Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Excellence in the Community with business coach Marty Wolff

Greetings friends,

The main focus of this week’s column will be a video interview with business coach, professional speaker, and radio host – Marty Wolff. Initially I asked my friend and mentor Marty for a quick 10-minute interview for some basic comments on his upcoming presentation at my event RESOLUTIONS which will take place on Sunday, January 25th at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center. But after an hour-long discussion off-camera followed by another 20 minutes on-camera, I decided this would be a great piece for my projected video series, Excellence in the Community.

Watch the video debut here on NEPA Scene and if you’re an entrepreneur or business professional, check out www.martywolffbusinesssolutions.com 
and learn how you can benefit from having Marty Wolff as your business coach.

RESOLUTIONS full announcement coming later this week!
For more information and to sign up for The Path Of Giving – ReSources for ReSolutions Gift-Away visit www.thepathofme.com
I created this program along with the help of many other local professionals to “gift-away” valuable resources, programs, products, exclusive services, and special discounts to all who register. My goal is to gift-away $10,000 worth of resources leading up to and directly following RESOLUTIONS.

Resolutions art by: Keith Perks | www.1120studios.com
Filmed at Lotus Pug Yoga Studio and Wellness Center www.lotuspug.com

*Due to an unforeseen glitch with the audio file from the handheld mic, the audio used is from the original camera recording.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Quality Time with Your Self

Strength & Focus
For NEPAScene.com
Posted on: Sept. 29, 2014

Greetings friends,

How are you doing today? I hope you enjoyed last week’s topic and found an opportunity to navigate through familiar territory while noticing something new and beautiful about your environment. Much thanks to everyone that emailed me to share their experiences and stories!

Today we are going to discuss the idea of spending quality time with an important person. This person isn't just any person, in fact this person is probably the most important person in your life right now. This person has been with you through all of your ups & downs, through the brightest and darkest of moments, and knows you better than anyone else. This person has always had and will always have your best interest in mind. And this person, is YOU! 

Now before you have a moment to question what I mean, please allow me to continue. I'd like you to set aside a modest 30-minutes to an hour preferably soon after reading this, or sometime this evening, to spend some quality time with Your Self. Let's be clear, I'm not asking you to close the bedroom door and hibernate or be alone for an hour, nor am I encouraging you to do an activity by yourself, but rather I'm asking you to spend some quality time with Your Self.

In short, this is a period of time to spend with Your Self to do something inspirational, interesting, relaxing (such as meditation), or learn something new about yourself you might not have noticed before. Not to be confused with an hour of surfing the web, TV/movies, or engaging in any activity that would distract from the design of this exercise. Just as last week's intention was to look outward to the world around us, this week we will focus our attention inwards and see what we uncover.

If it helps, you may choose to treat this fun little experiment as though you were reconnecting or rekindling an old friendship or perhaps introducing some new and interesting person into your life.

As always I invite you to connect with me personally to share your stories, ideas, or if you have a question.

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Photo by: Keith Perks | 1120 Studios

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Life You Want

Before I begin, please consider this question. What do you want in life? What do you truly want? So if you haven't done so already, I'd like you to ask yourself, "What do I want?"
As a coach I have the opportunity to talk with many people and I always learn some fascinating details about their lives, hopes, dreams, passions, and personal aspects that mean the most to them. Whether a professional coaching session or friendly discussion at a nearby cafe, I'm interested to discover what people want in their lives and for themselves. Not only what they want, but what it is that they truly want in life and especially what are they doing to achieve their goal.
As a former therapist I've known this to be true for some time and it was reaffirmed and cemented having attended some wonderful trainings with the Tad James Co. school of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). How is it that some people can create wonderful change and live a more fulfilling life, or set monumental goals for themselves and achieve them in a seemingly effortless way? On the contrary, how is it that some people can boldly announce, "I've had enough, I'm going to make a change!" yet they have great difficulty in attaining their desired outcome and new way of living.
Now please consider this idea. There is a difference between someone who wants to change/achieve a goal and someone who wants to want change/achieve a goal. In the former, the individual knows what it is they truly want and they are motivated to achieve their goal. Regardless of whether or not the entire path has been clearly defined, the person has decided to take action and is moving towards the goal. In the latter, the person is taking a limited or conditional amount of action, if at all.
Here's a fun example to better explain the point. I love Star Wars and I couldn't be more excited for the release of SW Episode 7 next year. I've also always had an interest in acting or performing in general and it would be an experience of a lifetime to have a role in a Star Wars film. While I'm strong in the Force regarding my love and knowledge of the Star Wars universe, my resume is limited to a few plays in high school and college and absolutely no film experience whatsoever. I don't have an agent nor am I active in my local independent film community. So even though in my heart of hearts I know that I would be an amazing Jedi Knight, unless I win a contest or run into George Lucas on the street and perform a Jedi mind trick, I think it's unfortunately safe to say that my chances of being in the film are slim.
Back to the point and to conclude this piece. I believe all people have the power to create the most wonderful life for themselves, whether change work, goal setting, or any other topic on a limitless list of possibilities. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. We all have the same opportunities in life. The universe doesn't grant special privilege to someone over another. In the beginning of this post, I asked you to ask yourself what you wanted. So lets do this exercise again. Ask yourself, "What do I want?" and "What am I willing to do in order to get it?!"
Wishing you the best my friend and thank you for reading.
Know Your Path | Enjoy Your Journey
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Friday, September 5, 2014

YOLO? No, No!

I've touched upon this many times in the past while speaking with teens but I think it also applies to adults as well.

The statement You Only Live Once (YOLO, in pop culture) has been made popular to excuse sometimes foolish, irresponsible, or self destructive behaviors. 

- "I'm going to stay out late partying tonight and skip school/work tomorrow. YOLO!"

- Or, making an impulsive and life changing  decision without considering the consequences. 

- Or even, engaging in unsafe or self destructive behaviors because, for whatever reason, in the moment of decision the consequences are of little importance. 

*I didn't give examples for the 2nd and 3rd reference because I'm sure the reader would have applied a situation that was/is personal in some way, and making a greater impact. 

On the contrary, this statement could certainly be used for the positive, although in my experience I've observed it being used more regarding the former. (It's also possible that those people using it in the previous situations were more vocal and boisterous with announcing the "reason" for their actions) Using this in the positive can also take many forms. 

- "I'm going to go back to school/training to better myself and advance my career!"

- "I'm going to go skydiving / hiking across the state / on a once in a lifetime adventure, etc. 

- "I will start the business of my dreams and become the successful entrepreneur I've always wanted to be!"

In either case, and the point of this piece is the point I started off with. The problem with thinking that you only live once is that it couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, it's wrong if you choose to accept this perspective. It's wrong because you don't live only once, You Live Every Single Day! And every day you have the opportunity to do great things, make decisions that serve your higher purpose, and experience the most exhilarating life. How do you feel about that? Each day you have the chance to make something magnificent happen. Each of us has the same 24 hours in the day to live a life of excellence. Your own life of excellence by your own standards, desires, and dreams. And you know what? If in the past you chose a certain behavior or made a decision that no longer serves you and your purpose today - CHANGE IT! Just because you made a certain choice once or twice or however many times in the past, doesn't mean you have to continue making that same choice over and over. This isn't the movie Groundhog Day. We all rallied behind Bill Murray as he raced around town helping people, turning wrongs to rights, and ultimately making a perfect day for himself (and of course finally getting the girl). Now I mentioned this movie to add a little humor to the topic because if you're like me, you've probably referenced the movie at least once in conversation. But seriously, you have the opportunity each day to live the life you want. Make great decisions. Make new choices that serve the person you are today and want to be in the future. Create the future you truly want and deserve. 

Each day is yours to create as you choose. 

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right"
                                           - Henry Ford


Monday, September 1, 2014

Lotus Pug Yoga and Wellness Center - Live Music Class f/ Steve Werner

Lotus Pug Yoga and Wellness Center hosts a variety of classes and workshops as well as offering coaching and holistic services from select local practitioners.

One of its many classes is the Live Music Flow class which happens on Sunday evenings at 6pm. The class has featured a diverse lineup of musicians and DJ's offering variety of unique styles for the Lotus Pug yogis practice. Recently local musician and friend Steve Werner offered a new sound for our yogis by playing the handpan.

Here is a video from last week's class (Aug. 24, 2014).

Be sure to check out the class schedule for regular classes, workshops, special events, and field trips!

And please "like" Steve Werner's Music here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Sound of Silence

When you think of a meditation class, what words come to mind? Go ahead; think of some words and ideas that would best describe your concept of a meditation class…(Insert Jeopardy music here).

Good, thanks for playing! Did your list include: laughter, jokes, good times, story telling, and plenty of high fives? If your list didn’t include these then you certainly haven’t been to a class at Lotus Pug! So what makes our classes different, other than the high fives? The laid-back approach and group interaction are the most notable and unique characteristics. Much more than 60 minutes of quiet time, our meditation classes feature themes containing shorter segment themes/topics of discussion and rely on group participation to get the most benefit from the time together. As an open and free flowing exchange of ideas and experiences we all have the opportunity to learn from each other just as we do in our daily lives, with one exception of course; during class you have an hour of peaceful time to relax your mind, discuss your thoughts, and refresh your body with pure positivity.

For Meditation class schedule and workshops visit Lotus Pug Yoga Studio

Watch this fun video and demystify any confusing thoughts you may have about class

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"Who Is...Rich Perry" Weekender interview

I was interviewed by staff writer, Sara Pokorny, for the "Who Is" section of this week's Weekender! Much thanks to Sara and to the Weekender for the great piece. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Morning Meditation - "Breakfast Blend"

For many people, the morning is a time to choose and experience our favorite blend of coffee or tea as part of the daily routine to get motivated and moving to conquer the day ahead. This particular guided meditation will serve as both inspiration and motivation for the listener - inspiration to manifest great ideas plus the motivation to make your dreams a reality. A fantastic combination of thought provoking words arranged over powerfully moving music guaranteed to start the day right!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Excellence In The Community - The Mayday Music Festival

How many of us are inspired by the good work of others? Inspired and then motivated to go out and make a positive impact on someone else. How many of us take notice of the efforts made by members of our community to enrich and brighten our local area?

I wanted to start a series called - EXCELLENCE IN THE COMMUNITY - which will highlight people and groups who are working to create a positive change in our region. 

This first video will highlight the men and women of Sector One Ent. and their event, the MayDay Music Festival. 

For more information check out:

YouTube Video:

Saturday, May 10, 2014

When will you change?

Have you ever said this to yourself?Have you ever said, "I will change ______," but put if off for another day? Did that day ever come, and if so, how long after? By saying this, think about what you're really telling Your Self.
 Let's do a little experiment. Pick something that you've been putting off (it could be big or small), and write it on a piece of paper.
 Write, "I will change (insert  desired change) tomorrow."
 Read it to yourself and then fold up the paper and put it in your pocket or somewhere safe until tomorrow. 

Now when you wake up, unfold the piece of paper and read it again?

Is that change coming any sooner?

If you need more reassurance, just fold the paper up again, put it back in your pocket, and repeat the task on the following day. Keep repeating until the message is clear. 

Whats so special about tomorrow? What's stopping you from making the change today...or Now?