How to Find Inner Peace by Resolving Conflicting Feelings

March 13, 2018

Recently I was coaching a married couple who were having difficulty working things out. They brought up one particularly upsetting event that was very uncomfortable for them both. The wife was being honored at an awards ceremony for her achievements at work. A week before the ceremony, the husband agreed to go and even told her how proud he would be to stand by her side. She was very pleased that he would accompany her, and she thought they were both looking forward to the event.

But as they were getting dressed for the ceremony, the husband started bemoaning the fact that they had to go [...]

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How to Handle Distracting Technology at Home

March 01, 2018

You are now competing with pixels for the attention of nearly everyone you know. And you are probably losing.  

Technology addiction, screen time, the black hole of the internet, Reddit and the endless scroll of Instagram—not to mention those notifications every time an email slides in...the widespread influence of tech is a thing of daily life for most American families. There are more ways for screens to suck people in than there are people to be enticed.

The other day, my dog got so caught up in a Game of Thrones episode that she wouldn’t come when I called (there were wolves on the [...]

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

The Spaces in Between Are Just as Important

February 27, 2018

We are essentially just moving our bodies around in space. I remind my yoga students that from time to time, not to diminish the importance of yoga to them or to make it seem trivial. In fact, operating in space is exactly the opposite.

Open space is, in my mind, incredibly under-appreciated. So often we spend our days rushing through space, whether that’s hurtling through traffic from point A to B in our car or hastening to complete the next bullet point on our never-ending to-do list.

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Is a Lack of Empathy Destroying Our Interconnectivity?

February 20, 2018

Day by day, we have more and more ability through technology to stay connected, even globally. But day by day, many of us feel more and more alone. It’s counterintuitive—but the statistics don’t lie. Divorce rates are high and depression is rampant. Among teens, the more screen time they report, the higher their rate of depression. Suicide rates in all age groups are up. Every 12 minutes, someone in the US commits suicide. 

These are not the marks of a genuinely interconnected society. But, we say, we’re so connected! Or are we? Let’s take a closer look at what’s really going on in our [...]

Posted in Communication & Interpersonal Skills, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

What’s Your Coping Style When Head and Hard Don’t Align?

January 06, 2018

Pop Quiz: How Do You Cope?

What do you do when you have everything you want and need, but you still don’t feel happy? You have satisfying work; your finances support you; you have a strong home life...but it still feels like something is missing for true happiness.

Do you shut down? Do you rev up? If you want to exit the conversation the second I ask you if you feel fulfilled...that’s probably a clue.

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The Heartmanity Year in Review

December 28, 2017

2017 was a whirlwind year. As the retrospectives start rolling in, it doesn’t take much to floor me. Did all that really happen in 2017? Has it only been one year?

Author José Saramago wrote this about Time: “You never know beforehand what people are capable of, you have to wait, give it time, it's time that rules, time is our gambling partner on the other side of the table and it holds all the cards of the deck in its hand, we have to guess the winning cards of life, our lives.”

You never know what a year is capable of.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness, Habits for Health

Learning How to Set Healthy Boundaries with Family

December 23, 2017
Blurred family boundaries have repercussions. At best, they can be annoying, at worst they’re completely soul-crushing. We’ve all seen examples—the siblings who constantly pester each other; the helicopter parent; the grandparents who take control from the parents.

Setting healthy boundaries on the other hand creates a dynamic, thriving relationship where both parties can be genuine and grow together. That’s the ideal; and it is not always (hardly ever) an easy one to achieve. Establishing limits in family life is worth the work, though.

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Speaking Your Truth Even When It's Uncomfortable

December 11, 2017

There’s been a lot of truth-speaking filling the social discourse lately...and a lot of not-truth speaking. Especially with the proliferation of sexual assault discussions in every corner of every vocation nationwide, the idea of “speaking your truth” is front and center.

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"Look What You Made Me Do!"

October 21, 2017

“Look what you made me do.”

Even if you haven’t said those words, you probably know the feeling. Your friend startles you and you drop something fragile. Your co-worker procrastinates and you miss a deadline. Your spouse does something infuriating and you get frustrated or angry. How do we escape the blame game?

I recently found myself in a situation that I hope never to repeat; the kind that makes your stomach turn and the spot between your lungs feel tight. After moving to a new city and starting a new job, I dove headfirst into my role; I volunteered for more responsibility, took on [...]

Posted in Business and Leadership, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

4 Keys to Set Healthy Boundaries for Teens

October 07, 2017
  All parents hope their children will become respectful, responsible, and loving adults. However, family and work lives are extremely busy and hectic. Time collapses like a cheap cardboard box and soon the months turn to years and toddlers turn to teens. Parents find themselves stumped by the teenage years and completely unprepared.
 
As parents, we can slip into inattentive parenting from sheer exhaustion. Genes alone cannot give children emotional control. Sorry to disappoint but no gene guarantees emotional intelligence. This critical development is up to parents. Children [...]

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness, Parenting Favorites

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