With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it is an excellent reminder of the importance that gratitude can play in our lives. While gratitude is ideal to practice during the holidays, it can also serve as a powerful daily practice. Research shows that a regular practice of gratitude releases the “bliss” hormones oxytocin and dopamine which… Read More

Mindfully Managing Holiday Stress

I'm so excited to be offering this holiday inspired workshop in Austin at two convenient north and south locations. In this 90 minute workshop we will explore triggers that impact holiday stress, how the body responds to stress and why mindfulness can help us be better equipped to enjoy the holidays with family and friends… Read More

Post Election Inspiration

Like so many people, I still find myself dazed and confused from the events of this past week. With so much fear and uncertainty, I continue to be grateful for my practice to provide a steadiness as I process the wide range of emotions that I know so many of us are experiencing. It can… Read More

This week's mindfulness booster is inspired by one of my favorite teachers Sharon Salzberg where she articulated the act of voting as the ultimate expression in compassion. She says: I believe voting is a great privilege and that civic participation can be thought of as an expression of mindfulness and compassion. In fact, voting seems… Read More

Soul Sparks Meditation Resource Guide

With election day, holidays, and end of year soirees beginning to take hold, this is an ideal time to take your meditation to the next level or jumpstart it for the first time. Meditation and mindfulness is perhaps the best precautionary step you can take to stay ahead of the increased pacing that typically takes… Read More

Resources for those newly diagnosed with cancer

In case you missed the pink memo, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is always a confusing time for me. Even before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the pink frenzy of October sent me into a tailspin. While I will always be an advocate of raising awareness, the flurry of fashion, foodie, and… Read More

Mindfully Drinking Coffee

I will admit, I live a pretty healthy lifestyle. I always tell people that prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer, I was the healthiest person I knew. But cancer invited me to view health from a lens of the inside out. Of it being less about how I look and more about how I… Read More

Tips and Resources For Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients

There is really nothing that can prepare you for a cancer diagnosis. It is a shocking and momentary devastation that is overwhelming on so many different levels for both the individual and their families. Prior and post to my own cancer diagnoses, I have been on the other side of this disease as I have… Read More

I've spent the majority of July waiting. There has been the tangible waiting - at airports, in traffic, or at the doctor's office for my 6 month check-ups. And there has been the metaphorical waiting - for guidance, feedback, or a response of some nature. But regardless of the type of waiting, my meditation practice… Read More

Tips for being reflective

I love this time of year. The air turns crisp (or crispish in Texas), cozy sweaters and jackets come out of the closet, and the leaves start to change colors and fall, teaching us an important lesson of the Fall Equinox - surrender and letting go. As my teacher Sarah Mclean explains: The word equinox… Read More