Year: 2014

December 22, 2014 Dawn No comments exist

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…

November 24, 2014 Dawn No comments exist

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….

November 12, 2014 Dawn No comments exist

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…

October 24, 2014 Dawn No comments exist

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…

October 24, 2014 Dawn No comments exist

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…

August 28, 2014 Dawn No comments exist

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…

July 16, 2014 Dawn No comments exist

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…

June 10, 2014 Dawn 1 comment

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…

May 27, 2014 Dawn No comments exist

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…

May 7, 2014 Dawn 2 comments

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…