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When I first started meditating out of sheer desperation, I had no idea I’d ever share this life-changing practice with others. Never did I dream that I would teach and help others with practices like meditation, healing and yoga. Mostly because I constantly struggled with my own practice. It never occurred to me that I’d
Hate is a sneaky, invisible force. One of the ways it spreads is by working through an individual’s own mind and heart. When we witness hate, we may begin to experience feelings of hate and outrage, closing our own hearts and minds to people committing acts of crime and violence. This is the unseen way
Meditation helps you “raise your energy” or “raise your consciousness.” When you raise your inner state through heightened awareness, you learn how to skillfully respond and navigate through life. Today there are many uncertain and worldly events that can cause us stress and anxiety. While we cannot control the exterior forces in life, through meditation,
How do you spend most of your time and energy? Throughout the course of a day, you can be subconsciously exposed to all kinds of energy including negativity, discursive discussion and chaos, all without even realizing it. Whether it’s news articles on Facebook, the social media debates between friends, or the comments at your workplace,
“The zone is a state of mind which is marked by a sense of calmness. In addition, there is a heightened sense of awareness and focus. Actions seem effortless and there is an increased belief that your dreams or goals can become achievable and real. In addition, there is also a sense of deep enjoyment
How can meditation help you decide whether to work things out or simply walk away? 6 guided coaching questions to ask yourself. Have you ever been caught up in a situation that causes constant frustration, anxiety and struggle? Whether it’s a family member, co-worker or friend, you’ve probably noticed how difficult it can become to
Do you ever feel overwhelmed with your racing thoughts and all that you need to do? Have you ever noticed the experience this creates in your body? I invite you to join me on my daily walk as I talk about what you can do to quickly shift this hyperactive state so that you feel more
This week I saw a story in the BBC about how writing can heal the body. I thought this was a fascinating article that highlights the importance of writing about our emotional or traumatic experiences and how putting words to paper can be naturally healing. This would potentially save quite a bit of money in
Traveling for pleasure and passion is a wonderful way to reconnect to the spirit. New environments have a tendency to put you more in touch with the present moment. When I took time to travel after I left Wall Street, I backpacked through Asia and it was deeply centering. It felt like a shamanic soul
Do you ever find yourself wondering if you’re on your right path? Well, there’s no way to not live your path, but when you’re living your true purpose, there’s no doubting it. You will feel it. You’ll know when you’re in step with your path through the blessings, positivity, and synchronicity you begin to experience,
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Life today moves at a faster and faster pace. The rhythm at which we move, engage, and receive information can throw off our own internal sense of rhythm. We might find ourselves feeling caught up in the whirlwind of busyness, unable to slow down and catch up with ourselves. When we’re moving quickly, we might
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.
Do you get annoyed when people don’t agree with you politically? How do you apply the practice of meditation to parts of your life that feel messy, stuck and drama-queen crazy? In this short video clip, I offer meditation tips where you can apply this ancient practice to the challenging areas of your life today.
One of the things I often hear is, “I’m too busy to meditate! I have to do my taxes, housework, and everyday responsibilities!” Meditation for Daily Life What can you do instead? Meditate while you do. Here’s a 10 minute video guide on how you can meditate while you do anything, even washing your dishes! Learning
I don’t believe in just meditating. It’s what you do with your meditation that matters most. How do you bring it into your life? How can you integrate meditation in your everyday life through your actions & intentions? Meditation is a wonderful tool for resourcing yourself and learning how to breathe. While meditation can create
Our mind is often the biggest cause of our stress. What it perceives and thinks can layer our experience and make things seem more stressful than they really are. The mind is like a booby-trap, it’s filled with circular thinking and past thoughts. Instead of trying to change the mind with the mind, here’s a
When I first decided to leave Wall Street to follow my dreams of world travel, I received a variety of responses from my loved ones and co-workers. Some were shocked, some were envious, some disappointed. I found out that several of my co-workers called me “crazy” behind my back. A few good friends were genuinely
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