Blog Archive 2015

Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing!
December 25, 2015
Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing!When we choose to look at everything through the lens of gratitude, our perspective is always rose-colored by appreciation. I first became acquainted with the idea of a gratitude practice in 1995 through Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book Simple Abundance. The book’s core concept was to begin and end each day by naming at least five things for which I was grateful...click here to read more

Family Holiday Gatherings: How to Thrive, Not Just Survive
December 18, 2015
Family Holiday Gatherings: How to Thrive, Not Just SurviveRelationships are the doctoral program of life lessons. And nowhere is that more apparent than at the annual family holiday gathering (also known as the dreaded yearly oral exam). Let’s face it, spending time with family can be tricky any time of year, but there’s something about the pressure of the holidays that can bring out the absolute worst in even the most loving tribe. Click here to read more

 

Grief Takes No Holidays
December 11, 2015
Grief Takes No HolidaysFor those experiencing sorrow—whether through death, separation, divorce, illness, job loss or relocation—the glittering commercialism and unrelenting cheer of the holiday season can be stressful. Facing any holiday or special occasion with an empty chair at the table can make unbearable grief so much worse, says Karen Silbert, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles...click here to read more

The Holidays: Here They Come, Ready or NOT!
December 4, 2015
The Holidays: Here They Come, Ready or NOT!Somewhere around September when the weather changes, the kids go back to school and the leaves begin to wither, it starts. By Halloween it’s gathering momentum and by Thanksgiving, it has us in a full-body press. “It” is The Holidays, and whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or simply “the season,” what everybody has in common during the last quarter of the year is stress. Click here to read more

The Secret to Finding Comfort in a World Where Uncomfortable Things Happen
November 27, 2015
The secret to finding comfort in a world where uncomfortable things happenEmbrace love to strengthen acceptance, reveal possibilities and increase joy. For more details, click the links below to listen to my most recent conversation with author Betsy Otter Thompson concerning the principles she shares in her book, Love Human. And as a bonus, I’ve also included links to the recording of Betsy’s 2013 guest appearance on my radio show during...click here to read more

 

Who's Minding the Store?
November 20, 2015
Who’s Minding the Store?When I returned home, I immediately recognized my old dysfunctional coping mechanism and tried to process it with non-judgmental respect, curiosity and compassion rather than self-loathing and shame. Unfortunately, when the original frustration and sadness persisted, I added insult to injury by gorging on popcorn and animal crackers while watching TV in a state of utter exhaustion based in...click here to read more

Give the Gift of Love, Hope, Possibilities and Empowerment This Holiday Season
November 13, 2015
Give the Gift of Love, Hope, Possibilities and Empowerment This Holiday SeasonAs a coach, author, speaker, singer, artist, consultant, radio host, Reiki Master and EFT/tapping practitioner, I share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! Click here to read more

The Essence of Being C-O-N-F-I-D-E-N-T
November 6, 2015
The Essence of Being C-O-N-F-I-D-E-N-TSelf-confidence comes from recognizing and appreciating your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual talents, skills and abilities. Self-confidence is fueled by a healthy sense of self-esteem grounded in awareness of and unconditional love for every aspect of yourself. Click here to read more

Owning Your Success
October 30, 2015
Owning Your SuccessWhen things don’t go as you expect—the economy takes a dip, it rains on your wedding day or you run out of time to apply for a grant—you can invest your energy in making excuses, blaming others or beating up on yourself. Or you can choose the path of genuine self-responsibility coupled with non-judgmental curiosity and tap into the opportunity mother-load. Click here to read more

Oprah and Deepak FREE “Become What You Believe” Online Meditation Program Launching 11/2/15."
October 23, 2015
Oprah and Deepak FREE “Become What You Believe” Online Meditation Program Launching 11/2/15A well-known Teacher once said,“I have so much to do today—if I hope to accomplish everything on my list I must meditate twice as long.” Most of us are more likely to say, “I have so much to do today, there’s no way I have time for meditation or anything else!” I used to say that myself until I figured out...click here to read more

The Double Blessing of Failing
October 16, 2015
The Double Blessing of FailingWith a common definition of “not succeeding,” it’s no wonder failing gets a bad rap. However, if you look farther down the list of definitions, in most dictionaries you’ll find an alternative meaning that I consider more accurate and constructive:FAILING=”not meeting expectations.” Failing is not BAD. Some of my greatest learning experiences have come from what looked like my greatest fiascos. Sometimes, years...click here to read more

 

Relationships: The Doctoral Program of Life Lessons
October 9, 2015
Relationships: The Doctoral Program of Life LessonsLast Monday, I so resonated to Mike Dooley’s daily “Notes From the Universe,” I postponed the blog post I had prepared for today, to share this one instead. To set the stage for today’s insights, here’s the note I received from Mike, verbatim: “It isn’t easy at first, but one of the greatest gifts you could ever give someone who makes your heart soar is the freedom to learn their...click the pic for more

Spice Up Your Life
October 2, 2015
Spice Up Your LifeIf your life is feeling a little flat, START SOMETHING NEW. Plant a seed, start a blog, take up yoga, adopt a cat or rescue a dog. Start learning a new language, taking voice lessons, practicing karate or playing a musical instrument. Explore your bucket list and identify a “someday maybe” possibility that you could begin turning into a “right now” reality. Click here to read more

 

The Lesson of Baby Steps
September 25, 2015
The Lesson of Baby StepsWhen we use the term baby steps, we often do so with an inherent judgment, as though someone taking baby steps forward is not to be taken seriously. Imagine a news story that describes one politician’s plan as making “great strides” while another’s represents only “baby steps.” Our inner judge might well interpret that to mean that the second politician is perhaps too cautious and uncertain while the first is confident...click here to read more

Enjoying Your Success?
September 18, 2015
Enjoying Your Success?A common belief is that success will increase your sense of confidence, security, freedom and happiness. Having a big bank account is often considered synonymous with success and key to reaping its rewards. But with life’s uncertainties and the prevalence of reversal of fortune due to catastrophic illness, disaster and loss, it sometimes feels like there’s never going to be enough money. Even among those who have...click here to read more

How to Get Stuff Done
September 11, 2015
How to Get Stuff DoneThere’s a lot of talk these days about manifestation. One perspective claims that if you focus hard enough on what you want, it will “magically” appear without any further effort on your part. While knowing what you want is an important first step, it’s just the beginning. Click here to read more

 

The Wonderful World of 'What If'
September 4, 2015
The Wonderful World of What IfQuestions are powerful tools for turning unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and stepping into your greatness! Here are 10 questions to prime your possibilities pump: What would you do with your life if you didn’t think you were too young (or old) to succeed? Click here to read more

The Key to Contentment
August 28, 2015
The Key to ContentmentIn his day, JD Rockefeller was one of the wealthiest men on the planet. At the height of his success he was asked, “How much money is enough?” to which he replied with a cunning smile, “Just a little more.” You’ve probably known people like that. No matter how much they have, they always want MORE. A faster car, a bigger home, a better job, a younger wife, a richer husband. No matter how much they have, it’s never...click here to read more

 

Let Your Light Shine
August 21, 2015
Let Your Light ShinePeople like the Wright Brothers, Nikola Tesla and Oprah Winfrey have shown us that humans can fly, transmit electricity wirelessly and inspire millions across the planet. You were born with limitless potential. You are powerful beyond your wildest dreams. Click here to read more

Why Waste Your Life in Anger?
August 14, 2015
Why Waste Your Life in Anger?Given that each of us has a limited number of minutes to live in this particular lifetime on this particular planet, renowned poet, Mary Oliver, asks in her poem “The Summer Day,” “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” You can CHOOSE to live your life angry and at odds with the world around you OR you can CHOOSE to be optimistic and at peace—whatever your circumstances. Click here to read more

Wherever You Go, There You Are…AGAIN!
August 7, 2015
Wherever You Go, There You Are…AGAIN!It would be downright funny (if I weren’t in so much pain), that I received this week’s particular refresher life lesson on the heels of last week’s blog post “Your Quality of Life Is in Your Hands.” Here’s the back story (pun intended). My husband has been going through multiple months of health challenges, including two emergency surgical procedures, the most recent of which occurred 10 days ago. It has...click here to read more

Your Quality of Life is in Your Hands
July 31, 2015
Your Quality of Life Is in Your Hands
While you may not know exactly how long you’ll live, there’s much you can do to optimize the quality of your life, whatever its length. Abraham Lincoln wisely advised, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Not taking care of ourselves demonstrates the greatest disrespect for the gift of life. If we value the opportunity we’ve been given to be spiritual...click here to read more

The Essence of Reiki Part 10 of 10: Reiki Training Programs
July 24, 2015
The Essence of Reiki Part 10 of 10: Reiki Training ProgramsI offer training classes for all levels of Usui/Holy Fire Reiki®: Introduction First and Second Degree Combined Advanced and Master Teacher Combined Karuna® Master Teacher. Click here to read more

The Essence of Reiki Part 9 of 10: Reiki Treatments
July 17, 2015
The Essence of Reiki Part 9 of 10: Reiki TreatmentsI offer a variety of Reiki-based healing treatments both in person—at my home or yours—and at a distance. I also facilitate group Reiki meditation sessions which are open to the public and group Reiki share programs for Reiki practitioners. Click here to read more

The Essence of Reiki Part 8 of 10: Reiki and Religion
July 10, 2015
The Essence of Reiki Part 8 of 10: Reiki and ReligionWhile the focus of Reiki is spiritual, it is not a religion. The practice of Reiki is in harmony with any religious tradition or spiritual practice which recognizes a Universal Source or Higher Power (by whatever name) and promotes unconditional love, respect and compassion. Indeed, many religions around the world embrace some form of Reiki as a respected component of their healing practice. Click here to read more

The Essence of Reiki Part 7 of 10: Walking the Reiki Path
July 3, 2015
The Essence of Reiki Part 7 of 10: Walking the Reiki PathThough as a Master Teacher, I offer Reiki meditation programs, treatment sessions and classes that train and attune others in the practice of Reiki, my primary focus is “walking the Reiki path.” It is eclectic, intuitive and trans-denominational. As such, my role and responsibility is to keep myself free of fear as a clear channel for Divine love and light. In that sacred space, I always...click here to read more

The Essence of Reiki Part 6 of 10: The Magic of Reiki
June 26, 2015
The Essence of Reiki Part 6 of 10: The Magic of ReikiWhile I hold great respect and gratitude for the Reiki tradition and symbols, for me, the “magic” doesn’t reside in either. The ability to facilitate physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing resides within each of us from birth. Invoking the Reiki symbols reminds us to employ the full range of abilities that dwells within each of us 24-7: love, respect, compassion, power...click here to read more

The Essence of Reiki Part 5 of 10: How Reiki Heals
June 19, 2015
The Essence of Reiki Part 5 of 10: How Reiki HealsReiki helps your body “remember” and return to its balanced state. By identifying and removing stress- and toxin-induced energy blocks, Reiki treatment helps you realign your energy and restore your sense of wellbeing. Reiki Masters do not “heal” others. They help others heal themselves by establishing an energetic environment in which understanding, balance and harmony can be restored. Click here to read more

 

The Essence of Reiki Part 4 of 10: The Stress Response
June 12, 2015
The Essence of Reiki Part 4 of 10: The Stress ResponseThe Stress Response Our bodies comprise physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic elements. A system of 12 energy meridians functions as an energy super transit system connecting every cell, tissue, organ and function. Seven chakras, or energy substations, empower our thoughts, feelings and actions by regulating optimal flow of Life Force energy through our physical...click here to read more

The Essence of Reiki Part 3 of 10: The Role of Energy
June 5, 2015
The Essence of Reiki Part 3 of 10: The Role of EnergyPeople who practice any form of prayer or meditation attest to the subtle energy they feel flowing through them. Ancient wisdom traditions speak of this Life Force (often called Chi or Ki) as that which flows through and energizes every aspect of existence. Many scientists recognize that this energetic force as both tangible and powerful. When people demonstrate skepticism about...click here to read more.

The Essence of Reiki Part 2 of 10: Master Teacher Accreditation
May 29, 2015
The Essence of Reiki Part 2 of 10: Master Teacher AccreditationA professional Reiki Master Teacher is one who has substantial experience and has received training and attunements through a licensed Reiki Master Teacher. As a Professional Member of the Reiki Membership Association of the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT), my Usui/Holy Fire Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher credential was acquired through ICRT Licensed Master Teacher...click here to read more

The Essence of Reiki Part 1 of 10: Reiki Fundamentals
May 22, 2015
The Essence of Reiki Part 1 of 10: Reiki FundamentalsI’m pleased to announce the launch of the new Reiki portal on my coaching website. I’ve been a Reiki practitioner since 2011 and a Karuna Reiki Master Teacher since 2012. In May 2015, I recertified at all Reiki levels from First Degree through Usui Master Teacher in the new Holy Fire® energy signature introduced by the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT). This September, I will...click here to read more

 

Even Empowerment Coaches Get the Blues
May 15, 2015
Even Empowerment Coaches Get the BluesSometimes despite all the empowerment principles, tools and techniques I teach and know so well, I can become anxious, frustrated, discouraged or overwhelmed. While I may choose to feel like a victim of circumstances for a time, eventually when I’ve had enough of flopping about in the mud of misery, I remember that I always choose my response to whatever life sends me. When I choose fear, I imprison myself. Click here to read more

 

Quit Yer Lollygagging
May 8, 2015
Quit Yer LollygaggingOpportunity knocks on your door every day. If you take too long to answer the door, Opportunity, like any visitor, will move on to a more hospitable host. Everything in life has a natural rhythm—from the timing of good comedy to the sleep cycles of a healthy body. This rhythm is everywhere and in everything. When you’re relaxed, engaged and in step with it, you find yourself living in what I call “flow.” Click here to read more

Unlimited Mulligans
May 1, 2015
Unlimited MulligansAccording to Wikipedia, “A Mulligan is a second chance to perform an action, usually after the first chance went wrong through bad luck or a blunder. Its best-known meaning is in golf whereby a player is informally allowed to replay a stroke (though this is against the formal rules of golf).” Contrarian that I am, my favorite form of golf—the one through which I’ve learned the most and had the most fun— is what I call “Unlimited Mulligans.” Click here to read more

 

Taking it One Step at a Time
April 24, 2015
Taking it One Step at a TimeHave you ever known exactly where you wanted to go, but hesitated because you didn’t know exactly how to get there? That hesitation is both common and human. Before fully committing, we like to know what’s in store and whether the risks will outweigh the rewards. Nature built that self-preservation instinct into us for survival of the species. When it takes over—running rampant in your life—fear of the UNKNOWN...click here to read more

Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan
April 17, 2015
Plan Your Work, Work Your PlanYour ideal life includes big dreams based on audacious goals that will yield huge rewards—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Here’s how to maximize the probability that you will enjoy success beyond even your wildest dreams as you baby step your way to greatness. Click here to read more

Dancing in the Moment
April 10, 2015
Dancing in the MomentThroughout your life, you will encounter what you perceive as opposition and obstruction. You wanted to leave for your vacation early in the morning before traffic gets heavy, but when you awoke you realized you forgot to pay the bills that come due while you’re away. Or you wanted to arrive early to the office so you’ll have time to finish your slides for an important presentation that morning, only to get stuck behind...click here to read more

The Power of Curiosity and the Joy of Cocreation
April 3, 2015
The Power of Curiosity and the Joy of CocreationIf you’re like many, you spend a lot of time making plans and trying to control the world around you. You know how you want your life to look and you apply considerable force trying to make it happen. While taking charge, making a plan and showing initiative are valuable attributes for living a responsible...click here to read more

 

Step Boldly in the Direction of Your Dreams
March 27, 2015
Step Boldly in the Direction of Your DreamsPerfectionism is the single greatest cause of procrastination. Despite the desire for everything to be awesome, what perfectionism most often produces is a stack of discouraging, unfinished, “someday maybe” possibilities. If you keep waiting until everything is perfect, you may never start (which, to my way of thinking, is the antithesis of perfection). Click here to read more

 

Burning Your Ships!
March 20, 2015
Burning Your Ships!Many years ago, seafaring Viking explorers had an inspired practice. When they arrived on the shores of a new land, they would unload all of their supplies and then burn their ships. That way, they had no option other than to move forward into the great unknown, meet their new life head on and embrace it fully. Click here to read more

FREE COACHING OPPORTUNITY MARCH 15-APRIL 3, 2015: How Life Coaching Changes Lives
March 13, 2015
FREE COACHING OPPORTUNITY MARCH 15-APRIL 3, 2015: How Life Coaching Changes LivesIf you’re ready to take your life to the next level —then this FREE telesummit is for you. As a member of the Board of Advisors for the International Association of Professional Life Coaches™ (IAPLC), I’m excited to share an upcoming opportunity for FREE coaching—this year’s IAPLC annual summit. The theme for 2015 is “How Life Coaching Changes Lives” 3/15-4/3. Click here to read more

 

Oprah and Deepak FREE 'Manifesting True Success' Online Meditation Program Launching 3/16/15
March 6, 2015
Oprah and Deepak FREE “Manifesting True Success” Online Meditation Program Launching 3/16/15A well-known Teacher once said, “I have so much to do today—if I hope to accomplish everything on my list, I must meditate twice as long.” Most of us are more likely to say, “I have so much to do today, there’s no way I have time for meditation or anything else!” I used to say that myself until...click here to read more

 

Give Your Gifts to the Fullest
February 27, 2015
Give Your Gifts to the FullestYou were born with a unique combination of gifts that nobody else possesses. When you choose to use those gifts for the betterment of everyone around you, you optimize your own sense of fulfillment and enhance the energetic frequency of every being and situation you encounter just by freely expressing your authentic self. Give Your Gifts to the Fullest Looking to increase your sense of joy...click here to read more

Lasting Happiness Springs From Within
February 20, 2015
Lasting Happiness Springs From WithinHave you ever found yourself over indulging or over working in the hopes of making yourself feel better? Did either work for very long? Did each sometimes make things worse? Lasting happiness is a byproduct of a deep sense of equanimity and joy that originates within. Relying on stuff, external circumstances or third-party approval for sustainable happiness is a slippery slope, bound to disappoint. Click here to read more

 

Living in the Realm of Infinite Possibilities
February 13, 2015
Living in the Realm of Infinite PossibilitiesHave you ever noticed that when you’re worried about something, all you can think about is your problem? Then sometimes, out of the blue, someone comes in with a fresh perspective, and your supposedly UNSOLVABLE problem suddenly has DOZENS of potential solutions? You can be one of those “fresh perspective” people. In each moment, you create the kind of world you want to live in by...click here to read more

 

When Life Hands You Lemons
February 6, 2015
When Life Hands You LemonsAt 18 years old, Bob Cox was a young, promising hockey player. He worked hard, practiced often and had dreams of one day playing hockey professionally.Then one day while riding his motorcycle, he lost control and took a nasty spill. During the accident, his left arm was severed from his body just below the shoulder. When Bob awoke in the hospital, the doctors told him that the damage was too extensive...click here to read more

It's Never Too Late To Turn It All Around
January 30, 2015
It's Never Too Late To Turn It All AroundThere’s an old myth that holds a lot of people back. That myth is that if you don’t start off on the right foot, you are doomed for failure. While starting on the right foot can be helpful, it is certainly not the only determining factor for success. In fact, it is not even the most important factor. Far more important than how you start is how you finish. Click here to read more

 

Advancing Your Authentic Agenda
January 23, 2015
Advancing Your Authentic AgendaEver invest an entire day (week, month or year) answering emails, reading reports and fielding phone calls only to end up feeling you didn’t really accomplish anything. To make progress on the things that really matter to you—and not just spend all your time managing mindless minutia—you must be clear about your goals, skilled at prioritizing the related tasks and rigorous about minimizing the many...click here to read more

The Illusion of Failure
January 16, 2015
The Illusion of FailureHave you ever tried something and felt you failed? We all have. The more important question is “How did your response to that valiant attempt and perceived failure help you become wiser and stronger?” When baby chicks are hatching from their eggs, they almost never break the shell on their first tap. They must peck over and over again to get the first crack and then continue until the shell falls away. If chicks never....click here to read more 

Follow Your Heart and Keep Going
January 9, 2015
Follow Your Heart and Keep GoingWhen you think of courage, what images come to mind? For many people, it’s a fireman running into a burning building, a soldier storming into battle, or a mother protecting her children from imminent danger. While these are indeed all examples of courage, they represent only a small percentage of the courageous acts shown by countless people every day. Click here to read more

Expanding Your Horizons
January 2, 2015
Expanding Your HorizonsA man was teaching his young son how to ride a bike, and inevitably, his son fell many times. Each time the boy fell down, his dad would tell him, “You’re getting so good!” After a while, frustrated, near tears and lying on the pavement, the young boy asked his father, “Why do you keep saying that? I’m falling down over and over!” The man replied, “Yes son, that is exactly how you get good. You are learning...click here to read more 
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