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Do You Know How to Receive?
“How can I become a better receiver?” That’s the question I was asked most during my recent book signings by inveterate givers who were looking for some breathing space of their own. If you’re trying to kick the habit of always putting yourself last, try these tips that are off the beaten track. click here >>

Are You Allergic to Saying No? Learning how to honor yourself.
Do you allow people or events to pull you away from what you planned to do? Would you rather please others than have a confrontation with them? If you can never say no, you may be sacrificing the power, focus, and resilience you need to give your best gifts to others. Here are 3 ways to set healthy boundaries and stay true to yourself. click here >>

10 Ways to Say Goodbye to Regrets
Painful endings (aka lay-offs, break-ups, unexpected losses) can be tough on the heart and soul. Are you facing an ending—or do you know someone who is struggling to recover from a painful memory or a loss? I wrote about 10 ways to find closure gracefully, get past the pain, and open the door to new beginnings in a new feature on Beliefnet.com: click here >>.

Honor Your Own Style
Forcing yourself into someone else’s mold can be painful—and it can keep you from giving your most important gift to life: your creative self-expression. Here’s a lesson I learned about why honoring your own style and pace is so important.

The Power and Promise of Sound
My article featured in L.A.Yoga magazine May 2010: Today, the ingenious application of sound frequencies is creating a revolution in technology, science, and health. But the revolution in sound starts with each of us—with the sounds we allow to enter our environment, from within and without. Four tips to help you make “sound choices” in your life. click here >>

Creating Spaces in Your Togetherness  Part One
Relationships need balance too—an artful swing between dependence and independence, togetherness and solitude. Are you creating healthy spaces in your togetherness? Find out what the sages say along with some tips for relationship balance.

How High Is Your Self-Esteem?
How others treat you and who shows up in your life are shaped by your sense of self-worth. What's yours like? If you want to get practical about what good self-esteem looks like (and doesn't), find out with my new quiz, featured on Beliefnet.com >>

Keeping Your Life Fresh and Fun
Want to keep your life fresh and fun this year? (It's important if you want to stay creative and fulfilled!) Find out how with this practical strategy for adding new "firsts" into your life at any age.

4 Ways to Boost Your Energy by Releasing Regrets
Featured in SpaLife Magazine, Escapes 2009 issue

Regrets divide your attention and sap your energy. Learn 4 ways to nurture yourself and reclaim your energy by saying goodbye to energy-draining regrets. (see pdf of article here >>)

The Power of Focused Attention
Are you giving the gift that counts? It's impossible to be fully giving unless you are giving your full attention. A famous Zen master put it this way: "When walking, just walk. When sitting, just sit. But above all, donít wobble!" Learn about the transformative power of focused attention.

Giving the Gift of Your Heart
The best gifts aren't necessarily the biggest and most expensive ones. Better than bigger is the gift of the heart.

Three Keys to Honoring Endings
Patricia Spadaro is the featured expert on ModernSage.com, Dec. '09:
We’ve all been told to let go of the past so we can move boldly into the future, but it’s not always easy to say goodbye and shut the door on a painful situation. Yet sometimes endings can be just what the doctor ordered.

Clearing Space for What's Important
It's that time of year again. Holidays. Obligations. So much to do with so little time. Try these 4 steps to a new approach to the end-of-the-year madness.

Releasing Regrets
We can never find peace by revisiting the past. Learn practical tips to let go of the past, forgive, and move on.

10 Tips for Coping with Criticism
Also featured on Beliefnet.com

We all get hit by life's slings and arrows from time to time. You may not be able to stop someone's nasty words or careless actions, but you can change how you deal with those barbs. Try these 10 healthy and empowering tips to meet insults and criticism gracefully and appropriately.

When the Way Comes to an End—published in Creations Magazine (Oct/Nov. 2009)
How to get better at embracing the changes that inevitably make their way to our doorsteps.

How to Celebrate Yourself—featured on Beliefnet.com
Tame the insidious voices that make you feel worthless or small and celebrate your own magnificence every day.

Are you honoring yourself—or are you out of balance?
How to watch for the warning signs.

Do you have difficulty drawing boundaries? Take this test and find out.

When an ending is in the wings—whether a relationship, a job, a way of life—let it go and let yourself fly.

Excerpts from the book Honor Yourself: The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving. In order to give to others, do I really need to give up myself? Learn how to get beyond the myths about giving and receiving to the magic of balanced, authentic living.

Asking For Support Can Be a Sign of Strength.
Every part of life naturally moves between seeking support and flying solo. These four questions and tips can help you find out which side of the equation you need to concentrate on to move full steam ahead.

Who are the mystics? And why are they important?

The Power of Paradox. A key theme that runs through the world’s traditions—my favorite, in fact.

The Play of Paradox.
Life, say the wisdom traditions of East and West, is not a matter of this or that, but a matter of this and that. Learn how to create breakthroughs not breakdowns by embracing the power of paradox in your life (an excerpt from chapter 1 of Honor Yourself: The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving).

Series on Sound:
The Metaphysics of Sound
This introductory article to a series of articles on the "Music of the Spheres" originally appeared in The Spirit of Ma'at, Vol. 3, October 2002

The Body's Symphony of Sound and Vibration Part 1
From molecular science to string theory, modern researchers are proving what ancient sages have taught for millennia—that our body responds to vibration and that the trillions of cells inside of us form one grand symphony of sound.

The Body's Symphony of Sound and Vibration Part 2:
Sound, Words and Your Health

In our modern culture, where for many seeing is believing, is there evidence that vibration and sound can affect matter, interact with our molecules and stimulate healing? Find out how some researchers are making invisible vibrations visible with their “pictures” of sound—and learn what sages old and new say about sound, vibration and the body. Plus five proactive steps to improve the sounds that surround you.


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