Tasting Mindfulness

Human Connections: Learning to See and Hear Each Other

Human relationships are the most rewarding and the most challenging experiences that we will ever have. When these relationships are connected and authentic (heart-centered), they help us feel seen, heard, and acknowledged. When these relationships are ego-driven and self-centered, they can lead to feelings of fear, jealousy, hurt, and anger. Despite how important these human

Strengthen Your Heart Connection—”Hello Beautiful!”

It’s estimated that we have approximately 60,000 thoughts a day. Whew! That’s a lot. What’s even more amazing is that, according to research, 75% of these thoughts are negative and 95% are repetitive. We excel at criticism and judgment. And these repetitive, automatic thoughts lead us to believe ideas about ourselves that are less than

Messages From the Heart: Listening to Your Inner Wisdom

January is replete with messages on how to improve yourself with new exercise routines, meditation/yoga courses, and dieting/weight loss advice. Of course, we know from experience and from the data that traditional New Year’s resolutions often last less than the month in which they were made. But year after year people jump on board and

Gift Yourself a Jungle at the Beach: $200 OFF NOW

I recently took a chance. Despite being discouraged by some people, I signed up to teach a yoga retreat at a new location — on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica at the beach!! I listened to my gut, and I was right. It was AMAZING and TRANSFORMATIONAL. So much so that I already signed

Tis the Season to Be More Loving

Here is one version of the season: Tis the season to buy stuff during Black Friday and Cyber Monday (thank goodness that’s over!), the season to go to parties and eat and drink too much, the season to then worry about how much you ate and drank and feel bad about it, the season to

Invitation to Gratitude – Are You Ready to Change Your Life?

Every morning when I wake up, my mind does not start with thoughts of gratitude. If you’re anything like me, your mind starts thinking about what went wrong yesterday, what could go wrong today, and what might go wrong tomorrow. This is not a great way to start the day. What I have learned from

Adapting to Autumn: Three Transformational Practices for the Season

Among the ancient healing modalities found in Energy Medicine, the theories and practices of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are front and center. As a psychologist, it is the study of the Five Elements from TCM which I have found most fascinating. While I learned many theories of personality in my psychology training, I have learned

The Wisdom in Balance: Contracting and Expanding

NOTE TO START: This will be the beginning of a new era of writing which will focus on my two current areas of interest — Yoga and Energy Medicine. I have been teaching yoga in the Kripalu tradition for 25 years and, for the past three years, I have been teaching an Energy Medicine Yoga

“Hassle” or “Opportunity”? Ways to Look at Life

Early Monday morning I gazed at the garage and knew it was time to clean out the recycling that had piled up over the past few weeks. There is only so much clutter I can stand before it starts to drive me crazy. And, since we don’t have pick-up by the city anymore, you need

Taking It Off The Mat: Yoga For Your Life

I’m in the middle of teaching the 21-Day Summer Sunrise Yoga series. Every two days I teach one of the Yamas or Niyamas (basically the yogic directions on how to live your life found in Limbs One and Two of the Eight Limbed Path of Yoga). Each Yama and Niyama have an associated mudra (hand