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Where somebody knows your name

This weekend was a profoundly significant reminder of our deep desire to be recognized. I am reminded of the Cheers jingle, "We all want to go where somebody knows our name, and they're always glad we came."

Traveling with a good friend, I visited a meaningful place where everyone...

Garlic & Ginger

Recently a physician advised me to engage in a prescription round of antibiotics, I thanked him for his opinion and promptly let the words fall out of my brain. Unless it is an emergency and I do not have the opportunity to treat an ailment naturally, I do not take antibiotics. Everyone has a...

Fight. Flight. Freeze...but, in a good way

Giving a seminar this past week to an audience I have not yet spoken to, I was introducing the topic of everyone's individualized fear response. Up until recently, our culture classified others as those who had either a fight or flight response. Not too long ago, we started also talking about...

Forgiving

It is common knowledge that forgiving those that have hurt us will have a positive impact on our spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental bodies. We also know that not forgiving causes problems in all of those important facets. We know not forgiving does little to change the experiences we...

Organizing

Last year I took a trip home to visit my mom and I suggested we spend a day throwing out all of the clutter that had accumulated over the years in her kitchen and living spaces. This exercise has routinely been a part of my work with my clients, asking those that I work with to organize their...

Sleep hygiene

Hygiene: the science behind the preservation of health.

Sleep hygiene always struck me as such an awkward phrase. Hygiene historically has had a quite specific meaning to many of us, our daily cleansing routines. When I suggest a discussion on sleep hygiene, my clients raise an...

Spring's transformation

This weekend, my mother and I had our yearly conversation about what spring bulb flowers are showing their little green spiked tops. For the last 18 years that discussion has happened over the phone while I was in different latitudes and longitudes and I had only the ability to dream of spring...

Loving Vermont

Falling in love with Vermont after 18 years of living other places, I can't help but share.

In no particular order, the top 16 reasons I love Vermont:

1. Six degrees of separation does not apply. Most often if you are speaking with a stranger in Vermont, they know someone you...

Someone else's ideas

Sitting with a group of women friends this week, we shared stories about how often we are approached by others asking why we had not married and settled down with a family. Hearing the consistency in how often it occurs, recognizing the judgment implied as similar to what I often hear, and...

Our "Gut" talking

My day job centers around safety. Taking a step back and glancing into that always makes me chuckle a little internally. Before I became a professional, safety was never a priority for me; in fact if you ask those that watched me grow up, safe would not be a descriptor they would use. To this...

500 Hr graduation

Yesterday after a week of meditation and breathing practices, along with an extended silence, I graduated with my 500 Hr Yoga Teacher certification. Although I have completed many certifications and degrees, this was by far the most challenging. It was not the most time consuming or the most...

Journaling

Trusting the world with my words has certainly been a leap of faith. Even though I continue to receive positive feedback from blogging, I still find myself worrying about the receptivity of my audience. When I need to get something off my chest and I am not yet courageous enough to blog about...