The Gifts of Simple Living

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Simple living gets a bad rap.  It can bring up images of living in a cabin in the woods with one plate, one fork, and having to raise your own food.  Or, a house that is cold, colorless, empty, and devoid of personality.  And, what about those old, worn, and frumpy thrift store clothes you will have to wear?

The truth is living a simple life is not about that at all.   Continue reading

A New Perspective on Stress

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Recently, I presented a program about strategies for dealing with stress to employees at a local insurance office.  One of the things that became clear is that most people think of stress as something big, powerful, and overwhelming, that controls them.

Not true. Continue reading

Be the Change – Live the Change

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Whatever happened to love, honor and respect as ways of being in our world?  Have you noticed that most of our entertainment is based on murder and violence?  Books, movies, TV shows, and even the video games our children grow up with. And then, we act surprised when something bad happens.

It’s time to shift the tide. Continue reading

Living as a Peaceful Warrior

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I recently listened to an interview with Dan Millman who wrote the book, “A Peaceful Warrior”.  He describes a Peaceful Warrior as someone who has a peaceful heart with a warrior spirit.  I like the sound of that and started thinking about what my life would be like if I showed up as a Peaceful Warrior. Continue reading

Healing and Reconnecting with Who You Really Are

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I  recently came across this wonderful quote by Wayne Muller:

“Your challenge is not to keep trying to repair what was damaged, your practice instead is to re-awaken what is already wise, strong, and whole within you, to cultivate those qualities of heart and spirit that are available to you in this very moment.”  Continue reading

LifeQuakes and Earthquakes: Are You Prepared?

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I have to admit that even after living in California my entire life this last earthquake scared me.  It was 5.1 and the epicenter was near my home.  This is the first time I have had to clean up broken glass and things that fell off shelves and I am very grateful that it wasn’t worse.

But, it got me thinking.  We all experience quakes in our lives – being laid off, a shaken marriage, death or illness, and even those smaller aftershocks like an argument or project gone wrong. Continue reading

How to Create Closure and Honor Your Experiences

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The period of completion, rather than being just an act of finality, is also one of transition. When we seek closure, what we really want is an understanding of what has happened and an opportunity to integrate the lessons we have learned. Continue reading

5 Steps for Letting Go of Guilt and Regret

dog wearing not guilty signI haven’t met anyone who doesn’t have some regrets. Many of us spend a lot of time dwelling on them, which is unhealthy and a waste of our present moments.  The past is in the past.  But, if you find yourself getting stuck in those regrets and the guilt that comes with them, there is a way to let them go. Continue reading

The Best Way to Begin Almost Anything

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Anything worth doing deserves a solid foundation that will increase its chances of success.  Sometimes, how you begin something is the most important thing. Here are two steps that will get you off to a great start: Continue reading

Watch Your Language – Your Words are Hypnotizing You

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It has been clear to me for a long time that the words we use impact our feelings and actions.  I write about it, coach it, and practice reframing language in my own life.  But, becoming a Certified Hypnotherapist brought my understanding to a whole new level. Continue reading