February 14, 2018
What do you do when you're really up against a challenge?
Do you give up, thinking it's too hard for you to solve? Or is your mindset that you just haven't solved it "yet"?
Click here to watch this TED talk by Carol Dweck where she talks about the power of believing, establishing a growth mindset, and how we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems.
January 09, 2018
Maria Shriver shares her intention for the year – to lead from a place of love – and why it's her toughest intention yet.
How this year she plans to show up with love – even for the people who can be tough to love: like people who don’t show us love, the people we don’t care about, and the people who push our buttons.
How she aspires to show love and compassion for the world, versus fire and fury.
I love her words of wisdom to her children (and herself):
- Judgments are never loving
- Gossip is destructive
- Shaming helps no one
- And fighting for a better future benefits all of us
Click here to read more and be inspired by Maria Shriver’s words of wisdom for 2018.
January 06, 2018
An old Zen story goes like this: An old Chinese farmer had a mare that broke through the fence and ran away. When his neighbors learned of it, they came to the farmer and said, "What bad luck this is. You don't have a horse during planting season." The farmer listened and then replied, "Bad luck, good luck. Who knows?"
A few days later, the mare returned with two stallions. When the neighbors learned of it, they visited the farmer. "You are now a rich man. What good fortune this is," they said. The farmer listened and again replied, "Good fortune, bad fortune. Who knows?"
January 06, 2018
her gaze is so constant,
our every move
with such affection,
a ceaseless vigil
unrelenting in her
There is endless room in
the heart of this lover,
infinite space for whatever
foolishness we may
toss her way.
January 03, 2018
Wishing you a joyful, meaningful, healthy, and prosperous 2018! Click here to read The New York Times article: The Only Way to Keep Your Resolution and learn about how compassion and gratitude are more important emotions than self-control in keeping our New Year's resolutions.
December 18, 2017
What is the body scan? A deep investigation into the moment-to-moment experiences of the body. By bringing awareness and acknowledgement to whatever you feel or sense in the body, the body scan can be very helpful in working with stress, anxiety, and physical pain.
Body Scan Recommendations (FYI, Insight Timer is a free meditation app)
- Elisha Goldstein (30 minutes) or see on Insight Timer meditation app or click here
- Longer vision (45 minutes) by Jon Kabat-Zinn on youtube or click here
- Shorter version (20 minutes) by Elisha Goldstein – see on Insight Timer meditation app or click here
- Even shorter version (10 minutes) by Elisha Goldstein on youtube or click here
- For more information about the body scan, click here
December 17, 2017
The birds, they sang
At the break of day
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
Has passed away
Or what is yet to be
Ah, the wars
They will be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
Bought and sold
And bought again
The dove is never free
December 14, 2017
1). Practice makes perfect. The key to doing something well is doing it often through practice – and public speaking is not an exception. Rehearse your presentation until you are comfortable with the actual words, then try practice it with a real or stand-in microphone to get a feel for it. If possible, record yourself so that you can hear your pacing, pauses, voice clarity, and overall volume.
2). Slow it down. Instead of talking at your audience, try to pace yourself so that it is more like a conversation. Speaking too slowly will put your audience to sleep, while talking too quickly will make it seem like you are trying to get the speech over with as soon as possible. Instead, researchers say to aim for approximately 190 words per minute as a confident pace.
3). Don’t phrase statements as questions. When you ask a question, you are inherently saying that you are missing information or want approval, which makes you sound vulnerable. Instead, project your statements with confidence by maintaining an even tone while speaking and do not let your voice get higher towards the end of a sentence.