Year: 2014

Slow Down? Not a Chance.

This time of year, it simply may not be possible to “slow down” or take something off your to-do list. On top of that, when we’re the only one responsible for getting it all done, it’s easy to feel alone and overwhelmed. To help work with this feeling, I’ve been calling on a relatively easy Read More …

Choose Love.

It’s confusing how the holidays, which are supposed to be about love, can inspire a good deal of anxiety. How would a difficult family situation, or a meaningful decision be transformed if we ask ourselves this question: Do I choose Fear, or Do I choose Love? You can’t really have both at the same party. Read More …

Live-in Gurus: Your Children

It started over a new special sweater. Our two eldest daughters were having a massive screaming match that devolved into a physical fight. Then our youngest managed to get herself in the middle —and that didn’t end well. And then, I lost it. After a guilt-ridden school drop off, I made my way home wishing Read More …

Get me to The B.A.R.

Sometimes life sends us those small annoying storms—the lost phone, the bad hair coloring job, the cranky kids. And sometimes the storms are more significant milestones—a real loss, a diagnosis, a deeper disappointment or betrayal. When life comes along with her thunder and lightening, we can bristle and push the experience away. The dominant thinking Read More …

Nourishing Ourselves

That beautiful crisp autumn air ushers in a natural time to reflect on where things are in our lives. For me, the question that keeps surfacing is–How can we nourish ourselves at the deepest level? Sure, food choices come to mind, but that’s not my focus (see www.stacyschwartzhealthcoach.com if that is an interest). My focus Read More …

Summertime Blues, I mean, News

This summer’s news threw me into a whirlpool of fear, sadness and outrage. Turmoil every which way you turn—Israel and Palestine, Syria, Liberia, Ukraine, Fergusson—just to name a few. The tension and concern is palpable. You might have noticed that the world falling apart encourages a “fear and protection” mode. Sure, I can write my Read More …

I AMUSE MYSELF

The family and I are planning a trip to Europe, including a jaunt to Paris (I’m a first-timer), so I figured I’d pick up some handy French phrases on Youtube. Among other expressions, I learned that the literal French translation of “I had a good time” is “I amused myself”. Sounds a little funky at Read More …

SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND

Do you ever notice how many times you hold back your enthusiasm, your brilliance, your energy, your beauty, your sensuality? It’s so easy, perhaps even habitual, to put ourselves into unassuming little cardboard boxes. Small things like talking negatively about yourself (especially in the context of someone else’s complimenting you). Larger ones that might put Read More …

Do Good Yoga

What is “good” yoga? Good yoga is yoga you can count on. Good yoga doesn’t force you to be happy, or super-bendy or ultra-zen. Good yoga allows you the space to feel. Good yoga is honest. Good yoga asks your mind chatter to quiet just long enough for you to enjoy the movement of your Read More …

The Self-Negator (Rhymes with The Terminator)

I’m just minding my own business and it starts up. The wondering what he/she thinks. The putting myself down for no real good reason. It’ll show up when I second-guess my parenting, in certain social interactions, and in witnessing my own aging. Ugh. In talking with many of you, I realize this “self-negator” is pretty Read More …