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About Melissa

Writing has always been my first love. Finding inner peace has always been my deepest wish. Through mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and writing, I fuse these practices to help others connect to their own creative spark and the peace that exists within.

I am the editor of the essay collection Going OM:

Real-Life Stories on and off the Yoga Mat (Viva Editions 2014), featuring a foreword by Cheryl Strayed, and the author of two poetry chapbooks.

 

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July 28, 2019

All emotions are energy: think of the sheer potency of anger or lust, or the divine radiance of compassion and gratitude.

It’s easy to get swept away in the power of "lower" emotions, such as anxiety, worry, jealousy, frustration, self-doubt, rage...

...and when you...

July 11, 2019

This quirky detail in nearly every movie can help you tap into your full power.

In screenwriting, movies are almost always broken up into three acts. This narrative arc was developed by Aristotle 2,400 years ago, and we still use it today. 

The fact that this three-act n...

May 16, 2019

Ever feel like there’s just not enough time? 

In the morning, do you wake up to an alarm clock?

Do you get satisfaction from checking things off your To-Do list?

Do you live by your Google calendar?

When someone asks you how your day was, do you spout off a list of what yo...

May 2, 2019

Love, sweet love. Can’t buy it. It’s blind. It’s patient, it’s kind. It hurts. It’s a battlefield. It’s a two-way street. It’s a river. It don’t cost a thing. And it comes when you least expect it.

Or, as Charles Bukowski put it, “Love is a dog from hell.”

In this 3-Part...

March 17, 2019

From cave walls to Shakespearean plays to Netflix, humans are a story-making species.

Stories create our cultural myths, which have an immensely powerful influence on how we live, who we love, and what we believe.

Think about what Disney Princesses signal to young kids...

December 22, 2018

The Winter Solstice is marked by the dance between the poles of light and dark: in the Northern Hemisphere the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year with the longest night. 

Now, if you know me you know I'm a sucker for metaphors, and the i...

November 30, 2018

Monday through Friday I sat in a gray cubicle under beams of fluorescent lights and edited Walmart advertisements, tooling over such creative gesticulations as “Five Minutes ’til Dinner’s Done!” and “Lose Weight, Feel Great, New Formula!” 

I made very good money doing t...

November 2, 2018

We are always translating our experience, on a moment to moment basis: we translate light through our eyes, we translate texture through skin, we translate energy as emotion.

Through our ears we translate music and sirens and screams and political rhetoric and poetry....

August 7, 2018

Oh, Jealousy. She’s always got a bit of gossip on her tongue. She decorates herself with expensive things to barricade her own feelings of inadequacy. She doesn’t read books, only social media posts. She never says a generous word. She’s hungry for more, always more, w...

May 28, 2018

Even though summer doesn't technically start until the Solstice on June 21, in Florida (where I live) it's already here: the sky has swollen with clouds and humidity, giving us intervals of thrashing rain and intense heat (but hey, it's better than shoveling snow). Las...

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