New retreat at Kripalu in Massachusetts: Writing & Yoga for Anxiety

The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health is an incredibly special place to me. It's where I did my 200-hour yoga certification, where I made some life-long friends, and where I found a new little piece of myself as a teacher. And now I'm beyond honored to be teaching a workshop there! It's called Embrace …

Meditation for People Who Can’t Meditate: an audio guide

"Meditation suffers from a towering PR problem." -Dan Harris, 10% Happier People tell me all the time that they can't meditate -- they tried it and their minds are spinning wildly and they can't stop their thoughts. I’m sorry to break this to you because I'm sure you are an absolutely delightful person: but your brain is …

The curing of a sleepwalker: hypnosis, trust and a pretty fish

The sharp click of the breaker box was what woke me up. As my eyes came into focus, I snatched my hands away from the fuses and looked in horror as I wondered which ones I'd already flipped in my sleepy panic. I was in my garage. And I was sleepwalking again. Being a chronic …

Don’t just do something – sit there

  The search for a deeper understanding of self is both inherently natural and completely exhausting. That kind of self-reflection can leave you sweating and chewing your toenails if you aren't prepared for it. It’s the reason that we have reality television -- so that we don’t have to do the hard work of sitting with ourselves …

Panic attacks, social anxiety and other perks of being me

Recently, I did an interview and we discussed anxiety disorders. I realized that although I've written about that topic in other places, I've not addressed it much on this blog. (ETA: since I posted this, I wrote an entire book on the topic of mental health - Not Just Me: Anxiety, depression, and learning to embrace your weird.) …

My Elephant Journal article and meditation book recommendations

Hello, everyone! I wanted to share my brand new article which was just published in Elephant Journal - Learning to be Still: Lessons from a Former Child Actor.  I write about my experiences with anxiety, therapy and finally learning to find a little peace. I've had many people write me to say that they have issues …