Intuition Retreat at Garrison Institute

Listening to President Obama’s State of the Union Address made me think of this: what are our rituals for evaluating our successes on regular basis, and setting inspiring agendas for the year?

Think of yourself as the commander-in-chief of your life. Instead of the dreaded New Year resolution, write your own annual State of the Union Address, to reflect on the things you’ve done right, and to set inspiring intentions for the following year.

Even in your toughest years, you have a lot to celebrate: you’ve survived and you’ve grown. Acknowledging the good things that you’ve done in the past year makes your mind focus on the fact that you’re a competent and resourceful person. Hence, you’re more likely to approach a new challenge from the position of competence and resourcefulness rather than weakness.

Setting intentions for the coming year is much like typing your destination into a GPS: you may not know the specific road you will take, but you know where you want to end up. If you don’t have an intention or a destination in mind, than any place is as good as any other place. If you want to end up in a better place, set an intention, pick a destination, and you can always change course later, if necessary.

Flowers from my amazing student     Over the past year, I started teaching hands-on intuition development workshops for analytical people, combining what I learned from neuroscience and business texts with practical tools developed by my intuition mentors. (I just got a bouquet of flowers from one of my amazing students, which made my day. It reminded me that I’m on the right track. If you see someone who’s on the right track, do send them a bouquet of flowers, or a Starbucks gift card, or just a card – it makes such a difference!). My intention for the near future is to fill the Intuition & Decision-Making Retreat in May 1-3, 2015 with smart, curious, analytical thinkers who want to spend a restful weekend at Garrison Institute, learning to understand and use their intuition. Please, help me make this magic happen by joining the retreat, and sharing info with your friends! Many thanks.

Here are some of the things you may want to include in your personal annual State of the Union Address:

1. Simplifying. Multitasking and constant distractions are making us less efficient, making our minds frequently feel overloaded. Did you let go of something last year that made your life easier? What can you simplify or let go of in the coming year?

2. Asking. What did you ask for in 2014, and you got? What resources would you like to ask for in the coming year? (Here’s my ask: please share the Intuition & Decision-Making Retreat link with your tribe! )

3. Giving. What did you give last year that made you feel richer? Did you support the causes that you believe in? Did you give what you needed most (for example, gave to charity even when you were strapped for cash, gave your energy and attention to someone even when you felt lonely and depressed, and needed energy and attention yourself)? What would you like to get in 2015 that you can also give? Expertise? Energy? Time?

4. Sleeping. Your brain does amazing things while you’re sleeping. Can you think of a time when you let yourself rest and sleep in, even when you had a ton of things that needed to get done? Did it work out well? How can you build in more sleep into your 2015 routines?

5. Learning. Have you learned a new skill, read a new book, figure out how to do a new project in 2014? What would you like to learn in 2015? Surprise yourself.

6. Loving. Did you connect with someone new in 2014? Did you deepen your personal connection with someone? Did you fall [deeper] in love with someone or something? How can you make more room, time and energy for love in 2015?

7. Playing. Can you think of a time when you just laughed and had fun in 2014? Did you make time to rest and play? Can you set an intention to allow time to play in 2015? Be as specific as you can in your SOTU.

8. Creating. Did you create something interesting in 2014? It could be something as simple as a new system to help things run smoother at home, to building/painting/cooking something, or implementing a major change at work. What would you like to create in 2015?

Here is an idea: make a tradition out of writing and delivering your personal State of the Union Address. Get together with a few people you care about, and have a SOTU party in late January or early February, where each of you can share your SOTU address. You could also do it in your family, in your class, your mastermind group, or a book club.

I’d love to hear how your Personal SOTU Address goes! Would you please send me a picture or a video from your Personal SOTU Address 2015 (even if it’s the “party of 1″ for you), listing the best thing that came out of this project? Send your picture/video by March 1st to , and I’ll add your name to a raffle for 1-hour executive coaching session and 30-min intuitive reading session (let’s make them transferable, in case you win one and want to give it to someone you love).



I’d like to share with you some of my favorite resources from 2014, as well as my work that you said made a difference for you. Let’s keep sharing our best resources! Thank you, and have a peaceful, insightful, and healthy 2015!
(Image: my best 2014 accomplishment in the kitchen is this Napoleon, made from scratch).

My top 5 blog posts from 2014:

10 Best Questions to Assess Your Happiness

When to Choose an Easy Path

The Best Story You’ll Ever Tell

Expectations: to Have or Not to Have

Worried While Waiting For News? Do These 5 Things

Bonus (because it took me the most guts to write this post): What You’ve Never Done Before

Most exciting project of 2014:
     I’ve been working on developing a 3-day retreat on Intuition & Decision-Making, held at Garrison Institute (1 hr from NYC) on May 1-3, 2015, with the goal of helping analytical people understand and use their intuition. Through collaboration with Dr. Marta Sinclair, a professor at Griffith Business School in Australia, and the author of Handbook of Intuition Research, I’ve learned a great deal about intuition in the context of neuroscience, business strategy, entrepreneurship and creativity. The retreat is about sharing all I’ve learned. Two informational Q&A calls about Intuition & Decision-Making retreat are scheduled for Wed., Jan. 7th, 9-10 p.m. EST, and Thu., Jan. 8th, 12-1 p.m. ESTTo RSVP, please email with your preferred date/time. If you RSVP, the recording of the call will be emailed to you, even if you can’t make the call.  Early bird registration pricing is valid through January 1st, 2015 (if you show up for the Q&A call and register within 24 hours, we’ll honor the early bird registration pricing), and we’ve added money-saving codes for those of you who are coming with friends. It may seem like May 2015  a long time away, but it can take time  to plan a 3-day weekend away from everything.

Best travel resource of 2014
Family Travel Concierge, founded by Alex Medvedovski, who traveled around the world with this family including 3 kids. The company designs amazing, unique, customized itineraries for families traveling to destinations off-the-beaten path.

Best discovery for NYC families w/ kids in 2014
Mismatched Socks is a company run by a super talented educator Asya Gribov and her business partner, with the goal of connecting families with most interesting art projects and exhibits in the city.

Best book I read in 2014:
On Being Certain by Robert Burton

Best TED talk I’ve heard in 2014:
How to Make Hard Choices by Ruth Chang

Best blog of 2014 that makes me think about things in a new light
Penelope Trunk’s blog “Advice on the intersection of work and life”.

Blog from which I re-posted articles most often in 2014:
The Art of Manliness. Always sharp, useful, relevant, well-written and most interesting advice for all sorts of occasions in life (from attending a black-tie event to falling through the ice).

Best play I’ve seen in 2014 (you can still see it in early 2015!!!):
Burq OFF!  One woman, 21 characters, a burqa, and a bikini.

Best NYC ice-cream of 2014:
Ample Hills Creamery. Unique flavors, great texture, super quality, and most importantly, amazingly creative owners, who turned a dream into reality in front of our eyes.

I hope we will stay connected in 2015. Please, tell me about your projects, please join me for the Intuition & Decision-Making retreat and Hands-On Intuition Development workshop, and please continue sharing your best resources with me as well!

With love and gratitude,


Alina Bas, M.A., Executive Coach & Life Strategist
I coach leaders through making difficult decisions in a way that is aligned with their core values.
Tel.: (917) 208-8094
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I will be offering this hands-on 3-part course in January 2015 . During three practical, yet unusual workshops, you will work on developing and using specific intuition skills like reading energy, sending and receiving messages, and healing (not in a woo-woo way, but in a very down-to-earth way of using your energy to change your environment).BentSpoon
Days: Wed., Jan. 14 , Wed., Jan, 21, and Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
Time: 9-10:30 p.m.
Location: Fair Lawn, NJ, details TBD
Cost: $150 (for the series of 3 workshops)
Registration: This is a small class that will be limited to 12 people due to individual attention that will be given to each participant. You can register here.



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