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March 31, 2019

Many of us are controlled by our personal insecurities and triggered by the success of others. Our fear of inadequacy leaves us feeling shame and guides us down the path of gossip and complacency.

To make matters worse,we also experience an intrinsic psychological process called hedonic adaptation, which only adds to our clinging behavior. Hedonic adaptation, also known as the hedonic treadmill, is the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes. If we want to maximize happiness and push against this hedonic adaptation, gratitude is one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal.

Gratitude begets gratitude. Practicing gratitude makes us feel more thankful. It is literally that simple. Cultivating gratitude is a skill. A daily gratitude list or thank you notes can do wonders for your mental health.  The feelings elicited in those few minutes may seem trivial, but they act as a c...

March 9, 2019

If you know anything about me and my story you know that I am no stranger to physical pain. When I initially got hurt, I knew nothing about the mind/body connection. I didn’t yet understand that my emotional turmoil was getting in the way of physical healing.  I was the ideal patient. Visiting doctor after doctor and religiously following protocol after protocol. Nothing worked. 

It wasn’t until I was introduced to mindfulness that I started to understand that the mind and the body are not two separate entities. In fact, the only thing that actually separates the two is language. But the body has a language all of its own.  My body was speaking to me in the best way that it knew how. It spoke to me through pain. The messages were clear. There were changes that needed to be made... DRASTIC ones. 

Looking back, I am so thankful to have experienced the grip of persistent pain because it enabled me to make those necessary changes. It has taught me to always take a deeper...

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