Taming Your Critic

thinking by *jessica swift*

So often I see women attempting to make changes in their lives, and then feeling frustrated, stuck and confused by their own self-sabotaging behavior. They are deeply committed to cultivating a healthy lifestyle, but their old habits continue to resurface and take over. Obviously there are a lot of factors at play in this kind […]

5 Simple Strategies for Emerging from Overwhelm

Everything Will Be Alright

Everyone has a limited capacity for stress, and we all face challenges that temporarily put us over that limit. This past Saturday morning I recorded some teachings on dealing with overwhelm, emailed the recording to the women in our course, and then immediately proceeded to drop my laptop and shatter my hard drive. Needless to […]

Reclaiming

Reclaiming the Wisdom of Your Belly

:: Reclaiming the Wisdom of Your Belly :: Almost every woman I know has an emotionally charged relationship with her belly. Whether we are a size 4 or 14, most of us objectify & judge our bellies on a regular basis. How do you think all of this judgment & stress impacts our digestion, health […]

Loving Kindness + Living Foods

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Most of us were not raised on green juices & green smoothies. I personally grew up on a diet of mostly processed food. Lots of high fructose corn syrup & mysterious ingredients with names that I still can’t pronounce. Back then, “healthy” meant Diet Coke & Lean Cuisine. Here’s the thing—when we grow up stuffing ourselves […]

Practicing Kindness

Cultivating Kindness

“We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” ~ Carl Jung In my experience, harsh judgment has not been an effective strategy for producing anything other than pain. When we get caught in the downward spiral of self-criticism, we quickly lose touch with our power and resourcefulness. We collapse […]

Tending to Life

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A few years ago, I decided to leave the San Francisco bay area and move to a little town called Rough and Ready. Yes, seriously. It’s a real town. And I chose to live there. I had decided to give country living a shot & I was determined to learn how to grow my own […]

Wake Up Call

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My wake up call came, like it does for many, in the form of illness. After years of pushing myself relentlessly through grad school and demanding jobs, I taxed out my adrenals and ran myself into the ground. I had been so focused on taking care of others that I hadn’t even noticed that I […]