Rank #1: A Technology for Navigating Life
Let’s just say it, life is complicated! There is so much to figure out about ourselves, other people, how the world works... And where pray tell, is the manual for how to find our way? On this week’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant I have a spectacular conversation with Kilkenny Tremblay, Yogi, and Founder of Sanctuary Yoga and Mindfulness located in Philadelphia, PA. Having grown up in the yoga tradition from a very young age, Kilkenny shares the inner technology she learned that provided her a way to navigate all the complexities of life.
Dec 13 2019
Rank #2: 10 Ways to Deepen Intimacy
The strongest relationships are those in which the partners make a commitment to intimacy. It is so easy to fall into the day to day routine of life or to regularly unload on your partner as the one who has the ‘privilege’ of absorbing all your exhaustion, overwhelm and frustration from life. Whereas intimacy comes so naturally during the early days of a relationship, we can unwittingly lose sight of the fact that intimacy is a choice and a practice, not something that happens automatically. In today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, as a culmination of our month-long exploration of Courageous Intimate Connections, I offer 10 Tips for Deepening the Connection in Your Intimate Partnership. You can download a PDF of the tips on our Facebook page: Wonder Your Way to Brilliant.
Feb 25 2018
Rank #3: A Surrender Practice for Thanksgiving
As we head into Thanksgiving week, we tend to have gratitude on the mind. There are many beautiful reminders for us to pause and remember all that we have in our lives to feel grateful for. On this week’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant I invite you to broaden your typical thinking about the things that make it onto your gratitude list. What would it mean to not only express gratitude for the things that make you ‘feel good,’ but to embrace and truly experience gratitude for that which feels challenging? And why would you want to do this anyway?
Nov 22 2019
Rank #4: The Path to Contentment
On this week’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, I am grateful to be speaking with my friend, colleague, and teacher, Henry Yampolsky. Henry is the President of the Living Peace Institute and a truly earnest practitioner of yoga. If you have any question about what ‘contentment’ really is, whether you have ever really felt it, and how you can expand your access to this experience, you will want to listen in to this conversation. Find out on today’s episode.
Aug 23 2019
Rank #5: Try Letting Go of the Banana!
In ancient India, when monkey catchers wanted to catch monkeys, they did not chase the monkey. Instead, they put a banana inside a cage with narrow bars. When the free monkey reached their hand in to get the banana, they were easy to catch because they refused to let go of the banana! On this week’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant we talk about the ‘bananas’ we cling to that keep us imprisoned in a state of fear, anxiety, guilt, shame, exhaustion… oh, the number of prisons we can create for ourselves is vast! Tune in and explore the path to freedom. In essence, all we have to do is let go of the banana!
Jun 21 2019
Rank #6: An End to Workplace Complaining
Have you ever felt like people at work do too much complaining?
Have you ever felt unsettled by the fact that you can find yourself complaining or being more negative at work than you wish you were?
This month on Wonder Your Way to Brilliant we are talking about Courageous Connections in the workplace and this week I am taking on better ways for us to connect in the workplace. I am curious about what it would feel like to transform some of the workplace dialogue that focuses on complaining and criticizing into dialogue that builds deeper and richer connections.
Mar 09 2018
Rank #7: Remaining Grounded During Uncertain Times
On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, I explore seven disciplines or practices that help us to remain grounded during these unprecedented times of uncertainty. Without some discipline, it is easy for us to become consumed by anxiety, which is neither helpful for our physical or mental health and well-being. Taking on even one of the seven disciplines offered in the podcast can provide profound grounding support.
Mar 13 2020
Rank #8: How to Stop Feeling Exhausted and Drained
How can we reduce or stop the drain on our energy to achieve a greater state of balance and centeredness? How can we achieve a sense of balance and calm? We all encounter times in our life that tax our energy. Sometimes, however, we can over-exert energy to deal with this situation. We can take a minor problem and put the energy appropriate of a major problem towards it. On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant we continue to talk about the Yama of Brahmacharya from a slightly different angle - ‘energy moderation.’ Join me for an exploration of mastering our right use of moderate energy.
May 24 2019
Rank #9: What if...
On this week’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant I offer up a poem by Rudyard Kipling, “If”, which speaks to what Surrender is and what it promises on the other side. If you are like most of us humans, you may be resistant to the concept of surrender or still feel unclear about what it looks like from moment to moment. If this is the case, take a listen to the powerful and instructive words of Rudyard Kipling.
Nov 15 2019
Rank #10: Who Am I?
At some point, each of us gets curious about the existential questions: Who am I? What am I? For Henry Yampolski, yogi and founder of the Living Peace Institute, yoga is about pursuing these answers. On this week’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant Henry shares some reflections about how we can go about thinking about who we are (and who we are not) and what we are (and what we are not). Henry’s teachings are powerful and can help us transcend the limitations we often impose upon ourselves because of our limited notions of who and what we are.
Dec 20 2019
Rank #11: Can You Find the Sacred?
Finding the sacred is easy when we look at a blossom that has just opened up or glimpse the smile of a young child. But how willing are we to seek the sacred in moments that are difficult when we feel inclined to indulge in complaining, feeling bad for ourselves, lashing out at others? On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant we continue to talk about the Yama of Brahmacharya - non-excess, walking with God, or the right use of energy. This commitment to the right use of energy calls us to both lift our eyes and be present to beauty as well as to seek the sacred in what may feel challenging. How intentionally can we direct our energy, regardless of what is happening around us?
May 17 2019
Rank #12: The True Purpose of This Life is to...
Today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant is quite special.
I recently spent a week on retreat at the Sivananda Ashram and Yoga Ranch in the Catskills, NY. It was my first time there and I had no idea what to expect. As grace would have it, it was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life and I had the good fortune of being enrolled in a class called: From Asana to Stillness with Arjuna, my teacher. Arjuna, a 40+ year practitioner of yoga and 37-year veteran teacher with Sivananda agreed to join me to talk about this month’s Niyama, Saucha or purity. Enjoy this special treat, the opportunity to learn from a true spiritual teacher and to explore an answer to this question, “What is the true purpose of our lives?”.
Jul 19 2019
Rank #13: Love It...and Let It Go
As humans, we are faced with a challenging paradox… we are designed to love and care deeply, and yet we can only be free if we learn how to let go of that which we love and care deeply about. On this week’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant we continue to talk about Aparigraha or the Yama of non-attachment. We explore deeply this paradox of caring deeply about people, things and experiences, and at the same time, being called to continually practice non-attachment and letting go of these same things. Why would we do this? How do we do this? What are the consequences if we fight the letting go?
Jun 28 2019
Rank #14: Finding Our Essence
On this week’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant we begin talking about the Niyama of Saucha or Purity... Purity of body, mind (thought), words, and energy. What does it mean to purify ourselves? Why is this important? And HOW do we do this? These are all topics we begin to explore in this episode and continue to explore throughout the month. Please join me for the journey.
Jul 12 2019
Rank #15: 93,600 Hours of Your Life
Many people spend more waking hours at work - I calculated it at a minimum of 93,600 hours for most people - than they do with their families or engaged in any other activity, but what’s the nature of the connection we have with the people we spend all that time with? In today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant I first examine many of the stories that either consciously or unconsciously keep us from investing more in building connections with people at work. I share what I believe to be the compelling reasons why I believe this is worth examining more closely and some tips (and a nudge) to get started.
Mar 02 2018
Rank #16: Can You Trust Life as You Trust Breath?
This month, on Wonder Your Way to Brilliant we are discussing the YAMA of Aparigraha - non-possessiveness or letting go. The Yama of Aparigraha presents us with a mindfulness challenge of major magnitude. Can we engage in life fully, love deeply, cherish whole-heartedly, enjoy deliciously, care passionately... and then let go? Can we take in each moment, relationship, experience, possession… and then let it go? Can we have and enjoy without becoming attached? Can we have and enjoy without becoming dependent upon the having and the experience for our contentment or happiness? This is a very tall ask, and we are taking it on this month.
Jun 07 2019
Rank #17: The Other Side of Panic and Anxiety
How do you know when you are in the presence of a yogi? It is not something you read or see, but something that you feel; the energy is compelling. On this week’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, I speak with Dr. Christine Kiesinger, a friend, colleague, speaker, writing, teacher, coach, and yogi. When Christine described the first yoga teacher she ever took a class with, she acknowledged, “From the moment I saw this woman, I knew I was witnessing yoga.” Tune in as she shares how the practices of yoga helped her to overcome panic attacks and anxiety and how she now lives yoga every day of her life.
Dec 27 2019
Rank #18: When the plan falls apart...
On this week’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant we talk about how we respond to the way life responds to our plans. There is a rare day when just about everything goes according to our plan, but how often does that actually happen? And how much suffering occurs in our lives when the plan is disrupted? On this episode, we explore what it means to plan and then surrender… what it means to stop fighting the way life unfolds and how to begin skillfully navigating the mystery that is greater than us.
Nov 08 2019
Rank #19: Blessed by the Struggle
What is the purpose of self-discipline? Whether you are someone who embraces discipline or you are someone who struggles with it, what is the point? Sometimes self-discipline is mistaken for control. “If I am consistent about something, then I can control my environment.” But I do not believe control over the external world is the treasure hidden within the practice of self-discipline. On today’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant, we unpack both the purpose and practice of self-discipline and peak at the treasure that awaits on the other side of this spiritual practice.
Sep 20 2019
Rank #20: The World as We See It
When we look through a pair of tinted sunglasses, it makes sense to us that if the glasses are tinted brown, everything we see through them will have a brown tint. What we may not be aware of is that even if we are not wearing sunglasses, we are all walking through life with ‘tinted lenses.’ On this week’s episode of Wonder Your Way to Brilliant find out how you can discover the ‘tint’ of your world lens? How are your lenses shaded? How does it impact not only what you see in the world, but your experience of the world as well? This is a powerful exploration into Svadhyaya or self-study. Come and take a deep dive with me.
Oct 18 2019