I often think about my 10-day stay at a Vipassana retreat in 2014, where we were encouraged to feel everything with “equanimity”. That meant accepting ALL the feelings, including rage, grief, fear, boredom, and every little spinal ache and muscle pain from sitting for prolonged periods while practicing Adhiṭṭhāna (determined sitting). This involved not moving a muscle while I observed the intense emotions that such stillness was bound to bring to the surface.
For Barri Harris, transformation coach and founder of The Eureka Project, answering this question begins with a single step toward abiding self-awareness. Barri understands that bridging the seeming chasm between high dysfunction and high performance requires leaders confront their own blind spots and foster trust among their teams. Her vision is brave and inspiring: to create a community where leaders can discuss challenges, share stories, and offer information with a focus on best practices — collectively, to become the “tipping point that ends toxic workplaces” and leads to lasting legacies.
Barri knows a thing or two about workplaces. Guided by the motto “live by design, not by default,” she helps a vast array of organizations embrace and move through difficult transformations as smoothly and effectively as possible. Holding a CMA, an MA in international economics and finance, and several strategic management facilitation certifications, and having excelled as a high-level human performance improvement consultant for 15 years, she can easily recognize the systemic and cultural challenges that hamper workplace progress when people have neither full awareness nor the right tools. Barri also gets why many managers struggle: she has travelled that road herself.
Often we are too busy to consider how our health is ranking or how we can make a simple change to improve our energy, immunity and general vitality. It begins with taking a look at your daily habitual choices and discovering areas you can make improvements.
It’s not about guilting yourself for making bad choices, but it’s about being open to new options…
A daily self-care practice that’s actually a part of your “to do” list on your calendar is a great way to stay committed and set yourself up for success!
Some easy places to begin:
Are you eating a good protein packed breakfast? If not, try incorporating a quick energizing protein smoothie packed with veggies, fruit & a good quality protein powder.
How are often are you eating throughout the day? Focus on eating something with protein every 3 hours so your blood sugar stays regulated which can help reduce cravings for caffeine, sugar or white flour/gluten laden foods that are high in calorie.
I am grounded in a way that I have never been before. I have learned to recognize my body’s signals and to embrace the lessons she is asking me to learn. I can stand in a place of clarity and neutrality that allows me to be the observer and no longer the reactor, but it wasn’t always that way.
When I was in my late 20’s, my world was quickly unraveling. On the outside, I presented well, but on the inside, my life had reached a crossroads of epic proportions – my marriage was dissolving, my first business was failing because the market changed and I failed to adapt and bankruptcy was imminent because of crushing debt. I desperately tried to cling to what I knew, but every joint in my body was screaming out for change – literally, I was in unbelievable pain that kept me awake at night – endlessly allowing me to mull over my many failures.
Beauty is skin deeply. For Odette Baumgartner, the owner of Odette’s Skincare & Medi Spa, the beauty we bring to the world goes deeper than we may think. It requires a holistic approach of ongoing care from the outside and sustained health on the inside. Odette’s spas — one in Kelowna, the other in Lake Country — specialize in Endermologie® and LumiLift® and provide a comprehension array of non-invasive treatments for the many skin conditions that can arise due to dietary, hormonal, and energy imbalances.
Odette and her team of certified, talented, and compassionate professionals provide everything from laser to lymphatic drainage, from micro-needling to microscopy, from BOTOX® to blood analysis, and so much more. With 27 years of experience, they know that the stress and strain of our lives can show on the surface in the form of rashes, blemishes, spots, sags, and wrinkles. While Odette takes your skin seriously, her website is sprinkled with a series of playfully encouraging quotations, like “Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art” and “As soon as you feel too old to do a thing, do it.” Both are fitting examples, as the philosophy underpinning her work is “pushing back on assumptions about beauty and aging.”
Another clear perspective of Odette’s spas is that being oneself and living one’s best life is foundational to beauty and health, so I was curious to learn more about Odette’s life and the healing work she and her team do.
Life can be challenging, especially during these uncertain times. In the year since the pandemic began, I have noticed the number of referrals grow exponentially in my clinical counselling practice. It appears that isolation, uncertainty, fear, and frustration have brought up many people’s issues and past traumas to the surface.
How are you coping right now?
People tend to cope with stressful situations in a variety of ways. Some people become angry and bitter, pointing fingers, and wanting to blame others. Other people try their best to ignore their issues and just hope it goes away. Then there are those who seem to rise to the occasion with focus and clarity and try to learn from the situation and grow.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice, full of wisdom that applies now to the modern world more than ever. Translated into ‘yogic sleep’, it is a restorative practice that allows the participant to disengage from the mind’s busyness of thought and come to a place of observation. With ongoing practice, one learns to be the observer of the thoughts as opposed to the believer of the thoughts. Over time, it cultivates a state of equanimity. Sometimes this practice is described as ‘active rest’ or ‘mindful rest’, as it teaches the participant to be aware while at rest. Yoga Nidra is not a religion.
Homeopathy is a natural medicine that is based on the philosophy of “like cures like”; the Law of Similars. It is the strongest energy medicine known to man. Homeopathy has been in practice for over 200 years and is gaining in popularity as people search for something that does not create side effects, and is effective in treating all types of different health issues.
In Homeopathy we treat the person and not the “dis-ease” and so with that perspective we believe any dis-ease and anyone be helped with Homeopathy. Homeopathy’s effectiveness lies in the body’s ability to cure itself. Many people use remedies for ailments without any knowledge of Homeopathy, but for chronic issues you should always seek the guidance of a professionally trained Homeopath.
Paddleboarding may be the perfect metaphor for Carla Dawes’ work. An emotional freedom and success coach, certified EFT (tapping) practitioner, and a
licensed desire map facilitator who has studied psychology and meditation, Carla guides women through their choppy waters by creating “a compass for the soul.” Through retreats, workshops, and coaching sessions, she reignites the curiosity and courage they need to find clarity, break free of limiting patterns, and strengthen their relationships. At her retreats, she may even get you up on a paddleboard (she is a certified instructor), where you discover the figurative and literal importance of personal power and balance.
Carla is also the founder of Rising into Resilience, a coaching and wellness resource for the spouses and caregivers of trauma survivors, through which she helps her clients navigate the challenges of dealing with loved ones whose PTSD has overtaken their own lives and those of their family members. Through this service, she helps families heal, rise, and move forward with clearer understanding, nervous system regulation, healthier boundaries, and loving acceptance.
Having first met Carla at a BWB event, I already knew there is something quickly steadying about her presence and her ability to see one’s inner strength and potential when they are feeling vulnerable or less-than. So I was thrilled to connect with her again and find out more about her life and her work.
This might surprise you. Your heart is the most powerful source of electromagnetic energy in your body (even more than the brain – which is the your mind.
Let me show you why your heart’s magnetic field is your superpower, and then I have a simple heart-focused practice you can try.
Scientists at the HeartMath Institute have been researching something called the “heart-coherent state” — which is supported by an incredible amount of evidence.