The Joy in Letting Go

There is a lot of uncertainty and change out there right now. We as human beings crave predictability, but the only constant source of stability we can count on and cultivate is within. Now is the time to strengthen our wisdom, ignite our inner fire, and be the calm within the storm for ourselves and for each other.
I often ask my students, “What are you really hungry for now?” They don’t say French fries or more clothes. These are the common responses:

  • I want peace.
  • I want more time.
  • I want to feel more connected, and be able to stay in the present moment more often when I’m spending time with those in my life.

Seem like a tall order? Not necessarily. In fact, we can reach some of these goals by simplifying our approach to everyday activities and encounters. One practice that brings us closer to strengthening our inner stability is letting go.… READ MORE...

How to sing from your heart

This week in the Flourish program that I teach in worksites and academic settings, I was teaching on the topic of Be True to You. Meditation fosters the ability to listen to what we like, what we don’t like, and what makes us feel alive and joyful.

What I find gets in the way of tapping into our inner truth and wisdom and thus experiencing more joy and power in our lives is all about permission. We don’t give ourselves permission to want what we want, to say what we feel, and in the process we are looking for others to give us permission.

What if no one gives you permission to be silly, to be loud, to be assertive, to be sensual, to lead? Then you live a less empowered life and the world misses out on your light and gifts. Oh NO! 🙁

I want to inspire you to give yourself permission to find your joy and to own all of YOU right NOW.… READ MORE...

Got Bodhicitta?

I hope you are well. I returned from a week silent meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, which has been my spiritual home for over 10 years. The focus of this meditation retreat was on the topic of Bodhicitta. One of the teachers, who was leading this retreat was my first dharma teacher, James Baraz whom you have heard me speak of and who is also one of the expert speakers in my Mindfully Nourished course. James is a wise & joyful soul who has been meditating and teaching meditation for over 30 years. We have been very close for over a decade and it was very sweet to sit with him this week.

What is Bodhicitta? It is the cultivation of aligning the mind and heart.

Take your hand out in front of you.
Turn your hand so that your palm is away from you. Look at the fingers.… READ MORE...