ARCHIVE OF CARINA'S TEACHINGS

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BEING YOUR OWN SAFE SPACE

Posted: June 14th 2021

My inner world was hostile and sitting inside it felt scary. But the moment I remembered kindness, something shifted.  I felt more relaxed.  More at ease in my own skin.  Nothing had changed outside but I had changed inside.  My fear morphed into belonging...

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION: HEALING EMPATHETIC DISTRESS

Posted: June 10th 2021

A recording of our recent Tuesday sit. We explore leaning into equanimity and compassion as a way to thrive and then I guide you through a meditation practice...

HEAL EMPATHETIC DISTRESS

Posted: June 7th 2021

I learned about differentiation many years ago from one of my spiritual teachers. When we get focused on fixing someone it’s likely an indication we have made the other person’s pain our own...

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION: THE MEDICINE OF JOY

Posted: June 4th 2021

A recording of our recent Tuesday sit. You don’t want to miss this one about how we can awaken our innate joy. We explore the three factors of awakening joy and then I guide you through a mudita meditation practice...

THE NOT ACCIDENTAL JOY

Posted: June 1st 2021

When was the last time you felt joy Because our minds tend to get preoccupied with what’s wrong we may not notice the absence of joy in our lives...

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION: DISSOLVING THE SECOND ARROW

Posted: May 28th 2021

A recording of our recent Tuesday sit. You don’t want to miss this one about feeling tone and how awareness of it frees us from reactivity. In it we talk about how we make the inevitable ups and down in life.

THE SECOND ARROW

Posted: May 24th 2021

The continuity of practice helps my heart remember the true source of what it means to be a happy human amidst an inner and outer world of uncertainty. When unconscious of this we get lost in it.  Lost in the endless gaming out of how to sort our life so we only have pleasant experiences...

ALLOWING FOR REPAIR

Posted: May 17th 2021

It’s all moving so fast.  Faster than I expected. The inner landscape amidst so much change can feel like a dust bowl. During this time it’s good to feel.  To unravel.  To dance. To grieve. To be with the million things right and million things wrong...

HOW TO HAVE MARA FOR TEA

Posted: May 11th 2021

Mara is the embodiment of lust, greed, false views, delusion, and illusion. Whenever Mara would visit the Buddha he wouldn’t do what we usually do when we encounter our shadow.  He didn’t push it away.  He didn’t give into it. Instead he offered kindness.  He offered care...

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION: UNCOVERING A PEACE THAT PASSETH UNDERSTANDING

Posted: May 6th 2021

A recording of our recent Tuesday sit. You don’t want to miss this one if you’ve been feeling caught in old, stubborn patterns. In it we unpack three ways you can unhook from negative emotional and thought patterns.

BEYOND POSITIVE THINKING

Posted: May 2nd 2021

Without knowing it we have made an enemy of harmless inner states that our nervous system reads as threatening. Until we learn to embody our moment to moment truth, discontent will run our lives. Matthew Brensilver puts it another way, “if we aren’t careful we will spend our life fidgeting from cradle to grave.”...

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION: RECLAIMING OUR NEEDS

Posted: April 29th 2021

A recording of our recent Tuesday sit. You don’t want to miss this one if you’ve been feeling exhausted and like you’re taking care of everything for everyone but yourself.

DETHRONE ANXIETY

Posted: April 17th 2021

We are, at times, experts in that hum of uneasiness that seems to follow us wherever we go. Without knowing it, we practice being loyal to our anxietyWe feel like there’s something wrong with us for feeling the way we feel. What we need is to remember it’s safe to drop the loyalty we have to our suffering...

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION: TRUSTING A RELIABLE SOURCE OF LOVE

Posted: April 16th 2021

A recording of our recent Tuesday sit. In it we talk about the three ways to unconditional love and we end with a Metta meditation.

THE SACRED MOTHER

Posted: April 12th 2021

We all crave unconditional love. We seek it from our parents, our siblings, our partners, our friends, and ourselves. But nothing outside ourselves is reliable or enduring. The love of the sacred mother is trustworthy. This is beyond religion or dogma or belief...

GUILT DETOX

Posted: April 5th 2021

When we give without true generosity we walk around silently resentful and bitter and we aren’t very fun to be around. It’s a great strategy for keeping us tired and disconnected from our medicine, our wisdom, and each other...

THE MYTH OF SELF LOVE

Posted: March 29th 2021

Self love doesn’t exist. At least not in our usual way of understanding it. I used to think taking good care of myself meant protecting myself from discomfort. What’s a more accurate and necessary ingredient to being the person we were born to be is to learn the art of inner caring...

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION: HOW TO RECLAIM YOUR PERSONAL POWER

Posted: March 23rd 2021

A recording of a recent Tuesday sit. In it we learn what personal power is, what blocks it, and how to cultivate it.

HOW TO STOP SECOND GUESSING YOURSELF

Posted: March 22nd 2021

Deep in all of us is a source of personal power, authority, and confidence. No matter how many times we’ve blamed externals for what’s not working in our life we can learn to take back our royal seat. We can reclaim our personal power and transform insecurity...

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION: BEFRIENDING THE HUNGRY GHOST

Posted: March 18th 2021

A recording of a recent Tuesday sit. In it we learn the secret root of addiction and how to heal it through forgiveness and mindfulness.

MY WINE STORY

Posted: March 15th 2021

I never imagined I’d be drinking at least a bottle of wine a night, every night. I grew up with alcoholism in my family and saw first hand the pain addiction caused.  But when I did drink, I almost always drank to excess. I saw clearly how it numbed me and never delivered the lasting relief and freedom the craving had me believe it would...

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION: HEALING SELF DOUBT WITH THE MEDICINE OF SELF TRUST

Posted: March 11th 2021

A recording of a recent Tuesday sit. In it we learn the direct path to heal self doubt and awaken true self trust.

HOW TO TRUST YOURSELF

Posted: March 8th 2021

In every given moment there is a relationship we are having with our humanity. We mistake who we are with the idea of how we think we should be. When we don’t live up to the fantasy we feel like a failure.  We feel frustrated with ourselves. We haven’t learned how to relate to ourselves in a way that feels encouraging...

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION: THE TRUE SELF & THE BODY

Posted: March 3rd 2021

A recording of a recent Tuesday sit. In it we learn the direct path to the True Self through the body.

THE #1 WAY TO GET OUT OF YOUR NOISY HEAD

Posted: March 1st 2021

When I started to meditate it was the first glimpse I had into how batshi** crazy my thinking was. I was so much in my head it was hard to see my thoughts as my first meditation teacher instructed us to do in our group meditation class. But once I did, my whole world opened up...

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION: PERMISSION TO REST

Posted: February 24th 2021

A recording of a recent Tuesday sit. In it we reveal the inner obstacles to rest and how we can shift the guilt that can arise when we don’t feel productive or like we are doing enough.

PERMISSION TO REST

Posted: February 15th 2021

Restlessness is often driven by this nagging unconscious belief that we need to EARN the right to exist as a being worthy of belonging. Yet we yearn to be content. We yearn for peace. We yearn to lay down our burden and rest just as we are. When I say rest, I’m pointing to a deep settling that happens when we stop trying to control aspects of our inner and outer landscapes...

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION: TRANSFORMING SHAME INTO WORTHINESS

Posted: February 8th 2021

A recording of a recent Tuesday sit. In it we uncover how to release shame and awaken true worthiness. 

TRANSFORMING SHAME INTO TRUE ABUNDANCE

Posted: February 8th 2021

Having shame about our shame is a common experience. This persistent inner scarcity robs us of our birthright to feel joyful, playful, and turned on by life. We can’t run from this core human wound. But what I learned, and what I’m going to teach you in this week’s Dharma Talk and Meditation, is that we can transform this obstacle into an asset...

MAKE YOUR MIND YOUR FRIEND

Posted: February 1st 2021

If we don’t get a handle on our own minds we can live in a state of chronic unsettledness and anxiety. Nothing feels within our control and we worry we may not be able to handle what comes up. There are ways in which we can take back control even if things outside us are out of our control...

HAVING YOUR OWN BACK

Posted: January 18th 2021

Even when everything is going well, we sometimes feel a sense of not quite right. We’re looking over our shoulder waiting for what may go wrong. We feel guilty when we’re not being productive and live with a quiet nagging that we’re just not doing enough.

MEDITATION & DHARMA TALK: LION'S ROAR; AWAKENING COURAGE

Posted: January 17th 2021

A recording of a recent Tuesday sit. In it we uncover four essential aspects of releasing overwhelm and practice a guided meditation incorporating the aspects.

HEAL TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS

Posted: January 16th 2021

One of the most common unmet needs of my students and clients is feeling heard and understood. If we want authentic connection in relationships, we can trade in caretaking and advice giving with what I teach in this video

COURAGE TO SHINE

Posted: January 11th 2021

Many are called. Few choose the calling. Most of us wait until we feel totally ready. We hesitate. Perfectionism isn’t about doing your best. It’s about not doing anything at all. When we are caught in it we aren’t getting how important we are. We are forgetting that we were born for a life that matters...

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION: DEEP LISTENING & HEALTHY LOVE

Posted: January 7th 2021

A recording of our recent Tuesday sit. In it we uncover how to truly listen to ourselves and others so we understand and are understood and bring out the best in ourselves and each other.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Posted: January 4th 2021

I trust this finds you well and feeling a little brighter as we shed the most challenging year most of us have ever experienced collectively. I’ve enjoyed some time with my family and reflected on my desires for this new year. One thing I’m crystal clear about, our time is NOW...

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION: TAMING RESISTANCE

Posted: December 17th 2020

A recording of our most recent Tuesday sit. In it we uncover how to tame your resistance so you can move beyond making decisions based on “feeling like it” and instead take action from your deeper purpose...

EXPERIENCING RESISTANCE?

Posted: December 14th 2020

So what’s with resistance? Why do we experience it when approaching what it is we say we want Inherent to growth is resistance. Anything worth having will likely bring up resistance, often in the form of procrastination...

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION: RELEASING OVERWHELM

Posted: December 11th 2020

A recording of our most recent Tuesday sit. In it we uncover four essential aspects of releasing overwhelm and practice a guided meditation incorporating the aspects...

MEDICINE FOR OVERWHELM

Posted: December 7th 2020

We all want peace. But what we think we want is more. More influence. More income. More attention. More understanding. So we never stop.  Even when we’re not doing anything, inside we are restless. We bust our ass for more and what we end up with is, indeed, more. What if we stopped feeding our dissatisfaction and started feeding our contentment...

THE TRUTH ABOUT BEING YOUR BEST SELF

Posted: November 30th 2020

We think to have vision for our life is to create a utopia that lives in some future moment. We bust our ass to get there and feel like a failure when we’re overcome by doubt or procrastination. We think we’ve regressed and may forfeit the vision and chalk it up to our inherent failure to succeed at the game of life. But what if we simplified our vision...

ARE YOU A NEGATIVE NELLIE?

Posted: November 24th 2020

Negativity has a momentum. I got caught in it the other day thinking, what the hell am I doing? Does it even matter? I felt tired and frustrated and had fantasies of throwing my phone in the ocean and living off the map. There’s nothing wrong with being lost in the trance of everything is going to hell in a handbasket. But we don’t want to stay there...

HEY!

Posted: November 23rd 2020

I walked into our small duplex after being on retreat for several days. The dining room table was covered with paper, glue, scissors, and crayons. The floor had plates, cups, and toys covering it.  The kids and my husband were hunched over the table, working on some project. I HATE coming home to a messy house when I’ve been away...Usually...

TIRED OF BEING IN LIMBO?

Posted: November 16th 2020

A lot of what I do as a coach and a mentor is help spirit led leaders of love close the gap. The gap is the distance between where we are and where we think we should be. When we don’t close the gap we become loyal to our suffering. We carry the burden of an unknown future and an imperfect past into this moment...

END SELF-SABOTAGE

Posted: November 14th 2020

Have you ever felt like you’re a failure at personal growth because you’re STILL dealing with some of the same painful patterns you thought should be gone by now? We think we can avoid pain if we elevate our energy and carefully select what we pay attention to. This can slippery slope into blaming ourselves...

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