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How a Self-Love Experiment Can Help You Become Your Own Best Friend

I HAVE WHAT I refer to as a guru. But he is also my life coach, adviser, and healer. The last time I met with him, he told me, “You will find lasting love when you love yourself. Your only homework is to Love Yourself.” I felt like a helpless child watching as an adult dangled candy in front of me. The sweet thing I wanted so badly in my life was right there in front of me yet completely out of my reach. His words echoed in my mind: “All you have to do is love yourself and you will have everything you … [Read More...]

Wisdom & Self Growth

Understanding the Enneagram Centers: Body, Heart and Head

Enneagram

Are you looking for a place to start with this very powerful transformational tool? In my previous article, Understanding Yourself Using the Power of the Enneagram, I shared an overview of the 9 Enneagram types and how they can provide you with deep insights into your behavior and reactivity and a path for transformation. One way to start your exploration of the Enneagram is to look at the three centers: The Body or Instinctive center, the Heart center and the Head center.  Each of these centers has three Enneagram types and a predominant theme. The Body or Instinctive Center In the instinctive center the three types are predominantly focused on creating a sense of autonomy and respect. This shows up differently in each of the three types in this center. For … [Read More...]

Health & Wellness

You’re Not Broken Because You’re an Introvert

Introvert

Growing up, I had always felt different. Like something was not quite right with me. My teachers said, “She’s so quiet!” My parents prodded, “Why don’t you talk more?” My friends, surprised and a little hurt, asked, “You don’t want to hang out again today?”  In so many little ways, I was the weird one.  As an adult, I couldn’t shake the feeling of being “different.” I worked as a journalist for a few years, then went back to school to become a teacher. My graduate program was full of outgoing would-be teachers who always had something to say. They sat in little groups on breaks, bursting with energetic chatter, even after we’d just spent hours doing collaborative learning or having a group discussion. I, on the other hand, bolted for the door as quickly as … [Read More...]

Relationships

Enlightened Parenting: Act Outrageous Sometimes

Parenting

Once while I was researching a parenting magazine article I came across a suggestion to surprise your kids by jumping into the tub (fully clothed) while giving them a bath. “Do you really think parents do this?” my editor asked when I told her what I’d found. “I imagine not many,” I replied chuckling. “But, really, what stops us?” she asked with a twinkle in her eye.  The next time I spoke with this editor, she told me she had become one of the exceptions. While washing her 3-year-old son a few days earlier, she plunged right in—work pantsuit and all! The amazed look on her child’s face was worth every penny in later dry cleaning, she said. They splashed together for a good portion of the evening, and since then her son approached her with a new sense of delight. … [Read More...]

Career & Business

5 Myths about Systems that Are Stopping You from Changing the World

I believe you’re here to change the world. Being an entrepreneur, especially a spiritual entrepreneur, is a sacred mission. The world needs you. As an entrepreneur, you have a lot on your plate. Hundreds or thousands of things to track, do, create, deliver, market, execute, develop, plan and be. Just reading that list is exhausting. How often do you find yourself overwhelmed, stressed out and dropping balls? You’re juggling dozens of things at any given moment. This only works for so long. Eventually, you miss a deadline, an opportunity, a commitment or worse a family dinner. The constant mental gymnastics and physical strain it takes to be continually overwhelmed and racing to catch up is deeply depleting. Luckily the solution to all of these challenges can … [Read More...]