As the Gauguin exhibit winds up a successful run at The Art Institute of Chicago, what can we learn from Gauguin's life and work that could inspire our own lives?Read More
For many years, I wanted to be a member at Art Institute of Chicago. I thought about it each time I received one of their tasteful email invitations. I imagined if I were a member, I would just go there, with no excuse not to, and it would be a wonderful part of my life. Membership was one of those things that sounded good, but I never did it.
This past spring, in an effort to entice family members from other cities to visit Chicago and to embrace the spirit of author Shonda Rhimes, in her book “The Year of Saying Yes,” I bought an AIC membership – a premium one. I can go now, as often as I’d like, and bring guests. I'll be sharing insights about this with you over a couple entries here. Some of this may surprise you.Read More
When you think of Ernest Hemingway you may visualize the iconic photo of the man in the turtleneck captured by photographer Yousuf Karsh in 1957. Karsh described Hemingway as "the shyest person I ever photographed."
What happened to transform a brash, fearless world traveler and adventurer into a shy and paranoid man as he approached 60 and died at 61? After 17 years of meticulous research, forensic psychiatrist Andrew Farah addresses this question in his recent book, Hemingway's Brain.Read More
There is a link between low levels of melatonin and cancer, specifically breast, ovarian, and prostate. Recent studies show that exposure to light at night can actually increase tumor growth. Melatonin production is suppressed and normal circadian rhythms are interrupted. Learn more about what you can do.Read More
Last week I felt like I hadn't had enough vacation time even though I was just returning from the long holiday break. The fact that it was consistently less than 10 degrees outside certainly was a factor but another was my deep sense of fatigue. My spirits picked up some once in the office. Lots of self-care over time helped too – yoga, Zumba and sleep -- but I still felt tired.
Then yesterday, on my Facebook page, one of those often annoying memory pop-ups appeared. My heart recognized the picture before my head.
Looking for refuge after a busy, somewhat chaotic pre-holiday season, I latched onto this book I've been wanting to read titled "Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation" by Sharon Salzberg. Here is one of my favorite parts so far:
My wish for you this holiday season is that you have time to reflect and build resources. We need time to reflect on which wolf we are feeding most often. We need time to strengthen by taking stock especially identifying and taking in the good from the past year. All this is essential before beginning to consider change and creation in the next.
Two things I'm most proud of this year are becoming a certified meditation teacher and completing intensive training in neuro-meditation. To achieve these took time and focus while managing a rather busy, sometimes crazy, life. They changed me in some basic ways and I grew personally and professionally.
Right now, I'm not 100% sure how I'll incorporate these tools into my professional services. I know they will help people but I'm taking time to reflect on that. Actually, I'll meditate on it and keep you posted. :) All ideas are welcome.
Be well, be happy, travel safely, and enjoy life. Happy 2017.
Today is the day before we elect our next president and the world is swimming with vrittis of chitta (swirls of energy), as am I. There is concern about what will happen and how it will affect us all. I can’t have all this in my head and concentrate today. So I am meditating on this:Read More
As a psychotherapist and coach, I say with certainty that many people are stressed now. The constant chaos around who said what outrageous thing and who is telling the truth is like a thick veil of ugliness that weighs heavy. Maintaining good mental health is a bigger project than it usually is.
Here are 8 ways to cope:Read More
Yes, meditation can be a part of brain training. It’s a superpower which helps in many ways. It’s a wonderful supplement to the primary component of my practice: neurofeedback. And it’s an excellent aid for my clients who are focused on peak performance, have anxiety concerns and are dealing sleep issues and ADD.Read More
Have you ever had a boss or been a boss for whom everything was an emotional issue?
As a leadership coach, one major pattern I often see that gets leaders in trouble has to do with brain function. I'll make this simple. Different parts of the brain do different things. Operating from different locations, particularly the Limbic Brain or Prefrontal Cortex, can help or hurt our efforts.Read More