Scarcity: The Most Vile of Illusions

  I remember the day when my son brought home a stray dog, which he named ‘Charlie.’ Charlie seemed like a sweet dog, even though he was a little apprehensive with me. I knew he had been roaming the streets for some time; he was clearly undernourished. So I quickly borrowed a bowl from Bella (our four-legged family member), filled it with food, and set it down. Charlie gobbled it up in minutes. When Bella innocently approached the now empty bowl, Charlie attacked her violently. Even though Charlie’s belly was full, his sweet demeanor turned into anger and aggression. This story… [read more]

Mirror, Mirror… A reflection about the truth of your beauty

  They say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. So when you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see all the beauty you embody or do you begin to make a mental checklist of all the physical “fixes” you need in order to feel beautiful? Thanks to mass media and advances in technology, we are bombarded by extreme standards of “beauty.” And those standards become more and more difficult to attain, particularly for women. It’s no wonder women are much more self-critical than men. Among women over 18, research states that at… [read more]

Our launch, our intention

We are truly excited to be launching our blog today, which includes a collection of many of the conversations we’ve had with our board members over the past year. At this auspicious moment, we held a special meeting with our board members—for the blog has truly been a co-creation with them. For the first time, they came together as a ‘collective’ [vs individually], an energy quite distinct, yet a resonance which was familiar to us. Here we share their intention [and ours] for the blog and celebrate with much joy the launch of what we hope will be a platform to serve others.… [read more]

Manifesting

Are you living the narrow scope of Ferrari-filled experience?

During today’s conversation with our board, the topic of perfectionism and exactitude came up. I admit I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist. And I know plenty of people who set the bar so high for themselves, that it’s nearly impossible [if not exhausting] to reach it. So we thought this would be a worthy topic to share. Until recently, I always thought perfectionism was a good goal to aspire to. It shows I pay attention to detail. It demonstrates I have high personal standards. It’s what defines my drive to progress professionally and financially. Sound familiar? But… [read more]

What does water symbolize for you?

Water is an element with innumerable qualities. Water can be murky or transparent. It can drown or quench thirst. It can be soft as a trickle or forceful, removing obstacles in its path. It can destroy or spring forth new life. Today, we were each asked by our board to describe what water symbolizes. Their perspective, as always, was deep and meaningful. The words we use to describe water can represent the emotional energy we value in ourselves, or a reflection of our own innate qualities, or our perception of how we relate to others. The meaning of water is unique… [read more]

Co-creation (and creativity) in action

Our board may be viewed by some as atypical, we admit. There is no dissemination of documents or an agenda [albeit, we often do assign action items!] But we hold ourselves to some conventionalities. Our board is governed by the powers, duties, and responsibilities of, let’s just say, our bylaws of the highest consciousness. And when it comes to important matters, such as the idea of this blog, we confer with our board of advisors for their vote. So in the spirit of transparency, we share an example of our “board meeting minutes,” and in doing so, hope you are entertained by the collaborative… [read more]

The Alchemist: Exploring a recipe for happiness

It’s nearly March and for the first time in my life, I haven’t drafted up the “proverbial” list of goals to achieve this year: increase my business income by 30%, increase my retirement contributions by 20%, lose those extra 10 pounds, commit to working out at the gym, sign up for that sculpting class, etc. The list goes on; you know the drill. I’ve always been goal driven. It gives me a sense of purpose, knowing I’m working towards improving my life on all fronts. But this year is different. I’ve been feeling a subtle and yet profound transition building deep within me, a yearning for… [read more]

The unconscious mind & overcoming self-criticism

If we look into the mirror with honesty, we would all admit to times when we have doubted our decisions, our abilities, perhaps even our character, and allowed that voice of self criticism to set in. I’m sure in their quiet moments, the likes of Richard Branson, Oprah, Warren Buffet, Mother Teresa and Obama have questioned their lives. After all, this is part of the human experience, right? Well it was one of those weeks for me. I looked at my life and questioned, “Did I make the right choices?” “Where would I be today if I would have taken the ‘corporate… [read more]

Interviews with Khaled: Boarding the board

Two months have passed since Khaled introduced himself. He had become one of our regular board members by now and always made invaluable contributions to the conversation, whether it be world affairs or personal matters. But today I had a mission. I had several random [but important] questions burning inside and was anxious to get some answers. Who decides to come on the board? Exactly how does the planchette move? Does reincarnation truly exist? It was the eve of Thanksgiving and we were busy preparing for the holiday. But Eryn and I took a brief respite from the flurry of activity… [read more]

Gratitude: An expansive muscle

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and we’ve been busy with the usual prepping, something I enjoy every year. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s doesn’t require lines at the mall to spend money you don’t have on gifts, just because it’s expected. Or two-hour waits at a restaurant for Mother’s Day. No, it’s about spending time with family, good food, and giving thanks for all that we have in our lives. I say this for those of us who are fortunate to live in a country that is not torn apart by war, or faced with widespread famine, or religious persecution. Such is the plight… [read more]