self empowerement

Let it Go

What is stress? In a nutshell, it is the evolutionary key for our survival. We launch into fight or flight or even freeze as soon as we perceive a danger. Our heart rate and blood pressure goes up and our breathing capacities increase. We can now run from the danger or drop down and play dead. This reaction is hard wired into our brains and a way of protecting the body from harm. It may not feel like it at times, but this mechanism is healthy. We need it to survive. The stress response is a neuronal and hormonal response...

Compassion and Business with Jeff Weiner during Wisdom week

Two weeks ago I went to one of the pre-Wisdom 2.0 events, a luncheon with Jeff Weiner and the impressions he made with his insights still linger. The room was filled with early-adopter idealists who are looking for the best way to implement their high ideals into the real world. The LinkedIn CEO was speaking to an audience who view him as the total success story–how to take strong inner core values such as mindfulness, conscious living and compassion– and apply them in the real world.  SUCCESSFULLY. The audience breathed in every word he spoke. Some were skeptical at first...

Emotions as a tool

Do you react to your emotions? Do you engage in a dialogue that can feel like it is unending after feeling an emotion? If we are able to let emotions pass through us like the wind and express that which is necessary in the moment and finally let them go with grace, we will be able to live our life fully and find peace at the same time. Emotions are there as neuropeptides in our body. They actually signal to us way before we become aware of our arising emotions. It is a a means of communication, a way to...

Hoarding weight

Is it possible to hoard weight? As spring cleaning draws near the thoughts on what I need and what I should discard abound.  What things in my house have no purpose? What are the things that carry “bad” memories that I keep because I feel like I should? The old tea set my father gave me for my first wedding is there in the dining room. I look at it and for a minute and I see my ex husband and then my father, then my first wedding, then in a flash all memories associated with disappointment and broken dreams....

Painting life

Look at how you paint your life. What landscapes do you have in front of you? Where are you going? Do you know what your goals are? Or are they merely a play of shadows in a vast landscape of fog? What does happiness mean to you? What does it look like, smell like, sound like, feel like? Embrace it! Your life is your painting, your very own artwork. What do you want it to look like? Does it look like that now?

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."      Carl R. Rogers