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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
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
When we’re hard on ourselves or judgmental of others, we suffer. We might find ourselves having a shut down, internal experience, while on the outside appearing seemingly okay. How can we let go of inner-resistance, criticism, and self-pressure? How can we invite ease and expansion into our everyday experience? The conscious practice of compassion for
Do you find yourself completely consumed with erratic, non-productive thoughts? Is your endless stream of worry and rapid-fire stress keeping you from achieving a sustainable, serene, mindset? Awareness Meditation was developed to help individuals slowly and calmly process thoughts through a state of complete and unadulterated awareness. Awareness Meditation helps individuals expand their understanding of
What do you really want? Many people don’t give themselves full permission to harness and own their true desires. Whether it’s fear of selfishness or egoism in pursuit of their innate passions, we tend to push our own pristine vision of what we truly want out of the way. Meditation is key for identifying, contemplating,
Is it possible to meditate while you work? Is it possible to relax while you work? Yes and yes! Guided Meditation Video So how would you approach the practice of meditation towards work? In the following video, I share a few tips and tools on how to invoke a meditative state while you work. What
If you want to have a consistent practice, it’s important to create a meditation practice that inspires you to meditate every day. Each person is unique. To give one practice to everyone and expect it to work for them long-term seems impractical. The majority of folks cannot sit in cross-legged position on the floor. Many
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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
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
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
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