Zen Habits: The Way to Be

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“The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes. ” […]

Looking Ahead With Lauren: Take Time to Receive Love

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“We accept the love we think we deserve.” – Perks of Being a Wallflower I will admit to all of you, I’ve never been that great with accepting love. I’m good with showing love: buying special gifts for loved ones, giving compliments, telling people I love them regularly, etc. But accepting that someone truly means […]

Help, I can’t stop thinking!

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Many of us feel that our thoughts are out of our control. We think about work long after we have left, we worry about the future and keep going over things that have gone wrong in the past. Meanwhile, life seems to be slipping by. Modern psychology also recognises that compulsive thinking can lead us […]

Acceptance Can Turn Obstacles Into Inspiration

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A month ago, a student in my yoga class requested to speak with me. “Allison, you are so strong”, she said. “Yet, I sense you’ve had many challenges in your life. Where does your strength and happiness come from?” “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Albert Einstein I’ve been moved […]

Learning To Let Go

Learning To Let Go

“Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.” ~ David Foster Wallace A sunset is beautiful, but it lasts only so long. Once it’s over, it’s over. In time, perfection is tainted by life’s beautiful blemishes, and every perfectionist dies a thousand deaths. We often look at the things we enjoy—the relationships, the […]

Life, Interrupted: Fighting Cancer, and Myself

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There is a dreadful routine to chemotherapy. My life has been synched to a chemotherapy calendar ever since my leukemia diagnosis last year. I have become an expert at predicting when side effects and symptoms will set in. It’s a ghoulish monthly party, and the guests always arrive on time: nausea, vomiting, chills, exhaustion, fever, […]

True North Alignment

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Over the past several months, we have seen the fall of another great yoga teacher. Along with it we have seen many of his most senior students/teachers jump ship and renounce him as a teacher and their “brand” of yoga. This is not the first story of its kind. For as old as time humans […]

7 Ways to Claim Your Power

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. It is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that we are most afraid of. -Marianne Williamson “Power” is one of those words that can have a weird connotation. Many think of it as being aggressive or inflexible. As a […]

Free To Be Me: Awareness, Acceptance and Action

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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. —Buddhist saying I am a psychotherapist. I have the sacred privilege of witnessing the process of growth and transformation in my clients. It is holy work as I watch my clients move beyond limiting beliefs and learn to live more masterfully. My hope for them is that they become […]

11 Simple Ways To Supercharge Your Time In The Now

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“To be alive is to totally and openly participate in the simplicity and elegance of here and now.” ~Donald Altman Five years ago, my life was a mess compared to now. I was anxious, worried, afraid, and running away from my feelings–I was running away from the present moment. So, what happened? I started applying […]