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DEBRA OPENED UP MY EYES TO WHAT I REALLY WANTED OUT OF MY CAREER AND ULTIMATELY, MY LIFE AND FUTURE. SHE HELPED ME OVERCOME FEARS THAT PREVENTED ME FROM CONSIDERING OTHER POSSIBILITIES.
LESLEY BIDLAKE

It might be time to start again.

Years ago, my husband and I sat in silence with a group of strangers in Joshua Tree for 10 days. As part of this Vipassana retreat, we meditated for about 10 hours every day. Each session of sitting would begin with a recording of the teacher, S.N.Goenke saying, “Start Again”.  To this day my husband…

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The Self Care practice you’re probably not doing.

I just learned that July 24th is International Self-Care Day. I first thought, “Is that really a thing?” Then I wondered if you might beat yourself up about it, thinking “Oh God, now I have to add self-care to my already massive list of things to do”. I thought about some of my busy clients,…

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How to do Hard things.

My best friend’s mom just died. That was a hard thing. I had the privilege of being up close and personal with the process from the moment of diagnosis until after her last breath. It may seem strange to call it a privilege, but Beverly had a beautiful death, surrounded by people she loved, prayers,…

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Anxious? This simple practice always helps.

When my clients report feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stuck, and generally in a funk, I recommend this simple practice for one week. It’s Dope. When they do it they report feeing: Calm and relaxed. Happier and more confident. More creative and able to focus. Want some of that yourself? Stay off all Social Media for one…

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Walk your Desire Path.

How do you know if the Path You’re On will lead you to your heart’s desire? “Desire Path” is a term used in landscaping. It refers to a path created by people or animals walking regularly through an area. It’s a different path from the one that was planned and laid out. In this photo the…

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Make summer last longer.

Last weekend I was at a wedding in Sequoia National Park. It was full of music and colour and animal masks. The giggling groom in his purple suit and lavender mohawk set the merry tone. After the last child arrived on a fiberglass unicorn and the bride settled in next to her mate in a…

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What are you thirsty for?

After years of drought, looking at parched landscapes and hiking barren mountains, we got rain. Everything is lush and teeming with life. Landscapes are every shade of green and bursting with kaleidoscopes of colorful flowers. Water’s tumbling over rocks, down hills, creating creeks and pools where salamanders are busy making salamander babies. Our once thirsty…

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How about a little compassion and awe?

Years ago my mom pressed her ear against mine. “No” I told her, “I don’t hear it.” She has tinnitus that’s so loud she was sure other people could hear it. When I meditate my body often tingles. Last weekend I asked my husband to press his body up to mine and hold me after…

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It’s not about being present.

I want to say a bit about being present, cause the command to “Be Present” is everywhere: On t-shirts, pillowcases, tattoos and Instagram posts about desert turtles. Being present has become one more thing you gotta do and one more thing to feel bad about if you’re not doing it. But it’s not about being…

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Elevate Your Life to a Work of Art

There’s a simple ingredient I’ve been using in my life and sharing with clients. Here are some of the symptoms we’ve been experiencing when we use it: A deeper sense of peace. Heightened intuition. Greater connection with self and others. More creativity. Easier decision-making with greater clarity. It’s the same ingredient you’ll find in abundance…

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