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Out of Overwhelm and into Flow

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It’s easy to get into overwhelm at the best of times. And we’re in some unprecedented times. So, I’m sharing a technique called Morning Pages from the book, The Artist’s Way, by Anne Cameron. Designed for artists to be able to clear the decks to get themselves into flow and producing work, this simple technique […]

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The Myth of In-the-Present

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For quite some time now various speakers and authors as well as the mindfulness movement have plugged the idea of being in the present. The problem is that it’s a myth. Worse, it’s a myth that can lead to harm. There is an element of helpfulness to the idea of being in the now. It […]

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Thriving During Covid-19

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Covid-19 has put much of the world into turmoil. There’s been a lot of anxiety and upheaval. Yet, we know that with every crisis comes opportunity. So, what can we do to thrive at this time? Health There are some people who will come out of this with worse health and some with better. When […]

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Emotions and Being a Good Person

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Earlier this week, I was a guest on the Totally Well Podcast with Joyce Strong. Joyce made a comment that’s been niggling in the back of my brain ever since. We were talking about getting out of overwhelm and into empowerment. Specifically, we were talking about emotions when she mentioned how difficult it can be […]

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COVID-19 and Vitamin N

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Feeling isolated and stuck indoors by the virus precautions? You may be overlooking something that can help you stay healthy. No, I’m not talking about vitamin D3 – which is also crucial to a healthy immune system. I’m talking vitamin N: time in nature. There’s a substantial body of research linking physical, mental and spiritual […]

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A Meditation Hack for Stillness

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I keep hearing people say that meditation isn’t about quieting or stilling the mind. ??!??!?? For me it is. It’s about stilling and calming the mind, emotions and nervous system. Perhaps what they mean is that you don’t focus on quieting the mind in meditation because that would put you into wrangling with your every […]

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Mindfulness and the Dark Night of the Soul

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There’s is a downside to meditation that people don’t talk about much. In spiritual circles, it’s called the ‘dark night of the soul’. It can show up in a few ways. Meditation calms your nervous system. It also frequently creates new levels of awareness for people. The latter can lead to some unexpected challenges. Difficult […]

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How to Better Deal with Criticism as a Leader

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As many of you know, I’ve been conducting leadership research with high functioning leaders. Many of the leaders have spoken about wanting to be able to communicate in a more connected way. We’ve also been talking about the challenges leaders are having. One CEO described struggling when he received criticism from an employee. He likes […]

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Leader, Stop Fighting Your Ego!

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Last week, Wade Taylor from wsradio interviewed me. We were talking about the mindfulness myth of being in the present, when he brought up a term for what I do that I had never used before. He said that part of my work with people is about ‘unlearning.’ That’s so true; to make a paradigm […]