When you read the words ‘mother love’ you likely go right to thinking about the mother who gave birth to you or the mother who raised you. And while that mother definitely has a role to play in our lives, she cannot be our only source of “mother love.”
Mother love is... a specific kind of love that every human being needs – we don’t outgrow the need for it, although we sadly forget how much we do need it.
Mother love is… the deep, all-embracing, all-accepting, nourishing, nurturing, warm, safe, supportive love that soothes the places inside our hearts that feel scared and lonely.
Mother love is… the strong love that we can fall into when we are stressed, stretched, uncertain, and feeling like we just can’t handle what’s happening in our life.
Sourcing Mother Love is not something most of us were taught how to do. In this Feminine Power Time with Christine Arylo – part 1 of 4 of "The Feminine Bond" Series – we will:
To dive deeper into the feminine connection with Christine Arylo, attend one of her virtual or in person Feminine Super Power Wisdom Sessions or Retreats - go here for more details www.ChristineArylo.com
Self care is one thing. Feeding the Feminine First takes getting what YOU need on a daily basis to an entirely new, deeper level. The truth is you already know how to take care of yourself.
The challenge is in giving yourself PERMISSION to receive what you need & in finding SMALL BUT MIGHTY ways to nourish, nurture, and get what you need in the midst of taking care of so much. Feeding the Feminine First is an invitation to doing your life differently in small ways that have a big impact.
Christine Arylo shares a new perspective on self-care that goes beyond the mental into the spiritual, sharing insights and small rituals you can do daily and monthly to nourish & nurture yourself.
Includes a meditation to check in on where you are feeling depleted & where you are thriving and an invitation to join women around the world, choosing to embrace what Feeding the Feminine First means.
To receive the Feed the Feminine First daily morning practice - get the free Feminine Super Power Kit at www.Christinearylo.com
To make shift happen in your daily life, take the 40 day super power self love practice, Burnout to Balance with Christine Arylo www.burnouttobalancepractice.com
I have never met a woman who does not desire more space in her life - for herself, for spending time with those she loves, for doing the things she loves... yet when it comes down to making choices to 'spend time' on herself, women feel guilty, like they should be spending their time and money on others or "more responsible" things, and like it's just impossible to 'find the time' to 'make the time' their hearts and souls crave.... and that literally their lives and health depend on.
Breaking this paradigm of never having enough time isn't just some nice luxury of pampering... our very health and lives depend on changing our relationship to time so we can create the space we need physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
In this Feminine Power Time with Christine Arylo invites us to:
"If we desire to change this world into one in which what we care about and who we care about thrives, we have to ensure that we are supported and sustained. Otherwise we will burnout. Creating space as a daily, weekly and yearly practice isn't selfish it's smart."
No one on the outside is going to give us 'time' - we have to love ourselves and this world so much that we claim the space and take it, trusting that act will give more to all we love, including ourselves.
The changes have to take place on the inside before the shift happens on the outside.
To make the internal shift to create the space you need check out the 40 Day Burnout to Balance Practice with Christine Arylo www.BurnouttoBalancePractice.com
the March Equinox is one of the 4 most powerful times of the year to press pause on the outside world, unplug from the madness matrix and tune into a deeper Wisdom within to get insight into how to best focus your life force and resources - in your work, relationships, personal health, wealth, home and happiness - for the coming year.
Without pausing at this time to reflect and consider all the possibilities of what you COULD do, to gain WISDOM about what really matters and what will reap the best harvest, you end up trying to do too much and focused on the wrong things - and then burnout.
Join Christine Arylo, feminine leadership advisor and spiritual catalyst, in this episode of Feminine Power Time - a special Spring Equinox Meditation - and:
To join Christine and women around the world for the Burnout to Balance Super Power Practice - you do it from home - go to www.FeminineSuperPowerPractice.com.
If you want to have more balance, harmony & vitality, mimic Mother Nature.
Feminine Wisdom tells us that how we operate in the winter - the foods we eat, the pace we work at, the patterns and habits that form our daily routine and therefore our health and happiness - is perfect for the winter (you don't have to beat yourself up for gaining weight or now put yourself on some crazy cleanse). AND...it is time for a shift.
I call this the "Spring Forward Reboot"
At Spring Equinox, which is right around March 21st in the Northern Hemisphere, it's as if Mother Nature sends out a telegram with instructions on how to make the shift in a way that will be loving, supportive and nourishing. So that just as the natural world is making a shift, you are too.
In this Feminine Power Time, Christine Arylo, feminine leadership advisor and wisdom teacher, shares the art of yearly reboot based on Feminine Wisdom:
To get the 4 Reset Components go to Christine Arylo's Feminine Power Time blog at www.ChristineArylo.com/blog
To join Christine and women around the world for your Spring Forward Reboot using the 40 Day From Burnout to Balance Super Power Practice, go to www.burnouttobalancepractice.com
“I feel like I am not doing enough. I feel like I can’t get it all done. I feel like I should be able to do more.” Ugh –the crazy making, pressure filled thoughts that run through our head. Making the most accomplished, amazing woman feel like a failure.
If you ever feel like you aren’t doing enough, having a big enough impact or should be able to do more, you are going to love this episode of Feminine Power Time with Christine Arylo – “You Are Doing Enough” where she illuminates how:
There’s more – including receiving some direct love beams from Christine to really HEAR and RECEIVE the truth of how much you are doing.
And receive some simple feminine wisdom you can put into place to support you this year to stay focused on what matters and what is yours to do and truly see the impact and imprint you are making.
This Feminine Power Time will take you into your heart.
Tune in with Christine Arylo, spiritual catalyst, feminine leadership advisor and best-selling author.
To learn more about Christine’s Retreats + Online Super Power Pauses visit www.ChristineArylo.com
“Feminine Wisdom teaches us to be like the Owl who can see all directions but waits before it strikes, effective and efficient and precise. There is nothing in Feminine Wisdom that teaches us to be like chickens running around chasing and trying to keep it all together. Stillness precedes excellence”
STAY S.T.R.O.N.G. is the self love mantra we're inviting people to embrace and practice for this year ahead which will be intense and uncertain - we need to be strong on the inside so we don't get swept away but what's swirling on the outside. Not as in strong like the dominating macho or self sacrificing martyr or tireless machine kind of way. But strong in the feminine way:
S - Speak your truth + stay connected
T- Trust yourself
R- Rest + Replenish
O- Own your power + play your part
N - Nourish your heart & soul desires
G - Give & Receive
About Self Love Day - Sponsored by The Path of Self Love School &
the international movement of self-love
Self Love Day was founded 10 year ago by Christine Arylo to bring self awareness to self-love and empower people to stay true to themselves all year by taking a set of self-love promises. Sponsored by The Path of Self Love School, whose mission is to serve 1 billion hearts the medicine and message of self-love. To make the teachings and practices of self love as accessible and applied as table salt :)
Our vision is that if we can teach self-love and make it as understood and embraced as self-esteem that within 3 generations we could create a world where every child born is born connected to love and stays connected to love no matter what they face in their lives... the thread of love stays alive.
If we are going to meet the demands of our lives, the intensity of our times and succeed at creating the work, lives and relationships we desire, without draining ourselves, trying to manage stress, or get to the gym everyday isn't going to cut it.
We need practices that literally generate and cultivate VITALITY. But what does that even mean?
Vitality is defined as 'the power to live or grow' ... 'exuberant physical strength and mental vigor'... 'capacity for the continuation of a meaningful or purposeful existence.'
Good yes? We all need it and desire it, but few of us unless you have sought out training have the wisdom and the practices we need. This goes beyond green drink and being able to do a headstand in yoga class and stress management classes.
In this episode of Feminine Power Time "Vitality for Victory" host Christine Arylo shares ancient wisdom for your thriving in your modern life, including:
Fun, powerful, illuminating. Tune in.
And join Christine for these deeper intensive trainings to cultivate the energy and vitality you need to thrive.
Harmonize Mexico Retreat - Learn vitality generating and intuitive expanding practices and wisdom ocean and jungle side www.FeminineSuperPowerRetreat.com
Feminine Super Power year - Reprogram your internal operating system to lead, live and succeed the feminine way (includes monthly yoga and wisdom practices) www.FeminineSuperPowerYear.com
Imagine creating a year in which you have what you need to go for your dreams and take care of what you love, without having to sacrifice your personal health and happiness.
This is possible - but NOT the way we have been taught to do it. There is no 7 step process or pill that will make it so. But there is a way to live, the wisdom way.
I share more about the feminine wisdom of how to do this in this episode of Feminine Power Time with me, Christine Arylo, and also lead you through a guided journey/meditation using the Feminine Super Power of EXPAND and ILLUMINATE to:
For the list of Wisdom Inquiries from the Meditation, go to www.FemininePowerTime.com
To join Christine in Mexico for a Spring Equinox Vitality Retreat to learn how to keep your energy flowing and high and your body and mind clear go to www.FeminineSuperPowerRetreat.com
To find out more about living, leading and succeeding the Feminine Way - go to www.FemininePowerYear.com
Join Christine Arylo for this special Feminine Power Time, a feminine wisdom session and salon where she will share with with you powerfully + personally the sacred technology for visioning, creating and manifesting that goes way beyond the basic 101 level of manifesting, vision boards, goal setting and the law of attraction.
How you start your year is how you live your year - and most of us did not get access to the wisdom and tools we need to create lives, work, rhythms that support and sustain us. We try to do too much, focus on the wrong things, or short ourselves out of our true dreams and desires.
This session, which is interactive, will guide you to tap into your own Wisdom as well as ancient Wisdom and you'll gain a deeper understanding of:
This interactive Feminine Power Salon was originally videocast. You can watch the session at www.FemininePowerRitual.com
So many of our choices throughout the year do not align with what truly matters to us - in our work, relationships, health, self expression, home. This year, what if that changed? What if you gave yourself the space to tune into a deeper wisdom and consider the choices you’ve made and the choices you could make, so they were infused with wisdom, instead of the pressure the mainstream world starts to advertise and put out in January.
In this Feminine Power Time with Christine Arylo, tune in for some wisdom and personal reflection to support you in creating a year that you love and that has space and time for what really matters, including:
Join Christine for a Feminine Super Power Year at www.FeminineSuperPowerYear.com
Or receive the year end Reflection Ritual with Christine arylo at www.SuperPowerPause.com
Using the power of this time that signifies 'the return of the light' - the days get longer and many spiritual traditions celebrate the light too - take a guided 20-minute journey with Christine Arylo to
A special illumination meditation taped for you on the day the light returns.
To receive the 2016 Reflection Ritual - including live video recording and booklet with illustrated templates - go to www.SuperPowerPause.com
Have you ever considered that the stories that make up our history and the 'information' that is passed off as truth are not always 'the truth'. Or considered that the systems that we work within, operate within and take for face value as 'that is just how things are' are really man-made constructs that can also be de-constructed to create new more supportive realities, for you and this world?
In this Feminine Super Power Time, Christine Arylo ignites our "Feminine Super Power of Challenge" ... a power you innately have to break through illusions and constructs that just don't fit for you or this world, to illuminate more aligned, supportive ways of live, lead and succeed ... now.
As we complete one year and move into the next it's the perfect time to challenge the constructs, beliefs and systems that have gotten you to this point... to tap into your power as a wise woman or man to be a light of wisdom vs. a voice for fear.
You'll love some of the stories Christine shares in this episode about how conventional wisdom is used to control people ... and why it's so essential to have the power to discern false stories and man made structures from truth and how things have to be.
Remember to RSVP for the Super Power Pause Reflection Ritual at the end of December with Christine to harvest the wisdom of the past year and illuminate the path ahead for what your INNER Wisdom - not conventional wisdom - is guiding you towards. RSVP at www.FeminineSuperPowerRitual.com (free offering)
It's way too easy to get caught up in the collective holiday madness and frenzy that is pulling you to do too many things that lead to over spending, eating, scheduling, doing and working. Even if they are things you WANT to do... or feel like you SHOULD do. The collective is speeding up and spending lots of energy, money and time outside while the natural world is slowing down and going within.
There is a different way ... that allows you to BOTH enjoy the joy, peace, connection of the holiday season AND replenish, restore and focus your life force on what matters most to you, so that come the new year, you will feel FULL of vitality and energy, balanced inside, having not overspent your energy or money, or overindulged in ways that make you feel like you have to workout every day for three months come January.
Wise woman employ some very specific 'feminine super powers' that:
Tune into this episode of Feminine Power Time with Christine Arylo - I will share some of the ancient wisdom that will keep you connected to what sustains and nourishes you this season, and set the seeds for what's to come in the new year.
And remember to Join me and people around the world on Dec 18th for a Super Power Reflection Ritual to complete your year powerfully and peacefully. I've done it the last 10 years and it's made such a difference in creating more harmony, inner peace, clarity and focus. www.FeminineSuperPowerRitual.com
I believe we are the ones here at this time to be part of a great awakening on this planet, and awakenings are often not easy.
It’s HOW we respond to what is happening in our world, families, communities and systems, whether it’s an election, water and oil rights, the way we do business, how we raise and educate our children, how we come together in true sisterhood or not – that is the deciding factor of how this will unfold.
The ancient sages predicted we would come as a people to this time of unrest.
Change often requires a catalyst, a bolt of lightening to quicken the shift. But the HOW we get there is not pre-determined. We are the ones who will lead the way. YOU are the one who will lead the way.
We each have a part to play. Never diminish or discount the importance of your part, no matter how small it may seem.
Many sages have said that when the women truly come together the great shift will occur. And while we have made much progress in this way, one only has to turn on reality TV, look at Twitter feeds, look around her own circle of friends and family to see as women we are still divided in many ways.
I called this circle in sisterhood. For the hearts of women and girls worldwide. We each have a part to play.
This special episode of Feminine Super Power Time with Christine Arylo was originally broadcast as a livestream. You can listen to the broadcast on this podcast and if you want to watch the video go to http://christinearylo.com/2016/11/activating-feminine-wisdom-power-uncertain-intense-times/
And if you’d like to go deeper into exploring feminine wisdom with like-minded sisters who believe in the power of connection and sisterhood, here are some upcoming events to mark on your calendar. More details will be coming soon…
* Feminine Super Power Year – Activate Your Feminine Power + Attune to a more natural & sustainable rhythm – Starts December 2016
* Visioning 2017 Online Retreat – Starts Jan 12th
* Visioning 2017 In Person Retreat – Jan 27-29th
* Harmonize: Women’s Vitality Retreat in Mexico – March 25-April 1st
* Kripalu East Coast Retreat: July 28-30
The yogi's predicted that these last 15 and the 15 ahead would be a time of chaos, unrest and challenge. Stormy. We are living in a time that can feel a little like living in a series of lightening storms. Sometimes thrilling, sometimes scary, moments of peace between the chaos, and lots of catalyzing happening in our personal lives and across all of humanity.
Things are changing because they must. But the change is often anything but peaceful.
In this session of Feminine Power Time, I'll answer that question plus share with you 3 super power practices steeped in the wisdom the sages have been teaching for thousands of years to move through times of unrest and upheveal.
I have modified this ancient wisdom for our modern lives with practices and perspective that really do give you super power to move through the storm with more peace, grace and calm.
To connect with Christine Arylo + receive her free Overworked, Overwhelmed and Over It Kit full of meditations and simple practices for navigating a stressful world with more grace, go to www.ChristineArylo.com
Christine holds personal and group retreats around the world, as well as in Valley of the Moon California where she resides.
I recently put myself on a personal vision quest, to give me the space to listen more deeply to my heart and to the Divine to get direction and guidance. I often take these super power pauses at this time of the year, a natural time for going inward and accessing more subtle and more profound guidance about one's soul path.
On the last day, day 4, which was all about presence and bringing my presence into it's most powerful form at this time to do my sacred work and create a life that sustains me, I knew I had to spend time with one of the most present, powerful beings on the planet - the horses. I knew they had wisdom to open in my heart and body that I could not get to from my mind and I was right.
I received some potent pieces of wisdom that I just had to share with you - right from the horses mouth:) In this session of Feminine Power Time, I've got a basket of 5 or 6 pieces of wisdom that are keys to how we can:
Simple yet mighty wisdom these magnificent creatures of such presence have to provide us with. I received such a healing and such clarity and guidance. And I am thrilled I can share this with you.
I am fortunate to live in Valley of the Moon in Northern California where we have a very special equine organization called Belos Cavalos, a non profit who works with horses and humans, and who specializes in working with children affected by trauma.
In the 15 years I've been teaching self love, I have not met an adult who doesn't have some version of trauma that has implanted things like fear, shame and stress in their hearts.... that then lead us to the emotional and physical maladies we create oin how we show up in our relationships, work and lives as adults. These horses definitely unleashed my heart. I hope what I learned does some for you too.
Here's a little bit on what the folks at Belos Cavalos say about the wisdom these horse beings have for us...
"Our equine partners act as mirrors of our emotions, reflecting our behaviors, attitudes and ideas. Horses are in the moment and they cannot lie. Thus, they recognize and reflect the incongruence between our behavior and emotion, without judgment, revealing our truths."
For more on retreats and events you can take with Christine Arylo go to www.ChristineArylo.com Christine does personal retreats from Valley of the Moon.
Courageous women have risen above the forces that would try to diminish, distract, and discount their innate feminine power and wisdom because they feared the power of the feminine heart - for thousands of years. Not able to 'control' them, these powers sought to discount and derail them.
What we are seeing today in the media has been present on this planet for thousands of years... we just now have a tickers tape, social networks and 24/7 media so that this kind of blatant disrespect and disregard for the sacredness and power of the feminine body, heart and soul cannot be ignored.
In this Feminine Power Time, join me Christine Arylo, as we step out of the media madness where it's too easy to get caught up in the fear and frenzy, so we can:
Remember..while what we see may anger us and try to pull us apart, remember our power comes from shining the light not only on what is vulgar and unacceptable, but also on illuminating what is possible when a woman dares to follow her heart and speak her truth. We each have a part to play - in how we show up, what we speak and how we choose to make the shifts our souls are calling for.
Calling courageous women - to the Unleash the Feminine Heart 40-day Practice - starts in October, www.UnleashtheFeminineHeart.com
Follow your heart. What does that mean? How do you 'do' it? How do you conjure up the courage to step outside conventional wisdom to follow your inner wisdom?
And why is it essential for women especially to know, trust, and follow their Heart Wisdom that can sometimes feel crazy?
Join me and my special guest Shiloh Sophia McCloud, visionary artist and one of my dearest soul sisters as we sit around her kitchen table and share with you what our wise mentors and teachers - wise women who were part of the feminist and women's movement in the 1970s and beyond. These wise women, including Alice Walker, have wisdom to share with all of us women so we can be wiser in how we live, make choices and dare to follow our hearts to create systems and realities that seek to free and sustain instead of control and drain. Tune into Feminine Power Time - and tap into the wisdom of the timeless feminine heart.
To bring more of the feminine wisdom into your life - join Christine Arylo for virtual circle of women participating in the Unleash the Feminine Heart 40-day practice, starting in October. www.UnleashtheFeminineHeart.com
Take a Vision Quest with Arylo and Shiloh and other wise women who dare to do things differently and are the visionaries weaving the new world. www.WeaveVisionQuest.com
There is no question that we are living in intense and uncertain times where who we’ve been and how we’ve operated will not support us on the path ahead.
About every woman I know who is awake, open-hearted, and desiring to live her greatest life, in alignment with her soul, is being called to her “edge” - personally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
It’s like our souls are beckoning...“Let go of things that no longer fit and leap into the unknown” - in our relationships, jobs, homes, careers, wealth, health, lifestyles, and habits. Anything that stems from false security, diminishes our most true presence or distracts us from our soul path - we either surrender it or we suffer through it.
And it feels scary, uncomfortable and if we are honest, there are times we’d rather pull the covers over our heads, or quit and just resign ourselves to do something easier.
This is what I call a SOUL STRETCH. You can either lean into the stretch and grow, breakthrough limits and old ways that no longer serve and eventually soar and reach deeper levels of strength and faith and expression. Or well, you can stay stuck, suffer and self sabotage.
And the truth is - during a SOUL STRETCH - you need support. You can't get through the stretch alone.
So in this Feminine Power Time we talk about how to get the support you need to support you through whatever soul stretch you are in.
and for more support from me
Join me for the Crazy Wisdom New Moon Circle www.FeminineSuperPowerRitual.com
And for the 40-Day Super Power Practice - Unleash the Feminine Heart ,a 40 Day Courage Boost, Fear Cleanse and Faith Lift. www.ChristineArylo.com
You hear a lot about 'stress management' but trying to manage stress is like trying to manage a two year old, it does not work. In this Feminine Power Time episode, Christine Arylo shares some ancient yogic and divine feminine wisdom that will give you the super power to change your relationship with stress all together... so you can meet it and beat it to thrive.
To learn more about Christine Arylo's Grace Under Pressure Retreats, go to www.GraceUnderPressureRetreat.com
To download a copy of the Feminine Super Power Ritual Book for Modern Day Super Women go to www.ChristineArylo.com
If you are a card carrying member of the “Impatience Club” you are going to love this episode of Feminine Power Time with Christine Arylo. You know you are a member if you do any of these things in your career, your relationship status, your body weight/shape, your health or your money:
There’s more - but honestly if you suffer from impatience you likely know it. Most people never cure it because they only focus on the symptom or the quick fix.
This Feminine Power Time will take you into the roots … give you some super power remedies you can apply right now to the place in your life you are feeling impatient… and teach you ancient wisdom you can take with you and use for the rest of your life.
Tune in with Christine Arylo, spiritual catalyst, women's leadership advisor and best-selling author.
To learn more about her Grace Under Pressure Retreat + Weave Vision Quest go to www.ChristineArylo.com
To learn more about your Impatience Personality - take the Inner Mean Girl Quiz at www.innercriticquiz.com
"The yogis say that when you are content, you draw things to you. Cultivate patience, experience contentment. Cultivate impatience and you will repel that which you desire.”
When a woman or girl knows how to tell the difference between the inner force that reacts from fear, shame and judgment and sabotages her and the inner force that guides her from loving truth, to respond in accordance to her truth, she gains 'super power'. Super power to make the choices both small (in her daily live) and big (like who she will marry or if she will marry, what career she will choose, where she will live).
In my dream world, girls would be taught about their "Feminine Super Power of Intuition" and how to create a strong self trust from a very early age - as early as 6 or 7 (because that is when the other force starts to appear). And then we would grow up as young women talking about these forces, supporting each other to discern between them. We would live our lives as women holding space for each other to sort between what yogi's call the distorted negative mind and the distorted positive mind to find our neutral minds where they say we can know our truth within 9 seconds. We would live our lives trusting our intuition and we would follow it no matter what - even when we are scared or it goes against conventional wisdom or our peers.
In this week's Feminine Power Time with Christine Arylo, we'll tap into the yogic and divine feminine wisdom and explore:
And of course we will end with a mighty meditation to make this all personal and embodied. Remember, feminine power is not a mental idea, it's an embodied practice and wisdom.
If you'd like to learn more about the inner force that sabotages you, who I call the "inner Mean Girl" take this short but enlightening quiz www.InnerCriticQuiz.com
If you would like to be part of the movement of people teaching girls and women self-trust and how to work with these two inner forces, consider joining us for The Path of Self Love Training & Certificate program - www.SelfLoveGuides.com
As part of our series on Cultivating a Field of Love in all of our relationships, I thought we needed to get real and deep about our female friendships. Our interactions with other women are one of the main places we either strengthen our feminine power or give it away, or worse, revert to the shadow of feminine power and use tactics like manipulation, colluding, gossip, blame and guilt or just cut off people all together.
Most of us didn't get training on how to show up in our female relationships from a place of courageous love, to both ask for what we need + use conflict, hurt feelings, disappointment and the hard stuff to create stronger connections with the women in our lives.
For this episode of Feminine Power Time I invited a woman who I have been deepening and growing my friendship with for about 9 years, who also just happens to be a leading expert on friendship and women's relationships. Her name is Shasta Nelson, and we invite you to join us to explore:
1. How to navigate conflict with a friend when your feelings get hurt, or she hurts you
2. How to set right expectations for different levels of intimacy and vulnerability
3. How to know when a friendship is one to grow or one to let go and how to do both.
We'll share some super power tools you can use in your friendships right away + as always we end with a meditation to tap into your heart to see what friendships inside your life are ready to grow and which maybe time to let go.
Here's a little about Shasta.. Shasta Nelson, M.Div., is the Founder of GirlFriendCircles.com, a women’s friendship matching site in 35 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Her spirited and soulful voice for strong female relationships can be found in her books Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness and Friendships Don’t Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends. She also writes at ShastasFriendshipBlog.com and in the Huffington Post, speaks across the country, and is a friendship expert in the media appearing on such shows as Katie Couric and the Today Show.