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How Meditation Helps With Emotional Reactions to Negativity

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

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3 Ways to Apply Meditation to Stressful Relationships

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

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How to Combine Meditation with Any Health Practice

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

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How Can Meditation Help With Feelings of “Not Enough?”

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

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5 Ways Meditation Improves the Quality of Your Life

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

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A Meditation Technique to Shift Unwanted Thoughts

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,

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Meditation as a Practice of Self-Love

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

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How to Apply Meditation to Your Daily Commute

I love long road trips. I’ve come to fall in love with them. But before I started journeying in my prius cross country, I used to hate driving for long periods of time. It wasn’t until I started driving out of necessity, that I began to truly enjoy the solitary time alone in my car

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Mindfulness Tools for Tech Addiction

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

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Spiritual Journey

Fall Cleanse

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

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Healing

Getting Sick. Life Lessons Part II.

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. 

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Getting Sick. Life Lessons Part I.

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

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Spiritual Journey

The Hero’s Journey & Transformational Guide

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,

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Practicing Boundaries

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

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Metta Meditation For The Middle East

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

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Interviews

Interview with Sonia Choquette

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.”

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What Stops People from Acting on Intuition

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

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When Life Feels Hard

When something feels too hard in my life, I know it’s a red flag.  Why?  Because I know we’re not meant to live in a state of stress and effort.  There’s a difference between being challenged, and wasting our precious life force energy.  When we live in too much “hard” energy, it throws us off

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Journey to Short Hair

  One of the unexpected gifts I received when I was sick was the experience of having short hair.  It was disheartening to see my long black hair disintegrate to brittle nothing.  I had to cut it off and start over.  I went to the stylist and found a picture of Amy Tan in a

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Healing

Dan Millman’s Healing & Spiritual Awakening

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

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