Change ourselves and experience a shift in our relationships, environment, and well-being

Change ourselves and experience a shift in our relationships, environment, and well-being

Want a change in our relationships, our parenting, our environment, our well-being? We have to make the change. This is a bit of a paradigm shift. Think of how much energy is wasted worrying, fearing, dwelling on what someone else was doing without even realizing that nothing we do or think or say can change a person or situation. It comes from us. When we stop keeping score in our marriage, our partner stops keeping score. When we are more thoughtful, patient, and lighthearted in our  parenting, our children responded this way. When…continue reading →
Free Mindfulness Workshop at HeartGarden in Oak Park

Free Mindfulness Workshop at HeartGarden in Oak Park

Want to stay focused on what matters most? Be centered through the ups and downs?  Seeking a happier, healthier, more purpose-filled Life? Mindfulness is one way to achieve these things— it's a set of attention skills that you can learn and grow and integrate into your day. It’s like a gym for your mind, and it can radically transform your life—leading to better health, more connected relationships, greater productivity, performance, purpose, and creativity. Join us as we learn about mindfulness in a simple, friendly way: The science behind it How to develop your…continue reading →
Why mindset matters and how to make a shift

Why mindset matters and how to make a shift

I go back to that book Little Engine That Could a lot with my kids. Whenever they are doing something new or hard or having trouble. I remind them to say to themselves, “I think I can, I think I can.” It’s a silly reminder but so true. Our mindset, the way we think and set of beliefs we hold, is important. It determines our attitude, outlook, and even our outcome. We have to connect inside and examine the beliefs we are holding. Which ones are serving us which ones are not? Then we can…continue reading →
One tool to help prevent overwhelm: pausing first, before reacting

One tool to help prevent overwhelm: pausing first, before reacting

It's easy to let this season of giving, gratitude and family become one of overwhelm. One tool to help prevent this overwhelm: pausing first, before reacting. Taking one moment to pause first, before reacting, helps us disconnect whatever is going on around us with what we feel inside. When we feel calm and kindness inside, the things going on around us don't have to negatively impact us.  Pausing first helps me not take personally whatever happened, whatever someone did or said. I can't control the way others act. Only myself. Pausing first helps me…continue reading →
Becoming more conscious of our time and choices, and creating balance and fulfillment as a whole person – EDEM ep. 27 with Karli Kujawa Smith

Becoming more conscious of our time and choices, and creating balance and fulfillment as a whole person – EDEM ep. 27 with Karli Kujawa Smith

In the busyness of our days, we can sometimes feel like life is just happening to us but really we are shaping our lives by the choices we make everyday. When we focus on awareness, we can be more conscious of the choices we are making and start creating a life that is our own that we can feel content about at the end of our busy day. Meet Karli, a mom of two boys, who has found that even though life is busier with children, it’s much more colorful. She is a designer…continue reading →
Listening to our children, trusting ourselves, and experiencing life as it comes- EDEM 9 with Jackie Healy

Listening to our children, trusting ourselves, and experiencing life as it comes- EDEM 9 with Jackie Healy

Are our children mirrors to our own selves—teaching us to experience life more fully and deeply? Do you see taking some time for yourself as selfish or an act of self-love?  Meet Jackie Healy. Jackie believes parenting helps us to grow more into ourselves by opening up our minds to break old patterns and opening up our hearts to fully love. She believes self-love is so important in parenting. By making some space for ourselves through exercise, silence, doing something we love. We get in control of our emotions and can be open to what our children…continue reading →