When a trapeze artist swings from one bar to the next or from the bar into the hands of a waiting circus artist, there is a moment when she or he is suspended in mid-air. For the acrobatic act to work, they must fully let go of the old secure bar BEFORE they are able to connect with the new bar or be caught by the hands of their partner acrobat. As the audience, this is typically the moment when we gasp, but the circus artist is not nervous. If they were, they would not succeed. They are not nervous because they have rehearsed and learned to trust in the unfolding of the act. They know the rhythm and timing of the letting go, the suspension in mid-air and how to connect on the other side. Join me this week on Wonder Your Way to Brilliant as we continue our discussion of the YAMA Aparigraha - non-possessiveness or letting go and explore with me how we can cultivate some of this trust for being suspended in mid-air.
This month, on Wonder Your Way to Brilliant we are discussing the YAMA of Aparigraha - non-possessiveness or letting go. The Yama of Aparigraha presents us with a mindfulness challenge of major magnitude. Can we engage in life fully, love deeply, cherish whole-heartedly, enjoy deliciously, care passionately... and then let go? Can we take in each moment, relationship, experience, possession… and then let it go? Can we have and enjoy without becoming attached? Can we have and enjoy without becoming dependent upon the having and the experience for our contentment or happiness? This is a very tall ask, and we are taking it on this month.
How can we reduce or stop the drain on our energy to achieve a greater state of balance and centeredness? How can we achieve a sense of balance and calm? We all encounter times in our life that tax our energy. Sometimes, however, we can over-exert energy to deal with this situation. We can take a minor problem and put the energy appropriate of a major problem towards it. On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant we continue to talk about the Yama of Brahmacharya from a slightly different angle - ‘energy moderation.’ Join me for an exploration of mastering our right use of moderate energy.
Finding the sacred is easy when we look at a blossom that has just opened up or glimpse the smile of a young child. But how willing are we to seek the sacred in moments that are difficult when we feel inclined to indulge in complaining, feeling bad for ourselves, lashing out at others? On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant we continue to talk about the Yama of Brahmacharya - non-excess, walking with God, or the right use of energy. This commitment to the right use of energy calls us to both lift our eyes and be present to beauty as well as to seek the sacred in what may feel challenging. How intentionally can we direct our energy, regardless of what is happening around us?
Why do we reach for one more drink than we really need, one more helping after we are full, another hour of work after we have put in a full day… Why do we excess? On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant I talk about the Yama of Bramacharya - non-excess or walking with God, or right use of energy. Having too much, eating too much, working too much is never helpful for us, yet we can be seduced by them. Why does this happen and how can we turn toward mindful living? How can we step out of the fog of habitual behavior and onto a more intentional path? Some thoughts today’s episode.
On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant I talk about a topic near and dear to my heart… the non-stealing of energy. Have you ever been really excited about something only to have someone not notice, not care, or even worse, burst the bubble of your enthusiasm? Or have you ever felt bad the moment after you inadvertently stole the wind out of someone else’s sails? I am super sensitive to both of these and invite us to think about them as ‘stealing of energy.’ How do we raise our awareness about it and how can we get better at showing up to every moment, rather than stealing energy from a previous moment?
Monday is Earth Day and as part of our month-long exploration of the Yama of ASTEYA or NON-STEALING, this week’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant explores our relationship with the earth. As a species, we have stolen both from the earth and from the future of the planet, yet we can also find amazing sources of hope. Please join me in this atypical episode in which I share a powerful speech by Paul Hawken, renowned entrepreneur, visionary environmental activist, and author in which he shares a question Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked, “What would we do if the stars only came out once every thousand years?” Listen in to hear how he describes the state of our relationship with the earth as well as how we can reconceive this relationship into the future
On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant we begin our exploration of the Yama of ASTEYA or NON-STEALING. This Yama challenges us to look at the ways in which we steal from our relationships with others, from the Earth, from our future, and from our own happiness in our attempt to fill the gaps of lacking inside ourselves. It is a deeply powerful exploration and one that I have found to be transformative in my life. So, do a check in with yourself…. Do you feel courageous enough to take on any patterns or behaviors that you may have that stem from your own sense of internal inadequacy? The Curiosity Coach in me hopes you will, either now or when the time is right! :)
On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant we continue to explore the Yama of SATYA or Truthfulness. We look at the fluidity of Truth by getting curious about what our truth is built upon. In other words, at all times, the things we know and believe to be true are based upon our current knowledge, set of experiences, and understandings. What happens when our knowledge, experience and understand expands? Does our truth change? Would we be willing to let go of a truth and make room for a new one? Let’s discuss on today’s episode.
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On today’s episode, we explore the ways in which we are truthful and not truthful in our relationship to time. Time is the one resource that we can never get more of… Once it is gone, it is gone? Given how precious it is, do we treat it as a sacred resource or do we squander it on things that really do not add to the quality of life? Tune in to today’s episode and let’s great real about our relationship to time.
On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant we explore the struggle that often arises when we find ourselves torn between something we want to do or we feel is good for us and what others want or feel is good for us. In our exploration of SATYA or Truthfulness, we recognize that acknowledging our truth can be difficult especially when it feels like following our path distances us from others we care about. We want to belong and we want to grow, but sometimes these goals come into conflict. What do we do? How do we figure it out? Join me on today’s episode for a powerful exploration of the tension between growth and belonging.
On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant we explore what it really means to live in truthful relationship with ourselves and others. Non-truthfulness often doesn’t look like a lie, but rather like pleasing, self-sacrificing, remaining silent, hiding, or avoiding. Non-truthfulness means showing up as who we believe others want us to be. Non-truthfulness means withholding information or expression that is important for us and for relationships. And non-truthfulness has impactful consequences. Join me on today’s episode for a fiercely honest exploration of the many ways we consciously and unconsciously avoid truthfulness and how we can move closer to Satya.
This week’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant is the final one in our series on AHIMSA or Nonviolence. It takes on a very challenge idea - Can we honestly love others when we do not fully love ourselves? If we are hard on ourselves, can we freely and selflessly really care for others? It is a powerful question and challenges us to look very deep inside. Please join me for this exploration. It is honestly a reckoning that has changed my life.
This week’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant continues our exploration of AHIMSA or Nonviolence. It explores how accepting, ignoring, or indulging our own powerlessness leads us to states of violence toward ourselves and others. There are so many ways that we experience powerlessness in relation to the world around us as well as in relationships. In the end, remaining in this state will always keep us from love - love of ourselves and others. Take a deep dive with me this week… Let’s peel back a bunch of layers of that onion… and in the end, access more aspects of love.
This week’s podcast begins our exploration of AHIMSA or Nonviolence. In Eastern thought, non-violence is so valued that it stands as the very core foundation of all yoga philosophy and practice. Ahimsa was the foundation of Gandhi’s approach to changing the world But what does Ahimsa, non-violence, actually mean. It cannot - and is not - as simple as not hitting or physically harming another person or even another creature. In this week’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, we begin the exploration of what Ahimsa is and start to reflect upon the micro thoughts and almost undetectable lifestyle practices that can be infected with traces of unintended violence.
On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, I introduce the concept of the Yamas and Niyamas: Yogic Ethical Principles, why I have selected this as our focus and offer some queries to begin the journey. If you are ready to be guided on a deep dive into living consciously and authentically, tune in and join me. I can’t wait to journey with you!
On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, I offer some guidance on one way to marking this moment in time and bringing closure to another year of precious life. As it is said, how we do anything is how we do everything. If we want to be more present, take some time to be present in this transitional time. If you want to feel more loving, take this moment to experience all the love that is present in your life now and that you have been gifted over the course of the year. Whatever it is you want more of in your life, take the time to revel in that experience. Let this podcast guide you through a beautiful process of doing this.
On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, I offer some teachings from Deborah Adele’s The Yamas and Niyamas to help guide and center us when our hearts can feel heavy, closed or burdened. How can we engage during the moments that typically trigger those draining emotions and have a different experience? How can they become energy giving instead of energy-sapping?
On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, my colleague and friend, Jodi Silverman, founder of Moms Who Dare Communities, and I debrief the month-long You Matter Marathon. We exchange stories and experiences related to handing out YOU MATTER cards and discuss subtle and highly conscious ways we can all continue to let people know they matter - all year long.
During the month of November, we have been exploring Courageous Connections with food. In this episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, dear colleague and friend, Dr, Christine Kiesinger and I decided to get very raw in talking about our complicated relationship with food and eating over the years. At this time of year when we are surrounded by food, we talk about how complicated our relationship with food and eating can be, how it affects us emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. We talk about the really hard stuff, what we have learned along the way, and how we are currently navigating our relationship with food. Christine offers some beautiful practices for becoming ever more mindful in the relationship with eating.
On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, I had the privilege of speaking with Samantha Retamer, Communications Coordinator and Elizabeth Sanon, Manager of Food Acquisition Partnerships at Philabundance. Philabundance provides food to over 90,000 people per week in the greater Philadelphia area and does incredible work to drive hunger from our communities and end hunger forever. What was amazing to me was how much I did not know about the organization and the amazingly innovative and entrepreneurial strategies they are engaging in to address this issue. I am also truly grateful for their guidance on how we can all make a meaningful difference!
It is amazing that an act that we perform so many times a day (and that is essential for our survival) can be so complicated, but as our guest on today’s podcast will share with us, the choices we make around food are at the center of our wellness. On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, we talk with Jessica DeLuise, founder of Eat Your Way to Wellness, a holistic wellness practice committed to educating people about the power of food and guiding them to make choices that support health. We cover everything from why our relationship with food is complicated, what makes figuring out the food landscape so complicated, and how we can educate and empower ourselves. And for the Hungry Harvesters out there, she teaches us how we can get the most out of our Hungry Harvest boxes.
Today’s podcast kicks off our month-long exploration of courageous connections to food. On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, we talk with Vanessa Paige, Philadelphia Market Manager for Hungry Harvest, a company on a mission to end food waste and hunger. As Vanessa shares, we regularly throw away huge amounts of perfectly good food while so many people live in a state of food insecurity. Tune in and learn about Hungry Harvest’s innovative approach to addressing both issues and how you can get involved.
On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, I share about a concept that I found absolutely curious, fascinating, and powerful: The 5 Year Marriage. When I first heard the phrase, I was confused. Curious, I listened more deeply. The 5 Year Marriage not only offers a framework for a deep, intimate relationship but a model way of thinking about all aspects of our lives. Enjoy!
This past week of the hearings on Kavanaugh nomination was extraordinarily difficult for most of us individually and was further fracturing to us as a society. We are in a no-win situation at the political level - one that is pushing us full steam ahead in the direction of amplifying divide and battle. It literally feels like it is fracturing the foundation of our united states.
On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, I do not discuss the nature of the hearings, but rather what all of this demands of us. Specifically, I invite us to think about who we are going to be in this and what role each of us has to identify as ours to play. No answers, but hopefully the provoking of some courageous inner curiosity.