Transform Your Mind Through Silent Meditation

Silence is a powerful inner resource. One way of observing silence is by refraining from communicating through words or gestures, and opening your awareness to the interconnectedness and unity of all that surrounds you. When I observe silence, I feel great solace and calmness. Silence alters my perceptions and makes order out of chaos. This is called silent meditation. The practice of silent or mantra meditation is another way of being silent. It allows you tap into that silence between your thoughts for greater access to your true Self. Lessening the chatter and quieting the mind is needed to be able to tune-in and listen on a deeper level. Sparks of inspiration, creative potentials, and happiness are found in the silence. Observing silence, known as Mauna in Sanskrit, is a way of transforming the mind. I enjoy leading and attending

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Begin Again – Creating the Passion

One of the biggest elements in my ‘begin again’ has been a focus on creativity. I’ve discovered my creativity is a crucial piece of me. It needs continual nourishment to keep me alive. By alive, I mean balanced, happy and functional. Creativity is my passion and life force. So how do you keep your passion alive when you are forced to work at a forty hour a week job that sucks the life out of you? For me, it’s about fifteen minutes a day devoted exclusively to my creativity. I know it sounds absurd, but I was astounded by how much I can accomplish in fifteen minutes a day. Last year, I did a six month experiment. Every morning, right after I showered, I sat down at the dining room table, set a timer for 15 minutes, opened a notebook

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Begin Again – Welcome to My World!

Have you ever dreamed of ditching your life and beginning again? Six years ago, I did just that, walking away from a reasonably successful law career in New York. Why? For me, it was the only possible choice. My life in New York left me burnt out and miserable. Every morning, when I woke up, my first thought was “I hate my life.” I knew if I didn’t make some real changes, I was looking at a lifetime of unhappy. I couldn’t let that be an option. I moved south, to Charlotte, NC where I had two acquaintances. That was ok, it was comforting to know there were people I could call for the name of a restaurant or a doctor. My alone-less forced me to be proactive to find my people. I had to step outside of my comfort

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The Realities of Relocation: Crisis and Opportunity

The influence of “place” on our psyches is a dynamic influence for each of us. Whether the serene beauty of a forest in the morning, the energizing pulse of a city at nightfall, the cozy clutter of a parlor in a fire lit colonial home or the clear Zen-like atmosphere of our home office, the impact of “place” upon our mind, body and spirit is enormous yet often simply perceived as a context we take for granted—until we relocate. We can attach to a place we call home and seek to remain there under all conditions. We can light upon a place for a time and then feel compelled to move on. There are the absolute demands of relocation for the sake of work or relationship and times that relocation requires a temporary (or permanent) separation from partner or family

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