9 Tips to Combat Depressed Mood in the Late Winter/Early Spring

This past week I observed many people starting to emotionally crash, myself included!  Getting ready for work I received the 10th call of the season came from the superintendent of my kids’ school announcing yet another snow day. I admit I spent several minutes in tears on my closet floor feeling exhausted, frustrated, limited, and certainly not wanting to deal …

Manifesting What Your Heart Desires

What do you want?  It’s a powerful question and also one of the hardest questions one might ask.  Getting clear on what you desire is not easy. But it is a question worth pondering.  I ask myself that question in a formal practice every day.  In the style of meditation that I practice and teach, every session begins with 4 …

Welcome 2019

Happy New Year!  Here we come 2019. How are those resolutions? I quit setting New Years resolutions a few years ago after reading the dismal research that only 6% of resolutions are kept. Despite not writing down formal things I want to fix or change, a new year always feels optimistic to me – a chance for a fresh start …

Who Are You?

I’m just finishing an exhilarating 2 days at the Fields of Yogis festival in Cedar Rapids Newbo district.  People’s openness and desire to grow, transform and be a brighter light is infectious.  It is so helpful to spend time around like-minded people in sangha, or community, as a powerful reminder of how good we can really feel. This weekend, one …

Antidote to Perfectionism

I always say that I am a recovered perfectionist, but just like any other addiction, it’s something I have to continually manage.  For me it turns up as a tight body, a running commentary in my head about doing things “right”, self-condemnation when I don’t measure up to my own high standards, and fear of failing which sometimes paralyzes me …