Archive for July, 2012

R & R

July 16th, 2012

I was talking with a client earlier about my choice to take a 2-week vacation this summer as part of my “self-care” regimen.  What I realize more and more is that it’s not only about self-care, but it also makes it possible for me to sustain balance in my practice and in my life in general.  So vacation isn’t only about getting away and getting some R & R, but it’s also an essential part of what allows me to show up fully for my clients and my life.

There was a time in my life when a 2-week adventure away from home would’ve felt like a luxury, but now I know differently.  Rest and relaxation is truly an art that is often overlooked or minimized, yet it’s actually become a  priceless way for me to create more balance and ultimately, more creativity and spaciousness inside of me.  I invite you to consider the limitless possibilities of carving out this type of down-time in your life.


July 5th, 2012

When I was in sixth grade we sang a song in chorus entitled “Freedom” and it was a catchy little tune that we belted out proudly.  At the time I really had no idea what freedom really meant on a personal level, but now I have a bit more understanding of the value of personal freedom on a deeper level.

We happen to live in a country that for the most part allows us to be who we are.  Of course there are prejudices and discriminations throughout our society, but I’ve also experienced numerous opportunities to develop the rhythm within and to sing my own tune.

As a sixth grader, I worked really hard to conform–to wear the right clothes, talk the right way and yes–even sing the right songs.  Nowadays in recovery I still conform to some extent, but I also value what it means to listen deeply to what my inner voice is saying, to have the freedom to be exactly who I am and ultimately be comfortable in my own skin warts and all.

I’m grateful for the many freedoms that reside both inside and outside of myself and take this July 4th holiday as another reminder of the gift of independence truly available to us all.