Scrap New Year’s Resolutions: Opt for a 40-Day Practice

This new year, dream your dreams, make your plans, then commit to a 40-day (or more) practice and achieve your goals.The 40-day practice is a long spiritual tradition aimed towards creating powerful change and new habits. Yoga practitioners have used this practice to bring about change and transformation, creating 40-day, 120-day and 1000-day practices. Put … Continue reading Scrap New Year’s Resolutions: Opt for a 40-Day Practice

The Most Empowering Advice I can Give You

Yes, that's a long title. But a rant entered my mind this morning. I was in a flow of energy around clients who want to write books. And clients who want to publish books through Author & Beyond publishing coaching in 2019. But they're not getting around to it. Because they are scared or don't … Continue reading The Most Empowering Advice I can Give You

The Squirrelly Nature of Mind

I sat on my front step this morning, preparing for meditation, when I heard a loud noise on the neighbour's fence. I looked over to see a black squirrel chasing a grey one. The grey one scratched down the fence as the black one stood on top. What surprised me was the hare. Sitting at … Continue reading The Squirrelly Nature of Mind

Mind the Garden

Years ago, one of my personal training clients told me about ANT. We were discussing the insects when she said, "Ant stands for A Negative Thought." Well that stuck. Every time I see an ant I remind myself to check my thinking. With the snow finally gone, I've begun planning my garden. As I toured … Continue reading Mind the Garden

What you don’t need

I'm knee-deep in the process of manuscript revision. At first, it seemed impossible to remove 30,000 words from my 120,000-word story. 30,000 words. That's a small book. But I did it. And there's a tipping point. Just like cleaning your closet. The mountain looms large and you trudge hard. But at some point, you reach … Continue reading What you don’t need

Clean up your mess

It's funny how life and writing intersect. I'm in the process of trimming the 110,000 word yoga memoir manuscript down to 80,000 words. It's hard at first... cutting down your writing. It seems like such a monster. Where to start? So you do a few words here and there. Then you leave it. Then a … Continue reading Clean up your mess

The Memory of Food

Today is day ten of our Nourish twenty-one day detox. Last week found me expounding to my weekly meditation circle about supplication of emotions through substance: in this case, food. Today, perched upon my stationary bike reading The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, a moment of clarity arrives. Seemingly disconnected dots (memoir and detox) … Continue reading The Memory of Food

Mastery through Misery

We awaken through suffering. It's true. We also awaken through beauty. But more often suffering. It's our misery and our desire to be free of it, that compels us to seek the deep pool of calm within. We discover inner resources. We develop resilience and depths of compassion and empathy for others in similar situations … Continue reading Mastery through Misery

The best kind of punishment

That was it. The last straw. You know your kids have pushed your final button when you no longer get angry but instead, laughter arises. Not the hanging out with great friends kind of laughter. Not the Melissa McCarthy/Sandra Bullock nose-taping bar scene from The Heat kind of laughter. It's like an unleashing of deep-seated … Continue reading The best kind of punishment

Scrap New Year’s Resolutions: Opt for a 40-Day Practice Instead.

Create your new year. One strand at a time. This new year, dream your dreams, make your plans, then commit to a 40-day (or more) practice.The 40-day practice is an enduring spiritual tradition aimed towards creating powerful change.   Yoga and meditation practitioners have used this method of practice to bring about transformation, focus and … Continue reading Scrap New Year’s Resolutions: Opt for a 40-Day Practice Instead.