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Who Are You Really?

by I just got back from Hawaii where I was co-leading a 200 hour yoga teacher training. As often happens during a YTT, deep conversations take place during class time as the students look deep within themselves in an effort to discover their own authenticity. In one of those conversations, the girls noticed how while away from “real life” – partners, jobs, family – and instead surrounded by people who knew nothing about one another and therefore had no expectations of each other, they had the opportunity to be their whole self. It brought up the question of “When are...

Finding Time to Play

by I  remember coming home for lunch as a child and finding my mom sitting at the kitchen table, smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee with one, sometimes two, of her many dear friends. Housewives and stay at home moms, taking a break from the daily tasks of running a household and looking after the “monsters” as my mother affectionately referred to us. (It makes me laugh that nowadays, referring to your children as monsters would garner a call from CFS.) My mother was in no way lazy. She ran a tight ship. She managed the finances, the grocery shopping, the...

Untying Knots With Love and Compassion

by I’m holding a grudge. It feels powerful, but that’s an illusion. There is no power in negativity. Unless that negativity fires you up to take positive action, which this wasn’t. So on the bus yesterday, on my way to yoga, I knew I had to start letting go. But how? Offer up love and compassion. Ugh. This feels stupid. But it’s not, therefore just do it. So I pictured this person and kept repeating: Love and compassion, love and compassion, love and compassion.  But I don’t love this person. Doesn’t matter. Love does not have to mean LOVE like...

Get CLEAR

by I have been reading a lot of “live your dream” books lately so let me save you some time and money as they all pretty much say the same thing about accomplishing your goals  – you need to Get Clear.  Get super clear on Who you are and what makes you unique What you love to do WHY you love to do it. Don’t do anything else until you get clear. As soon as you have a solid sense of the above, you can start moving forward. Otherwise you are all over the place with too many choices and no...

Love Yourself First

by We have heard it said many times – you can’t truly love another until you truly love yourself. I was watching a Brené Brown video the other day with D and she spoke of this very thing. D and I had a quick conversation on whether we believed this was true or not, particularly as a parent,  before we heard Brené’s explanation. Brené speaks of her children getting older and as a mother, she sees aspects of them that are within herself but that she doesn’t like. She tells this story: “My 13 year old daughter comes home, and says...

10 Ways to Find Freedom and Happiness

by 1. Declutter. Get rid of things that are no longer useful, necessary, or beautiful. 2. Get organized. Once you have sent useless stuff out the door, organize what is left. It should be easy if you took step 1 seriously! 3. Let go of people who no longer (or most likely never did) bring you joy. End friendships that you find you constantly have to defend yourself in or that you dread making time for. 4. On the flip side of 3, spend as much time as you can with people who love and support you. Make time for...