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Beware the Anxiety Virus – Tips for the Panicky & Worried Mind

“It is our duty to spread calm & connection rather than infection.” - Dr. Jud Brewer The past few weeks have been an anxious persons’ worst nightmare. Anxiety – similar to the coronavirus - is contagious. Social contagion is happening as we are consuming the 24/7 news cycle & our social media accounts. If we are constantly checking these outlets,...[ read more ]

Letting Go of Gracie

“Whenever there is a meeting, a parting shall follow.” - Happy Mask Salesman My beloved Dog Daughter passed away six months ago. Her passing was both tragic & completely unexpected. Having just come off another meditation retreat, what dormant grief I still had left, came flooding back. Below is the passage taken from my journal - somewhat altered (for reader...[ read more ]

Renunciation – Letting Go in Order to Gain

“When we are ready to let go, we will do so with relief. We will experience renunciation not as a death but as a birth.” - R. Gates The beginning of June I went to Cloud Mountain for my third annual Young Adult retreat. Cloud Mountain feels like a second home. I began coming to this Buddhist center in my...[ read more ]

Short Hair Don’t Care

“The woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” - Coco Chanel I love working on my private practice so much that it can be hard to pull myself away. On days devoted to this labor of love, I want to maximize every minute of that day. Which was why I began to resent the time it...[ read more ]

Ph.D. in Self-Care

“Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side, every day I am more & more on my own side.” – Susan Berry I like to say it takes a whole village to keep me optimized. Which is why it can be hard to put my finger on a specific action...[ read more ]

Be a Warrior, Not a Worrier.

“The best use of imagination is creativity. The worst use of imagination is anxiety.” - Deepak Chopra I remember the exact moment that I became afraid. I had been watching the soap Days of Our Lives with my sister & cousins. There was a character who became possessed by the Devil. I might have been 7 years old. Ever since...[ read more ]

New Baseline

Trade your busy life for a full one. As a recovering perfectionist, I learned early on that I was rewarded when I produced and performed. My propensity to overdo it is incredibly strong. I am so willing to take any scraps thrown my way. When I do this, I am no longer staying true to an intentional simplified life. Time...[ read more ]

Moving the Needle Forward

“Empathy is not only a personal feeling; it can be a potent force for political and social change. And thus the suppression or denial of empathy is a deliberate part of a cynical calculus.” – Dan Rather When I was in the 6th grade I read a poem during my elementary school graduation. This was at a time in my...[ read more ]

Noble Darkness

“Feel the fear & do it anyway.” - Susan Jeffers I went to my first meditation retreat when I was 23 years old. I had been practicing yoga and studying Buddhism the same year and it was my friend Cobi who suggested I do something for and by myself. The meditation retreat was meant to be an immersive experience where...[ read more ]

Seeds of Doubt

“We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.” - Anais Nin In Buddhism, there are the five hindrances most yogis come across in their practice. The five hindrances include greed, aversion, torpor, restlessness, and doubt. I have experienced them all throughout my spiritual journey.             Doubt can be one of the trickiest hindrances to...[ read more ]

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