When I was a little girl of about three or four years old, I asked my mother if she loved me. My mother thought that it was such a funny question that sometimes she would even wait to respond. If she didn’t respond right away I would say, “Mommy, if you don’t love me,
When it comes to making important life decisions, we can choose from two basic states, love or fear. But how do you really know? We may inadvertently base our choices on the values of others –what society deems great or valuable. We can also mull the voices of our peers “in our head” when we’re making our most important
Are you constantly tired and overwhelmed, feeling like you’re always trying to keep up? Do you realize that feeling rushed and anxious stems from a state of mind that you can quickly change? The power to shift from feeling rushed to being centered is already within you. It only takes a moment of awareness. A
Meditation perfectly complements an array of health practices, meetings, and yoga sessions. Whether it’s for a tense work environment, or an individual with his or her own spiritual practice every morning or night, meditation can serve and enhance any situation. Meditation promotes health and reduces stress, but it also offers so much more than maintaining
We tend to look for energy, look for love, and look for compassion outside of ourselves. The source of true love and true joy, however, resides inside all of us. It is completely accessible and always present for us to tap into. Too often it’s easy to blame external factors and get caught up in
We’ve all faced health challenges at some point in our lives. During those times, it can really shake us up. It can force us to take a closer look at our lives, the way we live, and how we take care of ourselves. Several years ago, I came down with a parasitic illness that didn’t
When we’re hard on ourselves or judgmental of others, we suffer. We might find ourselves having a shut down, internal experience, while on the outside appearing seemingly okay. How can we let go of inner-resistance, criticism, and self-pressure? How can we invite ease and expansion into our everyday experience? The conscious practice of compassion for
Healing means different things to different people. Some people assume that if you need healing, something is wrong with you and you need to be “fixed.” Others may see healing as a journey towards your highest self and potential. You’ll notice the word “heal” comes from “health.” It is the process of becoming whole, of
In today’s busy, ever-demanding world, we find ourselves constantly running around, unable to slow down and take care of ourselves. Our incessant busyness can make us run near empty. When we’re so caught up in giving to others, fulfilling obligations, and performing tasks, we forget to reflect on our own mental, spiritual, and physical well-being.
Today I logged into a free online meditation series that I’m hosting and NO ONE showed up. This is something I’ve been excited about so you can imagine the first sting of disappointment I felt.. but ironically enough, today’s meditation was about “unconditional peace,” experiencing peace no matter what. So I went along my merry
Traveling is one of my greatest teachers. It’s vitally important to me to see how different people live, their cultures, and lifestyles. I learn so much from this process, and it sustains me on a level that I can’t always articulate to others who often ask, “don’t you get tired of traveling?” I love traveling.
Getting sick changed my life for the better. Death, disease, loss.. are what I consider to be divine interventions. They can bring you down, or lift you higher. No matter what, you’re transformed in the process. Below are more of the life lessons I learned. It is a continuation of previous blog posts, Getting Sick
When I was sick, it was hard to look in the mirror. I couldn’t recognize myself when my skin broke out and changed color. Even now I feel a little residual pain from that experience. All the spiritual practice and teaching did not prepare me for the experience of losing my health, looks and hair.
I wish I could say having short hair was entirely my choice, but unfortunately it wasn’t. Last year, I came down with a horrible parasite that deeply afflicted my skin, health, hair, vision.. everything. The parasite ravaged my skin. I broke out everywhere, including my face and body. My hair disintegrated through the process. For
Every day I wake up in a beautiful retreat center, over-looking an organic farm and the ocean. Many days I have to pinch myself because it feels like paradise. It’s almost surreal. Then I turn on the radio and listen to the news. I am horrified by what happens half way across the world. I
Dan Millman was 20 years old, at the peak of his gymnastics career, when he shattered his right leg in a motorcycle accident. A competitive gymnast at Berkeley University, he was training for the World Gymnastics Championships as a potential Olympian, when he was told he might walk but never compete again. That’s when he
I’ve always been skeptical of healers. Maybe because I am one myself. I don’t think anyone can heal someone else. It comes from within, when that person is ready. Just to clarify, let’s talk about what healing is, since it means different things to different people. Generally speaking, healing is the journey towards wholeness. You
It can be that if we’re not aware of some aspect of our life, that it will likely show up in the body as body pain. Eckhart Tolle talked about the pain-body as an egoic entity that comprises all of our past pain and emotion. He says: “The pain-body wants to survive, just like every
Joseph Campbell said, “We’re not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes.” As healers, we travel through different stages of our own evolution and growth. It always begins with our own wound, often received from childhood,
What To Do With Body Pain Imagine if your body had a microphone with its own voice system. Instead of words, your body speaks to you through your feelings, like pain or comfort. You have the power to turn the volume up or turn it off completely. What if you gave your body a voice?
God bless Martha Beck. A Ph.D. from Harvard, she freely uses M-words like magic, mysticism and miracles. Beck is a Life Coach who writes for Oprah magazine, who happens to be a lesbian with serious balls. In her book, Steering by Starlight, she’s not afraid to admit, “I think we may be living in the
“Be Present” & “Be Here Now” are common phrases of the new age but how does one actually learn to become present? How are healing and presence connected? There are many ways to develop presence. It helps to understand what is happening when you are not present. You’ll notice the quality of energy is dissonant,
Oh, how I missed the food NYC had to offer! But after 1.5 months of travel, and some indulgent dinners with friends, I knew I needed to cleanse. My body was feeling achy, bloated and off it’s normal energy level. I was also feeling a cold coming on. The first thing I do when I
When was the last time someone said, “Hey how is your nervous system today?” It’s not something we pay attention to very often, but we should. It has a huge effect on our well-being, our mental state, what we perceive – pretty much everything. Our nervous system is responsible for sending all the messages to/from
Often times when I’m sitting in meditation, I am aware of the energy in my heart. It occurred to me recently that what we consider to be consciousness, a widening in our awareness and mind, may actually be a consciousness that extends from our heart. Could it be that the heart has it’s own intelligence?
I’ve just finished the sixth colonic of my one-month cleanse. Right now I’m eating mostly raw, grains and occasional chocolate. This is the first time I’m trying out Advanced Naturals – the 30 day organ/colonic cleanse and the flax seed mix that brushes out the inner lining of the Intestinal wall. So far so good.
I met Aga out one night dancing in a little Brazilian cafe called “Frutti’s.” We blasted the music and danced our hearts out. I instantly noticed Aga’s radiance and fell in love with her positive spirit. We had much fun dancing and laughing that night. The next day I ran into her, we sat down
This morning I ate two eggs, avocado, a pot of rice, doritos and 2 slices of buttered toast. This is not my normal diet, but I’ve discovered that whenever I am on spiritual retreat, nothing is normal. I’ve actually lost weight since I’ve been to Brazil, about 4 pounds without any effort. I attribute this