Have We Met?

Today I took the usual route to work, my car laboring through lines of traffic. With my audiobook blasting through my speakers, I listened to an intricate story being narrated. I imagined the scenes and characters: a woman with dusty hair and high cheekbones, the city of Rome with its ancient statues and structures, fountains ...

Meditation for the Monkey Mind

Meditation had always seemed an obscure practice for me, something the very enlightened did as a part of their highly disciplined lifestyles -- run 10 miles before dawn, meditate an hour before the incredibly productive work day, or something like that. And while that sounded amazing, I didn’t see a need to replace my morning ...

How to Make Your Own Rules and Live Your Best Life

I recently had a conversation with someone about the ridiculous rules our parents imposed on us in childhood. I recalled my ten-year-old-self squirming at the table with a glass of warm milk. The family dog couldn't help me, as he had with the chunks of beef I would pass him when parental eyes averted. So ...

When Your Head Screams Salad and You Order Fries

It took me a bit longer to update the blog this time. I had a bad day last week and it got stuck on repeat. It sucked me in with Hoover-like force. It left me sulking, snacking on bad carbs, and swapping adjectives with four-letter words. The hard truth is that yoga cannot calm me, ...

How Meditation Can Help with Bad Moods

Ever had a day when everyone/everything seemed to annoy you? If pushing your buttons were a sport, the world would be gold-medal ready. There’s this wonderful guy in my life. He’s checked all the boxes on my list: thoughtful, hardworking, funny, responsible, healthy, adventurous, etc. (Yes, there is a list...there’s always a list). But on ...

Why I’m Okay with Not Knowing

I don’t have it all figured out. I can barely commit to an outfit. That dress I adored last week-- the soft pink chiffon number -- might end up in my bad-decision pile before its first soiree. More organized individuals (I call them anal) have called me a scatterbrain. I have abstract ideas about what ...

Why Comparisons are Crushing You, and How to Fix it

Healthy competition is cool, but comparisons can crush us. So if you do one good thing for yourself today, do this: Remember what you have to offer. Let me say that again with some emphasis: remember what YOU have to offer. That means you stop looking around the room and thinking destructive little thoughts, such ...

Pause and Find a Happy Place Today

I’ve always loved poetry– the dance of syllables on my tongue and the way the words play like happy squirrels around a tree. I was the rebel child who scribbled through her schoolwork so I could rush ahead to the school library — my sanctuary, the Taj Mahal within my otherwise bleak, cement-walled elementary school. In ...