Richa Interviews Dr. Laura Hills

blog Mar 18, 2021

Richa sits down with Dr. Laura Hills, author and president of The Blue Pencil Institute, to discuss Hills' 4 Pillars of Professional Communication. 

 Dr. Hills is a highly accomplished educator, having worked in the field to one extent or another for 30 years. She says, "At the core of everything, knowing how to communicate well and build successful relationships is the key to everything."

Not only does Dr. Hills discuss the 4 fundamental pillars of communication, she also explains the history behind the name of her company, "Blue Pencil Insititute."

This interview is not only fun and entertaining, it's highly informative as Dr. Hills gives viewers a little communication exercise to work through.

If you are searching for ways to improve the lines of communication within your personal or professional life, you don't want to miss Richa's interview with Dr. Laura Hills.

 

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The Daily Pause #7

blog Mar 17, 2021

There is ample stress all over the place in our life; stress is always available, but never imposed on us. We choose stress. The pause on the other hand is also an option. In the pause, we give our minds a rest so it can pivot and choose one experience over another. How will you choose?

 
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One Broken Mom

blog Sep 12, 2020

The last blog post I wrote was called Beauty of Broken. I have been exploring the theme of 'integration' a lot this year. To me, integrating is assimilating the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of the self.

Last week, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by my dear friend Ameé Quiriconi for her podcast, One Broken Mom. The podcast is available on all podcast platforms and a video format of the interview is available on YouTube as well.

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Beauty of Broken

blog Jul 10, 2020

Could you imagine taking something that is broken, and instead of discarding it, creating something totally new and even more valuable with it?

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing what is broken. A ceramic bowl broken into many pieces is artistically put back together with each crack and vein of the joints filled in with lacquer and then topped off with powdered gold dust. Also called “the art of joinery” and “golden joinery”, this process creates a whole new artifact, significantly greater in value than the sum of its broken parts. 

Think about this for a moment.

According to the philosophy of Kintsugi, it is in the repair of that which is broken that true and lasting beauty lies. The key is not denying the broken, but rather embracing the broken parts, and even celebrating them, sharing them and putting them on display for others to cherish. 

When I see this from the perspective of personal transformation, I think of relationships that have...

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PRIMAL

blog Jun 09, 2020

God, grant us the power to use the voices we have been given

Forgive us our trespasses

Om Namah Shivaya

Destroy to recreate our world

Allah-u-Akbar

Praise be to Allah

God is great

Dear lord, give me the courage

To stand with, and for my brothers and sisters

Jai Ma Durga, Goddess Kali

Ride the tiger and roar

Give me the wisdom to take action

 

It matters not where you were the day this chapter began

It matters what you did when the time came 

No more memory mutations

Dressing up history into what lets us sleep at night

Be uncomfortable get busy

It’s time to clean up the messes of mass hurt and hatred

No more you first after me

No more gag order, silence and strangling

Mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers wailing

 

Primal is my rage

Primal is the stage

We find ourselves in

This time and age

 

Primal is my fear

Primal is my love

For you, he/him,

They/them, she and her

 

Enough of the white noises

Of the white voices of supremacy

The oppression and...

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The Diamond Within

blog Mar 28, 2020
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Richa Badami
The Diamond Within
17:54
 

Your inner divine self innately knows the gifts and talents that you possess but you have not connected with that part of yourself in a while or just need to get reconnected. In this meditation, you will, through your breath, intention and inner power, clear the blocks that obstruct your access to your diamond within. Richa will guide you back to the diamond within that is your true, most aware and truthful self.

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Fountain of Creativity

blog Mar 28, 2020
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Richa Badami
Fountain of Creativity
15:13
 

This meditation will help you tap into the source of creativity within you that is at the seat of your 3rd eye chakra - the Ajna chakra, at the center of your forehead. In this guided visualization meditation you will open up your intuitive and creative energy centers. See with your 3rd eye, the eye that sees what the other two cannot, your limitless potential to manifest your intentions for you, your family, community, country, and the planet.

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Gratitude Meditation

blog Mar 27, 2020
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Richa Badami
Gratitude Meditation
17:26
 

You will get centered and grounded by the abundance of love and gratitude you discover within you. Despite the ups and down in the day and in life, there is still a place in you that is open to new possibilities. This meditation will guide you to that place and help to open your heart. Seize this opportunity to bless and release what doesn’t belong in your life anymore and prepare to receive that, which is for your highest good and the highest good of all.

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Present Moment Awareness With Mary Gordon

blog Mar 26, 2020

How much are you moving around these days? Do you have an exercise, yoga or workout routine? Do you have something in place that integrates movement in your day to day lifestyle, especially right now?

I met Mary Gordon around 6 months ago at an event in Malibu, CA. She guided us in gentle movement and I never forgot the experience. I knew there would come a time when I would call on her to collaborate and share her guidance with you, and the time is here – now.

Present Moment Awareness with Mary Gordon

I am so thrilled to introduce Mary Gordon to you. Mary has worked in the field of addiction, recovery and counseling for 30 years and has served as the Director of the Betty Ford Centre for 16 of those years. Mary is presently the founder of Inner Directions Workshops and leads transformational, spiritual workshops for women internationally.

We have so much to be grateful for as we continue to build our toolbox with healthy self-regulation strategies. I hope you find this...

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Yoga Nidra with Craig Villani

blog Mar 25, 2020
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Richa Badami
Yoga Nidra with Craig Villani
26:16
 

In Sanskrit, "Nidra" means Sleep, and "Yoga" means Unite. "Yoga Nidra" is a conscious and awakened way to fall asleep.

Yoga Nidra is an ancient and well known meditation and body-mind therapy. With step-by-step calming, vocal guidance, the instructor gently guides you to consciously experience unity with your physical body, gently allowing your body to embrace rest, then sleep.

If you have never experienced Yoga Nidra, I invite you to have the direct experience yourself with my friend, Yoga teacher to Yoga teachers, transformational life coach and spiritual guide – Craig Villani. I have had the honor of being led by Craig in Yoga Nidra Meditation many times and rather than tell you how incredible the meditation is, I would like you to experience it for yourself.

This is my personal, favorite meditation for my family and I: Yoga Nidra with Craig Villani

Ever since we have had to shelter at home, there has been a distinct loss in the quality of my sleep. I find myself up late at...

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