The Rapture of Being Alive
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by Adam
1w ago
It seems hard to believe, but one of the best selling Zen books for all time, Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, was published over 50 years ago. There is a chapter on Excitement, where Suzuki Roshi admonishes that Zen is not some kind of excitement but concentration on our everyday routines: “If we become interested in some excitement…we will become completely involved in our busy life and we will be lost.  But if your mind is calm and constant, you can keep yourself away from the noisy world, even though you are in the midst of it.  In the midst of noise and change, your mind will be q ..read more
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The Necessity of Darkness
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by Adam
1w ago
I used to read Ramona the Pest to my daughter. We likely read it 7 or 8 times when she was in kindergarten. As soon as we would finish, she would want to begin again. And so we did. I loved revisiting these stories from my youth. And seeing the words, hearing the language as an adult filled me with such appreciation for the way in which Beverly Cleary was able to capture what it felt like to be a budding human in a 5-year-old body. Ramona had so much curiosity and eagerness and zest and spirit! And yet the rules around her confused her and frustrated her spirit. One of my favorite stories ..read more
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Layers of Listening
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by Joy Reichart
1w ago
Many of us spend the majority of our days in conversations of one kind or another. This is particularly true for coaches, therapists, and other practitioners who spend their time supporting others’ development. Bringing greater mindfulness to how we approach conversations with anyone—our clients, colleagues, partners, children, friends, and others—holds the potential to make these conversations not only productive, but transformational. There are two main elements to any conversation: speaking and listening. In this post, we’ll focus on the latter. What are you listening for? It ..read more
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Making Room for Integration
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by Joy Reichart
1w ago
This article first appeared on the Mindful Leader blog in September 2021.  “Along with all the growth and healing, remember to give yourself time for integration, which is a fancy word for ‘allowing sh*t to settle.’ It looks like doing nothing. This nothing is necessary.” – Emily McDowell Has it ever happened to you? You’ve been meditating, or doing the art, or practicing the breathing technique, and finally, suddenly, something breaks open and you feel completely and irreversibly new? Or maybe you find yourself in a classroom or seminar, everyone around you feels oddly familiar, a ..read more
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What Lies Within Us
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by Phetsile Dlamani Ramabulana
1w ago
“You understand so little of what is around you because you do not use what is within you.” – Hildegard von Bingen, c. 1151 AD I write because I am curious about the destiny and righteousness of women who have been successful and celebrated widely, but also because I am curious about those who have quietly enjoyed making a success of themselves and their lives. Whether or not they were at the helm of predetermined success, they privately acknowledged their success and their value within themselves. I write to enquire about what they felt like; what was the nature of their contentment that al ..read more
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Focusing and Integral Coaching Webinar
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by New Ventures West
1w 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.   ..read more
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Finding clarity in times of transition
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by Joy Reichart
1w 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
1w 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
1w 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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The Rapture of Being Alive
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by Dennis Adsit
8M ago
It seems hard to believe, but one of the best selling Zen books for all time, Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, was published over 50 years ago. There is a chapter on Excitement, where Suzuki Roshi admonishes that Zen is not some kind of excitement but concentration on our everyday routines: “If we become interested in some excitement…we will become completely involved in our busy life and we will be lost.  But if your mind is calm and constant, you can keep yourself away from the noisy world, even though you are in the midst of it.  In the midst of noise and change, your mind will be q ..read more
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