Consciousness


Our Internal Dialogue: How We Got It and How We Can Use It Consciously to Cultivate Healthy Relationships

Our Internal Dialogue: How We Got It and How We Can Use It Consciously to Cultivate Healthy Relationships

When you and I were babies, we came to the world with the ability to communicate.  We cried, stared, moved our limbs, shrieked, cooed, and made all kinds of noises and movements to get attention from our parents and caretakers. We did this for two reasons. One, we could not fend for ourselves, so we needed others to pay attention to us and help us...

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6 Fundamental Steps for Women to Communicate Powerfully

6 Fundamental Steps for Women to Communicate Powerfully

As I sit to write this blog, I feel very moved reflecting on the women I’ve supported over the years who have developed the capacity to communicate powerfully. I’m thinking of a woman who was afraid to ask her husband for a divorce, fearing that her family would disown her because of their religious beliefs. This courageous woman learned to speak to her family with...

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How to Communicate Love Out Loud

How to Communicate Love Out Loud

I’ve heard many times from my teachers that one of the things that matters most at the end of our life is how deeply and sincerely we were able to love. The teaching about our ability to love has been imprinted in my heart since I was young. I vividly remember hearing my mother talking to my grandmother’s body at my grandmother’s wake asking her,...

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Quieting the Inner Interrogator

Quieting the Inner Interrogator

The beginning of the year found you contemplating new actions you want to take. You can feel a certain kind of electricity in your body when you consider the kind of experiences you can have if you take action. And in an instant, that sense of electricity gets dimmed. Your inner knowing is overpowered by a familiar inner voice I call the Inner Interrogator. Yes,...

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Reaching in, Speaking out, and Committing to Peace in the Face of Violence and Hatred

Reaching in, Speaking out, and Committing to Peace in the Face of Violence and Hatred

The violent events in Charlottesville last week affected me deeply. I felt heartbroken about the pain of polarization, racism, intolerance, and xenophobia that has haunted this country’s history and seems to be humanity’s sad and enduring legacy. I felt confused, angry and thirsty for solutions to heal this pain.   The tragedy of how racial beliefs override our ability to see each other first as...

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The Gift of Communicating Anger Compassionately

The Gift of Communicating Anger Compassionately

Your day started with ease. You took some time for self-connection before leaving home. You did some yoga, meditation or took some conscious breaths. “Today is going to be a great day,” you say to yourself. You leave home with a sense of purpose and optimism.  As you drive to your first meeting, traffic is slow. You turn the radio on and hear some disturbing...

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Cultivating the Courage to Take Compassionate Action

What is compassionate action? I’m defining compassionate action as the ability do something to alleviate the pain that’s being experienced by ourselves or others. We take compassionate action because of our love and care for those who are suffering. It is undeniable that at this time, there is so much pain and suffering in our communities and the world.  And while there are many specific...

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15 Tips to Have Healthy Conversations about Politics

I grew up in Argentina, where politics was discussed at home during meals on a regular basis. However, I was not allowed to talk about politics with anybody else. “If others know what our political ideas are, we could get killed,” my mother told me when I was young. The idea that we could die for sharing our political views had a great impact on...

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Authenticity

These days I often hear certain political candidates described as “authentic,” meaning that they speak their mind, and share their judgments and opinions freely. Often I’ve noticed, however, that this way of being occurs without regard of intentionality, consideration of impact, or self-assessment about the situation or audience at hand. Many recent articles have also suggested that you should not be “authentic” unless you are a celebrity, because you...

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Language is More Than Words

Language is More Than Words

Today we have an unprecedented ability to connect to other human beings via the Internet and other mediums and yet many of us are feeling lonely, isolated and dissatisfied with our human relationships. According to the World Health Organization, the number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety has increased by nearly 50% in the last 15 years, especially in areas that are heavily populated....

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