This was particularly poignant given that these times can feel so stressful and isolating.

My inner focus was how to stop energy from being hijacked by fear and polarization and instead invest it in the solution: to walk through life with my eyes and heart open! Cultivating the capacity to see clearly and respond to life with connection and love.

I learned long ago that when you take time for inner practice, insight and joy arise, the source of who you are gets time to express itself, unencumbered by personality, by the pain you have experienced, or the masks you wear.

Essential ingredients are: a practice of self reflection and self...