With Patience & Gratitude we find JOY

The Universe is amazing. It often sends us exactly what we need to learn. This week is Thanksgiving which makes last week my birthday week. Usually I look forward to my birthday, in part because for me it signifies the beginning of the festive holiday season. This year was different. I was not feeling any…

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Now is the Time to Grow

A couple of weeks ago my family and I took the opportunity to travel to Wyoming and visit both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. They were each extraordinary in their own ways but as we explored them we noticed many areas of woods that had been burned from forest fires and in various stages…

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What Can We Set Adrift?

Last week, I arrived home from hosting my third Yoga Retreat. It was my second time hosting it on this special little Island off the coast of mainland Belize called Thatch Caye. The island is one mile long and only 11 acres.  There are just 15 guest rooms so when you arrive on this island…

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Cultivate the Art of Single-Tasking

I used to think that when a similar theme arose in several different contexts in my life that it was a coincidence. As I have grown as a Mindfulness & Yoga Teacher (and as a human being) I have realized that those are actually lessons from the universe offered to me in many different ways;…

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If You Don’t Change It, You Choose It

  Two weeks ago when I was prepping to teach my classes I realized I didn’t have a message to share. I sat quietly the evening before my first class and thought about why that was the case. I knew it wasn’t that the universe had no messages for me, instead it was clear that…

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The End is often a Beginning

Last week I was on a run with a good friend and her 8 yr old son joined us on his bike. Periodically while we were running my friend would gently instruct her son to stop and wait, or look for cars and she sometimes offered him the chance to ride up ahead. As we…

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Take the Gifts of this Hour

      This week I was inspired by the podcast “S Town”. The story itself is very dark but there was a theme woven through it that touched me. The idea that time is moving, measured and tracked but cannot be stopped; that we have a choice about what we are going to do…

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Mindful practice leads to a mindful life

This week the national news was my source of inspiration. The story of the teenage girl who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for texting encouragement to her boyfriend to commit suicide inspired me to talk to my own teenager about the power of our actions and our words; both spoken and written. We cannot…

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Acceptance is one of the keys to happiness

Change can be a scary thing. Sometimes we fight it because we are afraid. But there is a freedom that comes with surrendering that fear and finding acceptance. And then, most of the time, what we find on the other end is happiness. My message for my classes this past week was just that. I…

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