The Art of Embodied Listening

The new year is traditionally a time of resolution. We take stock of the past year and decide how we’d like to change or do better. We renunciate what isn’t working and are filled with a renewed sense of hope. We are infused with a sense of possibility and confidence in our ability to achieve the goals or outcomes we may have missed over the past year. Suddenly, as the clock turns 12:00 A.M. and we cross the threshold into the next year, it’s as if for just a moment we are free of the weight of our problems. The next year sparkles ahead blissfully unformed with the vast spaciousness and room to finally make our dreams a reality. Our … Read More

Shadow Wrangling: Effectively Taming Our Inner Critic

Do you ever have the feeling that, if everything isn’t going well, you aren’t worthy enough to share your voice or wisdom?   Have you encountered that internal voice proclaiming that your struggle is a weakness that must be hidden at all cost? Have you sat with the shame of feeling like there must be something wrong with you because you don’t have everything figured out? If this sounds familiar, you aren’t alone! It’s as if there’s an invisible decree silently declaring that, if you haven’t cracked the success, health, love, and happiness code and know exactly what you are doing in every moment, your wisdom and presence isn’t worthy of expression. I find it interesting that we tend to … Read More

Heeding the Call of Awakening: A Summoning to the Inner Teacher, Healer, and Wise One

Something spectacular happens when we allow ourselves to soften and open. Our vulnerability is a force of nature, the opposite of the weakness and fragility that we’ve been conditioned to believe.   It is fascinating that when we make the choice to become more visible, we instinctually want to shrink, fold into ourselves, and disappear unseen. The closer we inch to the freedom we long for, the more seductive the darkness becomes.   It whispers promises of safety and comfort. It tries to persuade us that change is the enemy. It draws a definitive boundary in the sand. When we become dangerously close to crossing over into a land unchartered, the force of our fear threatens to paralyze us.   … Read More

The Unavoidable Heartbreak of Loving: How to Healthily Navigate Loneliness

From the beginning of time, humans have been driven by their need to procreate in order to preserve survival. We are neurologically and biologically wired to be attached to each other and to be in relationship. Why is falling in love so intoxicating? And, why are break ups, divorce, and the death of a loved one some of the most painful and heartbreaking experiences of the human condition? Both science and neuroscience are quite illuminating when it comes to more deeply understanding why the process of being in relationship is so profoundly beautiful and simultaneously devastating. When we fall in love, our brains are working overtime and pumping our bodies full of the chemical oxytocin. Oxytocin is a hormone and … Read More

Sensitive, Misfit, Gifted: The Modern Tragedy of Western Pathology

In western culture; we make a habit of pathologizing individuals who don’t fit the mold. Those of us, who have never been able to fit the norm, have often bared the brunt of criticism and backlash for being unable to subscribe to the status quo. We’ve been medicated, misdiagnosed, misunderstood, and have baffled modern medicine and education. We became used to hiding our gifts or brilliance, for fear of standing out more. The majority of us struggled to exist in a world that couldn’t understand or support us. If we were extremely lucky, we might have had families that nurtured our individuality, and fought for our right to belong in the world. We might have even found ways to channel … Read More