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 […]

Slough off the Should

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So often, we are asked “how many times a week should I practice?” These SHOULD questions are always looking for what’s RIGHT and for some reason, that little SH**** word gives rise to guilt and self-admonishment when we miss the mark of RIGHT. Here’s how I think about it…. What are your practices of self […]

Have you placed yourself below the fold?

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I have heart-felt intentions of carving out time for all that I know will serve me. Meditation, self-care rituals, time with family and friends, retreats that give me a prolonged pause. And yet, we all experience that true shifts in patterns are so much harder than they appear. We have story around “not enough” (time, […]

Feel The Flow

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I hiked a trail that paralleled a stream today.  There’s something magical about watching moving water; the perfect balance of forward energy and effortless being.  The water doesn’t “try” to flow, push through fatigue, or make a plan to veer left at the large rock blocking its path.  It just does what it does because […]

Social Justice

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This morning, I attended Mindful Mornings in Asheville, a monthly gathering designed to create a meaningful conversation around lasting impact.  My dear friend, Micah & her partner in vision, Ali, organize, curate, and facilitate this opportunity from a place of service, and I am grateful. Today’s topic was social justice.  The speaker has dedicated his […]

The Long View

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Stars Wrapped in Skin

The long view is our vision for our life. It answers the questions: – What do I most want to experience and do while on this journey? – What impact do I feel most inspired and called to make? – If I could look back on my life in my final breaths, what do I […]