This column is Inspired and dedicated to my dear friend and teacher of life, Yvette Conroy who taught us to live by her mantra, “Faith over Fear.” Yvette was one of the strongest women I have ever met with unshakeable trust and faith. When you met her, she would look directly into your eyes, letting you know she was fully present to you. She was authentic and not afraid to be herself. A woman who lived her life with compassion and love. I always admired her fierce determination and ability to rise above it all. 

Her faith in life during the past few years of sickness was an unshakeable belief in something much larger than herself. Her heart was open, and she shared her love with all she met. She was genuinely connected to her higher

We’re human, as the saying goes. People say things, behave and act in certain ways that are particularly hurtful. People have survival modes or competitive modes or whatever makes them tick. And some people truly do not have kind hearts. So, there are times in our lives when we are recipients of such words, behaviors and actions. While we may choose to remove ourselves from this harm’s way, we may still feel bad long afterwards. And the stories play over and over again until we find a way out

The other morning a hummingbird came near.  I was sitting outside at a table in the center of which is a plant with clusters of yellow and white flowers. Out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of something coming near, then in full view and going toward the flower, a hummingbird blur.  It came and went quickly.

In the afternoon I was sitting in the same place and less than about 15 inches away from my face to the yellow and white flowers came the hummingbird again with its soft green

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

We talk about listening to the inner voice and making changes to make ourselves feel better in body, mind and spirit. Facing our current state of affairs, our current state of health, our current mental state and our current emotional landscape – often coming up with ideas to make things better. And to the point of Baldwin’s quote above, unless we face what is going on, we can never

Last weekend I had the pleasure and delight of attending a very good friend’s daughter’s wedding. It was at the Liberty State Park overlooking our beautiful NYC skyline. The room was spectacular with glass windows surrounding the space. A stunning rooftop patio with a panoramic view of our lovely city. The guests danced the entire night and celebrated with such joy and laughter. It is always special to see two people in love who promise to be loyal, patient and support one another in the

Our heart is at the center of our being human. In the heart is where our deepest thoughts, intuitions, emotions and decisions find their source. We often fail to know our hidden centers and so we live and die without knowing who we really are. Have you ever looked into the mirror and asked yourself, “who am I?”  You are not the body, you are not your mind, you are not your title such as wife, husband, mother, father, sister, brother, friend, etc.  You are so much more. This past weekend I

There will be many detours but stay true to your heart. Opening into a vulnerable place usually causes discomfort and a certain shakiness. Every time I write this column, I feel torn open to what lies within me. I can only share my experiences and hope they help you in some way to live a life with some form of contentment and happiness. Each one of you has a story to tell. It is an honor to write about wellness today.

The practice of yoga is a wonderful way to find refuge in your heart

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