Stress: It’s Not All in Your Head

Imagine how your life would change if you had a trusty ally that pointed you in the right direction when making decisions. Imagine how relaxed you’d feel knowing that even difficult decisions no longer involve strenuous mental gymnastics. Your ally would actually give your mind a rest. No more over-thinking, no more lying awake trying to figure out your next best move—just you trusting what you know and acting with confidence.

On top of that, how would your life improve if ...

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Horse Whispering for Life Enrichment

Horses are a big part of our life and have been for a very long time. According to Wikipedia humans began to domesticate horses around 4000 BC and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC.

We bet on them. We compete on them. We police crowds and engage in warfare on them. We use them in beer commercials. We ride them as we gaze over a cliff at the ocean on vacation, and they pull us in ...

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Make a Move, Your Brain Loves It

Movement is a language the brain understands and enjoys.

The moment we bring attention to our movements, any movement, the brain resumes growing new connections and creating new pathways. Conversely, movement with out awareness does not provide the brain with any new information- it just mimics old patterns.

Donald Olding Hebb, a Canadian psychologist known as the father of neuropsychology and neural networks, explains this process well. He combined years of work in brain surgery with his study of human behavior and ...

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De-Stress on Demand

The stress stats are screaming at us. They may even be adding stress for some, but they like stress are very real.

1.) 80% of Dr. visits are stress related

2.) More than half of all deaths result from stressful lifestyles.- U.S. Center for Disease Control

3.) Over 30% of U.S. adults experience enough daily stress to impact their performance at home or work. – National Science Foundation

4.) Annually over $800 million dollars is spent on “anti-anxiety pills”. The U.S. accounts for 5% ...

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Accessing Your Creative Intelligence

People often ask me “How do you stay creative and find the time to write blogs and books”.

My answer to both of the questions is underwater. Nope, I don’t have a waterproof tablet or smart phone, but I do find that getting in water is one of my main ways to unleash the creative intelligence that’s within me and inside of everyone of us when we get quiet enough to let it emerge.

I discovered this when I was living and ...

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Cucumber Water is Not Lemonade

I was recently floating in the outdoor pool at a local hot springs resort when I heard a loud voice shouting,

“ Honey you will love this, its just like lemonade.”  I got curious to who this voice belonged to and where this person found this delicious lemonade, so I opened my eyes and what I saw was an excited mom handing her young toddler who was happy playing on the pool’s steps a plastic cup of cucumber water.

I thought to ...

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Creativity Is Ageless

I received a very exciting call the other day. It was from my 93-year young mom telling me she joined a “glee club”. Her group “The Angels” consists of seven elderly women who sing hits and show tunes from back in the day. And get this: their first performance is set for the holidays. My mom never sang in her life but in her tenth decade, she is exploring her creativity in many ways.

She’s just one example of  how it’s ...

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What’s Your Body Telling You About Realizing Your Dreams?

I was listening to the radio recently and heard an interview with Ryan Vogelsong, pitcher for the World Series champs S.F. Giants. He shared how he was complaining about some of their friends to his wife one morning saying, “ They don’t seem to be happy about their lives.” She replied to him with, “ Ryan, not everyone gets to live out childhood dreams like you did and still do.” He was humbled by what she said, and became more ...

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You Never Know When!

I just came back to my home in California after a very exciting trip to my old college campus to do a keynote, my hometown to talk at a bookstore and the nations capitol to do an in house training.

When I stood up to embark on my east coast journey, and step off of the plane, a man in front of me didn’t leave his seat, so I nodded at him, and slowly proceeded to walk forward.

Suddenly I heard that ...

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Breathe: Your Life Depends On It

In a quiz I give to individual clients and companies I ask questions like:

  1. How often do you notice the quality of your breathing?
  2. Are you aware if it’s shallow, deep, relaxed, short or choppy?
  3. How often do you consciously pause from what you are doing to take a few deep, full, relaxing breaths?

The reason I ask these questions is because most people unfortunately do not understand how important it is to be aware of your breathing pattern and how that impacts your ...

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Hallmark Holidays: Celebration or Bad Memories?

Our culture has created the expectation of Hallmark holidays like Father’s Day, yet from doing body centered counseling I know that families are seldom greeting-card perfect and that this annual ritual, just like many others, can bring up a lot for people, from ecstasy and fun BBQ’s to the scratching of old wounds.

Father’s Day, like other holidays, also reflects how much society and roles have changed. The Pew Institute released new data this week showing that more than a quarter ...

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Spring Raises Your Happiness Levels

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” Ernest Hemingway, “A Moveable Feast.”

It’s springtime and for most people that means getting outside and seeing everything bloom, including us. Spring offers warmer days and lighter and longer evenings, which means we are more inclined to exercise and spend outdoor time and activities with friends.

My ...

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Rebooting You

In our exciting times we have more new opportunities and choices then ever before. We also live in a culture that also offers more compelling demands on our time then ever before.

For many of us there’s just no time to rest, the pace of life is too fast and as a result there is a physical, emotional and even spiritual deficit in our life. Studies in the workplace show that stress, burnout, health issues and conflict between people is at ...

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Are We All Walking Time Bombs?

This week we heardabout yet another school shooting ( The U.S. is # 1 in that category) where the killer was described by other students and neighbors as a “fairly quiet and good kid who pretty much stuck to himself.”  A student who hid in a classroom while the shooting occurred told reporters,” He was a nice guy who I never suspected could shoot anyone.” Yes there were reports of problems at home, but enough to make someone kill?

As a ...

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Forgiveness, An Uncommon Sense

If you’ve ever been dumped by a lover, demoted by a boss, or hurt or bullied by an old classmate, did you hold onto hateful thoughts or even carry revengeful actions out on them to get even or even feel better? It wouldn’t be surprising if you did either of them, since we watch so many movies and feel so good when the good guy gets even with the villain.

However, new research is shining light on who actually gets hurt ...

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How Compatible Are You Two?

My work with couples over the years has convinced me that any two people can connect on any combination of levels. Let’s face it: some people form relationships in which the Mojo works in all areas, while other pairs have it going on in some areas but not others. Some couples share common values, interests and goals, and are also intellectually compatible, emotionally suited to one another in terms of basic temperament, and physically connected with zingy chemistry. On the ...

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Headline: Holiday Stress Tips

The winter holiday season offers a wonderful time to enjoy special moments with the ones we love. For many, this time of year also stirs up some emotions around family, past memories, loneliness and reflecting on where our life is now. It can also cause stress like spending money one may not have on gifts, shopping mall crowds, an overload of obligatory parties to attend and reactivating sad or bad memories of past holidays.

Many of us fantasize during this time ...

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On Purpose: Keeping You and Your Organization Determined, With Incentive

You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose. ~ Abraham Lincoln

How often do you think about the purpose of your business?

So often we set out to achieve the success that fulfills our dreams, but the logistics, the selling, the fixing and managing consumes us, and we don’t take the time to reflect on our original purpose for doing what we do a good ...

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