Give the Gift of Kindness

“Kindness is like snow—it beautifies everything it covers.” – Kahil Gibran

Let the joy, compassion and kindness of the gift-giving season begin.

After almost a year of political incivility, I feel as though my body and soul need a reminder that human beings are also compassionate and kind. While the media aggrandizes and normalizes aggressive behavior, it is easy for compassion and cooperation to go underground or be viewed as weak. During this festive season of Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa, I encourage you to allow compassion and kindness to lead the way. Read more »

The Three Faces of Forgiveness

A favorite quote in A Course in Miracles:
“The holiest of all the spots on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love.”

When we allow a past disappointment or betrayal to linger in our minds and bodies, we pay a price. Anger, guilt, hatred, resentment, bitterness, and despair can lead to disruptive relationships, emotional illness, physical disease and less enjoyment in life. When someone says, “I cannot forgive this person” or “I cannot forgive myself,” s/he prevents the possibility of grace entering the “wound” and healing it with divine Love. Read more »

Walk in Your Own Shoes

Time for you to walk out, walk in your own shoes,
lay down your footprints wherever you choose.
– Sarah McLachlan

While speaking with a health care provider recently, I said these words: “I feel as though I am walking in my own shoes.” In that moment, a stillness filled my body as I allowed this truth to resonate with me. I could see how after more than 40 years of self-discovery, my life reflected ME—what is important at the core of my being. In that moment, life felt sacred and I felt exhilarated. I wondered how many people truly enjoy lives that reflect their own agenda, not an agenda set in motion by an external someone or something. Read more »

Your Intentions Matter in Developing Conflict Free Conversations

Have you noticed that your words and actions get misinterpreted by others and do not bring you the outcomes you want? Words and actions can be easily misunderstood. When that happens, I suggest you look at your intentions and attitude. When they are positive and constructive, your interactions will have less conflict and your relationships will be more fun and rewarding. Read more »

The Mind-Body-Soul Connection: What Is Your Symptom Trying to Tell You?

 “The human body is the best picture of the human soul.”
— Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher.

As I listen to people struggling with their illnesses or physical discomforts, I continue to be amazed that most do not make the connection between how they live their lives and their physical health. It seems so obvious to me that dealing with a physical ailment is a great opportunity for self-reflection and life-affirming changes. Read more »

Become Unstoppable: Resilience Leads the Way

The recent mass killing in Orlando made me pause and reflect. I felt sad and sent love and prayers to the victims and their loved ones. I felt angry that assault weapons are on our streets and can fall into the hands of destructive zealots and mentally ill people. I felt anxious for the future safety of my loved ones and other innocent people. For a brief time I thought about how fragile life can be and how it could affect me. I quickly turned my attention to the global outpouring of love to the victims of this tragedy and my own resolve to focus on the positive. Read more »