Ahhh… vacation. We’ve earned it. The long hours, daunting projects, and tedious tasks at work and home left behind. Pleasure awaits. No responsibility. The cocktails, dinners, local delicacies are a given. It is what we do on vacation. Part of the experience. Vacation is permission to be “naughty” after being so good the rest of the time. The implication being that the rest of the time, the non-vacation time, i
“Overwhelmed”. It’s a word I hear almost daily in my coaching practice. Heck, it’s a word I uttered daily to describe my internal chaos. Overwhelm is “too muchness”. Too many thoughts. Too many shoulds. Too many expectations. Like deer in headlights, we have so much to process that we freeze. Immobilized, we cry “overwhelm” in a desperate attempt to thaw. There is a way out. Empty your brain. Grab pen and paper and u
I want to meditate. Actually, most times I do not want to meditate. I want the benefits of meditation which are vast and well-documented. The days I actually want to meditate just to meditate are days that yawn before me. Meditating feels then like a luxury; decadent, and indulgent. Those days are rare because many of my days suffer from too-muchness. You know what I mean-too much to do, too much to think about, too
Many of us wake up with tasks swirling in our heads before our feet hit the floor. Rush replaces reason and we lose ourselves in doing. Actually more likely overdoing, especially in the service to others, their priorities, and their tasks that they either avoided or delegated because they knew we would compensate for their lack. That is what we do. Ever ready to show up for everyone and everything else, our ego gets
Information is no longer reserved for the privileged few. We are drowning in details, facts, figures, data, and opportunities Anything we want to know can be googled in a matter of seconds. Lectures, invitations, seminars, courses…the possibilities are endless. Overwhelm is inevitable. Like staring at the grocery aisle bulging with 200 different cereals, we become paralyzed by the quantity of choice. Inertia sets in.
Earlier this month I sequestered myself in a nearby hotel room with the sole purpose of reviewing the current year and defining the coming one. If you want to truly understand someone, and know their true values, then peek at their calendar. How we invest our time is the most profound expression of who we are. Goals, dreams…all good stuff, but what actually dominates our days defines us. This time of year, we get swe
We all have our favorite holidays. Mine, by far, is one adopted from a Buddhist tradition, a temple cleaning. We clean our house from top to bottom. (Ok, not totally bottom. Our basement is a hot mess. No one is perfect.)
The season is in full swing and you are swept up in the frenzy. Every year holiday traditions dictate our days from frenzied shopping to cookie exchange to tree cutting. But what if you paused just long enough to question what you have always done and consider whether these traditions still serve you?
Thriving is the narrowing of the gap between how we long for our life to be and how it truly is. This state of being begins with a decision to move beyond mediocrity, shame and “shoulds” and towards authenticity...
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