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Ever since I saw Brother Sun, Sister Moon, the story of St. Francis, I felt inspired to come to Assisi, Italy. Recently I attended a five day silent retreat at Simple Peace in the countryside of Assisi. I stayed in an elegant, yet simple room. Our days consisted of an hour of meditation morning, an
Of all the places I’ve traveled, the B.C. islands continue to be my favorite place to rest and recharge. Being surrounded by water, massive trees and gentle mountains make it a haven for my spirit to soar and feel free. The feeling is visceral and people often comment on the way they feel when they’re
Stress is this invisible force that builds inside our bodies, minds and nervous system. It ties us up in knots, has us thinking in different directions– and before we know it, it’s hard to undo the mini-fortress that stress has taken up within our body. When stress has it’s invisible grip on us, we don’t
Meditation isn’t for everyone. Many people are attracted to the idea of meditation, but inwardly cringe at the thought of sitting still for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Yet many people realize the need to quiet their mind. When I learned yoga in India, my teacher told me that people should learn relaxation
You’ve probably never heard someone say, “I just spent an hour on Facebook. I feel great!!” It’s more like a conversation in your head, “I just spent an hour on Facebook,” coupled with an empty feeling of having achieved absolutely nothing. Yet, you have to wonder why we spend hours on end in front of
When something or someone rubs you the wrong way, how do you deal with it? 1. Avoid them 2. Make them wrong 3. Make yourself wrong 4. Resist them 5. Cut them out of your life 6. Pretend you’re better 7. Shut down 8. Withdraw 9. Eat chocolate The list goes on. We want to
If you’ve ever wanted to start meditation, but didn’t know where to begin, here’s a short video to get you started. It can begin as simply as 10 breaths. People come to meditation for a myriad of reasons. The benefits are limitless and sometimes unexpected. Whether you’re coming to meditation for inner peace or to
Maybe it’s the full moon, but this last week has been crazy. I’ve had lots of meetings, work opportunities, and even some personal challenges. Now I’m exhausted and need to find my equilibrium again. Even though good things are happening, my “Self” can hardly keep up. So instead of going with the flow, I’m choosing
What if everything you encountered in life was completely impersonal, but you took things personally? What if this were the true reality of life? When you take things personally, it limits you. It limits your thinking, your behavior and your perspective. You make things about you, rather than simply “what is.” Taking things personally is
Turning on the news, it’s easy to feel down about what’s wrong in the world. It’s been said that it’s easier for the brain to focus on negativity. Where our attention goes, our energy flows. Where do you tend to place your attention? What we focus on affects every aspect of our life. We can
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The other day I was walking down Westwood Plaza in LA when I noticed how many people were walking and texting. At least a dozen people were connected to their cell, hardly looking up to see where they were walking. A few weeks ago, Michael Moore invited people to his new theatre and said, “If
“I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.” (Albert Einstein, 1954) Albert Einstein often
Recently I attended a group Leadership Training event. It was filled with different personalities, from different countries, and ethnicities. Our task was to be innovative – in a very short amount of time, and to facilitate creativity for leaders. On day 2 of our Training, we had a group breakdown. One of the attendees had
There have been a few seconds I have experienced deep bliss in my life. In 2005, while I was living in an ashram in the south of India, we had practiced a full hour of intense breathing techniques, and I nearly collapsed and lost consciousness. Shortly after, I felt completely blissful and at one with
A few months before Joseph Campbell died, Bill Moyer’s asked him this question in a PBS interview that would later be called “The Power of Myth.” BILL MOYERS: Do you ever have the sense of… being helped by hidden hands? JOSEPH CAMPBELL: All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has
This is a big year for cleansing and healing. As more people become self-aware, and their stuff comes up, alot of negative emotions and energy can rise to the surface. At times we are negative and other times we are on the receiving end of negativity. Where does it come from? And what’s the best
Intense experiences. Big swings in energy. Uncertainty and other life changes. If these words describe you, you’re not alone. Consciousness is changing. It is effecting everything, from the way we do business to the way we feel each day. An invisible storm is brewing and gathering energy, and this storm has it’s own mind. It
If you had all the time, money and freedom in the world – what would you do? Spiritual author, Rick Jarow, responds “It wouldn’t be such a great thing, and not many people can do it (well).” People often falter when presented with unlimited resources, like when people win the lottery and then lose all
Every time you leave home, Another road takes you Into a world you were never in. New strangers on other paths await. New places that have never seen you Will startle a little at your entry. Old places that know you well Will pretend nothing Changed since your last visit. When you travel, you find
Twice I have left my “regular” life to travel and have new experiences. The first time while I was working in NY on Wall Street, the second time while I was in LA, coaching & teaching. Both times I released my possessions and work. Both times I took two years. And both times it took
The lemons in your life are often cues to your next steps, accelerating you closer to your true path. Whenever I hear of someone whose life has completely derailed, it’s hard not to smile sometimes, ..because I can see what’s there waiting on the other side. Lots of people are going through serious life challenges.
The first time I experienced profound synchronicity in my life was when I narrowly missed the Tsunami in 2004. I was working on Wall Street and the news hit me like a truck. It made me wonder “what would I do with a second chance in life?” What followed were a series of unusual synchronicities
Recently I got the strong call to come back to LA. 2 years ago, I released my possessions, house & work to take time to go inside. I was called to go to Abadiania, Brazil to visit John of God. It was a healing experience beyond words. It felt like coming home. I went to
“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,
It’s a time to take extra gentle care for yourself. Extra rest, self-nurturing and baths can help alleviate tension and stress. How to deal with the energy. I leave you with a poem by John ‘O Donahue. A Blessing for One Who Is Exhausted When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic, Time takes
Words like “Integrative”& “Integral” are popping up all over the place. Integrative Medicine Integrative Nutrition Integral Yoga What does “Integrative” really mean, anyway? I’ve been reflecting on this lately as I witness my own healing and the healing of others. The message I get is “it’s time to Integrate!” We no longer have to separate