Life lessons suspended at 100 feet | Conduit for Self-Healing

“That’s the path of shame” he said, chuckling and pointing to the dirt path that sloped down and disappeared into the woods. I had two choices to get across the canyon: Step onto the 6 inch wide plank, suspended 100 feet in the air by cables OR Walk down the dirt path. I carefully placed one foot on the board, shifted my weight onto it to first test its sturdiness (and my own balance!) and then placed the other foot in front of the first. I stood there for a moment taking it all in, the incredible view from that height (it seemed like I could see forever), and what I was about to undertake – I was about to walk across a very steep canyon on a 6″ wide boards suspended over 100 feet in the air. The board wobbled with each step I took, swayed in the wind with just the slightest breeze and bumped up and down in response to others also walking it at the same time as I. I noticed myself becoming hyper-aware of not just my own movements, but also how the movements of those around me and the environment, impacted my ability to maintain my focus and my balance. If my foot stepped too far to the edge of the board, it would tilt the board in that direction, shifting my balance and prompting my whole body to counterbalance. Now, I did have two cables to hang onto as I walked, my body was connected to the cables and I was wearing a helmet – what, in case I fell?! But somehow in...

Top 5 Tools for More Inner Peace | Conduit for Self-Healing

“I want to feel more at peace.”   That is one of the top two needs expressed by my clients, preceded only by “I feel stuck and I need more clarity about what’s next for me in my life”.   If I were to ask you “When was the last time you felt really at peace?”, what image comes to mind for you? Where are you? What’s different about that space vs. your day-to-day state of being? For most of us it means reducing the head chatter and the anxiety that goes along with it. As you’re moving through a life transition, or creating any kind of change in your life, one of the first and most important steps is to create a greater sense of inner peace. Because without it, you lack the connection to your inner wisdom and to what’s right for you or to what are the best next steps for you. To define it in simple terms, inner peace for most of us means a stillness of the mind. You can get there a lot of different ways. We’ve all heard of meditation as one avenue. But I find that for many of my clients, particularly in the beginning, meditation is difficult if not impossible. When they come to me they express frustration or even embarrassment at their inability to do something that seems to be so easy for some people. The fact is there are other non-traditional ways to generate a similar state. For some, it is activities like walking on the beach, playing the piano, painting, gardening or even immersing themselves in challenging...