My Fourteen Legged Tribe

I wonder sometimes how the spirit in me recognizes the spirit in other members of my tribe. I meet a lot of people, but sometimes my spirit, or my heart, or my divine light recognizes a kindred soul. I am lucky to be a member of many awesome “tribes” – groups of people who impact me on a deep, soul level.   One of these tribes consists of three women with an almost 40 year age span and two dogs with more than a 50 pound weight span. For obvious reasons, we call ourselves the 14 legs group. This fall, after being away all summer, it was when my dog and I ran into the other eight legs that I took a deep breath in, exhaled and realized I was home.   Here are some of the many reasons why this tribe is awesome. Interestingly, none of these reasons is overly complex or magical, but they create something unique and wonderful.


  • We listen. We really listen to each other and consider deeply the topic at hand – sometimes that topic is our health or our relationships and sometimes it is the consistency of the dog’s poop. Any subject is given serious consideration.
  • We laugh. We laugh at each other, with each other, about our respective foibles, about the dogs, and sometimes just because we are happy to be together. The more obscure the reference (they are both college professors) the funnier it is.
  • We care for each other and our selves. There are no rules or expectations about whether or not we walk together and how participative we are when we are together. We each do what we need to do for ourselves at that particular point in time. At the same time, we look out for and care for each other.
  • We enjoy the moment.   The dogs teach us a lot about how to be in the moment and also give us much joy. When we stop to pay attention to the dogs, it is not clear which of the five of us is most content. (Tips on ways to reduce stress without a dog
  • Cherish health. All three of us have or have had significant health challenges. I think we all celebrate that we can walk and enjoy the outdoors. Sometimes the walk can’t be as far or as fast, but it happens and that’s what matters. (Some tips on staying healthy –
  • Be Aware and Be Safe. Unfortunately, we have also had to learn that not everyone is friendly and we need to be aware of our surroundings and potential risks to our safety.

These awesome women have taught me a lot and bring me much joy. It is a tribe that was created serendipitously and there is little rhyme or reason for why we have such a deep connection.   For me, the lesson is to trust my divine light, my spirit, in choosing tribe members. People are rarely exactly what they seem at first glance and, when we allow the divine light in us to honor the divine light in others, it yields the most unexpected gifts.

My Fourteen Legged Tribe


Before you sleep, read this…


“The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream.”

- Marilyn Monroe


Imagine having mastered sleep, and all you have to do is just sleep while you reap its benefits beyond just health.

How cool is that?

You may already know the benefits of sleep. Just to name a few, sleep can increase your productivity level, gives you energy, helps you lose weight and gives your skin a nice glow.

Here are 5 things you need to know about mastering sleep so that it works for you, and not against you.

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6 Ways to Fit Meditation into your Daily Life Effortlessly


Meditation is a practice. It is a practice of mindfulness. It is a practice of connecting to Self.

You want to relieve stress? Meditate

You want to calm your mind and the mental chatter? Meditate

You want to reduce fear, anxiety, and other negative emotions? Meditate

Like anything else, meditation takes practice. Hence, it being called a practice.

Many people feel like, “How helpful can this really be, I am just sitting here.” Still others think, “I don’t have time to waste just sitting still for 5 minutes.” I hear these concerns time and time again. And I was very much one of those people. I could not sit still to save my life. I had so many thoughts swirling through my head and I believed that I always had to be acting on them.

Then the light bulb: The stage for meditation was set. I knew the benefits of meditation. I heard the transformational stories. But, then I read a book by a pastor in Pasadena, CA, and he spoke of the importance of Stillness. He spoke of how he practiced it every day and the benefits. My wheels were spinning. I had to figure out this Stillness thing. And just as the Universe does so eloquently, I was directed to a 21 day guided meditation challenge. I took the challenge and I found that I absolutely loved bouncing out of bed each morning to listen to my new guided meditation. I found that my mind started to calm, that my days had more space where there was previously no time to spare, that my stress was diminished, that I was opening up and loving more. My world was changing; or how I saw the world changed.

So, how can you fit meditation into your life easily and effortlessly?

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How to Detox Without Deprivation

how to detox without deprivation

Cleansing is pretty popular these days. For many, including myself years ago, the word cleanse conjures to mind thoughts of deprivation, juices for day, and some extreme kind of Master Cleanse. Cleansing the body is important because we live in a stressed world. Not only do we consume foods that are laden with pesticides, we also have stress in our life, which contributes to toxicity.

Doing a cleanse four times a year during the changing of the seasons is ideal to clean out the toxins that find their way into our bodies, causing metabolism issues, weight gain, headaches, low sex drive, and overall toxicity that can take away from our happiness.

I love cleansing my body, because it cleans out the pipes. Cleansing with all natural, whole foods that are rich in oxygen gives the body exactly what it needs to recharge, rebuild, and regenerate. Cleansing is not and should not be about deprivation. Even with a juice cleanse, you can add steamed vegetables for some extra energy or a pureed raw soup if the juice cleanse is too depleting for you.

Cleansing is really about finding balance and harmony within the body and mind. Eating cleansing foods is vital for your health. This includes items such as juices, smoothies, fruits that are low glycemic and great for flushing the lymph (think: apples, grapefruit, berries, lemons, and limes), leafy greens (like kale, dandelion greens, and parsley), healthy fats (avocado, hemp seeds, and coconut oil), and plant- or animal-based proteins to support the regeneration of cells.

But let’s go a step deeper and talk about cleansing the soul. I used to think detox was just about the food on my plate, but it is about so much more than that. Detox is about removing what does not serve us emotionally as well as physically. Every cell in the body carries both physical and emotional toxicity.

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