Emily Fletcher, Founder of Ziva Mediatation

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From Showgirl to Shivasana

If you knew me 10 years ago, you would never guess that I would end up traveling the world speaking about meditation. I wouldn’t have guessed it either. I was on Broadway at the time, understudying three of the leads in A Chorus Line. I was also suffering from anxiety, had been struggling with insomnia for eighteen months, and was going grey at the tender age of 26. So here I was living my dream on stage, but backstage I was rocking myself in the fetal position listening to Eckhart Tolle praying I wouldn’t be thrown on with a moment’s notice. I was desperate for a solution, so when a fellow castmember told me she swore by meditation I thought, what do I have to lose?

Steve “Coach Fury” Holiner, Ambassador of Glory

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The Importance of Being Awkward

If you’re awkward and you know it clap your hands! There are many definitions of the word awkward. Here are three that resonate with me: awkward (from Merriam-Webster)  lacking ease or grace (as of movement or expression) lacking social grace and assurance <an awkward newcomer> causing embarrassment <an awkward moment> For as long as I …

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The Cherry Danish Conundrum: Are You Worthy Enough?

On a crisp, sunny morning in NYC’s financial district, my friend and I strolled along Broadway on a break from work, in search of the perfect late breakfast.  Oatmeal, fruit, and being healthy all were mentioned. She looked at me, eyebrows raised as she matter-of-factly proclaimed, “Sometimes, you just need a cherry danish!”