Introducing the Wizard of Ease

Twenty years ago a couple of colleagues dared me to become the “Princess of Ease.”  Why?  Because they recognized in me a workaholic perfectionist who averaged four hours of sleep per night and whose life was filled with struggle.

Ease?!!?!  What the heck were they talking about?

It took years of introspection, yoga, meditation, and reading dozens of self-help books for me to understand why their challenge was so on target. Thus began my experiments with ease–my attempts to learn how to live the Easy Gentle Life.

Now I’m a life coach and motivational speaker and trainer who specializes in helping others cultivate effortlessness in their lives and their careers.  I’m a yoga teacher who supports my students in gentle stretching, relaxation, mindfulness and pursuing a spiritual path.  I’m a business consultant who works with organizations to cultivate high performance without courting burnout.  And I’m a freelance writer and editor who helps clients express their messages with ease and elegance.

The purpose of this blog is to share the tools, ideas, perspectives—and, yes, wisdom—I’ve gained from my adventures with ease in my own life and what I’ve learned from my clients.  It’s called “Wizard of Ease” because I’d rather be a wizard than a princess.

And, besides, the name “Princess of Ease” belongs to someone else.

Blogging also provides a way for me to find ease in publishing a book I’ve been writing for many years.  Instead of waiting for it to be “finished” before putting it into print, this blog will get the information out by sharing it in easy-sized pieces.

Yet my own journey to practice a life of gentleness and ease is far from over. I still search for ways to let go of strain and resistance, and to relax into the flow of life.

That’s where you come in, dear reader.  We are all wizards in our own ways, and have much to share with each other about life and work.  Please join the dialogue by commenting about techniques you’ve found to decrease stress and struggle, and to increase joy, freedom and contentment.

Bring on the ease!

Pat Daniel, Ph.D.

© Pat Daniel and wizardofease.com, 2011.
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7 Responses to Introducing the Wizard of Ease

  1. Jean-Bean says:

    Dear Ease-Wiz :-)
    Your practical, friendly postings are great…Wisdom that is nice and “ease-y”…nothing “cheese-y”!!
    Looking forward to “No Hurry, No Worry” Pt 2–Can you offer suggestions on specific exercises that have helped you in moving toward the State of “No Worry!”

  2. Barbara Malley says:

    Love your blog’s name, admired your photo, thought the graphics were charming, will be checking on your offerings late tomorrow afternoon or Thursday.
    I have extraordinary clutter in the dozens of e-mails that I don’t want to delete until I’m sure I’m not making a mistake. I should spend a few hours just working on that.
    CONGRATULATIONS AND BON VOYAGE, Ms Wizard!

    Barbara

  3. Mitch Anthony says:

    Pat-
    Congratulations on your new blog. It looks, feels, reads just right. I look forward to learning from you. Thanks so much.

  4. Mary says:

    Dear Pat,

    Love, love, love your website! As a friend and colleague I can attest to the transformation I have witnessed in you and I look forward to participating in this online community of fellow ease- seekers!!

    Blessings to all,

    Mary

  5. Barbara Malley says:

    About the drawing, shaded so prettily with crayons . . . who is the artist? Could it be the wizardess herself?

  6. Pat Daniel says:

    Thanks to Jean-Bean, Barbara, Mitch and Mary for your warm wishes and feedback!

    To Barbara’s question about the header image: That’s the work of Norma Urban and Gary Slickman. Norma, of Artchitecturals, did the original artwork, and Gary of Gary Slickman Multimedia, digitized the image. The Wizard of Ease thanks them both!

  7. kathiemm says:

    Dear Pat:
    I love your blog–everything about it.
    Scrolling down from top to bottom, looking at the illustration and reading your great prose, i felt myself simultaneously excited and relaxed.
    I look forward to following the blog as you try to lead us all to greater good sense about our lives and even some ability to engage relaxation.

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