Posts in Experience
Lessons learned from LA Fire Evacuation

Since Friday I have been evacuated from my beautiful home in Topanga. As the fires continue in Los Angeles, it’s unclear when I’ll return. Despite being displaced from home it has been a rich time filled with lessons and a deepening of community. It was frightening to wake up without electricity and cell phone service. I packed a bag, grabbed the most important things and drove out of the canyon. When I saw the smoke coming over the mountain I gasped. 

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Your way isn’t right, but neither is mine...

One aspect of personal development is about taking responsibility for our life and actions. It’s also about opening our minds and hearts to other ways of thinking, living and being. Each one of us is a product of the family we were born into, as well as the culture and city we grew up in. Education, jobs and life experience also play a role in how we view the world. What seems normal to one person could be totally foreign to another. Who’s to say who’s right and who’s wrong?

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The Dance Floor is My Teacher

I love to dance. Dance is my medicine. It’s therapy. Food for our soul. It’s something we humans have done since the beginning of time. It’s written in our DNA. What happened to this lost art that allows us to embody our prayers, let go of tension and stress and release what is no longer serving us? Why have people stopped moving to the drum when it’s a natural antidepressant and teaches us about relating with ourselves and others?

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7 Things I Learned as a Monk

I just concluded a three month experience in Damanhur where I entered into a deep, intimate space of presence and centering with myself. During the monk path, I followed certain rules and was operating from a different energetic space, while still living a pretty normal life. To me it felt like being a modern day monk, where my work, clothes and home life remained the same, but I was more mindful about every aspect of my life including food, words and relationships. In this post I share the TOP 7 things I learned. 

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What if you could talk to plants?

Plants are intelligent beings too. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine this because their structure, function and make up are so different from ours and animals. Perhaps plants have something to teach us. Could we open our minds and senses and humble ourselves enough to learn from other kinds of creatures much different from us? What if you could actually communicate with plants? Perhaps you can.

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Question Everything–Quest 7

Question everything. For there are many truths to this reality. You are here to discover yours. A healthy dose of doubt can be the push we need to completely change our lives. Questioning the status quo has been the gift of the trailblazers, innovators and the revolutionaries. It takes courage to ask questions, especially when everyone else is going along with the grain of life. It takes even more courage to change our minds. How can doubt transform your life?

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The Purpose of Living in Community

“Why would anyone want to live in community?” some of you may be thinking. “Seems kind of hippy dippy.” others may be thinking. Do I think community is beneficial for everyone? Yes. Do I think it’s challenging? Yes. Most importantly living in community is a spiritual gym. How compassionate can we be when someone eats our last banana? Community is the perfect barometer to measure where we are on the spiritual journey. It provides us with the perfect container to continue to grow and evolve into our brightest selves. 

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No Regrets: Every Experience has Prepared us for the Now.

Ever looked back on life and wonder why something happened? At the time you couldn’t make sense of it or see the purpose. Perhaps you felt regret. Every part of the journey plays a significant role in creating our life whether we realize it or not. Especially the challenges. We have done things without knowing why and maybe we still don't know why. Every experience has been perfectly orchestrated and plays an equally important role in shaping the now. Hence why there is never a reason to regret. If even one event happened differently, your today would not be as it is. These moments were lessons learned in becoming who you are. 

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The Evolution of Man: Which Path are You On?

As I shifted to a mind, body, spirit human perspective, I realized true health care is really life care. And to live an amazing life, it’s about optimizing. Enhancing our being in mind, body, and spirit is how to invite longevity, happiness, and love into our lives. So where do we go for life care and optimization?

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Burning Man 2015: Live and Love

There are a lot of Burning Man judgers and haters as with anything that makes an impact in the world. Ultimately I feel Burning Man is a beautiful thing and the world can know more peace, love and harmony if even a few of the 10 guiding principles were infused into our society. This week I share this year's experience–lessons on life and love. Enjoy! 

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It's OK to Feel Sad: A Conversation with A Client

There is an epidemic happening in our society where people are numbing out on prescription medications, alcohol, drugs, and sex to not feel the pain of sadness or depression. As children we are taught not to cry and not to express this other side of our being. This life is both light and dark. Is running from or suppressing these feelings the answer? 

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Insight at 30: 12 Wisdoms Gained in the Solitude of Nature

I chose to spend my 30th birthday facilitating my own personal vision quest. Most notably, this time was spent in nature–in silence and solitude. I quieted my being to listen to the wisdom of the universe and the messages were bountiful. These 12 insights have shifted my perspective on life, creating more peace, love, and surrender in the process. Which of these 12 insights most resonates in your life? #12 was the biggest for me! 

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5 Reasons to Retreat

Sometimes I feel amazement when I examine my life and I wonder, “How did I get here?” I’ve come to realize that all of my major life changing decisions happened while I was retreating. I can vividly remember the exact moment I chose to leave western medicine. It was on a vacation during my first year of residency. I was sitting on the beach, retreating at an Ashram in the Bahamas. Crystal blue waters sparkled in front of me as I looked out to the sea beyond my happy, sand covered toes. I felt at peace with a journal, pen in hand, and I vividly saw my future unfolding before me. 

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Thoughts Post Lightning in a Bottle: 7 Ways to Enhance The Human Experience

I have come to appreciate the environment of festivals because they offer a unique space for life reflection and relating to others. Generally they create a space for people to come together and connect. Hearts tend to be more open than in everyday life. This offers a mirror to look within at where we are, where we’d like to go, and what we wish to shed and embody. Perhaps these seven reminders will resonate with you in some way to cultivate a more peaceful, connected existence, offering assurance on this journey through the human experience. 

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Do NOT Take This Life for Granted

I’ve kissed death twice. I use the word kiss because it is an intimate experience. In fact, it is a gift, a healing one. And it can be life changing. Both times shifted my perception about everything I think I know about this existence. This past week I hosted a wellness retreat in Nicaragua. What started out as a “yoga” retreat, evolved into a mind, body, and spirit experience. Two very interesting things happened to me while I was away. On the last day of the retreat, my MacBook Air laptop crashed and I almost drowned in the ocean. This opened my eyes to live every moment in Carpe Diem. 

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Are you following the signs to the amazing life that awaits you?

This journey of life is a dance. You can tap your feet on the sidelines, ho humming along. Or, you can ecstatically dance your way through life with the music blasting, shaking that body like nobody is watching. Which do you prefer? The way you choose to live your life is just that a choice. You created the life you’re living now, and you have the power to create any life you wish—just be sure to follow the signs…

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The greatest teacher of all…

What if I told you my greatest teacher was not a person? What if I told you my greatest teacher was not something I learned in a book or in my many years of schooling? My greatest teacher is one I wish for all people to experience. My greatest teacher opened my mind and my heart to new perspectives. My greatest teacher changed my life in more ways than you can imagine. My greatest teacher changed my life for the better.

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Nicaragua Wellness and Yoga Retreat, April 25, 2015 -May 2, 2015

Life always has the best ways of surprising us. We meet people along our journey and may not know the impact we’ve made on them or the reason they came into our lives until much later. There is so much fun, adventure, love, and backstory to the roots of this Nicaragua Wellness Retreat I will be hosting from April 25, 2015 - May 2, 2015. And I invite you to join us! 

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My Utopia Experience, Part 2

So many lessons have been learned and I realize the impact that each and every pioneer had on me. Relationships of any kind are invitations for growth and evolution towards our highest selves. They allow for reflection and propose an opportunity to look within at areas we may need to work on. I am connected with each and every pioneer simply because we shared the same space. Sharing space with people has an effect on us whether we realize it or not. This week’s blog reflects on the relationships I shared in Utopia. 

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My Experience in Utopia

It’s now two days post the cancellation of Utopia and I’m still processing. I’m still insulated— sitting here in solitude at the desk in my hotel room in Valencia, CA. I haven’t watched any episodes or web clips yet—there is a part of me that wonders if I ever will. I’m at peace in this very moment and excited for the journey ahead.

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