In 2011 I experienced what I now know as a Dark Night of the Soul. I didn’t know I was going through a “dark night of the soul” at the time. All I knew is that my life stopped working and I was plunged into a darkness that felt like death. It was during this Read more…

Are you in a Dark Night of the Soul?

Last night, I went to see Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain. As you probably know, Anthony Bourdain was widely known for his NYT bestselling book Kitchen Confidential. He then catapulted to global stardom for his food and world-travel television shows like A Cook’s Tour, No Reservations, and Parts Unknown. Anthony Bourdain committed suicide at Read more…

What Anthony Bourdain’s suicide taught me about connection

Meditation is a subtle skill that takes a good teacher to learn from and then consistent daily practice. It’s not something you’re going to necessarily “get good” at but it can become easy for you and feel more natural to do. If meditation is frustrating or hard for you, you will benefit from these tips. Read more…

Ten meditation tips you need to know

Denise Doss says, “I’ve got red hair and I’ve got this temper to match it.” Read her story about why she started meditating (and why she thought she shouldn’t meditate), what she was hoping meditation would help her with, and the changes she’s already seeing in her life. Including the one big change even her Read more…

Meditation helps this fiery grandma keep her cool

For 8 years now, I’ve been Cloud Nine Meditation. I’ve wanted to put my name in my business ever since I lost my job and decided to follow my calling but I’ve struggled with it – David & Goliath style. Weird right? It’s just a name. “So why the name change, Angela?” Here’s the story Read more…

The real reason I changed my name

I have been a spiritual person all my life. Professionally so. But also, in the most personal of ways, private and deep, this sense of the world and supreme being who it, that is, absurdly larger than myself, has allowed me a faith, hope, love which are also not based on the mere work of my Read more…

Guest post: 3 simple observations from a man who now meditates

Strange. It’s hard for me to remember who I was before meditation — the 20s and 30s me (I learned to meditate right before turning 41). The person I was then seems so far away now. A different person, really. When I try to remember her, I see someone who seemed to be winning at Read more…

Reminders of who I am now in red marker

An angel, a devil, and two Dorothys walked into a meditation center… “She’s an Angel.” Is what my mom said as she held me in front of our little Lutheran church, water scooped over my head as I was baptized early one Sunday morning. The baby powder she’d sprinkled all over me hours earlier caught Read more…

What I wish I knew as a baby meditator

When meditation found me a decade ago, I was a joyless married mom of two, spending my days in an empty house not able to get out of the bathtub. Which, by the way, was also empty because I didn’t have the motivation or energy to fill it up. The lightswitch to my life had Read more…

My story: what brought me to meditation in the first place

​”The idea that everything is purposeful really changes the way you live. To think that everything that you do has a ripple effect, that every word that you speak, every action that you make affects other people and the planet.” – Victoria Moran Having a daily practice of meditation and mindfulness is not just for Read more…

The ripple effect: you’re a pebble, make some waves

I’ve been meditating for over a decade now. I practice regularly, pretty much every day. I’m also a meditation teacher which I’ve been doing for over 8 years. Meditation is something that has profoundly changed my life for the better and I see how it helps my students, too. And… also… the truth is… sometimes Read more…

100% human (meditators feel like sh*t sometimes, too)

I’m a book freak. Books are like a food group in my world. They’re stacked on my kitchen table, on the floor beside my kitchen table, on my coffee table, in bookshelves, on my bedstand. Don’t even talk about my desk. They’re literally everywhere. Books have been like friends on my journey and I can’t Read more…

3 things you don’t get if you don’t meditate

It’s a pretty good day when you find out your words and name appear in global publication such as Forbes! Here’s the quote: ​“We’re losing the battle for our attention if we don’t make time for meditation every day. Meditation empowers us to respond with our brilliance rather than react with our fear-brain to stressful Read more…

I was quoted in Forbes! 😲
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Angela on TV

One thing is for sure, the holidays can be extremely stressful for some of us. Seems like there’s an extra helping of sadness, anxiety, disappointment, and grief this time of year. And what makes it even worse is that it’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. If you find yourself in Read more…

Two gifts that holiday darkness brings

I’ll be honest. There are a few people I wish would not show up at the holiday gatherings this year. You know the ones: they talk too much, complain too much, drink too much, laugh too loud, and they don’t help with the dishes. Dangit. It makes me want to avoid gatherings altogether and stay Read more…

The trouble with people is…

Are you a good sleeper? Oh man. I usually sleep like a baby. But lately, my eyes pop open at 3 a.m. way more often than I’d like. What is it about 3 a.m. that turns normal thoughts into a band of wild horses galloping through my mind? I mean, is there really nothing I Read more…

It’s 3 a.m. and there’s a shootout in your mind? Do this.

Food is tricky. But is it, though? No. In reality, it’s not. Food is just food. We MAKE it tricky with our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. Here are 3 things that are true about food that might go against popular opinion: 1. You know what you need. Your body knows.  Many of us have been Read more…

3 things you’ve been taught all wrong about food

I’ve meditated more than 100,000 minutes. Guess how many thoughts I’ve had? A gazillion. Sometimes they’re really juicy and intriguing like thoughts like, “How can I spend the winter in Honolulu.” Or, “I wonder if James Bond is a meditator.” See what I mean? Sometimes I can barely stay focused on my mantra. So here’s Read more…

What to do when you have too many thoughts during meditation