Self-unification in a divided world
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by Joy Reichart
3w ago
“In order to truly change, we have to let go of who we think we are. Early in life we had to form the ego, or the ‘little self,’ in order to protect our true self. Later in life, the way we originally protected ourselves begins to endanger the presence of our Self. What protected us from harm at the beginning will cause us great harm later in life if we don’t learn how to let go of it.“  —Michael Meade, from “The Captive Heart” (Episode 294 of the Living Myth podcast) We are who we are (or are we?) “I am a[n] __________________ person.” What word or words would you use to fill in the bl ..read more
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Focusing and Integral Coaching Webinar
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by New Ventures West
3M ago
Focusing Resources founder Ann Weiser Cornell and New Ventures West Managing Partner Cynthia Luna recently hosted an exploration of what it means to know you have everything you need to live from wholeness. Learn how Focusing and Integral Coaching compliment one another, and learn about opportunities to experience both methodologies more deeply.   Share: The post Focusing and Integral Coaching Webinar appeared first on New Ventures West ..read more
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Finding clarity in times of transition
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by Joy Reichart
3M ago
Reflecting back over the last 2-3 years, with so much unpredictability, change, obstacles, and discouragement, what has kept you moving forward?  For many, the pandemic and other recent upheavals have put us in more immediate contact with what is essential. Of course, there have been countless immediate concerns to address. But in our work, we’ve also seen clients and students moved by a part of themselves with which they were suddenly in clearer contact—a whisper or intuitive nudge that led them in unexpected directions. Can you recall a time or times this has occurred for you recently ..read more
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“It” vs. “You”: A Field Experiment
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by Dennis Adsit
4M ago
How many times have you heard this: “kids, don’t try this at home”? But here’s one you might want to try. Zero cost and an ROI that might surprise you. I got the idea from my son. On occasions, after I had done something for him, he would say, “I appreciate you.”  I would not have been surprised to hear him say, “I appreciate it,” but his saying “you” instead of “it” caught my attention. “It” refers to a behavior I might exhibit. I exhibit a lot of behaviors in the course of a day, week, month. They are a dime a dozen really, maybe not even worth that much. So if someone appreciates one ..read more
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Replenishment, Starting Close In
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by Joy Reichart
5M ago
This article was originally published on the Mindful Leader blog in August 2022 “I have nothing left.” It’s a sentiment that’s been in our shared consciousness for a long time, and recently I’ve started to hear folks actually name it. Maybe you have too. World events have taken their toll, and many of us find ourselves with very little energy, resources, spirit left in us. The pandemic fomented a sudden shift in pace and orientation that revealed much of what is outdated and imbalanced in our lives, and in the world. Though effects of the virus itself are becoming less severe, much of what beg ..read more
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Courage v. Bravery
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by John Dunham
7M ago
Bravery and courage are cousins often confused as twins. While they share DNA of context containing an element of fear, upon examination they are quite different. Bravery is observed and measured from the outside. We see someone perform admirably in the face of danger—whether physical, social or relational—and we comment upon their bravery. They managed well despite apparent peril. They were brave. We know nothing of their inner experience. We do not know if they stuffed fear down and forced themselves forward, numbed themselves to fear and operated in a pure cognitive capacity—or if they face ..read more
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What’s the Difference Between Self-Improvement and Self-Development?
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by Joy Reichart
8M ago
This article was originally published on the Mindful Leader blog in May 2022. It has several questions for reflection in  italics. In these places, you’re invited to pause, feel into your response, and perhaps explore a bit with some notes or journaling. “To be purposeful is not to be goal oriented, but to seek to reconnect to the source of one’s life.” ― Michael Meade  The organic nature of growth In a recent video (which you can watch at the bottom of this post), faculty member Adam Klein draws a distinction between self-improvement and self-development. To paraphrase, development ..read more
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How Can We Be Good Ancestors?
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by Anne-Marie Brest
9M ago
I just finished the book The Good Ancestor- A Radical Prescription for Long-Term Thinking by Roman Krznaric, a philosopher who writes about the power of ideas to change the world. In this excellent review of the book, published in The Guardian in July 2020, the journalist Andrew Anthony makes salient the point that I too latched onto in Krznaric’s book: the colonization of our future. Anthony starts his review of the book with the following paragraphs: There is much talk these days about decolonising – statues, buildings, curricula. All of that has to do with legacies of the past, but there i ..read more
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The space we need to grow
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by Joy Reichart
10M ago
This article was originally published on the Mindful Leader blog in July 2020. When folks are considering Integral Coach training, they often bring very reasonable questions like: Can I leave early on the last day? Can I duck out for an hour to join a work meeting? Can I miss a day of Session Three to attend a socially distant wedding/company event/graduation? These are all perfectly understandable scenarios, which is why it can be surprising to learn that our answer to each of these questions is “no.” We require students to be fully present during all days of all our programs, and that the ..read more
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The Necessity and Challenge of Being ‘Onto Ourselves’
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by Joy Reichart
11M ago
This article was originally published on the Mindful Leader blog in June of 2020. A couple of weeks ago I participated in the certification process for a cohort of students finishing the Professional Coaching Course. A phrase I heard used in celebration again and again was, “you are onto yourself.” It’s a concept that comes up a lot in Integral Coaching, as it is one of the biggest indicators of deepening development. What does it mean to be onto ourselves? Most fundamentally, it means just what it sounds like: seeing through our own BS. A more nuanced way of describing it, perhaps, is becomin ..read more
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