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Where to go on Retreat

Once you have committed, the first most common question is where to go on retreat? A Personal Retreat can be done just about anywhere, but there are some things you might consider. There are also plenty of problems to avoid. I’ll share a few tips that will help you make this important decision on where … Read More

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The Mindfulness Lie

Just about everywhere we look today someone is hawking the benefits of mindfulness. “Treat Heart Disease” “Eliminate Test Anxiety” “Treat Bowl and Gut Issues” “Improve Grades” “Treat Skin Rashes” “Increase Brain Mass” I’m not even going to list them all. Just try a search. It’s just not for everyone… I’m going to admit something to … Read More

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5 Steps to Create A New Life

Talking to a friend this week inspired me to write this “create a new life” post. She’s got a brilliant head on her shoulders, very creative and has great determination. She might even be like me; hard to get going, but once a plan is in place, watch out! I think we all have some … Read More

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What to Bring on a Retreat?

For your Retreat, you need to bring the basics. You don’t want to bring too much that will be a distraction but you certainly don’t want to be left wanting for something either. Your retreat can last up to a day. You’ll need more than just a notepad! Food I’m a big advocate for eating … Read More

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Planning Your Retreat Date

You can’t finish a Personal Retreat until you start, and you can’t start without planning your retreat date. When I think about the folks who are going to buy my book and start a personal retreat, I can’t help but think of the worst stumbling block. Starting. I want to help them out and give … Read More

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Meditation: It’s a Mad, Mad Mind

The image featured here is an amazing representation of what stream of consciousness really means. The mind is a truly amazing thing, making connections to memory from the incredible number of stimuli we experience. Sights, smells, touch, sounds, and tastes can send us through a whirlwind of thoughts – sometimes just pieces, or deeply meaningful … Read More

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Starting a Personal Retreat

I am starting my personal retreat! It’s actually my second retreat. The last one was about a year ago, and I learned so much. Using some of the items from the last one is a great springboard for the one upcoming. In the book I wrote, I talk about preparation for your retreat. That preparation … Read More