Got Bodhicitta?

I hope you are well. I returned from a week silent meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, which has been my spiritual home for over 10 years. The focus of this meditation retreat was on the topic of Bodhicitta. One of the teachers, who was leading this retreat was my first dharma teacher, James Baraz whom you have heard me speak of and who is also one of the expert speakers in my Mindfully Nourished course. James is a wise & joyful soul who has been meditating and teaching meditation for over 30 years. We have been very close for over a decade and it was very sweet to sit with him this week.

What is Bodhicitta? It is the cultivation of aligning the mind and heart.

Take your hand out in front of you.
Turn your hand so that your palm is away from you. Look at the fingers.… READ MORE...

Busy mind? Learn how to work with distracting thoughts

How to work with distracting thoughts…

Has this scenario happened to you? ​​​​​​​

You are going about your day and you notice you are on a negative thought train and you keep repeating it over and over again.

  • “I don’t like ……about my job.”
  • “I don’t like ……. about my body.
  • “My life just isn’t what I want it to be.”

As you stay on this negative thought train, you notice your body feeling tense, and your overall enjoyment of the day going down. Research shows that obsessive thoughts & rumination are associated with bing- eating, anxiety, depression, lack of self esteem, and greater irritability & restlessness.

Obsessing and ruminating about thoughts that are either in the past or the future will only lead you to feeling disempowered and frustrated. Why? Because all we have any control over is right here in this present moment.

The truth is that 70-80% of our thoughts are negative.… READ MORE...

You are worthy of love

Today is Valentines Day, a hallmark holiday in the United States, but celebrated all over the world. It is a celebration of love and affection. What the world needs right now is MORE love, generosity, and kindness.

In order to give love, generosity, and kindness with abandon and real sincerity, we need to recognize that we are worthy of love, generosity, and kindness first.

It is not selfish, but an essential to acknowledge your own worthiness. No one is every going to give you the love, care, affection, or acceptance that you need and want, when you need and want it. Soooo…you give it to yourself dear one.

Today, I want to share a small mantra and meditation that has been part of my daily practice for the last decade.

Are you ready…

​​​​​​​Self Love Meditation

Place a hand on your chest and one hand on your belly.
Close your eyes.…