Posts by John Jackson

Transforming Challenging Relationships

Transforming Challenging Relationships

All of us at one time or another feel stuck, at a loss for how to make a relationship work better. This can be in a work situation, or in a personal relationship; the principles are the same. We can feel hurt, used, victimized, angry, or disconnected. The other person is not doing what we expected! If only they would pull their due, not fool around, and change into a nice person! What happened to that warm feeling we used to have when we first got to know one another? Blame, regret, guilt, anger and remorse keep us stuck in a self-centered downward spiral that can mean the end of a meaningful relationship. If we allow our minds to get stuck in the endless loop of criticism, there can seem to be no way out. But there are simple ways to step off this dead end path...

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Five Lessons for Life

Five Lessons for Life

In the wonderful TEDx presentation below, Anita Moorjani describes how she faced end stage cancer, and slipped into a coma as her family was called to say their last goodbyes. She left her body and her consciousness expanded, as she became aware of what all her family was experiencing, even her brother who was on a plane rushing to see her before she passed. She felt the consciousness of her father and best friend, who had recently passed, trying to guide and help her understand what she was experiencing. She found herself in a realm of clarity, where she was much more than her individual identity, where she was connected to all other beings. She experienced how we are all expressions of one universal consciousness. After experiencing these insights, her father...

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The Sacredness of Nature in Tibetan Spiritual Traditions

The Sacredness of Nature in Tibetan Spiritual Traditions

In the high Himalayas the beauty and majesty of nature is a tangible presence, and a power to be reckoned with. Humans seem tiny amidst the towering mountains, expansive plateaus and vast sky. Storms can sweep over farms and destroy all the crops with huge hail in a matter of minutes. Snows can bury roads, houses and livestock. The rivers flowing from the snowmelt in summer are essential to survival in this high desert. As a result of the qualities of this unique, fragile, and beautiful landscape, Tibetans hold nature very sacred, and constantly work to bring balance between nature and human activities through their spiritual practices. In Tibetan monasteries each day begins with prayers offered with burning cedar to bring balance and harmony with the spiritual...

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What Makes an Inspired Leader?

What Makes an Inspired Leader?

Inspire (in-ˈspī(-ə)r): – to influence, move, guide, stimulate, motivate, encourage, influence, or energize What sort of qualities might make one be described as an inspirational leader? And how might we become a leader that inspires others to do their best? The words move, guide, motivate, encourage, should be leadership actions that all managers aspire to, yet how many inspired leaders have you experienced? To start on the path to being an inspired leader it helps to become self aware, aware of how you are perceived by others, and aware of what motivates you and your colleagues to excel. When cultivating self awareness one is also cultivating honesty and integrity, for we are honestly examining our values, our actions, our behaviors. There are many useful...

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Simple Centering Exercise

Simple Centering Exercise

It takes only a few minutes to clear our mind and become more centered. Try using this simple five minute exercise when you are feeling stressed. First find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed and sit so that that you are comfortable, with back erect but relaxed. Take a few deep breaths, and let any tension flow out as your exhale.  Then just follow the steps in the video. In a few moments we can really change our attitude for the better.

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