How Yoga can Help an Empath

I am an empath. Sometimes I wish I weren’t, but most of the time it is one of my greatest gifts. Empathy is, “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” – Unlike its sister term “sympathy”, feeling sorrow for another, empathy means to experience the feelings of another, from the inside.Continue reading “How Yoga can Help an Empath”

Life Marches On

For five years I have had the great joy of working with fellow devotees of Yogananda at Ananda Sangha Worldwide. Together we have built temples, opened up new frontiers of technology, and mulled over some of life’s big questions. But mostly, we have supported each other’s highest Selves and brought light into the world asContinue reading “Life Marches On”

A Spoonful of Sugar: How to Transform Work Into Play

Chit chatting this morning over the water cooler, a colleague said to me, “We spend the first ten years of our lives having fun. It’s all responsibilities from there.” I was taken aback. Really? Is that true? I walked away wondering why I could not relate to the comment. What is it that I’m doingContinue reading “A Spoonful of Sugar: How to Transform Work Into Play”

How to Support Others in Times of Loss

Grief is not a linear experience, it is not something that you leave behind. As a wise friend who lost her son in a tragic gun accident once said to me, “You do not move through grief, you move in it.” Grief does not recede like a tide, you never move past it. The goalContinue reading “How to Support Others in Times of Loss”

Say Yes to Stress

How Stress Creates Success There are times in life when stress crosses a tipping point. Last month I reached my maximum overload. Overnight, my part time hours for a full time job, two kids under five, husband, volunteer commitments, financial challenges, and sudden push into public speaking became too much for me. I felt the crushingContinue reading “Say Yes to Stress”

5 Secrets to Sustain a Daily Meditation Practice

I learned to meditate as a child and my parents are lifelong meditators. I began to take my own practice more seriously when I was 20, but it wasn’t until nine years later that I was really meditating every day. It was an uphill battle, but I can say without hesitation that it has changedContinue reading “5 Secrets to Sustain a Daily Meditation Practice”

There Are No Sacred Cows: moving with grace through a time of destruction.

Last night I saw a request for clothing for a friend who lost her home in the Redding fire that rages on. Then, this morning, I spoke with Michael Gornik whose home, temple, retreat, and entire community was destroyed by a river of hot lava three days ago. By mid-morning, I heard from another friendContinue reading “There Are No Sacred Cows: moving with grace through a time of destruction.”