June 5, 2019

Growing up, I clearly remember my father’s words, “Chambers never quit!” And of course, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” These phrases were repeated to my brother and me many times throughout our upbringing. Whether we were bagging leaves in the Fall a...

April 8, 2019


You might have heard the ole adage, 'There's only two things you can count on in life - death and taxes." Well, I'd like to add "change" to that list. No matter how you slice it, change is inevitable. Try all you want to dig your heels in and keep things exactly as th...

March 4, 2019


I can't do it! I'll never make it! I don't know where to begin! These were the words I shouted the other day as I tried to meet a tight deadline on a proposal for our business. I had been working on it for several weeks, but for reasons I haven't quite figured out yet...

February 1, 2019

Mindfulness is not about pushing our thoughts or feelings aside. It's about recognizing them, embracing them and being present with those feelings and thoughts. It's knowing that we know. Think of it as if you are stepping outside of your body to have a birds-e...

December 30, 2018

As the new year begins, do you find yourself stressed out about what it is you want to accomplish this next year? I mean the pressure is on! From the endless Ads about losing pounds, goal-setting, vision boarding and that nasty voice in your head that tells you you’re...

December 6, 2018

There is no right or wrong when it comes to grief. Your grief can’t be shared by anyone else, because it’s personal to you. Nobody can really know exactly what your grief feels like.

Grief isn’t just about death. Changes in your life such as breaking up with a boyfriend...

November 2, 2018

Have you ever wondered why you gravitate to certain people and others repel you? Do you find it difficult to let go and love with all your heart? Is it hard for you to make close friends? Or do you love easily? Do you give with all your heart without worrying about wha...

September 10, 2018

As a "Yogi" I do my best to incorporate the basic Yoga principles (in Sanskrit called, Yamas and Niyamas) in my every day life. In fact, one of the tenets of every Live Free Yoga class for teens is to integrate one of the Yoga principles in each Yoga class. We require...

September 5, 2018

Spending time with my dad, the legendary Square Dance caller, Lee Kopman, as he battles his recent diagnosis of bladder cancer, I am struck by the emotional reaction of both me and my mom, Lilith (his wife of 63 years). As mom says, "When he's good, I'm good. When he's...

August 26, 2018

Mindfulness practices are proven to be good for reducing stress - taming the beast, so to speak. But, if you are using mindfulness practices to help someone with trauma, it's vitally important that you proceed with great care. Words and actions that might seem beni...

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