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Time for Reflection

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This past week felt especially significant to me, as it marks a year since I moved to the San Francisco area. I was driving out of the city one day after a meeting, and as I crossed the Bay Bridge, taking it all in – the cars, the noise, the tall buildings, and the urban beauty of the bridge itself …

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How To Change Your Reactions To Life

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When I meet someone new, and we usually end up talking about what we do for a living; and when I tell them that I’m a yoga and meditation instructor and a retired police officer, the look on their face is usually shock.  Supposedly, I don’t “look” like a cop.  Then the question I usually get is about how I …

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What Kind of Legacy Will You Leave?

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I hear all the time about the importance of the legacy we leave our children; what are we teaching them, and whether our children know where we came from and the hardships and triumphs we’ve experienced during our life. Why does it matter?   I recently went home for my father’s 80th birthday party. His birthday was actually in March, …

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Why We Resist Change

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Change is inevitable, we’ve probably all heard that phrase. Yet when faced with adversity, we put up a fight.   I know people who are perfectly okay to move three times in eight months, and others who haven’t left a five-mile radius in 60 years. There are those that will stay in a job they loathe rather than put themselves …

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The Power of Saying No

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There has been a lot showing up for me in the past month, and I had to take some time and listen to what was happening.   I believe that every experience we have, every encounter with another person is meant to tell us something about who we are and what we’re doing in our lives. People enter our lives …

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How To Keep Yourself Motivated

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I believe we can all relate to the feeling of getting excited about something and the, “I’m going to do this!” attitude, and then after some time it turns to, “Meh, I’m over it.”   How many projects have we started and then stopped mid-way? Are short-term goals better for you, while looking at the long-term goals is difficult? I …