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On the Verge; Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine

On The Verge is a call to break free from your busy mind and to wake up right now, fully engaged and ready to shine. Cara Bradley, former pro skater, body-mind expert and mental strength coach to CEOs and elite athletes, offers powerful body-mind practices and strategies to shift from frazzled to focused, and from chaos to clear. Discover how to shift beyond “crazy busy” into high definition, high voltage living.

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“If you are ready to make changes to your relationship to yourself, this book will be a study guide for the hard work ahead. This isn’t about making yourself into something you’re not. It’s about showing up and fully embracing who and what you already are.”Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), author, A Mindful Nation

Is your over-crowded mind an overwhelming place to live? Is your brain always buzzing? Take a deep breath and get excited. You’re about to discover how to shift from frazzled to focused and from chaos to clear.

On The Verge is a call to break free from your busy mind — beyond distraction, drama, doubt, and fear¬—and show up in this moment, on the verge, where you always feel clear, confident, and fully alive.

Discover how to be conscious in our fast-paced “crazy busy” world with practices and strategies to:

  • Drop the Drama
  • Notice this Moment
  • Settle down and Show up
  • Be Kind
  • Lean into Ripe Opportunities
  • Trust your Intelligence

Living on the verge is not about being someone different, as there’s no “better version of you” on the horizon. Everything you’re searching for is available to you in this moment. Everything you need is right here on the verge.

Praise for “On the Verge”

“A must-read for anyone who is passionate about peak performance at home, work, and at play.”

Jay Wright
Head Coach of Villanova University men’s basketball, 2016 Coach of the Year and NCAA National Champion 

    “It is possible to rediscover our natural confidence and express such strength and clarity into our everyday lives? Cara Bradley’s book offers us a resounding ‘yes’ — that each of us is always on the verge of waking up — all we have to do is fearlessly make the leap.”

    Michael Carroll
    author of
    Awake at Work

    “This is an important book for anyone seeking clarity, purpose, and meaning in their life. Cara Bradley draws on her extensive experience as a teacher and a coach to offer specific tools for everyday life and an approach to applying them that works.”

    Rolf Gates, author of Meditations from the Mat

    “If you’ve ever longed to tap into the power and energy of your very best moments again and again, Cara Bradley will show you how. On the Verge helps you access your natural potential and shine brightly in all aspects of your life.”

    Bryant McGill
    Internationally bestselling author of Voice of Reason and
    United Nations Global Champion

    “On the Verge is a compelling book of wisdom and practicality that supports all of us on this journey of life. In her book, Cara Bradley reveals teachings that empower us to address our roadblocks and embrace life from a real and grounded approach.”

    Kelly McNelis
    founder of Women for One

    “You can tell that Cara Bradley walks her talk. Her advice on mindful movement comes from lived experience, and it’s not about having a big special project in addition to everything else you’re doing. It’s about how to incorporate movement and meditation into the life you already have. Whoever you are — an athlete, a mom who runs a business, a retiree — there ’s something here for you.”

    Barry Boyce, editor in chief
    of Mindful Magazine and

    In this book, Cara Bradley gives us much-needed insights on how to keep our practices sharp and our attitude alert. The core question that drives this book is ‘How can we be most alive in every single moment?’ Cara provides us with Primer Practices and Gut Checks we can use to keep tuning up our daily practice and stepping up our game.”

    Bonnitta Roy
    founder of Alderlore Insight Center,
    assoc. ed. of Integral Review Journal,

    “What an exciting and enjoyable journey! Cara Bradley offers helpful and unique ways to move from being a bystander in life to a full-on participant. . . . Blending her own experiences with tried-and-true meditation and mindfulness techniques, she offers us easy and accessible ways to be joyful and present and to find peace and quiet in our lives every day.”

    Beryl Bender Birch,
    founder of The Hard & The Soft and The Give Back Yoga Foundation

    On the Verge is a book about the essence of living fully. Cara Bradley has discovered that the secret to everything is found in our relationship to the present moment because we live on the verge that marks the transition between who we are and who we will become. In straightforward language packed with supportive examples, Bradley offers practices and strategies that liberate your attention from the consternations of a busy mind so that all your energy, attention, and care are available to inform your ongoing emergence into the future. I have no doubt that those who follow the advice in this book will discover the wonder and joy of a life fully lived.”

    Jeff Carreira,
    author of The Soul of a New Self: Embracing the Future of Being Human


    Verge Practices

    The Verge Practices are easy-to-use tools to help you get to know your busy mind and shift into the space beyond it, where you glimpse your natural state. During practice, you’ll recognize glimpses, short moments, of your natural state of clarity, vitality, and confidence.

    Notice This Moment
    Move My body
    Notice My Mind
    Notes To Self

    Verge Stategies

    The Verge Strategies are more than practices; they help you live in your natural state by staying awake and aware when you would otherwise be stuck in your busy mind, drained by drama, and limited by distraction. These strategies help you navigate your life and maintain balance and energy.

    Be In Sync
    Be Kind
    Let it Go. Let it Be
    Be Aware

    Verge Notes to Self


      • Stay calm.
      • Be available for those around you.
      • Embrace everything.
      • Find a way.
      • You’ve got this.
      • Forcing doesn’t work.
      • This moment is enough.
      • Practice patience.
      • Be kind.
      • Be helpful.
      • Being overwhelmed is not an option.
      • Celebrate life.


    I begin my intentions by saying “May I.” Here are a few of my favorites:

    ..Be at ease.
    ..Have peace.
    ..Allow others to be free.
    ..Be bold.
    ..Drop my need to control.
    ..Be fearless.
    ..Be honest.
    ..Be real.
    ..Be kind
    ..Let go.
    ..Be positive.
    ..Let go of expectations.
    ..Allow everything to be as it is.


      • Does this make me feel bright?
      • Can I meet this moment?
      • What is real for me right now?
      • Am I distracted or right here right now?
      • Am I showing up or shutting down?
      • Can I drop this drama?
      • How can I feel fully alive right now?
      • What is most important to me right now?
      • Am I struggling with what is happening?
      • Can I be kind to all those around me?
      • Am I trying to control?
      • Can I be at ease?
      • Can I allow everything to be just as it is?