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February 15, 2019

Just taking time to mindfully brew a cup of tea can quiet my mental chatter and bring me into the present moment, tapping into what I really want and need. A tea meditation doesn’t have to be long - just five minutes whenever we find ourselves lost within our day. As the day gets away from me, I do my best stop and mindfully have a tea meditation each weekday at 2 p.m.

Here is my Super Simple Self Care/SelfLove Tea Meditation:
 

Boil Water.

Simply sit, watch, and wait for the water to boil. Notice your breath as you sit there. Mindfully begin to sl...

February 14, 2019

Do you have a Best Friend? One you turn to if you feel like laughing and/or crying. One who you have everything in common with? One who likes exactly the same things you do? One who reacts to life the same way you do?

It took me a long time to find my Best Friend. Almost 36 years. For years I “interviewed” a lot of different people to find that one, “Best” Friend. During this interviewing process, I thought I had found the perfect candidate. She seemed to be just perfect. She loved dogs like me, she loved to cook like me, she was even athletic like me, but… she didn...

February 11, 2019

ABS, always be soupin.’ That’s been my thing this winter. Soups are super easy and super delicious, and I’m amazed that we all aren’t eating more of them. I recently started browsing my gazillion cookbook collection for soup recipes and noticed something pretty overwhelming but also pretty obvious. Most soup recipes are basically the same thing with a few modifications! I’m not a measurer; I’m just a gatherer. I gather a bunch of items and make a soup 🤣. I thought I’d share the basis of my soups and give a few options so we can all jump on my soup bus! Don’t be sc...

February 8, 2019

There’s an old song by Glen Campbell that goes:

“Music is love and love is music if you know what I mean
People who believe in music are the happiest people I've ever seen
So clap your hands and stomp your feet and shake those tambourines
Lift your voices to the sky tell me what you see.”

I talk a lot about living with some silence in this loud, overstimulating world, but listening to music with a purpose or an intention is completely different. Research has shown that different types of music can have a distinct effect on our mood. Music can help improve our overall...

February 7, 2019

There is so much evidence-based information on the overwhelming benefits of yoga. From decreasing stress, to relieving anxiety, to reducing inflammation, to increasing health, to fighting depression, to reducing stress, the benefits are endless. I have been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and still, one of my favorite poses is Legs Up the Wall. This posture is one of the most nourishing, grounding and calming poses I can think of, and I have turned to it many times in my own life when I was feeling overwhelmed, tired, or stressed.

This posture is re...

February 5, 2019

According to the Center for Disease Control, 80% of visits to the doctor are believed to be stress-related. Yet at its root, stress is just fear, anxiety, and worry. Mind-body medicine physician, Lissa Rankin, M.D., suggests that while we tend to view worry, anxiety, and fear as signs of weakness, most of us are perfectly willing to admit that we’re stressed. She even goes on to say that for many, being “stressed out” is practically a badge of honor.

We parade around our stress as proof that we’re busy, productive, valuable people leaving our mark on the world. I to...

February 4, 2019

Excessive daily stress can create anxiety and be very disruptive to sleep. To help manage stress, stay committed to a daily meditation practice, get better organized, set priorities, share tasks, laugh, and have fun.  Here are my 8 simple, yet important, steps to a better night’s sleep 😴

1. Make sleep a priority. Create and commit to a schedule. The best time to go to bed is before 10:00 p.m. and be up by 6 a.m. This can regulate your body’s clock and help you fall asleep and stay asleep during the night.

2. Watch when and what you eat. Do your b...

February 2, 2019

My morning winter ritual begins like this…I wake up, meditate, make my bed, turn on the fireplace, and head to my altar.

Creating an altar or sacred space, is the way I reinforce my intentions and invite more peace, serenity, and self-love into my space. 

On my alter, I have selected:

  • Sage to visually or physically clear the energy for the day.

  • Ganesha, an archetype for the removal of obstacles

  • Crystals that are archetypes of the seven major chakras (I select the chakra’s energy I need most that day)

  • Plant-based essential oils I diffuse that align w...

February 1, 2019

According to PsychologyToday.com, there’s a growing body of evidence that overstimulation can be a major contributing factor to anxiety and depression. The more noise and stimuli we experience, the more silence we need to balance.  Disconnecting from unnecessary stimuli will allow your mind time to slow down, create space, and reconnect you to your to pure potentiality.   

Here are my 5 simple steps to disconnect to reconnect:

  1. Turn off your ringer and notifications as long as you’re not expecting an important call. How many notificat...

January 31, 2019

Self-love and self-care are integral cornerstones of healing our relationships with ourselves. For many of us, learning to love ourselves will be one of the most challenging tasks we’ll ever face. However, over the next 14 days, I will give you simple tools to help you move, nourish, and reflect throughout the day so you feel positive, centered, and loved.

Loving ourselves does not mean we are selfish or self-centered. I teach what is called The Heart’s Wisdom. The intention is that the physical heart as an organ must nourish, pump blood to, and take...

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