Category Archives: Meditation

Living with Intent: 6 Steps to Living a Healthier, More Joyful & Purposeful Life

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About two years ago, I approached my father (Deepak Chopra) with a confession. I told him I was generally exhausted, over caffeinated and my sugar addiction was out of control.  I realized I was overscheduled trying to balance my role as a wife, mom, and entrepreneur with Intent.com, my start-up social media company. I felt bloated and had a lot of body pain. I hadn’t been meditating or exercising much, and at night I was having trouble sleeping. My father looked shell shocked, and it took a few moments for him to transition from concerned father to Deepak Chopra, the person that thousands go to for health advice. Continue reading

Doing the Inner Work for the Outer Work in a Suffering World

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For the last 3 weeks, I participated in an intensive program at Teachers College (Columbia University) for my Masters in Psychology and Spirituality. During 9-hour days, we immersed ourselves in an academic understanding of the inherent spirituality in children, and how spirituality relates to personal healing, education, substance abuse and depression, and communication. The experiential learning included heart based connection, artistic expression, individual and planetary energy healing, Jungian symbol exploration and, of course, lots of meditation and intention setting.

I will be honest – at times I found the experiential exercises excruciatingly annoying. I have been meditating for 35 years, have attended conferences since my teens, and teach about intention and balance at conferences around the world! For me, returning to school at 45 was clear – my intent was to develop a lexicon of theories in spiritual psychology for my public speaking, and potentially future books and projects.

This endeavor was for my mind and my intellect, not my soul.

As we sat, day after day meditating, I found myself getting more irritable. Because, the world continued to happen…

Brexit, stirring fear and uncertainty

Terrorist attacks in Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq, Saudi Arabia

The refugee crisis

My friend mourning her husband’s death to cancer

Philando Castile and Alton Sterling

Police shootings in Dallas

Accepting that we had to let go of Cleo, my brother’s dog Continue reading

Aging Gracefully

Aging Gracefully:
Noticing and Choosing What You Want As You Grow Older

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A few months ago, I did a panel, and follow-up interview with Prevention Magazine (a magazine which I love, by the way) on aging gracefully. How funny to find myself being a voice for that…

On the panel, as others talked about diet, exercise and how to look young, I found myself getting emotional as I thought about my grandfather, Nana, who had just passed away. I realized, while sitting on the stage, that aging gracefully for me meant living with dignity, being of service, and cherishing the relationships in my life. Continue reading

Intent of the Day: A Little Quiet

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This morning has come and gone, and maybe it was a frantic mess. Maybe, like us, you rolled out of bed 30 minutes later than expected with 10 minutes to be somewhere. Maybe this isn’t the first time this has happened. It’s no surprise then when you feel tired, discouraged and running behind all day until you finally get to crash back into bed and start all over again. Doing something different is going to require intention. Our intent is to start the day with a little quiet and so we want to decide what patterns, habits and mindsets need to stay while we also consider which need to go.

Needing a little less tornado in your mornings? Here are 3 things to help you: Continue reading

Meditation

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It had been a long, stressful day.  Responsibilities at work were at a record high.  Driving home was a challenge, due to heavy traffic.  The lines at the grocery store were at least 6 people deep.  I had not had a good night’s sleep in several days.  The tension in both my neck and lower back were at a record high, and my head was pounding with a headache that wanted me to simply find a dark and quiet corner, somewhere.   Yet, I had responsibilities at home I could not ignore.  I needed some sort of deliverance or miracle to make it through the next few hours.

I imagine you have had days like that, as well.  Days where it seemed the weight of the world was crushing you down.  Days where you felt that everything was against you.  Days when you felt you just didn’t have the strength to go on.  What is a person to do? Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Meditate and Breathe

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We know you’re all out there changing the world, but if we’re going to do this thing, it’s going to start by getting ourselves centered. We want to begin this day with a time of meditation and focus because when we start the day with intention, we are much more likely to accomplish our greatest desires. So what does starting with meditation look like? Does it mean candles and chanting? Do you need to have a fog machine? Meditation doesn’t have to be an other-worldly experience. It can be a quiet 10 minutes in your favorite chair first thing in the morning. Our intent is to start our day with meditation and breathing.

You too? We’ve got 3 things to help: Continue reading

Featured Intent: Yes to Your Full Potential

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Everyday we see original intents from our community that are encouraging and inspiring. They have hopes for seeing new jobs, new opportunities and new chapters in their stories. This week we are sharing some of our favorites, like this one. It’s one thing to have potential. It’s another to say yes to it. Are you ignoring your potential? Have you recognized that it’s waiting on your doorstep? Maybe potential is intimidating! That’s all normal and understandable, but we want to stop running from what might be waiting. Today we’re saying yes to our full potential!

You too? Here are 3 ways to help: Continue reading

Take A Breather

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We’re halfway through holiday season and everything seems to be moving lightning fast. Is it possible to keep up? We’re going to suggest that maybe, in the midst of madness, we find a way to slow down. Slow down to remember where you are, what you’re doing and what matter. Slow down to re-evaluate. Slow down to appreciate. If no one invites you to take a breather, it doesn’t mean you can’t make it mandatory for yourself.

Our intent of the day is to take a breather.

You too? Here are three resources to help: Continue reading

Codependency

codep     When I first realized I was a codependent, one of the things that I began to understand was that I lived my life playing the victim.  Everything was always happening TO me, people were always doing harm to me, and I was completely innocent, and the list could go on forever.  I victimized myself, and I wallowed in every bad emotion I had.  Doing this made me lose sight of the good things in life.

Today, I’d like everyone to grab a pen and paper so that we can make gratitude lists.  This is one of the tools that helps me feel good about myself and my life, and it helped reframe the misery I was putting myself in. Continue reading

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