Make it a Great Day. Or Not. The Choice is Yours.

Make it a Great Day. Or Not. The Choice is Yours.

Do the good thing. Say the kind words. Even when you’re having a bad day. You might never know how your generosity impacts others. But, as soon as you choose to make someone else’s day a great one, you will realize that your day just got a little better, too.

Replacing Reactions with Responses Requires Practice

Replacing (Crazy) Reactions with Responses Requires Practice

We all find ourselves in situations (sometimes over and over again) where our reactions are way out of proportion with reality. As crazy as it might seem, these reactions are a choice. Mindfulness practices such as yoga help us learn to choose our responses in even the most stressful situations. This ability frees us from the power that old habits and triggers have over us.

You've Gotta Let Go of Who You Are to Become Who You're Meant to Be

You’ve Gotta Let Go of Who You Are to Become Who You’re Meant to Be

If a coming change has you an emotional wreck like my looming empty nest has me, it's OK. Every change and shift in life is an opportunity to practice letting go. It is by letting go that we stay open to change. It is by being open to change that we allow ourselves to change. The opposite is also true. When we resist or fight change, we eliminate the possibility for our own growth. So join me in opening your arms wide to let go and embrace all that life is bringing your way!

Do You Ever Fall Away from Everything Yoga's Taught You When You're Challenged?

Do You Ever Fall Away from Everything Yoga’s Taught You When You’re Challenged?

Living next door to an awful construction project has taught me a surprising lesson: living in a way that is contrary to the lessons I’ve learned on my yoga mat feels just awful. Take it from me. There is no peace and no contentment possible when you’re filled with disdain, anger and loathing. This knowledge is inspiration for me to keep practicing as I inch my way back to living and feeling like the person I am on my mat.

You Have the Power to Mindfully Respond Rather than React

You Have the Power to Mindfully Respond Rather than React

The ability to mindfully choose your response to a situation rather than mindlessly reacting goes a long way to smoothing out the rough edges of your experiences. It can make you more patient and more empathetic. It can help you to stay calm and centered. It can help you to understand and to honor your emotions without allowing them to dictate your actions.

We Often Forget that We Must Receive as well as Give

We Often Forget that We Must Receive as well as Give

It is critically important that we figure out what re-fills us and schedule these things into our lives. It is only when we do so that we can live our lives as the open-hearted, gracious, generous, compassionate and passionate people that we yearn to be.

How to Make Snap Judgments More Mindfully

How to Make Snap Judgments More Mindfully

Snap judgments can be surprisingly accurate. Practicing mindfulness can create more awareness of when we're making them, to help us avoid acting purely on bias or assumption.