Posts by leeann

Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Resolutions

“I commit to…” losing five pounds. Getting enough sleep every night. Eating well. Doing the thing I should do that I don’t really want to do but everyone else seems to be doing in order to feel, look or be better.   These days, when we think of New Years resolutions, it’s easy to feel a sense of cynicism. Even with our best intentions, many of us are nonetheless prone to choosing the hard road to a place that we long for… then struggling to stick with it. No pain, no gain right?   But what if there was another way? What if, for example, we took an...

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Peace Begins with Me

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Peace Begins with Me

What does it mean to be a starting point?   As we near the holiday season, wishes for peace on earth abound, from traditional musical refrains floating over the airwaves on local radio stations, to a heightened awareness of the human condition, both locally and in locations across the globe. We always care. It’s just that at this time of year, we seem to care more. Or at least, we remember how much we do.   At the same time, the stresses of holiday shopping, family gatherings, and closing the 2014 business books can create a perfect and ironic tension with peace as an inner state...

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Living Grateful

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Blog | 18 comments

Living Grateful

What are you grateful for?   Around this time of year, you may be feeling grateful – for family, for friends. For the myriad of blessings in your life that you overlook during the usual daily grind. Yet around this time of year, you may also be feeling pressure to feel grateful… even when gratitude is not the attitude that’s presenting.   In moments of deep gratitude, it’s enough to count our blessings and enjoy the feeling of fullness that accompanies. But what should we do in moments when gratitude escapes us?   Whether it’s replaced with feelings of resentment,...

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Courage: When I am Whole-heartedly Me

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Courage: When I am Whole-heartedly Me

In her world renowned Ted talk, researcher-storyteller Brené Brown reminds us of the original definition of courage: “to tell the story of who we are with our whole heart.” This collection of words touches me deeply today, as I consider the depth of what it means in my own life.   To tell the story of who we are… Not who we imagine ourselves to be. Not the masks we put on to please others. Not who our mother or father would have liked us to be. But who we actually are, deep down, underneath the public image we present to the world. Underneath the layers and layers of...

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Full Circle

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Full Circle

Last week, as I was reflecting on the ways we run from the empty space in our lives, I had the pleasure to chat with a good friend by phone.   Like me, she had run out of excuses for running, and was sitting in silence in the empty space. Immediately I noticed her tenderness. She felt soft and open – cracked open almost. With her heart gingerly exposed, she shared a story about facing her deep fears in her most intimate relationship. In that moment, I dropped down another level of understanding to find my own truth about empty space.   In the space, there is room to feel my true...

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