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How To Refine Your Life (or Change It Completely)

Feeling like your life could use a fluff-and-buff? A more significant course-adjustment? Maybe even a total makeover? In all cases, this could be a really good place to start. I had a great time condensing the top 10 points from my big “Refine Your Life” class into this quick-hit (1 hr.) live-stream video course via the En*theos Academy for Optimal Living. Here are the Top 10 Big Ideas I cover: 1. Change is a Process, Not an Event 2. Start Where You Are 3. Assess Your Life 4. Pace Yourself 5. Connect with Your Values 6. Clarify Your Vision 7…. read more

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Looking Myself In the Face

If you subscribe to Experience Life magazine, you have probably seen my face show up in your mailbox or on your doorstep recently. Thanks for taking me in! I’m really honored (and maybe just a little freaked out) to be featured on the cover of this unusual magazine I started way back in 2001 (an amazing collaboration with Life Time, The Healthy Way of Life Company). While playing cover girl is not something I intend to do often (I don’t know how Oprah Winfrey does it; I swear, one cover shoot was anxiety-provoking enough for me!), it does feel profoundly… read more

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What My Book Is About

In my “Yes, I’m Writing a Book” post, I described my motivations for doing that.  I got some lovely feedback and a few requests for more info.  So here’s a little clip from the book’s in-progress intro … *** GETTING HEALTHY IS A TRIP. And I mean that in more ways than one.  It’s a remarkable, mind-blowing “whoa, dude” sort of head trip, for sure. But it’s also a significant personal journey, and rarely a predictable or uneventful one. Remember the setup for the TV show Gilligan’s Island, where those ill-fated passengers head out on a nice little “three-hour tour”… read more

The High Cost of Being Hurried

Haste makes waste. I’d heard that saying my whole life, but its true meaning sunk in about a month ago. It came announced by a searing pain and an audible crack – the unmistakable, sickening sound of a breaking bone. A moment earlier, I had been at my desk, editing an article that had already gone through three rewrites, was now hopelessly behind schedule and – as I saw it – still wasn’t close to good enough. In a fit of annoyance, and up against a deadline, I had decided to work off my frustration by dashing up and down… read more

Nighttime Revival

It’s 2:30 a.m. I can’t sleep. My brain won’t turn off and my body can’t seem to quiet down. To my great annoyance, I’m running through my mental lists, cycling through a series of worries, details and projects in progress without making any actual headway. Having learned the hard way that this endless loop will not terminate itself without some kind of intervention, I get out of bed, go downstairs and unroll my yoga mat. I light a candle, take some deep breaths, and do a few slow, gentle stretches. Within minutes, I feel the smooth machinery of my parasympathetic… read more