Mind-Body-Spirit

I Am Open

About ten years ago I spent my first 24 hours in silence at a retreat. At first, I struggled, lonely and bored, my mind racing.

As the day wore on, my senses kept opening up. We were directed to find a spot in nature and sit there, as still as we could be. Suddenly, it was as if all of nature conspired to show me that it was a miracle. A tiny sweat bee came and sat next to me, perched on my flip flop that sat on the dock next to me, for the whole several hours I remained […]

The Paradox of Hope

According to Merriam Webster, the verb “hope” means: to cherish a desire with anticipation. The noun is: the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it could happen; a feeling that something good will happen or be true.

Two teachers of mine, both of whom I respect deeply, make different distinctions about hope.  Lucid Living (a powerful collaboration between Leza Danly and Jeanine Mancusi), describes hope as a beautiful, expansive, feminine energy, “a genuine expectation of a positive future.” I love this defining of hope as an uplifting conduit of possibility, vulnerable in its wanting and confident in […]

Letting Yourself Off the Hook

One of the universal aspects of the human psyche is the internal voice known as the Inner Critic, the Saboteur, or the Gremlin.
This voice feels at times like it is speaking the Whole Truth about us, but actually it is one very narrow, critical perspective that is usually born out of our childhood experiences (thanks, Mom and Dad), even the happy ones.

The Inner Critic’s role is to keep us safe, and it takes this role seriously. 

It operates from a place of fear, is overly careful, and is often downright cruel.  It says things like:

“You sound so stupid/You’re an […]

Daylight Savings Ends: Making Peace with the Darkness

The sun-starved days of November and December are mentally and emotionally draining for many of us. After the short-lived initial elation of gaining an hour of sleep wears off, you may feel lethargic, grouchy, sad, or unmotivated. If you are a nine-to-fiver, you commute to work in the dark and emerge from your energy-saving-flourescent, often windowless office into the icy twilight. Here are some tips to stave off the winter blues and celebrate this time:

1) Eat Right, Feel Light: As tempting as it is to attempt to boost serotonin and other neurochemicals by gorging on chocolate, bread, french fries, […]