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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 love snow, but Michigan winter was getting me down. My skin was dry and flakey and my body was tense from subzero temps! I decided to book a trip somewhere warm. That’s when I discovered the Sivananda Yoga Center in the Bahamas from a random yoga nidra youtube video. You must check this video
Friends, to honor Martin Luther King today, I wanted to share one of the most inspiring stories I know about King, one that many people do not know about. It is a story about a time when King faced his greatest fear. King’s rise to leadership was completely unexpected. It was Dec of 1955.
Whether we are embarking on a new life change or want to discover our life’s dream, we will all face obstacles along the way. Paulo Coelho’s book, “The Alchemist” illustrates the challenges we face when we follow what we love. It is a simple fable about a shepherd boy in search of dreams and the
I was in Chicago over Thanksgiving and made the mistake of going to Whole Foods right before Turkey day. It was totally packed. They were playing loud, upbeat music and people were running over us in their carts. Everyone was rushing. I felt stressed! It’s easy to get caught up in the rush over the
There’s a little voice in my head that thinks it knows what is “spiritual.” When I wake up in the morning, I have a daily practice of writing and meditation. On rare occasions, I cannot do this the first thing in the morning. Say I am traveling, or really stressed out and have to take
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When people first experience healing, they are beyond themselves. They cannot believe what can happen with a few essential oils, singing bowls, or hands-on healing. Maybe they had an out of body experience during shavasana in yoga class. Whatever the modality is, one can never under-estimate the power of healing intent. What people don’t often
People often tell me that they want to start a meditation practice but don’t know how. They don’t realize they’ve been doing it through various activities they might not consider “meditation.” Meditation is essentially a flow. It’s a state of being. When the thinking mind is disengaged, we are in a state of connection. People
Everyone knows the regular stress of life – responsibilities, work, paying the bills.. getting enough exercise. But there’s another kind of stress, just as nasty as the real stress that causes death & disease – spiritual stress! Yes! You can get stress from not listening to your spirit!! It’s what mid-life crisis’ are made of.
I recently got back from a four month haitus in Abadiania, Brazil where the Miracle worker John of God is. While working on a media project, I discovered his healing work on YouTube. I felt the energy of the Casa through my Macbook and was immediately taken by it. I knew I had to go
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
“Our destiny is defined by how we deal with the chance elements in our life.” – Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump. Forrest Gump is holding a feather he discovers floating through the wind. This feather symbolizes destiny and “blind” luck. At one point in the movie, Forrest says, “I don’t know if we each have
As a Life Coach, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt completely lost in a client session. Often times, I’d sit there listening to a client’s deepest problem, not knowing what to say or how to help. Just when I thought that I had somehow bamboozled my client into believing I could help