As the holidays (and political transitions) are in full swing, it seems like everyone I know is stressed and overwhelmed. I too have felt the impact of the external world, and it makes me even more passionate about how much we need to to turn inward to listen and act from a place of presence and wisdom.

As a result, I recently wrote an article for The Seattle Times about how to stay present during the holidays. Although the article is focused on the holidays, I encourage you to experiment with tools I offer as ways to help you stay grounded and connected all year long. Remember, turning inward helps you navigate the external world more effectively.

One of my other new (and favorite) ways I’m dropping into presence this holiday season is by using a practice called “Christmas Tree Gazing” (I just made that up). It’s exactly what it sounds like…I take a few minutes in the day, make a cup of tea, sit down and simply gaze at our beautiful Christmas tree. I really look at the lights, reflect on when/where we got the ornaments or just take in the beauty of it all. By giving myself a few minutes to just be, I have the opportunity to experience my natural state of presence. I encourage you to try this extremely technical and advanced practice yourself and see how it impacts you this holiday season.

Book Update

I’ve had a truly delightful time launching my new book, Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage this fall. Thank you to those who have supported me and this book by attending a reading, purchasing copies and sharing your reviews! I also found out that the book is a finalist for The Best Book Awards for 2016!

Be sure to check out all the new national media coverage the book has received this fall. The list includes a print piece in SELF magazine, Buzz Feed, MSN and more. It’s been fun to see the book make its way into the world and even more is in store for 2017!