Category: Relationships

How to Keep a Peaceful Mind in Your Daily Life

I created an infographic (download here) to help me remember Yoga Sutra 1.33, which, even if you don’t know (or don’t care) anything about yoga, can be very useful in maintaining your equanimity in the face of daily life. Here’s a short video that describes how to use it. The analogy is originally described in…
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The 2nd Annual Self-Care Challenge is On!

One thing I often observe in my clients, my friends, and in myself is a lack of self-love. This lack of self-love takes many forms: We don’t ask for what we need. We don’t set effective boundaries. We don’t feel we look the right way, so we don’t want to interact with partners (potential or actual)…
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What Does the Trend of “Flaking” Show Us?

By “flaking” I primarily mean: “to bail out of something at the last minute”. I’ve noticed this happening a lot lately: whether it’s a service provider, a networking acquaintance, a friend, or a client, people seem to be dropping off and out of commitments left and right, and at the very last minute. I’ve considered…
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Modeling the Way for Your Employees, Bosses, & Clients

A few years back I worked for a high-tech company, and one of the very common phrases you’d hear is “model the way”. This meant more than “lead by example”; it meant that people who worked there–at all levels of the organization–should exemplify the core values (i.e. the “way”) in their words and deeds. First…
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A Challenge for You: the Meaning of Valentine’s Day

On January 28, 2017 I conducted what was admittedly a very informal survey on my Facebook page. I asked my friends to tell me which answer most closely aligned with their views about Valentine’s Day. 33 people responded(1), and here’s the breakdown of what they said(2)(3). You may be wondering why I asked this question…
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Paying Close Attention to Communication: A Tried & True Way

Whether I’m teaching a yoga class or coaching someone about their eating concerns, what I’m really doing is teaching people to pay attention. This is a simple instruction but it’s not an easy one; it requires us to slow down, and to do some self-reflection too. It’s not generally in-line or easy to do in…
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What Getting Hit over the Head by the Universe Looks Like

Please Universe, just smack me! I have a friend who is often frustrated by the lack of clarity and specifics she receives in messages from the Universe. She’s not joking when she says, “I can’t understand what I’m supposed to do. I wish the Universe would realize this and just smack me upside the head…
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Outsiders & hidden connections

I’ve had a few discussions with friends recently about feeling alone, or out of place.  It seems to me this loneliness has a few different manifestations: feeling outside the outgoing, materialistic, ego-driven, cultural norms of our society anxiety or low self-esteem that presents itself most strongly in social situations a sense that one’s geographical location…
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Musings on a Wednesday summer afternoon

This afternoon I had the pleasure of teaching yoga to 16 young employees of a local company. I had been there before, about a year ago, and it was nice to see some familiar faces. Although they were in a single line, mat-to-mat in a computer room lined with workstations (and a guy working the…
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Between a rock and a hard place, socially

One of the wonderful things about working as a coach is that I get to know people on a deeper level. I get to see a side of them they wouldn’t necessarily show to the world. It’s a beautiful and challenging privilege, although not challenging in the way you might expect. When I worked as…
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