challenge, or heartache”. However, I believe that there is a universal promise that anything is possible. We live in an infinite universe filled with possibilities. That means that we are all capable of living successful, joyous and expansive lives. The question is; through what field of perception are you viewing your life? Are you viewing it from a glass half-full or half-empty? The point is that you get to choose. I am clear that things are happening now in your life. I am also clear that you get to dictate how you feel and how you choose to respond. Try using this process to manifest the life of your dreams: [Read more...]