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6 Questions to Heighten Your Heart's Intelligence

Your heart is your internal GPS. It contains neurons and processes information, much like your brain. Of course, instead of communicating in words, your heart's language is feelings.

When you ignore your feelings, you close the channel of communication between your heart and your brain, which limits your ability to perform at your best.

How many times have you heard someone say, “I had a feeling about that, but I just didn’t listen.” That’s because most of us in western society haven’t been trained how to listen to our bodies. Fortunately, with mindfulness, this trend is changing. 

Tuning in to your heart

Pausing to slow down, tune into your body, and focus your attention on your feelings may be an unfamiliar practice, but it's a great way to re-open the lines of communication from within and give you access to deeper levels of inner intelligence.

Six questions to heighten your heart’s intelligence


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The ONE goal worth setting in 2020

mindfulness Dec 31, 2019

Happy New Year!

As you say farewell to 2019 and cross the threshold into 2020, here's one goal worth setting this year.

Affirmation for 2020: "I TRUST THAT I AM ENOUGH"

This simple affirmation contains multiple layers of meaning. The obvious interpretation is for you to trust that you are enough right now. To acknowledge that there's nothing else you need to be whole and complete. Easier said than done!

How do you trust yourself, you ask?

Let's look at the not-so-obvious interpretation, which is to place enough trust in the "I Am" within you to guide you every step of the way. It may be challenging to trust your limited human ego, but as you expand your awareness and recognize that you are in fact in a loving relationship with the "I AM" within you, you can relax into an entirely new level of trust.

Even now, beyond the superficial drives and desires of your personality, you are connected with the living Presence of the "I...

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3 Tips for a Mindful Holiday Season

holidays mindfulness Dec 21, 2019

However you celebrate your holiday season, here are a few mindfulness tips to help you experience more of what really matters: love, joy, peace and connection. 

3 Tips for a Mindful Holiday Season

1. Mindfully Direct Your Attention. Virtually the only thing you ever really have control of is your attention. Your attention is like a spotlight. When you are mindlessly aiming your attention at everything that's going wrong, at what's not enough, or what's lacking in your life, that's what becomes amplified in your experience. The more you focus on what's not enough, the more you feel dissatisfaction and discomfort. 

The beauty of mindfulness is that when you catch yourself focusing your attention on lack or limitation, you can simply become aware (wow...look at that - my mind was focusing on lack!), and then make a conscious choice to re-aim the spotlight of your attention. Bring yourself into the present moment, and redirect your mind to...

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7 Mindful Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

mindfulness Jun 15, 2019

What are YOU doing to celebrate the Summer Solstice?

This weekend marks the longest day and the shortest night. Can you believe we are already nearly half way through the year? 

The word Solstice comes from the Latin sol, meaning sun, and sistere, meaning to stand still. Since the Winter Solstice, the days have been getting progressively longer. This weekend, it's as if the sun stands still to pause in all its glory before receding once again into its decent toward the darkness of winter. 

That's why this is an ideal time to mindfully pause and reflect on your intention, direction and purpose for the rest of the year.

This Friday, June 21, I'm hosting a group of conscious women here in the Puget Sound area for a Women's Wisdom Circles Summer Solstice Ceremony. 

There are a few spaces left so register soon if you'd like to participate! We will be gathering outside at Sanctuary Woodinville, letting our...

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How to Spread Loving Kindness with Moments of Mass Mindfulness

mindfulness May 11, 2019

What are you doing this weekend?

I just heard about a very cool virtual event called “Moments of Mass Mindfulness,” where you can join thousands of people in over 40 different countries for a loving kindness meditation for world peace. Amazing, right?

Moments of Mass Mindfulness, or MOMM, is partnering with the HeartMath Institute and they are giving away free tools for anyone who wants to participate. You can download the HeartMath Global Coherence app for free, and get a free loving kindness meditation here:

How your thoughts create a positive ripple effect

Researcher John Hagelin conducted several studies to show how Transcendental Meditation influences the greater community. He found a statistically significant reduction in crime when large numbers of people gathered together focused on loving kindness. Author Lynne McTaggart has also researched how people who send healing intentions to others experience...

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7 Questions to Rapidly Reset Your Mindset

mindfulness motivation Apr 16, 2019

Did You Know...

Your mind is like a search engine. The questions you ask program your mind to seek and find an answer. What questions do you ask yourself all day long? Are they effective or ineffective at helping you achieve your goals? 

Ineffective questions are problem-focused. 

It stands to reason that when you ask your mind a problem-focused question, it will search for the answer to the question, which doesn't always help you solve the problem!

7 Problem-Focused Questions NOT to ask

  • Why me?
  • Why can’t I do this?
  • Why do I always mess up?
  • How come I never get it right?
  • What’s wrong with me?
  • Why is this so hard?
  • How come everyone else gets what they want but I don't?

When you've been focusing on a problem, give yourself a mindset reset! Instead, ask the following 7 questions to focus on what you DO want, not what you DON'T want.

When you ask your mind a solution-focused question, you'll screen your...

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How to Boost Your Motivation in 5 Easy Tips


By Lauren Renee Archer

Motivation is not something you HAVE, it’s something you DO.

What do professional athletes and peak performers have in common? High levels of motivation to achieve their goals. But if you ask any of them, they’ll tell you that motivation is not something you have, it’s something you DO.

Mindfulness invites you to notice your experience of the present moment, including your current level of motivation. Being mindful gives you insight into your thoughts, your feelings, your desires, and your resistance. You can’t change what you’re not aware of. Once you become aware of your internal experience, you are empowered to make changes. 

Motivation doesn’t just “come.”

A lot of people assume that motivation will just “come” to them, like a Fed-Ex package they expect to be dropped on their doorstep. If it doesn’t arrive, they assume that they just “aren’t motivated.” This is a...

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