5 Things Oprah Taught Me about How to Give a Good Interview.

GretchenRubinOprahStandingHarpoIncGeorgeBurns-150x150One of the biggest thrills in my professional life as being interviewed by Oprah herself, for her amazing Super Soul Sunday series. Yowza!

The interview aired on November 8, at 7 p.m EST/PT on OWN.

Doing the interview was exciting on many levels, but among other things, I learned a lot about the interview process. Oprah is the master, and it’s always a rare privilege to learn from a true master. Continue reading

Enlightenment Requires Only One Thing–Do You Have It?

brainFor most people, enlightenment, if it exists at all, remains a distant prospect that they never think of. It belongs to other people in other countries, with no relevance to the here and now. In the past few postings I’ve tried to dispel this notion, arguing that enlightenment is actually the most normal state of awareness. Therefore, it belongs here and now, in everyone’s life. But how would you even know if you’re enlightened?

As unfamiliar as the whole topic of higher consciousness may be, it comes down to resembling the common cold. Getting a cold involves a collection of symptoms–stuffy nose, sore throat, chest cough, etc.–that could belong to a number of other disorders. The only sure way to detect if someone has a cold isn’t to look at any of the symptoms but to determine if they have contracted the cold virus. Likewise, the literature about enlightenment is filled with a bewildering array of experiences, including: Continue reading

From Intent.com: Battling A Scarcity Mentality with Gratitude



One day this week I was sitting on an LA subway (translate: no internet) without emails or text messages to distract me from the growing anxiety and worry over to-do lists and conquering of constantly looming life questions.

“Am I making enough money?”
“Am I wasting time/my life?”
“Should I go home for Christmas or would it be wiser to stay in town?”
“Did I email so-and-so about the time change for the coffee meeting in two weeks?”
“Is marriage in the cards for me?”
“Do I already have a padded envelope to do that mailing or do I need to pick one up?”

Questions were coming at me like I was sitting at the base of a waterfall.
All mixed together. No theme or particular problem to unite them.
My whole life was starting to suffocate me at the Pershing Square station and that part that felt most suffocating was that it was so easy to answer every question with negativity.

“No, there’s not enough time/money/energy/happiness in my day.” Continue reading

4 Key Elements to Creating a Nurturing and Joyful Marriage



We all look for a secret recipe for a successful marriage, as if following those steps is going to give us the result we desire. The reality is that there is no such universal recipe for successful marriages. It depends on how you use the ingredients, the quantity and quality of them, the time and effort you invest and your personal touch. Every dish has certain key and basic ingredients and if they are missing, you cannot make it.

In the same way, every marriage should have certain key elements which are extremely vital in order for it to be successful, joyful, nurturing, caring and expansive. This is something I have personally discovered through my five and a half years of being married and creating a joyful, fun, kind and caring relationship with my husband that has contributed to my personal growth and expansion as well as his.

So what are these key elements you wonder? Here is a simplified list. Please be aware that a relationship always begins with you. So these elements can be used to create a loving relationship with you first before you create it with your partner! It is only when you have a nurturing relationship with you personally, you can bring that element to your marriage.  Continue reading

Why Enlightenment Should Be in Everyone’s Future


By Deepak Chopra, MD

Now that yoga and meditation have become everyday experiences rather than exotic practices reserved for a sliver of the population with an interest in the East, the same needs to happen with enlightenment. It remains in the old pigeon-hole that yoga and meditation have escaped. In all the yoga classes that have sprung up over the past decade in America, how many participants are there to pursue enlightenment? Very few, I’d guess. As an attainment, enlightenment feels far removed from modern life and its daily demands.

But in the last few postings I’ve argued that in reality enlightenment is a natural state of awareness–in fact, the most natural. When you experience your own mind in terms of self-awareness, something exists that isn’t part of the steady stream of mental events that we all identify with. There is a ground state from which thoughts, sensations, feelings, and images emerge, the way that matter and energy emerge from the quantum vacuum. By viewing enlightenment as a description of how consciousness works, how “nothing turns into something”–to use a familiar phrase from physicists who try to explain where the cosmos came from–, enlightenment tells us where the mind comes from. Continue reading

Molly Casey: Don’t Be Afraid of Creativity This Halloween

Halloween is a time where we get to tap into a more childlike, festive side. Maybe you don’t like it because it’s easier to skip it altogether than attempt to be creative, like Dr. Molly! But there is something special that happens when we get creative.

In what areas do you get to practice a little creativity?

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