... when you build a platform (and life) on authenticity and heart-aligned living and the very essence of who you are is met with outright rejection, it stings... But pain can be a great teacher, if we'll open ourselves up to the lessons.
Friday thoughts on my mind…
How have your struggles shaped and influenced your personal leadership journey? How might a perceived setback actually be a blessing in disguise?
Sometimes we must step away from the known, the familiar and the comfortable, before we can finally make our way back home.
Sometimes we must face fear or the temptation to quit, that we might learn to overcome and persevere, and in doing so, develop the courage to live our convictions out loud.
Sometimes we need to be challenged to finally know our value, stretched to learn our limits, and tested to understand our strength.
Sometimes we must climb hills to develop endurance or visit the valley of tears to know true compassion, for how can we offer to others what we have never experienced for ourselves?
Sometimes we must endure the disrespect of others on our own journey towards self-respect, or have our egos shattered and dismantled before we can learn to…
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At a time of tremendous turmoil and upheaval; during times of uncertainty, crisis, and the threat of constant change, it can be tempting to be distracted by the noise; to allow ourselves to become consumed by anxiety, negativity, and fear. While we cannot ignore the realities of our world, where we choose to focus our energy and the way in which we move through these things is entirely within our control.
If life is a journey, I believe each of us must honor the sacred integrity of our own path. We must learn to lead from within, aligning our outer choices with our inner values, callings, and convictions. But how exactly? How, for example, do we discern and distinguish our own path from others'? How do [...]
The daughter of a geophysicist and a long-time Houston resident (which if you’re not familiar with the city, has a massive fault zone running through it), I’ve always been intrigued by fractures and fault zones; of the seismic shifts that can occur over time and why some foundations can withstand the shifts, perhaps even becoming [...]
It is the eve of a new year -- a time to reflect on what has passed and to set our intentions for the year ahead. Often our resolutions are about doing something different from before, whether losing weight, changing jobs, or finally getting around to writing that book you're just sure will be a [...]
Recently I was feeling a bit silly and rather serious at the same time. Practicing a little creative visualization, I sheepishly snuck an advance reader copy of my upcoming book, Walking the Heart Path, into my local Barnes & Noble, found a few favorite authors' books for companions, placed my own on the shelf, took out my camera, [...]
When we are stuck in reaction, we cannot thoughtfully act. When we are stuck in fear, we cannot love. When we are stuck in pain, we cannot forgive. When we are stuck in a mindset of righteous indignation, we can neither act with kindness nor compassion. And that hurts all of us.
“Sometimes achieving peace without begins within.” On this International Day of Peace, I invite to you to consider what role personal accountability, forgiveness and compassion play in achieving peace with others? How can holding space for another and/or opening a dialogue from a place genuine respect, create a bridge to deeper understanding and acceptance? How do you achieve peace in your own life?
Sometimes achieving peace without begins within. It begins with reconciling our heart with our head, facing head on those things we might rather avoid. It means taking a personal inventory of our behaviors and choices; making amends with those we have hurt or been hurt by. It means meeting others where they are and as they are… choosing to forgive and let go from a place of love, not ego; from a place of compassion, not resentment, without an expectation of reciprocity.
In celebration of International Day of Peace, recognized on September 21st, I’m curious to know and ask…
How do you achieve peace in your own life? What role can personal accountability, forgiveness and compassion play in achieving peace with others? How can holding space for another and/or opening a dialogue from a place genuine respect, create a bridge to deeper understanding and acceptance? As you inventory you…
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Impossibility thinking comes from a place of fear and a lack of Faith. Possibility thinking comes from a place of love and a fundamental belief that all things work together for good. I'm curious to know... Expanding on the theme of dreams and miracles, are you driven more by your fears or your Faith? Despite [...]