Eliminate Clutter and Tackle that Spring Clean-Up for Good

April 12, 2018

A clean house or office, free from clutter and perfectly organized—isn’t that the dream?

There are thousands of resources out there with techniques for organizing, tips for decluttering, or a process for cleaning your closet. The list runs the gamut from “150+ Things to Throw Away Today” to “30 Ways to Instantly Declutter” and “The 4-Pile Strategy for Simplifying Your Closet.”

I have another idea: clutter is a mindset.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness, Habits for Health

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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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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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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"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 Emotional Intelligence & Fitness, Business and Leadership

A Roadmap to Inner Peace and Emotional Fitness

August 22, 2017

Have you ever felt like your emotions are in the way of true happiness? The daily hassles, frustrations, and disappointments crowd out the possibility of joy?

Perhaps anger thwarts meaningful connections with your teen or spouse. Hmm. 

Or maybe you're passionate about growing your own business but your fear and insecurity derail productivity and essential actions? Hmm.

Or you're stressed out and struggling with anxiety? Maybe too emotional? Hmm.

Whatever problems you may have, I am convinced that they all lead back to missing skills in the processing and handling of your emotions [...]

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Simple Ways to Build Agility and Emotional Fitness

July 31, 2017

One beautiful autumn evening, after a full day with clients, I was carrying the groceries through the living room when I noticed my dog's peculiar pawprints on the carpet. I quickly dumped the bags on a nearby table and walked into our kitchen, which now resembled a toddlers' wading pool. The floor was covered with an inch of water, and it was rapidly seeping into the dining room carpet. Where the heck was the water coming from? Quickly I ran down to the basement to grab old towels to soak up the water—and was greeted with the horror of another flood, water gushing from above and multiple [...]

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

How to Make Employee Evaluations More Effective and Meaningful

July 06, 2017

Evaluating employees is a workplace standard that has been used for decades. At this point, it’s routine. Business is changing, though—just look at the prevalence of startups, unconventional office spaces, even workplace yoga.

Mindfulness is one of the fastest-growing interests in the business sphere. Now it is changing employee evaluations and feedback, too. When that inevitable, and admittedly awkward, time of year comes around for discussing employees' effectiveness with them, mindfulness is creating a new outlook for workers and managers alike.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness, Business and Leadership

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