DISCIPLINE is a Bad Word

I was raised by hippies. Maybe not in the way you’d usually think of hippies. In my house everyone was a rebel. I was encouraged to express myself and even called my parents by their first names. No-one wanted to do anything on a schedule or with any discernable regularity. I only sort of had…

Fog

As I biked to work the other morning, a slow moving fog was rising off the Hudson River, filling the path ahead of me. It was a fog of which London would have been proud. I could see maybe 6 bike lengths ahead of me. A loss of focus, or a drifting off could easily…

Mercury Retrograde: Pisces to Aquarius

So… what was going on 3 months ago? [pullquote]Mercury will be retrograde from February 6th, 2014 through February 27th.[/pullquote] Here we go! This retrograde cycle starts out in the watery terrain of re-exploring the quality of our lives and shifts to the intellectual consideration of our relationships on February 14th. To make things more intriguing,…

Are You an “Epiphany” Junkie?

Warning: This post may piss you off… If one more person tells me that their event will “change my life forever” I may have to hit them with an overripe banana. I don’t know if it’s just a New York thing, but everybody and their cousin seems to be offering “breakthrough”, “life changing”, “shake up…

Gratitude on Thanksgiving

Play Podcast (Originally Posted: 11/30/10; Revised: 11/28/13) As we enter the Holiday Season, I notice people’s mindsets tend to line up along a continuum: one extreme experiences the joy of the season, while the other wants it to be over as quickly as possible. We all have the potential to delight in the joy of…

The Calm in the Pause: Scheduling Life Balance

The days are getting shorter, the shadows longer… chilly mornings are groggier as we try to comprehend waking up in the dark. Ancient ancestors whisper in our ears “it’s time to S-L-O-W-D-O-W-N”. In preparation for the cold freeze, we rush around, instinctively hoarding the equivalent of “dried bison” while trying to stay awake. This modern…

Could you be saying “No” to Joy? Mercury Retro & the Quality of Your Life

Many of us live in a very small room in our lives… and I don’t mean a NYC studio apartment! I’m talking about keeping yourself “small”, never getting “too excited”, “too passionate”, “too much”, to avoid feeling disappointed. But how is living an “almost life” a fair trade for never feeling disappointed? Are you consciously…

Wearing Blinders? Redefining “Success” during Mercury Retrograde

Play Podcast (6:07 minutes) During this Mercury Retrograde, I’ve been taking my own advice and have been revisiting the quality of my life. What’s surfaced has been interesting and frankly unexpected. Referring to my last article, I began to explore my “Home or Personal Life” (see Leo) and, in turn, how that winds up affecting…

Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio: From the Darkness into the Light

[pullquote]Mercury will be retrograde from Monday, 10/21/13 through Sunday, 11/10/13[/pullquote] #3 in a Series of 3 Mercury gets a bad rap. Every 4 months or so, Mercury turns retrograde (meaning it appears to move backwards in it’s orbit around the Sun) and much like our forebears, everyone wigs out. Yes, this cycle tends to bring…