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6 Powerful Reasons to Go on Retreat

6 Powerful Reasons to Go on Retreat – The Art of Living Consciously

  When was the last time you took a retreat? I don’t mean a vacation or a day off. I mean an actual retreat where you focus on your personal growth and spirituality. No idea what I’m talking about? We get so distracted with daily living; kids, jobs, a broken dishwasher, remembering to send birthday…

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Is this your summer of growth? Join me for a workshop or retreat!

Is this your summer of growth? Join me for a workshop or retreat!

  I’m so excited to lead several retreats and workshops this summer at the Wiawaka Holiday House on beautiful Lake George in New York! Workshops and retreats are powerful vehicles for personal growth. Many people find a lot of value in learning within a community of like-minded people. If you want to take a leap…

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How to Accept Criticism Gratefully (or at Least, Gracefully) Part 2

How to accept criticism gratefully (or at least, gracefully) Part 2

  In the previous article, we discussed the difference between consciously accepting feedback and unconsciously reacting to feedback. But what if you feel the feedback is truly harsh? What if you feel insulted? What if you feel it’s unfair?   Now that you’ve learned the basics of consciousness around feedback, let’s put that to the test…

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How to Accept Criticism Gratefully (or at Least, Gracefully) Part 1

How to accept criticism gratefully (or at least, gracefully) Part 1

  You were just given some negative feedback, and you’re feeling defensive.  Maybe your boss didn’t like a project you submitted, or your spouse criticized the way you’re dressed, or your mother disapprovingly commented on the way you’re raising your children.   What do conscious vs unconscious responses look like?  This reminds me of Goofus and…

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Living Fearlessly Podcast with Lisa McDonald

Living Fearlessly Podcast with Lisa McDonald

  Last week, I had the honor of being interviewed by Lisa McDonald of the Living Fearlessly podcast. Please, take some time to listen and enjoy our discussion. I hope you’ll find it enlightening and encouraging! You’ll Discover How and why my journey toward living consciously began The key aspect I believe is missing from…

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How to Give Loving Feedback

How to Give Loving Feedback

  In my last post, we discussed how to determine whether feedback is warranted. This alone can make a huge difference in improving relationships! So, let’s say you’ve determined that giving feedback in a situation makes sense. How do you deliver it in a kind, loving way? Take ownership of what you’re saying Understand that…

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The Art of Conscious Feedback

The Art of Conscious Feedback

  “Don’t care what anyone thinks about you!”  Have you heard advice like that? I have, and I think it is an absurd notion. After all, we are social beings. We are wired to care what others think of us.  However, “Care only about what others think about you!” is an equally absurd notion.  So,…

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How To End The Comparison Game

How To End The Comparison Game

  When was the last time you compared yourself to someone else?   If you’re like most of us, the answer is probably “a few minutes ago.”   Social media is a huge part of our lives right now, and because of this we’re more likely than ever to compare ourselves to others. Our Instagram and Facebook…

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How Your Spending Reflects Your Values 

How Your Spending Reflects Your Values

  Here’s a phrase I hear frequently: “I can’t afford that.”   How often do you say or think this?   When I dig a little deeper, I often find that “I can’t afford that” is code for “That’s not a priority.”  “I can’t afford that” often isn’t even true. But we believe it because we haven’t…

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Why “Winning” an Argument is Impossible

Why “Winning” an Argument is Impossible

  When you get into an argument or conflict, do you try to win?   Do you think that you are right, and the other person is wrong, and if only you could convince them of that, all would be well?   I call this the win-lose mentality, where we want to win and the other person…

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