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October 20th, 2016
by Diane

Smooth Seas Do Not Make Skillful Sailors

smooth-seas-do-not-make-skillful-sailorsThis week in the It Takes A Village Wellness Center & Yoga Studio we are talking about trust and faith. Tough topics during a turbulent time when we are experiencing some rough seas.  There seems to be so much angst, anger, confusion and bashing going on in our political scene and elsewhere.

I was working with a coaching client this morning and she was saying to me how challenged she felt to detach herself from all of it – she was feeling pulled into the negativity and unable to shake it. Our conversation inspired me to share my thoughts with all of you.

The truth of our lives is that there are always challenges, always struggles and often much suffering. And yet we go on with our lives. This is, I believe the way of the world. Read more »

January 14th, 2016
by Diane

LIVE ALIVE: 12 Guiding Principles

dont-ask-yourself-what-the-world-needsMy father is a 12- Stepper. He has been in a 12-Step program for many years and has during his tenure there provided me with many valuable words to live by. His voice is in my head always reminding me I can handle what ever is thrown at me, to learn and practice forgiveness and to live one day at a time.

I am often asked about the name of my company A Woman Alive and my tagline of LIVE ALIVE.

What does it mean to LIVE ALIVE, to live fully? And what are the intentions we can hold to live a fulfilled and satisfying life? There will always be challenges and missteps. The Buddhist philosophy often explored in yoga emphasizes that there is always in our world suffering and that it is who we are despite that suffering that is the road to enlightenment. Read more »

January 6th, 2016
by Diane

A New Year’s Resolution…..

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Over 15 years ago I began to practice Bikram yoga.  This lead me to experimenting and practicing a variety of styles, learning more about yoga philosophy, understanding yoga as a tool for healing, becoming a children’s yoga teacher and eventually a certified teacher for adults.

What I have learned from yoga is that there is no destination.  My practice, both Vinyasa and Bikram, evolves and changes.  Every day I approach the mat with the intention of being where I am today, the resolve to heal, grow and just practice. Read more »

November 2nd, 2015
by Diane

When You Really Mean “NO.”

A-dishonest-yes-is-a-no-to-yourself.I am spending some time at my desk this weekend preparing for a Stress Management workshop I am teaching on Tuesday. In the process of doing some additional research on the causes of stress I came across this great quote by William James, “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”

How often have you made the choice to say “yes” to someone when you really wanted to say “no”? It can be extremely difficult to say “no.” When we answer with a dishonest “yes” we end up triggering additional stress and zapping our energy. The dishonest “yes” can cause us to get frustrated at ourselves and lead to resentment toward the other person. Read more »

September 3rd, 2015
by Diane

Are you ready to say “I CAN…” ?

One of the things I love the most about living in the Northeast is
the change of season. As the seasons shift we are ICANgiven an opportunity to regroup and re-evaluate, to make adjustments according to the time of year and the call, not only of the changing weather, but also our focus and priorities.

As the final holiday weekend of the summer season approaches I am saying goodbye to 14 weeks of amazing racing aboard a beautiful wooden sailboat named Clara J, yoga at Cedar Beach on Friday nights, live music while over looking the harbor at Danford’s and some very memorable moments with my daughter hanging out and swimming in Conscience Bay. One of the greatest lessons for me this summer was to CREATE MORE OF WHAT I DESIRE IN MY LIFE AND LESS OF WHAT I DO NOT. Read more »

February 9th, 2015
by Diane

Life Happens and Then……

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My Father shared a wonderful quote with me last week (that I very much needed to hear!) and I felt compelled to share it, and my reflections, with you this morning.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearances, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company… a church…. A home.  The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for the day. We cannot change our past.  We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the string we have, and that is our own attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you.  We are in charge of our attitude.”  Charles Swindle

I love this quote – such a vivid reminder that we are truly responsible for our choices.  I would say, “Life Happens and then we are 100% responsible for who we choose to be in every moment.”  I believe the sentiment is the same.  We absolutely cannot control what goes on around us, and there will be times of struggle, pain, unhappiness and frustration, but we can control WHO WE CHOOSE TO BE IN THE MOMENT.  Read more »

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