Take a breath and go slow

Gandhi once said “there is more to life than increasing its speed” but you’d never know by the way many of us eat. We live in a society that has a love affair with speed and it seems we’re far too busy to give food and eating the attention it deserves. We grab something quick…

I give you a blank sheet…

I have a confession. I still haven’t outlined my intentions for 2019. Am I the only one taking my time? This year I decided to take it slow on purpose. I’m taking a blank sheet of paper and adding only the things I want in my life, I’m calling this project ‘designing my life’. After…

Missing the point

It all started with the Aurora Borealis – it was right outside my door, literally. How amazing! Right? Wrong! I missed it. We live in downtown Anchorage, Alaska and even here it was all anyone could talk about – how fantastic and unusual to see the Aurora from the city.   The next day I…

“What should I do about it?”

OR How to find your answer when you have no idea Some of my biggest decisions have been surprisingly easy to make. When I bought a one-way ticket and moved to Tokyo by myself. When I left secure jobs in pursuit of a passion or hunch. When I decided on a home-birth. These were all…

A question…

Today I sat in the park on my day off, no phone, no watch, no tablet, book or other distraction. I lay on the grass, under the shade of trees and thought nothing, noticing how blue the sky is and how the trees and leaves sway and rustle in the wind! I think I could…

Do you focus or fixate?

This week we are sharing what it means to us individually when we focus or fixate and what we do to shift our attention. Neena A key learning for me during my mindfulness journey has been the focus vs fixation of my attention. Here’s an analogy that was presented to me and it resonated loud…

Telomeres – helping me extend my health span

I constantly seek research and findings that effectively and meaningfully link academia and the real world. This week’s example that sparked my imagination was discovering the works of Elizabeth Blackburn a Nobel prize winning, molecular biologist. In a world that constantly seeks to improve well-being she focuses on the positive application of theory and science to open the world…

Learning to expect the unexpected

We spend our lives trying to be prepared for whatever may come our way. We like being in control. We want to know what’s going to happen and when & we think we know what’s going to happen and when too. We’re holding on so tightly that we’re scared to let go. There is no…