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Four Gateways to Unlock Suffering

What does it mean to be an integrated human? As humans we are incredibly resilient creatures with hearts, longings, fears, anxiety, perseverance and experiences of strong emotions and pain.  We are multi-faceted and complex and yet the path to our healing can be very simple. Simple in theory and yet the application may require us […]

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Anger…Suppress or Express?

Anger is something that everyone experiences, at one level or another, and it needs to be expressed to maintain emotional health and intimacy. Most people have a murky relationship with anger and how to express it in a way that isn’t hurtful to oneself or others. When we don’t learn that anger is a natural […]

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Facing Fear- The Courage to Swim Upstream

How does the journey of wild salmon reflect the path of living an authentic life? The journey of the salmon is one of the most amazing phenomena in nature.  How is it that after years in the sea, they can locate the exact stream in which they were born and pursue their upstream return home? […]

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Permission to Be ‘Messy’

Have you noticed that the experience of suffering is provoked when we don’t give ourselves, and others, permission to simply be where we are in any given moment before we swiftly demand clarity, decision-making, certainty or assert ourselves into fix-it and change-it mode? I’m curious about the propensity to avoid ‘messiness’ or ‘emotions’ that our […]

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Essential Happiness and Freedom

Have you longed for a particular relationship, job, creating a family or a spiritual realization only to discover that after achieving these things you’re still struggling; still not happy? You discover that these accomplishment themselves are not inherently the key to your deeper sense of happiness? There comes a point when the ‘games up’ and […]

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Alone and Together: Ushering in a New World

I’m part of a team that has created a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to offer a community service called “Wisdom Labs“. What is a Wisdom Lab? In a Wisdom Lab we invite a ‘stakeholder’ to explore a personal or organizational vision or edge related to their expression in the world. This community laboratory provides an opportunity […]

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Our Daily Life is Our ‘Modern Day Monastery’

How we live models what we value….. What we model influences the world …one person at a time. Who is a Leader? We are all leaders.  From executives, parents and teachers to the school bully, leaders of gangs and drug lords. How is that possible? Because every action we take, conscious or unconscious, influences those […]

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Meeting Our Aloneness

  Have you noticed that loss, change and transitions invite the opportunity to drop the veils and get down and dirty with what is really important? Simultaneously, what do you notice about all the ways you try not to be where you are, embrace what you’re feeling or face what is in front of you? […]

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Building Trust and Confidence

“A leader is a decision maker”, rolls off the Colorado cowboy’s tongue as he began our puppy training class. During two hours of lectures and exercises I was continually struck by the parallel between his philosophy of building a relationship with animals through love, trust and respect and my view of the human’s journey to […]

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Prior to Judgment & Self-Doubt

Have you ever found yourself sensing that something or someone simply didn’t resonate with you but you bypass this information and listen to what you ‘should do or feel’ instead? This happens everyday.  Our mind can be as fast as a hummingbird. Hummingbirds move instantaneously in any direction at speeds of 25-30 mph and can […]

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6-Week Immersion Program: Navigating the Threshold of ‘Becoming’

What does it mean when life, as you’ve known it, suddenly changes in a blink of an eye and you find yourself dropped into the desert and the unknown? Or maybe it happens so slowly that you wake up to realize everything in your life has been dying for months or maybe even years. However […]

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Integrating Authenticity with Leadership and Business Practices

I see an authentic leader as a modern day pioneer. It can feel lonely to be a pioneer.  In a time when many of us are engaged in deep personal transformation we often feel a disconnect as we integrate ‘who we are’ with ‘what we do’ for a living. It requires tremendous courage to model […]

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Navigating the Threshold of “Becoming”

What does it mean when life, as you’ve known it, suddenly changes in a blink of an eye and you find yourself dropped into the desert and the unknown? Or maybe it happens so slowly that you wake up to realize everything in your life has been dying for months or maybe even years. However […]

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Discerning Wisdom from Insanity

“Just Rest…You Will Know When You Need to Know” I recently participated in a Hakomi weekend; a somatic based mindfulness-training. The message I received in the stillness and quieting of my mind was, “Just rest.  You will know when you need to know”. As my mind spun through the various scenarios in my life that […]

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Do Emotions Control or Inform You?

Anxiety and fear are common emotions many of us experience in response to our life circumstances and the uncertainty of transitions and decision points. These emotional states can feel disorienting and we may find ourselves acting out in behaviors or activities that are not healthy or supportive. When we don’t embrace these emotions directly they […]

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How To Lead As A Samurai

To travel the terrain of an authentic leader requires a level of listening, witnessing and an open-heart similar to that of a Samurai. The unwritten Samurai code of conduct, is known as Bushido. The Bushido code holds that the true warrior must possess loyalty, courage, veracity, compassion, and honor as important, above all else.   The […]

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Wholehearted Leadership in a Time of Fragmentation

One of the highlights of a trip to Egypt was seeing a mummified alligator in a sacred temple.  Quite a contrast from my days living in New Orleans where blackened alligator, colorfully garnished, was served as an ‘exotic’ appetizer. Their choice to honor this creature in such a ritualized fashion intrigued me.  I continued to […]

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The Practice of Authentic Leadership

How do we create more freedom for ourselves and the planet? We are all leaders.  From conscious executives, parents and teachers to serial killers and rapist.  How is that possible?  Because every action we take, conscious or unconscious, influences those around us and elicits many responses such as love, connectedness, creativity, fear and rage. An […]

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Authentic Leaders- Our Modern Day Pioneers

Who Are These Modern Day Pioneers? An authentic leader is someone who understands and practices embracing every moment as an opportunity to make a conscious choice rather than default to a conditioned pattern or the expectations of a culture, company or loved one. They are willing to travel the vulnerable and courageous journey to expand […]

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