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Goodbye & Adieu 2021

By Francoise Netter2

By Francoise E Netter

As I contemplate the last week of 2021, I can’t believe that it has been two years of the Pandemic, the accompanying issues that seem to divide us, and the mental, emotional and physical circumstances of limitation and fear that have continued to linger personally and globally. My last week was filled with health scares and a loss of safety with an institution that I had come to think of as family.

As I launch my new work with “No Grit. No Pearl”, I sit here trying to make sense of the past two years of darkness. There were two weeks of focused, extraordinary fun, joy and play by the sea in 2021, but much of this year was also ridden with heavier more solemn times. Not much movement forward and I am a dancer and love to move, especially forward!

If 2020 seemed to magnify the wounds and unfinished business in our global and personal lives, then 2021 was its twin sister. The uncanny juxtaposition between the way we are all connected and uniquely different continued to divide us instead of to allow us to bathe in our unique differences and celebrate in our similarities. For a few short months, it seemed we could travel, mingle and be free to explore our personal and global adventures and then the Pandemic evolved into Delta and Omicron and Climate change took on a more obvious imminent challenge for so many of us in different parts of the world.

So how do we approach 2022 in an optimistic, benevolent and hopeful way? I have cultivated the belief that we create our reality and are not victims. I teach that we must rely on our inner state for joy and happiness rather than on others or the outside world. The courses I teach educators involve the knowledge that not only must we be mindful of our thoughts, words, beliefs and actions, but that those inner resources are our only true source of freedom as we cannot control people or outer conditions to bend to our will or desires. Those very beliefs became my testing ground in 2020 and again in 2021.

Last Fall, I asked: “So where is the silver lining in all of this”? “How do I not get so negatively swayed by the outer conditions I find totally unpleasing and sometimes intolerable”? “Where is that darn pearl from all this grit?” I find myself facing the same issues that I found intolerable a year ago, so how do I pivot in a different way even when nothing much has seemed to change outwardly and maybe even gotten worse in certain situations. What I finally realized on this eve of 2021 is that maybe nothing much has changed outwardly, but the question becomes what has changed inwardly? Maybe this is an extraordinary opportunity for all of us to make a quantum leap into inner refinement. Yes, we live in a physical world, but the greatest and some of the oldest of luminaries including Betty White used to emphasize the positive and find the humor in everything while honoring the grief and the pain that life accompanies.

Again, I think it relevant to end this year with a quote from my favorite hero, Alice Hertz-Summers (who was the oldest living holocaust survivor at 110): “Every day is a miracle — No matter how bad my circumstances, I have the freedom to choose my attitude in life, even to find joy. Evil is not new. It is up to us how we deal with both good and bad. No one can take this power away from us.”
From this place of human pain and evolution, I invite you to join me in a course, session, clairvoyant reading, book, CD or class. I have on-going weekly Zoom Yoga classes, Graduate Educator credit courses, clairvoyant/spiritual private readings and will be expanding my public classes and workshops and on-line video resources as well as products. Contact us for more information.

To 2022 — may the darkness of the past finally turn into the light and wisdom of tomorrow,




Adieu 2020

By Francoise Netter

What can I say about 2020? I thought 2019 had taken me to my emotional knees, and I was just getting my grounding and footing back when Covid-19 went into full “bloom”. Between the pandemic, the isolation, the fears and racial unrest, the political divisiveness, the fires, the volatile behavior of many and the ensuing global and personal reactions, it was a year unlike any of us had ever seen or experienced.

2020 seemed to magnify the wounds and unfinished business in our global and personal lives. It was an uncanny juxtaposition between the way we are all connected and uniquely different. I had never been aware of how something so universal could divide us, sometimes unite us and be so personally diverse in its impact. Some like myself, faced an isolation that seemed like solitary confinement, businesses were lost, lives were lost, fear grew into a daily emotion to fend off, the news got so negative that some of us had to silence our phones.

Personally, what began the year dealing with an old gnawing sensation of being alone, lonely, isolated and experiencing deep loss and disappointment from the events of 2019, only became more magnified. And the fear of getting Covid turned into an empathic play of symptoms.

After decades of personal and professional growth, I have cultivated the belief that we create our reality and are not victims. I teach that we must rely on our inner state for joy and happiness rather than on others or the outside world. The courses I teach educators involve the knowledge that not only must we be mindful of our thoughts, words, beliefs and actions, but that those inner resources are our only true source of freedom as we cannot control people or outer conditions to bend to our will or desires. Those very beliefs became my testing ground in 2020. What I became aware of was that this kind of Self Mastery was on a unique playing field in 2020. Under “normal” circumstances, I could hold my intention and attention and I would get feedback from my life through the people, situations and circumstances in my life. It was fun to see how much “magic,” synchronicity and beauty I could create in the world.

But for the past 10 months, that outer feedback was simply not there. It was a feedback between me, myself and I, and it got intense. I missed the interactions with others in person, the intimacy, the touch, the ability to banter with strangers, the synchronicities that happened while traveling and the laughter that erupted spontaneously with others. Even while venturing out with a mask, nothing was the same. People were either glued to their phones while waiting on line or simply unavailable energetically. Everything seemed like an effort or a hassle, even simple tasks like shopping or trying to get a business on the phone. Was this really how I was going to live in the “new normal”?

This Fall, I began to ask: “So where is the silver lining in all of this”? “How do I not get so negatively swayed by the outer conditions I find unpleasing and sometimes intolerable”? As many of you know, one of my favorite subjects I teach is about resiliency. 2020 has given me an arsenal of material to finally write the book I have contemplated writing for years. As we turn the page on this year what can we bring to the table? What can we aspire to, inspire to and expand more positively and know that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel? As I wrote in my blog of 2019, it’s that old cliché of trust and faith, not so much from a “religious” point of view, but from understanding the honorability and mystery of the Universe. As one of my heroes, Alice Hertz-Summers (who was the oldest living holocaust survivor) said: “Every day is a miracle — No matter how bad my circumstances, I have the freedom to choose my attitude in life, even to find joy. Evil is not new. It is up to us how we deal with both good and bad. No one can take this power away from us.” This is more relevant for us living today in 2020 than ever before in our lifetimes.

As you contemplate 2020, releasing what you no longer need and embracing your intentions for 2021 and the aftermath of this Pandemic and global chaos, I invite you to join me in a course, session, reading, book, CD or class. I have on-going weekly Zoom Yoga classes, Graduate Educator credit courses, clairvoyant/spiritual private readings and will be expanding my public classes and workshops and on-line video resources as well as products. Contact us for more information.

No matter how bad or challenging this past year has been, I invite you to join me in embracing a brighter today, tomorrow and future.

To 2021 — may it unfold into a more celebratory blend of inner peace and outer play,



End of 2019 — Reflections and Insights

By Francoise Netter

It seems that even though I am an author, I have only been blogging regularly at the end of each of the past few years (at the insistence of my web manager).

What can I say about 2019? I spent much of the year as a gypsy in Coronado and Colorado. Coronado filled my soul with the sea, temperate weather, abundant nature, joy and easy solitude. I seemed to be able to re-align my body, mind, emotions and spirit no matter what the outer challenges were which included a minor car accident, the sudden death of one of my closest friends (chosen family) and a choking incident which landed me in the ER. I felt surrounded by the love of my friends which were spread across several states, an intimate long-distance relationship and the work I do through my company, Body/Mind Dynamics, Inc.

I still had much of my belongings in Storage and after almost two years and the desire to close the gap on the long-distance part of my relationship, I decided to return to Colorado and buy a home. I needed an anchor, a base, and I was looking forward to building a community of like-minded beings while expanding my work and relationship.

From the moment I came back to Colorado in late August, everything I had imagined, fell apart. No one, no-thing remained constant or consistent. The one thing I was able to manifest and create was a home, but the people I imagined sharing it with, disappeared or were unavailable.

I was back in Colorado, surrounded by the beauty of the mountains, but Winter descended during my favorite season of Fall and the temperate weather and solace of nature that I found in Coronado were not present. I had no sea ledge to sit on, no sand to collect beneath my feet, no waves to watch and the dear companion(s) I had cherished in my heart, were not there. After a life-time of cultivating a desire for periods of solitude, I felt this old gnawing sensation of being alone, lonely, isolated and deep, deep loss and disappointment. I wanted to get up and leave, feeling like I had made the biggest mistake of my life, but I had finally unpacked and could not imagine being a gypsy again.

After decades of personal and professional growth, I have cultivated the belief that we create our reality and are not victims. I teach that we must rely on our inner state for joy and happiness rather than on others or the outside world. The courses I teach educators involve the knowledge that not only must we be mindful of our thoughts, words, beliefs and actions, but that those inner resources are our only true source of freedom as we cannot control people or outer conditions to bend to our will or desires.

One of my favorite subjects I teach is about resiliency and here I sit at the end of 2019, contemplating my thoughts, beliefs, feelings and actions and wonder why I created these conditions when I could have made such different decisions that might have been so much less painful and harsh. And yet, I also believe everything happens for a reason and that things sometimes appear one way and evolve and change into more magnificence then we could ever have imagined. It’s that old cliché of trust and faith, not so much from a “religious” point of view, but from understanding the honorability and mystery of the Universe. As one of my heroes, Alice Hertz-Summers (who was the oldest living holocaust survivor) said: “Every day is a miracle — No matter how bad my circumstances, I have the freedom to choose my attitude in life, even to find joy. Evil is not new. It is up to us how we deal with both good and bad. No one can take this power away from us.”

As you contemplate 2019, releasing what you no longer need and embracing your intentions for 2020 and this new decade, I invite you to join me in a course, session, reading, book, CD or class. I have on-going weekly Yoga classes, Graduate Educator credit courses, clairvoyant/spiritual private readings and will be expanding my workshops and on-line video resources as well as products. Click the menu links for more information.

No matter how bad or challenging the past has been, we can reclaim our future by embracing the present with hope, love and appreciation.

To 2020 — may it unfold into the truths of our being — Joy, Love and Adventure,



Cycles Of Change Into Graceful & Joyful Transformation

By Francoise Netter

As I contemplate the end of 2018, I am reminded of the quote: “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” This year I was an official gypsy. My plants and belongings scattered in five different places as well as storage, I stayed with friends in Colorado, moved temporarily to Coronado Island and traveled to Europe for two months. It was a year of healing and transformational opportunities I had not anticipated.

Coronado Island was like living in Hawaii with a view of Mexico and San Diego. The bay and sea soothed my soul while I immersed myself in the company of fragrant flowers, birds, flamingos and the temperate climate. I was also able to give several workshops at Unity Church, woman’s retreats and Metaphysical Institutes. I taught some Yoga, gave a number of personal readings and coaching sessions, worked with educators and re-connected with the part of myself I had lost in the stress-filled years previous to 2018. As I said to many of my friends, I found my heart in Coronado.

When I returned to Colorado and then traveled to Europe, I encountered a different type of healing. I had many plans to visit several countries around the ocean and Mediterranean, be on a ship with the Abraham-hicks group and rent an apartment in Nice. I never seemed to recover physically from the traveling in the first two days, and had I not pre-paid the trip or had a home to return to, I would have flown back to the US that first week. Amidst the great food, wine and some absolutely beautiful places, I had the opportunity to experience and examine parts of myself and old life-style patterns that no longer served. Many of these issues I thought I had dealt with, but over the course of two months they magnified at such a level, that there was no choice but face and transform them.

The month in Nice became my retreat center. It rained the first 14 days, a friend who had planned to join me cancelled her plans and another significant friend joined me my last week there. I spent hours a day meditating, doing Yoga and listening to Gregg Braeden, Bruce Lipton and Dr. Joe Dispenza. There were days I walked nine miles and I eventually saw some beautiful old towns, forts, art, and exquisite sunsets. But the bulk of my days were re-studying epigenetics and the power of the mind and body. Even though I have spent this life time studying and teaching Yoga and the mysteries of the mind and body, my time in Europe was largely about going deeper into transformation and releasing the past. To make sure I did not slough this trip off to an expensive inconvenience, the last day in France, hours before my two planes back to the US, my left pinky finger got slammed into a metal door and I have spent the last month healing that finger and nail.

I am still in process, but what I have learned from this year, is that there is no perfect place to live, no perfect condition, person or circumstance. Even though this seems obvious, so many of us in the West were reared conditionally thinking that our outer conditions and circumstances determine our reality including our health, well-being and joy. As an empath, I often took on feelings, beliefs and conditions that were not mine and I strived like most of us to “make” things happen by relying on and manipulating things external to myself. I also learned how easy it is to be on an automatic pilot program of stress and survival. The more research I have done on the effect of stress on the body and the mind, the more that I now know how important it is to change our habits from survival to mindful living both personally and professionally.

I invite you to join me in this new year, to gently embrace everything that occurs as an opportunity for expansion, flow and growth and to spend this last evening and the first weeks of 2019 reflecting on what to release and open up to as you discover new doors of seeing, believing and living. I am always sharing with my educators that we must teach our kiddos to be life-long learners.

I am excited to share new courses, products and insights with you as the year progresses and look forward to hearing from you and working with you personally and professionally and being of service through my courses, Yoga and meditation sessions, French classes, products, books and Psychic/Numerology readings. Click the menu links for more information.

In the spirit of joyous, continuous transformation,



Good-night and Good-bye 2017

By Francoise Netter

I knew that 2017 was going to be a year of change, but after 2016 I imagined the change would be welcome and easy compared with the challenges of the previous years. For someone like myself who has been teaching stress management and spiritual truths for decades, I imagined that I would be prepared for those changes by applying the very principles I teach.

I knew that it was time to leave my home of almost 19 years and live by the sea, but I didn’t know where specifically except that I wanted an even, temperate climate and to live where I could share my teachings and thrive in a community of like-minded people. What I didn’t know and was unprepared for was the massive upheavals it would create. Like the global turbulence of the hurricanes, earthquakes and fires, my life seemed to parody those events.

I leaped off the cliff. I sold my place (it went under contract a day before I was planning to take it off the market and wait until 2018 to sell), gave more than 50 plants away as well as many other beloved possessions and I moved everything into storage and different friends’ homes and became a gypsy. I had not done that since my twenties and back then all that I owned fit in a few boxes and suitcases in my mother’s garage.

A dear friend told me when my place did not appear to sell, that when Boulder was done with me, it would spit me out. “Go!” I officially had no home on December 7 and then just as I was preparing to leave for NY for the Christmas holidays, all of my university work connected to Boulder dissolved. Now I was without a home, my business in shambles and everything that I had built up for the past 19 years apparently gone. Never did I think that packing, putting my place on the market and moving with total uncertainty would be so stressful. But now I was mid-air off the cliff and not sure that I had opened my parachute or even that I had a parachute.

Had I known the stress and traumas I would go through, I would have stayed comfortably where I was. As another dear friend said, “that’s probably why you didn’t know, because you would never have done this.” Yet, it was not my mind that was telling me to follow this very insecure path, it was my soul. What I didn’t expect is that every fear and shadow would also be stirred and surface.

As I write this on the last eve of 2017 in a sub-zero, chilly cold spell in NY, I wonder how the great, brave masters of diverse traditions weathered their leaps of faith figuratively and literally.

I wonder how so many “ordinary” individuals have been able to move beyond great losses and emerge triumphantly and then I realize perhaps that is part of all of our journeys.

We are each of us teachers and trekkers of life who at times create cataclysmic shifts to awaken our sleeping giant within and contribute to the greater whole sometimes knowingly and often unknowingly.

As I embark into the unknown, summoning the principles I teach—faith, courage, hope, integrity, light, kindness and love– I invite you to embrace your own journeys in 2018 with new vision and restored qualities that you are needing.

I also invite you to share your journeys with me and stay in touch. If I can be of service through my courses, French classes, products, books and Psychic/Numerology readings, I look forward to working with you. Use the navigation menu to learn more about these offerings.

To a 2018 that allows each of us to embrace our unique gifts and walk our paths with hope, joy, support and renewed faith,

In the New Dance of Life,



Insights, Musings and Farewell to 2016

By Francoise Netter

2016 has been a challenging year for many of us personally and globally. In Chinese Astrology, it was the year of The Monkey, the trickster. It certainly has been a year of unexpected triumphs and defeats as well as crazy politics. Personally, I felt challenged to the core on all fronts. I have been a student of Self-knowledge all of this life time, counseling and facilitating growth for thousands of others and this year in many ways, I felt like I was barely crawling rather than leaping, dancing and running, figuratively and literally.  Then when I thought I could not take any more, the death of my beloved fur child as well as the relationship with the University I provide credits to educators for, dissolved. As I face feelings of heart-wrenching grief, anger, dis-belief and darkness, I reach out to all my brothers and sisters who have survived great and heart breaking loss and summon the light to return to all of us individually and globally.

Loyal friends and students, kind gestures, working out, taking ballet, drinking a little wine, petting Bhakti (my beloved 18 year old kitty while she was still beside me), spiritual practices and surrendering to the moment rather than contemplating the future have been my life-lines. Sometimes all I could do is scream “SOS” to the ethers and anybody who would hear me. I often wondered how such great beings as Nelson Mandela and Alice Herz-Summers sustained their optimism in the direst of circumstances.

Often, what I perceived as negative, challenging circumstances seemed way more powerful than my positive focus or intentions. Over and over I contemplated how could I just not give the negative circumstances in my life attention? How could I sustain what I know to be true and only focus on what I want to expand in my life as joy and ease? How do I embrace all the uncertainty in my life with greater faith? After decades of practicing and teaching Ancient Wisdom, I feel very humbled. Sometimes those outer conditions seem just too real!!!!!

Yet, I feel that 2017, more than maybe any other year, is an opportunity to hone our attitudes and direct our inner guidance to unveil the secret keys to success and happiness. I do know in my core that what we all seek (happiness) is truly our nature and birthright. I invite you to join me in the journey to learn how to direct your energies triumphantly this next year regardless of outer conditions and circumstances. We can live our best lives in 2017 even while going through the rainbow of emotions.

To get 2017 off to a perfect start, consider having a personal psychic/numerology reading for 2017 for yourself or as a gift. I also offer personal coaching and mentoring sessions. Click here for more information.

If you are a teacher, take a look at my classes for educators. (The page for educators is currently under construction and new courses through new universities will be available in mid-January along with onsite classes, distance learning opportunities and more independent studies.) These courses not only offer credits to increase your salary and re-certify your teaching license, but offer you subjects that can enhance every aspect of your professional and personal life that will thoroughly benefit you and your kiddos. Click here for more information.

To a 2017 that brings greater peace, joy, light and ease to all and most of all, HOPE,



A Year-End Story of Wisdom

By Francoise Netter

As the holidays approach, I wanted to share a quote/story by Junaid Tahir that I just received to remind you of how to live with more joy, less pain and enjoy the holidays and end of this year:

“An old Master instructed an unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. ‘How does it taste?’ the Master asked. ‘Not good at all,’ spat the apprentice.

“The Master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. ‘Now drink from the lake.’ As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the Master asked, ‘How does it taste?’ ‘Good!’ remarked the apprentice. ‘Do you taste the salt?’ asked the Master. ‘No.’

“The Master sat beside the young man, took his hands, and said, ‘The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, but the amount of pain we taste depends on the container we put it into. So when you are in pain, enlarge your sense of things… Stop being a glass. Become a lake!’ ”

The holidays can be so stressful so use all of the body/mind techniques that you have learned and practice being a lake! You can also think of receiving and giving some practical gifts like CDs, books, Yoga sessions, Movement for The Mind sessions, and one-on-one readings to enhance the quality of your life and your loved ones.

Please always let me know how I can be of service. With my discount code (ask me if you haven’t received it), get a 10% discount on any digital products you purchase and any one-on-one Yoga, Movement Sessions or readings for your self or as a gift for a loved one. Gift certificates are available.

Have a blessed, peaceful and joyous Holiday Season,



Honing Resilience – The Secret Key to Living With Greatness & Joy

By Francoise Netter

The subject of Resilience, I believe is one of the most important qualities that we can develop, nurture and sustain. It is a quality that we too often ignore in this fast paced, technological whiz of a life. In this article, I will be combining several other blog posts and address various ways that you can think about resilience to improve your life both personally and professionally.

If we dive deeply into the human spirit, we converge and meet in a similar place. All of us ultimately seek joy, ease, love, safety and peace. We may seek it in diverse ways and call it by different names but those desires are universal and at the foundation of most philosophies and religions. So if we seek all that is fun, joyous and easy why do we need to foster and hone resilience?

Resilience is the key to not only achieving these goals, but also one of the key ingredients to sustaining them. Let’s take a closer look. If life is supposed to be easy, fun, joyous and all the things we want, then why does it so often feel challenging, chaotic and downright difficult? The answer is simple and yet complex.

Growing up in the West, many of us are taught to fill our baskets of desires by going after the things we want externally. We are taught by example that if we are able to accumulate, achieve and control certain outer conditions than our lives will look the way we want and we can achieve the joy that we are seeking. However, for most of us striving, grabbing and controlling outer conditions keep us jumping at best and stressed out and frustrated the rest of the time.

My brother, Patrick, sent me an article titled: “Carrots, Eggs & Coffee”. I’ll reprint excerpts of the article here and then expound on the lessons and messages it conveys:

“A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ‘Tell me what you see.’

‘Carrots, eggs, and coffee,’ she replied. Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, ‘What does it mean, mother?’ Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. ‘Which are you?’ she asked her daughter. ‘When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?’–Author Unknown

The interesting dynamic in adversity is that some people are like carrots and appear strong externally, but when they experience loss or difficulty, they wilt and lose their strength and resiliency. Others, who appear fragile like an egg, become hardened and defensive and armor their vulnerability. Some rare individuals are able to create something lucid, new and extraordinary from pain and hardship. Alice Herz-Summers, the oldest living holocaust survivor at 110, was such an individual. She was a well-known musician in Czechoslovakia when World War II broke out.  The Nazis arrested her and her five-year-old son and sent them to Theresienstadt but allowed her to play piano as part of a propaganda campaign for the Red Cross. While, most of the Jews were sent to Auschwitz and other death camps, she and her son survived on the “food” of her music and resilient attitude and not only did they live through the horrific conditions, but both Alice and her son became world-class musicians after the war. Her interviews on YouTube and the 2014 academy award winning short documentary about her life, The Lady in No 6, are nothing short of inspirational. I have included this film and the details of her life and wisdom as part of the graduate level University classes I teach to Educators.

This ability to turn adversity into “coffee beans” is what the ancients have always labeled as alchemy. It is the stuff that creates resiliency and greatness on every level. Unfortunately with the apparent ease of technology, we are under the illusion that everything can be handled with the flick of a finger. Children growing up today are given a false sense of security and so many New Age philosophies propagate the illusion that life “should” be easy. It is not our desires for joy, ease, beauty and fun that we must curtail, but rather how and where we look for them.

What is so true and yet understated in the story, Carrots, Egg and Coffee, is that the ability to turn adverse conditions into coffee beans invites us to shift our attitude. We don’t coerce the beans to make it happen. The beans simply blend with the water and are transformed. So often we find ourselves struggling against outer conditions that we can’t seem to change, when the change we seek is actually right under our noses. We are so accustomed to looking externally for solutions that we seldom look at our own internal state, attitudes, thoughts and beliefs.

I remember many years ago taking a three day personal growth seminar and when we came back as a group one week later, one of the participants excitedly shared, ” When I got home from this seminar the most amazing thing happened. Everyone in my family changed for the better!” We all smiled quietly and nodded to each other. We knew because of the work he had done and the deep inner personal changes and insights he had undergone, his perception of others (including his family) had also changed.

In our western society, we often put emphasis on how things look externally. Through that approach, we have forgotten our own inner wellspring of knowledge. Yoga and many other philosophies remind us that we may have it a bit backwards. The control we are seeking is within us, not external to us. Honing resilience summons us to that place internally where we can reflect and shift our perception and beliefs. It allows us to strengthen our core so that when circumstances appear out of our control or blind side us we are not only able to survive, but in the process we transform ourselves and life itself. We learn in very personal ways that our state of joy, ease, strength and love is not dependent on things external to us. We may still seek certain external forms, but our resiliency is not grounded in them. Then, ease, joy, true change and what we desire can occur. Through the act of shifting our thoughts and beliefs we can act from a conscious place and resolve the challenges that show up whether we are prepared for them or when they blindside us.

Contemplate this analogy of “carrots, egg and coffee” and just notice without judging yourself what your level of resiliency is when things are going “wrong” in your life. For some of us it’s the little annoyances that we’re less resilient to and for some it’s the “big” ones. I teach in all of my seminars that awareness and understanding are the first two steps in taking action and making changes. For the next couple of weeks, observe your reactions to life and notice what fosters your resilience. I, like most of us, have an over developed inner critic, so I’m also going to suggest the following steps that you can apply personally or professionally and individualize:

  1. Refrain from judging the things that upset or throw you off your “center” and instead embrace a stance of loving compassion for “losing it.”
  2. Pause as soon as you become conscious to do so, breathe and become reflective. Is this new or a trigger from the past? What do I have control over? What can I do? What can I change? What do I need to let go of?
  3. This may take 5 minutes or it might go on for weeks or longer. Journal, pray, meditate or speak with a trusted friend or counselor.
  4. From this place of inner reflection, create an action step. It may be to simply breathe and move on or there may be various outer actions that need to happen.
  5. Know that life is very much like flying a plane. Pilots are rarely on course in their flight plan. They arrive at their destination by constantly correcting their course.
  6. Keep your vision clear and always make room for adjustments.

In my own personal experience, the more I identify with what’s wrong with my life, the more life seems to corroborate that belief and visa versa. For the next few weeks, take a few minutes daily to reflect on both your desires and your attitudes. Look within to see if you can shift a negative thought or belief and see where cultivating your resilience can assist you. Then watch as your life begins to transform like the coffee beans slowly but surely. Know that by honing resilience you are learning how to walk through the “fire” of life and emerge not only unscathed, but also triumphantly renewed and transformed.

Please feel free to comment on this article and email me your questions and experiences.

In the process of that spiraling dance,



Reflections on Motivation, Inspiration and Balance in Education and Life

By Francoise Netter

From time to time, I like to include others insights on my blogs. In my opinion, educators are the foundation of our society. Not only do they educate the kiddos that become the future of our society and world, they also often provide the only continuity in many children’s lives.

Our twenty-first century offers us many advanced technological perks, but it also challenges our ability to balance, slow-down and enjoy our lives moment to moment. I hope you will be able to both relate and apply practical value in your own lives as you take in this educator’s reflections and insights.

“Back to Basics” was a useful graduate-level course for me as a teacher, both personally and professionally. After discussing the three keys to learning and the four elements that are essential to our lives and society, we shifted our focus to an essential question: ‘Why should motivation and inspiration be a part of education?’ The class members discussed this topic at length and concluded that motivation and inspiration helps in learning in a number of ways: it enhances learning, helps students to find out more about what they’re interested in, and makes the material meaningful so that students want to learn.

Francoise then posed a thought-provoking question to all of us: What is the catalyst that motivates you currently in your life today, not in the past? The answer cannot be based upon family or heritage, but needs to be internally derived. I really had to dig deep within myself, sit quietly, and focus on my motivator(s). My initial response was that balance was my primary motivator. But, what is balance…really? Balance isn’t a tangible ‘thing’, but more a feeling of harmony and peace within one’s current state of being. Awhile back, I would have focused on more external motivators: money, perfectionism, or praise from others (family, friends, and colleagues). Now, I look at health as a top priority, which in turn motivates me to find balance because it reduces stress. The epiphany that I arrived at from this question is that my number one focus is on health and well-being (physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually). Not only my health, but also my family’s as well. It’s the domino effect; when I feel that my life is in balance, so too are my health and well-being.

In addition to health being a top motivator, I’m also inspired by people who are passionate about what they do/know/say/love/etc. When an artist reveals a painting, when my kids can’t stop smiling about a project they completed, when a friend is describing a book that they connected with, or when someone is giving a speech about something they have a high-degree of knowledge or love for (i.e. TED Talks), I’m inspired and motivated to know or learn more. For example, I’m highly motivated to learn more about the Holocaust because of Francoise’s connection with it and would like to see the film, The Lady in #6, because she speaks of how inspirational it is.

We also discussed the idea of ‘deficits’ in our lives as being motivators.  I have been motivated by deficits – all of the parts of my life that I felt were lacking or needed more of – and still am when I feel that my well is running on empty. I tend to yearn for balance and less stress and think that having more money or more friends or more glasses of wine will be the cure! To my chagrin, I am not fulfilled by external factors such as these. I am better at realizing this when I take the time for self-reflection and meditation. It is then that I remind myself of my life’s priorities (health, family, relationships, security…in that order). These priorities motivate and inspire me to be a better mother, teacher, wife, daughter, and friend.Within the classroom, motivation and inspiration are the conduits to learning. They are the ‘spark’ that ignites learning and are essential to education. Because I teach science, I have to find creative ways to reach all of my students. “–E. Munoz

Today see how balance can be added to your life personally and professionally. Look at what motivates and inspires you and use this transition between Summer and Fall to begin new creative strategies for well-being in every area of your life. You may check out any of our products to enhance this process at





Cat Tales, Resiliency and Meditation

By Francoise Netter

So many of you following my blogs know that I write articles about yoga, movement, learning and resiliency. So what do cat tales have to do with any of this?

Let me explain. Yesterday, I woke up to my cat, Bhakti’s meows—“wake up time”—(with a cat who needs an alarm?) and walked into my kitchen only to find that Bhakti had opened a cupboard door and spilled Windex all over the kitchen floor. After cleaning up that ammonia blue mess, I walked into the living room to find throw up (hers of course) in three places. At that point, I realized there was a not so subtle clue to the day that had to do with cleaning—duly noted, but I hadn’t even gotten to the normal morning routines, let alone my coffee. Next stop was going downstairs to the complex’s laundry room to do a load of laundry. Bhakti meanwhile was letting me know in no uncertain, very obnoxious, loud meows that our normal routine was off.

A “normal” day begins with hugs, cleaning her litter box and some other bathroom chores. Then we head off to the kitchen for snacks, cleaning her bowls, giving her clean water, feeding her and taking care of some of my own dietary morning needs. After another short stint in the bathroom, it is usually time for meditation. Now pretty much anyone who has met me either personally or professionally knows that I’ve had a meditation practice for many decades, but most people don’t know that Bhakti has a serious meditation practice and that the day pretty much starts with her sitting on my lap while I light the incense and candle. She purrs her mantras while I recite mine in Sanskrit.  If we don’t meditate by a certain time, things get pretty chaotic in Bhakti’s world and the loud meows and disruptive behavior are irritating and annoying at best.

Now, am I bad? Yes. When I adopted her at seven years old (she is now fifteen), she had a perfectly good American name, “Bailey Marie”. But I had to go and change it to “Bhakti” which is a Yogic path and in Sanskrit means devotional love. So now I have her hooked on meditation and a timely routine. You might ask, “What is wrong with that? I wish I could teach my children to meditate, let alone my cat or dog!”

I’ll get to that point in a minute. Meanwhile my day was gloriously deteriorating. After putting a load in the laundry room downstairs instead of meditating, I thought I’d jump in the shower and wash my hair. Bhakti was loudly meowing her disapproval when I turned on the water in the shower to nothing. Well, a tiny dribble of water. I tinkered with the showerhead for about 5 minutes and finally gave up and started filling up the tub. The only problem is that I have long hair and I couldn’t negotiate my hair and shampooing it with the tub faucet. Now Bhakti was meowing and banging on the door to join me. That was the last thing I needed—a wet cat trying to meditate in a full tub of water!!! Somehow I got my hair washed and rinsed and a half hour later, we did indeed get to meditate and the rest of my day actually worked out quite well.

As I reflected on this day, I noted that so many of the classes I teach about yoga, movement, creativity and resilience are about the business of finding both internal and external ways of expressing these components in daily life for grounding and staying centered, especially in the midst of chaos. I realized that Bhakti and her devotion serve as great reminders of how a daily practice can help us stay centered when everything else may fall apart around us and that we all need practices that can take us to that quiet, peaceful place.

Honing resilience is not just about surviving, but invites us to become triumphant in areas where we might give up or become complacent and for that we need tools (practices) that keep us moving forward no matter what the setbacks are, big or small. I think cats are a great reminder of this. They are ornery, mischievous, never do what they’re told, are known for having nine lives and their greatest weapon of all is purring. Mine just happens to purr in Sanskrit.

In feline smiles,


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