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Are You Ready to Take the Plunge?

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This image says it all when it comes to trying something frightening. I find the dare to try a new method for work is like falling back into a “trust fall.” It takes courage to get honest about what I love, especially when it comes to earning a living. Even if you are much older […]

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Do Smartphones Make Us Dumb?

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The smartphone isn’t a perfect device, as we all know. It forces the world into a tiny screen. It runs out of battery, bandwidth, and power. It distracts us from the world around us. ~ John Battelle We are the greatest computers in this world, but now we’ve created the smartphone which is smarter than […]

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What Is Voice Dialogue and How Can It Help Me Find Creative Clarity?

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Voice Dialogue, founded by psychologists Hal and Sidra Stone, is a powerful method that involves connecting with and honoring the many parts of us that operate beneath our conscious awareness. These parts can also be referred to as inner voices, energetic boundaries or inner selves. These “selves,” much like Jungian Archetypes, may include such characters as the Pleaser, Perfectionist, Rational Mind, […]

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What Does it Mean to Create Wholeheartedly?

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Wholeheartedness Adjective showing or characterized by complete enthusiasm, sincerity, and commitment. Enthusiasm comes from the ancient Greek word En “in” and Theos “spirit.” To be enthusiastic means then “to have an indwelling of spirit” or in ancient Greece, to be “possessed by the essence of gods or goddesses.” Often, one sees this enthusiastic spirit in […]

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Clarity through Enneagram Wisdom

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Psychology without spirituality is arid and ultimately meaningless, while spirituality without grounding in psychological work leads to vanity and illusions. ~ Russ Hudson and Don Riso, The Wisdom of the Enneagram Before becoming a professor of psychology and religion (1993), I had explored many forms of spirituality expressed in my religious tradition-of-origin (Catholicism). When I […]

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Joy is Not the Absence of Pain

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The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Joy is Not the Absence of Pain Some of us can feel so physically well that we believe […]

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Coaching through Powerful Questions

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My sense of asking a “powerful question” comes from my work with Parker Palmer (2005-2006) who founded The Center for Courage and Renewal. A powerful question is one only your soul can answer. It’s “open and honest”; it’s a question I could never know the answer to. I work VERY HARD to avoid the four no-nos. I’m […]

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Staying Sane in Crazy Times

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On a good day, many of us will find it difficult to bring into reality our dream vocation, our right-livelihood or what some call our “true calling.” But, the majority of us retreat into predictable routines — even preferring the stale office cubicles of our dreadful employer(s) — to the unknown as if these ruts […]