Feeling saturated?

Feeling overwhelmed with the amount of information that is out there for consumption? Our brains can easily get overloaded with the pace and content of what we are hearing, seeing, and feeling. We barely have time to digest one thing before the next thing is calling our attention. There is a lot of chaos happening in the world, and simultaneously, we have much to navigate in our own personal daily lives.     When I’m feeling over saturated these days, my first stop is to head into nature. click here to read more.. It doesn’t have to be the wilderness. It can be a local park or even a patch of grass if that’s what you have available to you. Nature has a way of helping us to SLOW DOWN, to sync with a natural rhythm, to connect with something much larger than us. How can you stay informed about what is going on around you, take action in way that supports your values, AND at the same time, take care of yourself? When we sit on the ground, we remember that the earth has weathered many storms and through change and often destruction, there is not only survival, but the growth and beauty that we see every spring. SLOWING DOWN also helps us to connect in with what is truly bothering us underneath the surface. Yes, there are countless things that are disturbing these days though you may notice that certain things feel more challenging to you than others or elicit more of a reaction than something else. This is information. Anytime we experience a reactive thought or a feeling of wanting to push something away —  it gives us...

Emotional Alchemy

I’ve been playing a lot with this idea in my practice. I love the idea of transformation and integration. The idea that everything we experience, whether it is sad, disappointing or even traumatic can be transformed, transmuted and integrated to create a stronger version of the whole or of ourselves. For me, it speaks to the resiliency of humanity. Many of us have experienced loss, grief, or shock on some level in our lifetimes. We all process this differently. You may not have had the opportunity to process certain situations simply because of your own life circumstances. And, this skill is not exactly encouraged in our society. How often do you actually tell someone how you are truly doing when they ask you? We have so much coming at us between the news cycles, social media, and our daily work and family obligations that sometimes we barely have the bandwidth to navigate anything beyond that. It’s especially in these times that we need to resource ourselves by not only clearing our energy but building a reserve within us so we can be present to our lives, follow our path, and live our lives in alignment with our soul’s purpose. If you would like to open up to this type of transformation but you’re not quite sure how to navigate it, I am now offering in person and skype sessions to facilitate Emotional Alchemy. It’s a blend of intuitive, spiritual, and energy coaching to bring to light the unconscious and subconscious thoughts, feelings, and emotions that take up so much of your life force (prana) that you don’t have enough to offer yourself or your life’s vision. In each session, you will be guided to connect to your intuition and wisdom in order to feel...

From the inside out…

What we cultivate on the inside is directly reflected back to us on the outside. This could show up in the simplest of ways…when you are distracted, upset, frustrated, and all is seemingly going wrong – you also can’t find your keys, you spill your coffee, and things feel overwhelming. When you’re feeling clear on the inside, the outside world usually feels better. Those frustrating things don’t happen as often or if they do, your experience of them is vastly different. And isn’t the quality of your life based on your perception of everything around you? A reflection of your beliefs in physical form? Two people may be experiencing a very similar life situation but their perceptions are completely different. What accounts for these differences? It comes down to the structure of our thoughts, emotions, and belief systems. There is so much at play here. How we understand or experience something gives us a lot of information about our patterns of thought and energy. I will often use my external experiences to gauge what inner shifts I might need to focus on… Not in the sense that I need to be fixed or there is something wrong with me, but I start to consider, what can I clear so I can invite experiences into my life that reflect more of my true essence? Is there a boundary that is being crossed? Am I saying ‘yes’ when I really mean ‘no?’ Do I need to open up my understanding of a situation to help me see all the sides? Am I moving too fast or putting too much pressure on...

Going with the FLOW…

So, we hear this a lot – let it go, go with the flow, release what does not serve. These are great words and sound and feel really good – I say them often in my own yoga classes. The actual ‘doing’ of this is a bit more challenging. I was at the beach not long ago and was observing a horseshoe crab in his process of getting back to the ocean… or the ‘flow.’ I had never seen one moving before. He would make his way — slow and steady towards the water. You could see the waves coming up onto the beach, sometimes close to him, and in other moments, the waves were strong and would wash up over him. I just assumed he would be carried away back into the ocean by the power of the wave. I was surprised to notice that he was still there even after the powerful wave had washed over him. He seemed to dig in even more strongly when the wave came and would get turned around by resisting the wave. It would take him a bit longer to turn himself back around and start making his way towards the water again. I was fascinated by this behavior.   Why wouldn’t he just let the waves take him into the ocean?   Here was this powerful force, ready and wiling to sweep him to where he wanted to go and he would not let it happen. I realized how much I was actually struck by this. I could not stop watching. I shared with a friend that it seemed like...
Meditating Together

Meditating Together

As we get further into the holiday season, we tend to have an altered sense of time. The end of the year seems like it’s coming fast and we may wonder where parts of the year went. Our thoughts are moving quickly and it’s hard to stay present with what’s right in front of us. This may seem difficult to believe, but in my experience, regular meditation can actually shift our perception of time. Once you get into a regular practice, time somehow feels more expansive. I think it’s because you increase your capacity to be more present in each moment and therefore don’t feel like everything is a blur passing you by. I imagine if you’ve practiced yoga or have done any other activity that allows you to experience your own state of FLOW, then you have experienced an altered state of time as well. If you have trouble sitting on your own, I’d love to invite you to join me over the phone from time to time. Sign up here and you’ll receive an email at least a day ahead of time with the date, time, and a call in number so we can practice sitting in silence (with a little bit of guidance) together. I hope you’ll join me!   Sign up here! facebook Twitter Google+...

Releasing Fear, Connecting to Love

This is one of my desires that I continue to want to move toward in my life. And all kinds of events and situations in our local and global communities may challenge this desire. Some on a large scale and some right in our homes or communities with family members, friends, and colleagues may trigger fear or discomfort. We are experiencing a lot of chaos and collective pain in the world around us and seeing such a variety of reactions and responses to it… some based in fear and others based in love. Choosing love is not always the easy path… our logical minds may wonder how our loving thoughts may actually make a difference, especially when we are seeing so much violence in the world. Our thoughts create a vibration and that vibration reverberates, so, in fact, our thoughts DO impact those around us and reach beyond time and space. If enough of us lean in the direction of love, we can effect a shift in the greater consciousness. When we feel powerless in the face of large scale terror events, what can we do? How can we bring some peace into our own hearts and also send love to others who are hurting? A colleague reminded me of the beautiful Buddhist practice of Tonglen to help us tap into the compassion present within all of us, whether it is directed to ourselves or others. When I have practiced it, it’s helped me release fear and connect more to the vibration of love. Below you will see a video from the incredible Pema Chodron that talks more about...