Compassion Woman with her hands over her heart

Compassion, the practice of kindness, is contagious and has many immediate benefits including reducing your own suffering by improving your outlook and perspective and increasing your feeling of connection.  The specific value for healthcare organizations are well documented in Compassionomics by Dr. Stephen Trzeciak and Dr. Anthony Mazzarelli. Here are 5 ways you can take…

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In these times of overwhelm and uncertainty, it may seem counter-intuitive to feel grateful for anything. But the truth is, no matter what happens with this pandemic, there is still more right than wrong with the world. Gratitude helps us keep a perspective to make space for hope, calm, and peace, which I know I…

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We are all feeling the effects of the COVID-19 virus outbreak but no one is more distressed right now than healthcare organizations. I am here to serve and support you in any way and have outlined 5 resilience skills that will help us all navigate this uncertain and chaotic time. Thank you for all you…

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4Runner steps to self-compassion

I bought a brand new Toyota 4Runner in January this year. In August, I came to the conclusion it was too big for me and decided to sell it. Two days later, I backed into another car after yoga class–oops! (which is NOT exactly the sentiment I shared when this happened). The good news is,…

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taking care of yourself with yoga

Last month I wrote about recovery and since then I had another opportunity to learn and grow, (aka practice resilience). I required laser eye surgery for a torn retina, which can be literally blinding if not attended to, and the brief procedure was uncomfortable but painless.  The recovery was another story. I was instructed to…

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As many of you already know, resilience is not just the ability to bounce back in adversity, but an overall sense of wellbeing. It defines how we show up everyday, in the storms as well as the puppies and rainbows of life. This is great news. Although we can’t control the storms, we can take…

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What are you tolerating vision board

I started my new year off by teaching a class on vision boards, and I created my own first. I intentionally left a lot of space because when I cram too many things into my life, it is difficult for me to stay in the moment and truly enjoy it. Creating space includes assessing your…

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When I was showing our 5 year old granddaughter how to operate the shower after swimming, she asked very seriously, Should I wash all the body parts? I answered, Yes, all the body parts smiling inside and thinking about the parts of our bodies and lives we often don’t take care of, in other words,…

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At my Yoga Mindfulness Retreat last month at Mount Princeton Resort, many of the participants worked in healthcare, and all were caregivers in one way or another. There was a consistent theme for everyone’s intention for the weekend and that was self-care by making time and space for themselves. In other words, receiving instead of…

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Two weeks before my hip replacement, I went to my pre-op appointment which included a group class. I didn’t think much about it until I walked into a room with 25 other people who didn’t look anything like me. They were much older, bigger, and in worse shape, with canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. After the…

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