We all want to get a little better at living our own lives, and for most of us, developing the necessary skills is hard work that we don't always make time for. If you can't take a class or dive deeply into a structured practice, where do you go for lessons that teach you how … Continue reading Abbreviations to Live By, Part One: I.U.M.
Whether you've recently come into a boatload of unstructured free time, or you've become overwhelmed with more responsibilities, there's a good chance you're spending some time and mental energy taking stock of your life. Once your external needs for food, shelter, and safety have been secured, you'll start asking yourself some version of this basic … Continue reading Happiness
Sometimes we’re so deeply conditioned to see the world from our own point of view that we aren’t even aware that we may be missing a bigger picture. It’s easy to make an assumption, jump to a conclusion, or determine a solution to a problem in a matter of seconds by drawing solely on our … Continue reading Add Three Things to Increase Understanding and Choices
Heart is about giving a damn. It's about showing up and being present with ourselves and others. Having heart is how we share and experience kindness, compassion, and connection. Heart needs nurturing; it rarely appears out of nowhere and doesn't tend to stick around without any effort on our part. I asked some members of … Continue reading Inviting Heart Into Your Life
Throughout the centuries, and across various cultures, a belief has emerged that the quality of our life can be determined by how much we are driven by fear, and how much we are driven by love. There are countless spiritual explanations of this, and with humanity's advanced grasp of medicine there are now compelling scientific … Continue reading The Effect of Emotions on Our Mind, Body, and Soul
It’s human nature to dream of a better future, and to aspire to become a better version of yourself. If you’re looking to bring change into your life, what’s going to work best for you to realize it? Do you need to establish a goal, create a vision, make a resolution, or set an intention? … Continue reading Making Use of Goals, Visions, Resolutions, and Intentions
The present moment has immense power. It’s where we gain clarity. It’s where we experience gratitude for whatever and whomever is creating joy and meaning in our lives. It’s where we choose how to respond to pain. It’s where we turn our ideas and intentions into action. When we are firmly aware of the present … Continue reading The Power of the Present Moment
December presents a natural opportunity to quantify, analyze, and mark the events of the year that is coming to an end. We’re giving into the instinct to reflect, with a little help from artists who have shared some of what they’ve learned about looking back. What did you put a lot of energy into … Continue reading Reflection: Quotes and Questions
As a leader, everyone on your team has created an impression of who you are and how you operate. Some of it is based on their own experience, some of it is based on rumor, all of it is subject to their unique perception. Whether the picture being painted is rosy or thorny, true or … Continue reading Want to Grow as a Leader? Here’s One Way to Ask Your Team For the Feedback You’ll Need.
In my role as a leader, a partner, a mom, and a person on this earth, I am constantly in danger of believing that: I know more about a problem presented to me and how to solve it than anyone else in it. I know more about what is needed for a project or initiative … Continue reading Humility, Curiosity, and Getting On the Same Page