11 05, 2018

Good Friends Are All About Good Chemistry


A recent study published in Nature Communications suggests the brains of close friends respond in remarkably similar ways. The study was conducted by having two groups of people—some friends and others not friends—view a series of short videos. While viewing the videos, and at the same time having their brains scanned, the results of the friend groups were startling. It turns out they shared the same ebbs and swells of attention and distraction, the same peaks of reward processing at certain parts of the videos, and the same levels of boredom in response to others. The neural response patterns evoked amongst [...]

Good Friends Are All About Good Chemistry2018-05-11T20:20:15+00:00
7 01, 2017

From Victim to Victor: Becoming the Initiate of Your Life


“For those people pursuing a goal, life should be treated as a lab.” Will Gompertz, Think Like an Artist In the mid-to-late 19th century, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and many of the Impressionist painters of the day faced harsh opposition from the traditional art community in France. This did not stop them, however, from holding onto a vision and a set of beliefs that were independent of what was conventionally acceptable for the day. They did not wait for an endorsement, a degree, or a professional qualification to decide that color was as important of a subject matter as [...]

From Victim to Victor: Becoming the Initiate of Your Life2017-02-06T19:03:34+00:00
13 05, 2016

Making the Present the Present


“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller Three weeks ago I returned home from a workshop in Arizona to the Pacific Northwest. Not only was the juxtaposition of Arizona’s dry, sun-scorched earth striking against the Pacific-Northwest’s verdant landscape, it seemed as if in a matter of a few days spring had exploded forth from the earth. The grass was taller, trees were blooming, and flowers were blossoming. The vibrant colors of spring were so arresting, it really pulled me out of my routine program and [...]

Making the Present the Present2017-02-06T19:03:35+00:00
15 04, 2016

The Fishing For Your Future Challenge


I want to invite you all to a simple challenge that I think could have a big impact. As we all know, to produce a change or accomplish something new in our life takes time. Why? To affect change requires us to move our bodies through time and space—the components of 3-dimensional experiences. As an example, if you’re looking for a new job you have to search job sites, send out resumes, go on interviews, and wait for an answer. If you want a partner you might have to go on a dating site and look through profiles, then go [...]

The Fishing For Your Future Challenge2016-04-15T20:38:33+00:00
2 04, 2016

How do you motivate motivation?


It’s no great secret that thinking about motivation doesn’t actually produce motivation. This was recently illustrated in a study published in the journal Neuron. In the study, researchers placed 73 people into an fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imagery). Unlike older EEG technology (electroencephalography) used to detect electrical activity, fMRIs can actually pinpoint parts of the brain that are activated in specific tasks; in this case they focused on the ventral tegmental area—the part of the brain responsible for motivation. Once placed in the fMRI, researchers asked participants to motivate themselves. If successful, the fMRI would light up the corresponding area [...]

How do you motivate motivation?2017-02-06T19:03:35+00:00
18 03, 2016

Getting Clear On Your Vision


People often tell me they can’t get clear on what they want. What I tell them is that they’re making it too hard. The process of creating a new vision of the future is something each of us does all the time. How? Because we live in a world of polarities and dualities, when we experience lack, stress, or traumatic situations, naturally we begin to dream about what we want based on what we don’t have. As an example, if you have a job you dislike, you observe what you don't like (past) about your current and previous jobs and [...]

Getting Clear On Your Vision2016-03-18T20:27:08+00:00
22 01, 2016

Part II. Aligning Your Environments To Tomorrow’s You


(To read Part I, A New Year and a New You: An Inspiring and Expiring View of Our Environments, click here.)   In today’s modern world, we’ve been seduced into believing it’s our outer world that influences our inner world of thoughts and feelings. What we tend to forget, however, is that our inner world of thoughts and feelings can actually produce an effect on our outer world. Unfortunately we’ve been sold the idea that when we finally get what we want—the job, the partner, the home, etc.— we’ll finally be happy. As we all know, the problem with finding [...]

Part II. Aligning Your Environments To Tomorrow’s You2017-02-06T19:03:36+00:00
8 01, 2016

A New Year and a New You: An Inspiring and Expiring View of Our Environments


(To read Part II, Aligning Your Environments To Tomorrow’s You, click here.) A friend of mine recently said to me she wanted to start a gym called Resolutions—for the first two weeks of the year it’s a gym; the rest of the year it’s a bar. Yes, it’s that time of year again; the holiday trimmings are coming down, we’re make resolutions, creating goals, and promising ourselves that this time it will be different…this time we’re really going to make change stick. But like Resolutions, the workout-bar, within two weeks we’ve fallen back into old, familiar habits—habits that are as [...]

A New Year and a New You: An Inspiring and Expiring View of Our Environments2017-02-06T19:03:36+00:00
22 12, 2015

Pulling the Mind Out of December’s Body


As fall surrenders to winter, if you're a certain degree of latitude north of the equator, you may be wearing a scarf or gloves and cinching your jacket a bit tighter. You may also notice a nostalgic chill accompanying the late December air. Combine that with decreased sunlight and multiply it by the holidays and family, and chances are you’re destined for a state of introspection. During winter’s inward gaze, as the season’s darkness breeds contemplation and reflection, we tend to harken our awareness to the past for hints of the future (that is if you believe in linear time [...]

Pulling the Mind Out of December’s Body2015-12-22T19:20:23+00:00
25 09, 2015

Global Meditation & The Crisis in Europe: How You Can Help


In recent weeks a number of people have contacted my office with concerns about the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe. Millions have fled their homes in places like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. These people are leaving behind countries torn apart by war and economic hardship in hopes of finding a better life elsewhere. The question many ask is: what can I do? More than seven billion people live on Earth. This is an intimidating number, one that makes any attempt by an individual to solve a problem seem fruitless. After all, what happens if you do something to help? [...]

Global Meditation & The Crisis in Europe: How You Can Help2017-02-06T19:03:36+00:00