What is your authentic voice?

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I have a dear friend who was born to be on a grand stage. Her ideas are powerful, her voice mesmerizing, and her intention pure. I have an equally soul & heart wide open friend who has no desire to speak to masses and thrives in intimate connection; one-on-one, eye-to-eye, breath-to-breath. However you perceive your […]

Battle Cry Or Wake Up Call?

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Between the 24-7 news circuit and a tantrum-prone President who verbally drills 100 1-foot wells daily, it’s never been more important to distill to fact.  It’s entertaining to dialog about the partisan political climate that has rendered Washington ineffective on its best day, cringe about the latest lashing tweet from the most powerful leader in […]

It’s Hard To Hate Up Close

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This week, my mom commented that people need to stop claiming ignorance as their reason for inaction when in fact it is stupidity or worse yet, not caring at the root. This was part of a Sunday conversation about the health of our beautiful Mother Earth. Our choices about our behavior are stoked by what […]

The Stickiness of Stress

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Last week, I went off the rails.  My workload has surged in the last few weeks, and I typically use those phases to pause, prioritize & calibrate my time, and work that plan.  My life experience has taught me that I have two options: I can either stress out as a result of commitment load […]

Embodied Creativity

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I sketch a mean stick woman in warrior 2, view the 64 crayon box as my “artist’s kit,” and sing within a single octave with no vocal flexibility.  I can barely coordinate an outfit that doesn’t involve birkenstocks, and my idea of fashion is an ensemble that can be de-layered so I can conveniently roll […]

Who Are You?

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In the complexity of our life, we play so many roles.  We are parent, spouse, sibling, child, friend, professional, donator, leader, neighbor, caretaker, peacemaker, change agent, environment stewart, lover.  We identify with our physicality; gender, race, age, weight.  We are conditioned by our upbringing; nationality, religion, beliefs, socio-economic status. These labels are endless, and we […]

Do You Know The Stockdale Paradox?

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Here’s what dropped into my mind yesterday as I was internally circling the drain (yep…  it happens). “Wake Up.” I wasn’t literally asleep of course, but certainly tossing and turning in spirit.  When we find ourselves lost in our story, trapped by our fears, repeating our old tapes, complaining about the life we’ve created, and […]

Lick your finger & hold it to the wind

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You’ve seen people do this, yes?  They get this curious look in their eye, lick their finger, and solemnly hold it to the wind waiting for feedback.  The feedback they are waiting for comes from the wind itself; a message of strength, direction, & volatility.  And with the information they know something about the present […]

Expanding Boundaries

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Tara Brach writes in her book, Radical Acceptance, “The boundary of our acceptance is the boundary of our freedom.”  I am trying to remember this moment by moment in my own life as I play with my potential of accepting more while I argue with my habit of resisting what violates my sense of right […]