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  • I recently attended an online retreat with Mark Nepo. We shared stories about the light of our soul that is always present in the love of our hearts. I visualized my inner light in a lantern that is my heart and I captured it in this poem.

  • In life, we often stumble, fall, and mess up. This is what it means to be human. Unfortunately, however, for many of us, we learn that falling is weakness and making a mistake is shameful. These social labels or "standards" make it very difficult for people to embrace their humanness.

  • Being vulnerable and sharing your emotions with others is like opening a door to your heart and letting people see you - the real you - in all your messy feelings. It's hard but it is the only way for people to really get to know you. In my experience, the gifts of love and connection are only achieved through our ability to be vulnerable. Here are some ways that I work on embracing vulnerability.

  • The topic of emotional agility is personal for me because it is the foundation of my daily practice and the theme of my new children’s book. This week, I experienced a devastating loss with the death of my friend’s 13 year-old daughter. It was a harsh reminder that life is unpredictable, incredibly hard and constantly changing. Somehow, we need to be emotionally "prepared" for the unexpected. By prepared I mean, we need to be able to flow with the flow of life while maintaining a strong sense of self.

  • I have discovered that creativity is not what you think, it's how you express your feelings. As a child, I told myself that "I am not creative". My parents discouraged me from taking art and music classes because, in their opinion, "art didn't amount to anything" like a real job or a proper income. Their opinion sadly became my frame of reference and I grew up believing that creativity didn't have any value. 

  • True connection happens when we stop comparing our lives and start sharing our stories. It is in sharing our stories and experiences, within a safe and supportive environment, that we learn to value and care for one another.

  • The theme of openness is one that I live by and it seems to be coming up a lot more these days in conversations that I am having with others. Last week, during The Class with Natalie Kuhn, she encouraged our group to stay open as we moved through challenging emotional and physical positions.

  • The pandemic raised a lot of fear in me. As an acknowledgement of my fears and a way to express each one, I listed them in my journal. Here is an excerpt from my journal dated March 25, 2020: I fear not seeing or hugging my mom ever again. I fear the loss of normal routines

  • Facing the truth isn’t always easy. Especially when you’re afraid that the truth might hurt someone. This happened to me when my kids entered grade school. I realized that I was holding on to painful truths from my childhood and there was a very good chance that my pain would hurt my children unless I found the courage to face it.

  • In my boardroom, I am free to do what I love and, as a result, I produce my best work. This place of joy is my definition of success. It's not a big corner office with fancy furniture but, to me, it's much more distinguished and powerful than that. It's a place where big ideas flow, creativity thrives and personal growth happens.

  • Creativity does not form part of an agenda or a well-constructed plan. Creativity is an unexpected outpouring of ideas from the heart. It is a brush stroke, a dot, a word, a tempo that reveals a feeling of love. We are all creators when we are creating for love’s sake. It took me 40 years to appreciate the truth about creativity and how creativity flows from my heart to the outside world.

  • Pain is a process. Loss. Rejection. Betrayal. Loneliness. Whatever the cause, pain places us in an uncomfortable position and managing our emotions around it can be challenging. At times, we are so gripped by pain that we become stuck, immobile, and unable to help ourselves in the moment.

  • People who don’t know me well or haven’t known me very long often ask the question: Is your happiness real? They want to know if I am actually as happy as I appear to be every day. One day it hit me. I realized that perhaps some people think that my positivity is false. Maybe they think that I wear a mask of positivity to cover up for something negative. Because really, is anyone truly happy all of the time?

  • As a person who values connection as the highest measure of fulfillment, I made connection my life's work and my daily practice. Two years ago, I began exploring how we use joy, kindness, confidence and serenity to connect with our inner selves, our communities and our environment. In my experience, I found that by dedicating small amounts of time each day or week to these four virtues, we actively engage in a life of love and connection.

  • I learned to appreciate the value of moments when I lost valuable time with my parents. When I was nine years old, my dad left our family to start a new life. He never returned or stayed in touch. I had nine special years with my dad. When I was 13, my mom was hospitalized for a brain injury. She had attempted suicide and suffered brain damage from the incident.