Cool Down Mindfully with Essential Oils

Happy Summer, friends! If you're anything like me, your body changes with the seasons. Part of practicing mindfulness is understanding how (and expecting!) our bodies to change and shift. Another big part of mindfulness practice is anchoring into this present moment with the breath, the body, and the five senses. This is why I love using essential oils so much... Essential oils reinforce mindful connection to our senses AND naturally treat our imbalances.

Care & Compassion

As a yoga and mindfulness teacher, my ultimate mission is to help others help themselves. I often tell my students that they have to take care of themselves in order to take care of others. Beginning to treat yourself with care & compassion is a gentle process. Kristen Neff, professor and researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, outlines three components of self-compassion practice: mindfulness, self-kindness, and connection. 

Mind-Body Connection & Mental Illness

This past Saturday I participated in a 5K walk put on by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Mental illness can be so debilitating because it negatively affects not just your mind but also your willpower to take care of your body and emotions. Let's explore the mind-body connection

Busy = "Heart-Dead"

As much as we wear “busy” as a badge of honor in the Western culture, it's not that glamorous to run around frantically without a clear purpose. Furthermore, constant “busyness” (business) actually has negative health consequences. 

Wisdom 2.0: Mindfulness in the Digital Age

The Wisdom 2.0 Conference was founded by Soren Gordhamer as a way for people to come together to celebrate and discuss wisdom, compassion, and mindfulness in the Digital Age. I was privileged to spend nearly a week in San Francisco drinking in the diverse speakers and attendees at Wisdom 2.0 and the subsequent Mindfulness Practice Day. The summary of my takeaways from time with renowned mindfulness teachers and technology gurus is simple: We don't always need to be perfect; we just need to be fully present. 

Gain Energy from Structured Socializing

Do you ever get stuck in the grind of work and personal goals and forget to, you know, have fun? Meet new people? I challenged myself this week to get out of my comfort zone and socialize with new groups of people. Here's what I learned about the surprising benefits of planned social activities.