Finding Refuge from an Overwhelming World

Finding Refuge from an Overwhelming World

In an article in Yoga Journal, Judith Hanson Lasater shares how you can take a refuge from the busyness and stress. As she says, “(refuge) is not about running away, but rather it is about deciding what you want to move toward. Refuge is not dependent upon a location at all. Rather, it is actually an intention we can choose.” Being present in our lives helps us to navigate the world. Practices such as meditation, mindfulness, yoga, and breathwork calm the mind and body so can experience a different way of living that is not full of angst. Judith also...

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Awakening Joy Free Program for Well-Being and Deeper Insight

Awakening Joy Free Program for Well-Being and Deeper Insight

Nourish yourself with mindfulness practices as you connect with true well-being in these challenging times. Awakening Joy includes exciting themes and practices that incline the mind toward well-being and deeper insight. You will learn how to: • make happiness a habit by inclining your mind toward states that lead to well-being • find joy even during difficult times and avoid the pitfalls that prevent you from achieving the contentment you seek • cultivate effective practices for sustaining joyfulness, such as reclaiming your natural sense of wonder and finding joy in the midst of everyday experiences I will be offering this...

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Awareness, Truth, and Love

Awareness, Truth, and Love

I, like many of you, watched in horror at the surreal insurrection at our nation’s Capitol yesterday. My emotions certainly ran the gamut of shock, anger, pain, and sadness. The words “unprecedented” and “never in our history” and “unseen in our modern history” resounded over and over. The stress and fear of the day and what might come certainly played over and over on the news and I could feel myself being swept away with the events of the day and any emotions that surface.   As this was occurring, I was grateful that I was registered to attend Tara Brach’s Meditation and...

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Subdue Your Inner Critic

Subdue Your Inner Critic

Self-criticisms accumulate layer by layer. Have you ever noticed how often you criticize yourself? For many of us, it’s a kind of knee-jerk reaction: “I shouldn’t have done that (or eaten that, or said that)” or “Why can’t I be more like him or hear?” These little put-downs may not seem like much, but they can add up and negatively affect your self-confidence. Developing Self-Compassion Small self-criticisms accumulate, layer by layer, like sand until they swallow you whole. Sometimes we make it worse by criticizing our self-criticism! This negative self-talk can be destructive to you and your relationships. If you’ve...

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Illuminated Intentions for the New Year

Illuminated Intentions for the New Year

in 2020… you’ve been through so much beyond comprehension… I salute You. It was a tough year for many people but for many spiritual sensitive people, it was a time to rekindle the inner flame of growth. Take a deep breath for a moment and let yourself feel proud of who you are. It doesn’t matter if you lost your way over the year or used it to the best of your abilities. 2020 was a challenging year for all of us because of Coronavirus, period.  Our lives were changed this year, and we will still feel the effects for...

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Discover Gratitude

Discover Gratitude

Gratitude opens up your way of thinking and can elevate your mood. I know this for myself when I am in a funk, just the simple practice of appreciation can bring a huge difference into my day. When I get down, it’s because I have forgotten to do so. A little bit of gratefulness goes a long way! Be it in meditation, writing in a journal or taking a walk. We say “thanks” many times throughout the day. You may say it automatically when a cashier hands you your change or when someone holds the door for you. But how...

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Recognize When You Slip Out of Balance

Recognize When You Slip Out of Balance

Rest assured, this happens to me on occasion too and it did so recently. Although I do tend to notice it pretty quickly so I can set my life aright again. But it’s easy to slip out of balance. The current world situation is one way we find our way back to negative and addictive behaviors. Other ways can be a heavy workload, relationship disagreements, or trying to do it all. At this point, we seem to fall away from those very practices that assist us in maintaining equilibrium. We have to remember that balance is not a final goal,...

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Ah, Right Now It’s Like This

Ah, Right Now It’s Like This

Why lament where I have been? Why reduce the progress I have made otherwise in my life because my body is not doing what it used to do 5, 10 or 25 years ago? If I can be mindful to the present moment, I can recall that “Ah, right now it is like this.” I can make peace with the present moment. This phrase of “Ah, right now it is like this,” I teach in my mindfulness classes. The mind can have an idea that whatever I am experiencing may go on indefinitely, yet by using this phrase, it is...

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Calming and Relaxation Aromatherapy Package

Calming and Relaxation Aromatherapy Package

I am working on creating a special Calming and Relaxation Aromatherapy Package, that can be bought for an online event I’d like to hold most likely early November. This package will be personally tailored to you! And you can use it for the special session I have in mind! I’d like to include 3 products in the package. What sorts of products would you like to receive in this package: Bath salts, relaxing balm, massage oil, diffuser blend, roll on, face scrub, pillow spray or lotion? Email me and let me know Tell me your top 3 and one person...

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Don’t Believe in Everything You Think

Don’t Believe in Everything You Think

Oh the thoughts I think! And where do they go? Down the Rabbit Hole!  I know I have thoughts that appear whether it is I am unloved/unlovable, I am unappreciated, I am disconnected, I am limited in time and resources. These thoughts if I allow them can take me into stories of judgment and limiting beliefs. When I can bring awareness to the thoughts, recognize, accept and then release these burs on my mind, then I can breathe a sigh of relief. My inner peace is my work and mindfulness over the decades has helped me to achieve a life of equanimity. This...

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