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Meditation is a powerful practice that helps us get in touch with our intuitive guidance. You could call this your higher-wisdom, divine intelligence – it’s your inner-compass that keeps you inwardly aligned. You can tap into this guidance through intention or prayer. When you’re centered and calm, you have greater access to the inner-knowing of
One of the most important aspects of meditation is the development of constant self-awareness from a calm and collected standpoint. It is easy to forget the here and the now, and allow our minds to wander and entertain negative thoughts. When we’re triggered from external events, we contract inside. We fight, defend, justify, argue and
Do you feel you need to let go of inner-struggles and stress? We all do! But how can we let go with more ease and grace? Sometimes we get so caught up in doing the right thing, forcing positive, meditative thoughts through our minds that we actually end up trying too hard. It prevents us
We’ve all endured difficult situations with other individuals. People can throw us off-center every single day. What do you do when you feel pulled, pushed, depleted, compressed and driven haywire by the most challenging people in your life? The way we process stressful connections has a lot to do with how we perceive and digest
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
Everyone has that feeling of “not enough” money, resources, sleep, and energy throughout a typical day. Perhaps you feel that who you are is not enough. We may feel that in order to be “enough,” we have to do more, create more, be more. We buy into a way of living that thwarts us out
If you had two hours to watch a movie, would you want to see it on an old TV or a new high-definition TV with surround sound? Obviously you’d choose the HD TV. Just as technology can enhance our experience, so can the practice of meditation. From improving our senses, our intuition, our creativity, meditation
Our thoughts can cause us undue suffering. Have you ever stopped to consider how many of them are actually true? If you find your thoughts are too loudly in the foreground, overly negative, or incredibly unproductive, you can try this simple meditation technique. This approach takes about 2-3 seconds and is gleaned from metta meditation,
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
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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.
Recently someone asked me, “how do you find balance with your family members?” I was stumped. It was a hard question – a good question! No doubt our family members have the capacity to throw us off our center in 2 seconds flat. Ram Dass said, “if you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week
One of the biggest complaints I hear from clients is overwhelm. It seems to be the thing that everyone suffers from these days. As a business owner, I suffer from it, too. There are always endless things to do, aren’t there? The holiday season especially amps up feelings of overwhelm. Today we have more
The new leaders of today are not necessarily famous. Most of them are unknown. They don’t seek recognition or status, but they have much to offer in the way of spiritual guidance and wisdom. New leaders are emerging. They are soulful by nature. They do not seek power, but empower others. Many of them are
Recently I left Salt Spring Island to go south for the winter. I was feeling the call to go to San Diego again. Whenever I travel, it’s an act of faith. I never really know where I’ll end up, or what will happen. I trust my inner guidance. It was hard though to leave this
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
Stress may seem like it’s outside of us, but it’s really an internal response. What we perceive as stressful will be processed as “stress” in our brain. As a result, our mind freaks out, our body contracts and our perception narrows to survival mode. Most people experience stress. We all know the inner grip of
Do you check FaceBook when you first wake up in the morning? Are you tempted to text while you drive? If so, you’re not alone. We all get unreasonable urges to check our smartphone! Since technology is socially acceptable, it’s easy to overuse it. Most people do not consider tech addiction as seriously as they
This fall I decided to do a cleanse. It’s especially good to do with the change in seasons. Usually I do juice cleanses alongside colonics. This was the first time I did an Ayurvedic cleanse. It consisted mostly of green juice and an Indian dish called kitchari. Here is a photo of the first bowl
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
Many people, myself included, are experiencing a lot of change and transformation. Recently it’s inspired me to write “The Survival Guide to the Hero’s Journey.” In December of 2012, I published “Moving Toward Source,” a guide about the changes, shifts and healing we’d experience individually and collectively at end of the Mayan calendar (Dec. 21,
A good leader practices strong boundaries. Would you ever think about casually busting into your boss’s office at any time of the day? No. You’d probably have to get through a strong willed secretary to make an appointment first. Leaders value their time and energy, and it causes other people to value their time as
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
After waiting nearly a year to ask the lovely Sonia Choquette if I could interview her, I finally one day had the courage to ask. I found a general email contact on her website and sent a short message, “would you like to be interviewed?” Her assistant wrote back five minutes later: “she’d love to.”
What I’ve often discovered is that Intuition, which can seem vague at first, can be very precise. The more you listen, the more you’re able to receive specific messages and the clearer they become. It can seem uncanny, but it’s true. The “price” of this Intuition however, is that it requires us to both listen