Serene music can assist in calming anxiety. These are times when a little serenity and balance may help calm the internal waters of our minds and hearts - and even steady our pulse rates a bit. Marconi Union's "Weightless" was utilized in research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care.The findings suggested that serene music (like this) proved nearly as effective in easing hospital patient's jitters as some medication options provided. If this music doesn't do the trick for you, find some other nerve calming music to reclaim your balance as you anticip...

This is one of my favorite songs - when I first had dreams of creating productions like this, Morten Lauridsen's Dirait-On was always on my mind and in my heart. The work is based upon a text translation of a poem by Rilke; the section that inspires reads - "Who you are sustains you eternally, so they say; your very being is nourished by its own enlightened reflection.” For me this text encourages us to recognize and share the best of ourselves with others. I hope it restores your energies. The music is performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Paul Salamunovich conducting. Let it heal your soul and celebrate the best...

There are so many voices - these voices help us stay proactive and informed but, for me, it is tempting to listen more than I should - as I do - fear, imbalance and anxiety build. It is so important right now to segment our receipt of information, find our right action and seek balance. From balance comes a state of well being from which positive action, kindness, leadership and calm emanate. Let this music wash over you today as you recalibrate - find a moment of peace and set an intention for reestablishing balance in this moment. Everything grows stronger from there. ~Kathy~ ("There will Be Rest" by Frank Ticheli and...

With uncertainty surrounding us with silence and noise - let your love be heard. Find your balance - we need your love, your wisdom and your kindness. Sending love to you and all you hold dear. ~Kathy~ (Let Your Love Be Heard written by Jake Runestad and performed by Voces8)

"Angels, where you soar
Up to God’s own light
Take my own lost bird
On your hearts tonight;
And as grief once more
Mounts to heaven and sings
Let my love be heard
Whispering in your wings"

What have been your moments of expansion (i.e., moments that have stretched you in ways that you could not have imagined). These moments may stretch you still or they may be distant and formative memories. These moments hold our life stories - they inspire our growth - and hold life's lessons. Intend to take in the positive lessons - they are here to propel you. ~Kathy~ (Let Eric Whitacre's "Sleep" inspire reflection, expansion and deep breaths - the text Robert Frost's poem, "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.")

"Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know....

In this beautiful time-lapse photography, Louie Schwartzberg explores the beauty of pollination. Watch hummingbirds, bats and - yes - butterflies! I've been following Schwartzberg's work for many years now and he has some other beautiful works and several TED Talks on gratitude and pollination. I hope you enjoy the miracle of nature and the new beginnings that it invites. ~Kathy~

Happiness is like a butterfly - the more you chase it, the more it eludes - but if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder. ~Kathy~

A few years ago, I noticed that caterpillars were attracted to the parsley in my garden. Having young children at the time, I decided it would be exciting to see what would happen if we put one of the hungry caterpillars in a jar. We went into the back yard and carefully selected small branches, grass, and pine straw to put in our large “sun tea” container, and proceeded to feed our caterpillar enough parsley to keep him content. We placed a wax pape...

Spring is here. Winter is the perfect time to cocoon, reflect and prepare for the future. I raise butterflies and have watched as they slowly transform themselves from one state to another - there's that precious rest time in between caterpillar and butterfly. And when they push out of the cocoon, it happens slowly - once out, they give their wings time to expand and grow stronger. So spring has arrived - it's a good time to reset, reconsider, repair, recalibrate and reimagine the future. Where are you going next? Find that next step. I'll bet it's going to be wonderful. ~Kathy~

Last year, I visited a new strategic planning client and as I entered the building I immediately thought to myself, “Somebody loves this place.”

I couldn’t say why, but it felt good to be there. After I left, I did a little field research and asked myself to reconstruct the experience.  Retracing the clues, I asked myself why it felt good. 

  • I heard laughter.

  • I saw smiling people.

  • I was greeted warmly (with a smile and friendly eye contact).

  • The floors were shiny and polished.

  • There were well-tended, healthy plants all around.

  • Positive words and quotations were painted brightly on the...

Energy is like a glass of water. We pour our energy into the world - in our work, in our communities, to our friends, colleagues and loved ones. Sometimes we can pour so much of ourselves out and forget to refill the glass. Your energy is so important to all of us. We need you replenished and refreshed. How do you refill your energy when the glass of water runs dry? Refill yourself with intention this weekend - the world needs you in a refreshed state. It need not take a lot of time - refilling your glass may be as simple as taking a deep breath or a walk in the woods. It might mean doing something fun or taking a few mo...

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