Two common phrases this time of year are “Peace on Earth” and “Happy New Year”. Like many phrases they can be hollow unless we actually put our energy and intention toward manifesting peace and happiness. Because of negativity bias and our own habits and patterns, it can challenging to change, even if we want to […]
Recently I had a 4 hour delay at Midway airport in Chicago, yikes! My good fortune, however, was that amazingly enough the airport had a yoga studio. I was a happy camper!
Guayaquil, Ecuador – First Annual Women’s Wellness Symposium It is nearly impossible, while living in Western comfort to imagine the barrio much less the women and their families living there in poverty. But Mama Linda, the matriarch of Adopta Una Familia (AUF) and daughters Erica (who was a Peace Corp Volunteer in Guasmo) and Abby know them well. Together with […]
Ebbio, Tuscany, Italy – 7 day Meditation/Vacation Retreat Some of the retreats I lead combine meditation and vacation. We practice yoga first thing in the morning followed by breakfast and then 2 hours of mindfulness and meditation. We practice sitting, walking and exploring themes and topics. This retreat took place in Italy at an 800 year old farmhouse. While very […]
When we go on retreat, we leave our customary comforts and move into the unknown. As they say, our old problems will not be solved with the same thinking that created them. There are gifts that come to us from the challenges that being out of our comfort zone brings.
This spring a mother dove chose the cherry tree right outside our kitchen window to make a nest. Now I know it’s “just” nature, but that mother dove, and apparently the father dove also, sat on those eggs for weeks through the nastiest April weather we have had in history. COMPASSION WITHOUT WISDOM One morning […]
It is obvious, and we know it intellectually, but when life sends us storms, we are often surprised. How we meet those challenges mindfully determines, to a great degree, how we will be affected. AND…making mindful choices to meet life’s challenges is a process that cannot be rushed. Be it illness, loss, a fading flower, or […]
Mindful speech is a great practice. If there is really too much talking than why am I adding to it? This is the question I ask myself. Do I have something to say that improves upon the silence. Seems many folks are too uncomfortable to simply sit with a little quiet time. But it […]