TEDxUbud & Inner Peace
TEDxUbud

I love TED talks. And after working through a public speaking phobia I love speaking.  One of my dreams is to speak at a TEDx event. I even used speaking at TEDx as an example in my How to Manifest video from 2012.. So you can imagine my excitement yesterday morning when I was getting ready to go […]

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Surfing Through Fear
surfing through fear

“Turn around, Go Go Go!” the surf instructor said as I quickly maneuvered my board around.  As the wave came closer, I paddled, then gripped the board and … OMG I’m freaking surfing! I’m standing up on the board, looking out toward the beach with the world’s largest smile on my face.  What an incredibly […]

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Sunday Dance Yoga Barn
Sunday Dance Yoga Barn

I’m no stranger to the dance floor. It’s a very familiar and comfortable place for me.  I must have clocked thousands of hours in abandoned warehouses during the San Francisco 1990’s rave era.  But this weekend I learned something new, I learned about connection, love & judgement. This past weekend I went to Sunday Dance Yoga Barn […]

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Gratitude Makes Everything Better
Gratitude

I’ve started a hard core gratitude practice recently.   Hard core in that I actually take the time to write down what I’m grateful for and include the “why.”  Daily. The mental gratitude list I’ve been doing on occasion for the past few years does not compare… An attitude of gratitude is not enough! It’s like I’ve […]

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Asking For Help
Bali Plumeria

I live in Paradise. I am sitting on my bed in my Bali apartment looking out onto the palm trees & rice fields.  Nag Champa is burning, the air is sweet smelling & fresh. The humidity combined with a slight breeze feels nice after the tropical rain we had the past 16 hours. My tile floors are […]

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Fear of losing my stuff
Lombok Indonesia

The right side of our 80-person boat hit the water, then the left, then the right. It was as if the ocean was playing a vicious game of tennis or ping-pong and our ferry was the ball. We were on the 9:30am ferry from Bali to the Gili Islands and sitting in the front row.  The […]

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Surrender to the Universe

Newly built studio in great neighborhood, my friend next door, nice sized porch with a beautiful view of rice paddies & the volcano.  No white light experience while gazing at the phenomenal view, but who am I to expect that anyway.  It’s available and I’m in.  This will be my home for now in Bali. […]

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Acceptance is the Answer
Balinese offering

I step out of the taxi in Ubud and am immediately hugged by Mother Nature’s warmth and humidity.  My body was meant to be in this weather, every cell in my body is singing, “I’m happy.”  The taxi driver grabs my luggage and we begin walking down the path to the guesthouse. Our feet are […]

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Agoraphobic to Expat
Agoraphobic to Expat

It’s Saturday morning and I’m driving across the Golden Gate Bridge for the last time for awhile.  I look up at the large “International Orange” towers and smile at their magnificence.  I love this bridge. Memories are triggered.  Memories from what my life used to be like.  I am suddenly blown away by the resilience […]

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Minimalism Advice on Moving & Letting Go
Minimalist Advice

You are invited inside my closet.  It will be you, me & a Minimalism Expert! Ever find yourself struggling to let go of something you know you probably won’t use again?  Do you have a closet filled with clothes you don’t wear?  Boxes or drawers of stuff you don’t use? Maybe you are sentimental.  Or […]

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I’m Moving to Bali
I'm Moving To Bali

Beaches, fresh coconuts, daily 80 degree weather, palm trees, warm-hearted Balinese smiles, spiritual growth, super healthy food, juicy conversations with spiritual seekers from all over the globe, chillaxed lifestyle… Plus Bali is the perfect environment to finish recovering from my wrist & elbow surgeries. There are so many logical reasons I’m going back to Bali. […]

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How to be Present
Final Thoughts from Bali

I took a 2 hour I-Ching course in Ubud, Bali & had brunch with the teacher afterwards. While we were eating, the teacher said the simplest yet most profound thing.  He blew my mind. “THIS is life.“ Yep, this is life. THIS – what is happening right now – is life. I knew that.  Right?! […]

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The Balinese Medicine Man
Visting Tjokorda Rai in Bali

Ever been terrified & compelled at the same time?  Like having something you must do..  But at the same time fear it? I call that awkward marriage of emotions courage.  And while it doesn’t feel good, my attitude is generally bring it on!  It’s fear in motion toward a greater good.  It’s the feeling of growth. […]

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Crab Mentality

Climb out of the bucket! Do the people around you have a crab in the bucket mentality? Or worse yet… Do you? The essence of the crab mentality is, “If I can’t have it, you can’t either!”  For the crabs – this devious attitude is fatal.  Whenever one gets the courage to try to climb out […]

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The Power of Metta Loving Kindness
Metta Loving Kindness

Would you like to be more kind toward yourself? Want to increase self-love? Awesome, I’ve got the perfect practice for you in the video below! Metta or Loving Kindness meditation allows you to increase self-love and love of others by opening your heart. It will even increase your love for irritating or difficult people! You […]

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