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Healing Through Nature, Part 1

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Healing the Earth, Meditation Benefits | Comments Off on Healing Through Nature, Part 1

Healing Through Nature, Part 1

Nature as our Spiritual Refuge A five afternoon workshop May 7 – June 11, 5 – 7 pm Nearly everyone feels nourished, refreshed and renewed when we spend time in Nature. This series of afternoons in beautiful natural settings will support deepening our experience of the healing spiritual qualities of the pure natural presence of the elements. This training is drawn from Tibetan practices of connecting to earth, water, fire, wind and space, to heal, renew, and bring balance to ourselves as well as to the earth itself. Each session...

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Healing Through Nature, Part 2

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Healing the Earth, Meditation Benefits | Comments Off on Healing Through Nature, Part 2

Healing Through Nature, Part 2

Nature as our Spiritual Refuge A six afternoon workshop July 9 – August 13 All indigenous spiritual traditions of the world know that nature is filled with spirit, is alive, and responds to people with right intention. In this series of six afternoon sessions we will explore and connect to the spirits that live within the trees, stones, streams, ponds, fires, winds and sky. In the first part of the Healing with Nature series we learned to connect with the pure elemental energies present in nature. In this second stage we learn to...

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How to Ace Your Next Job Interview

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Coaching, Leadership | Comments Off on How to Ace Your Next Job Interview

How to Ace Your Next Job Interview

How do you feel when approaching a job interview? Fearful? Unprepared? Nervous? You are not alone. Most people go into job interviews unprepared, and do not present themselves in the most positive light. How do I know this? Because I have interviewed hundreds of people to fill positions ranging from senior executives to administrative assistants. But job interviewing is a skill that can be learned and your interview performance can be dramatically improved, leading to a much greater potential of getting a great job offer. Did you know that...

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Discovering Your True Vocation

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Coaching | Comments Off on Discovering Your True Vocation

Discovering Your True Vocation

Feel stuck or unhappy in your job, yet uncertain how or where to move to the next step on your career path? Ready to look beyond getting a job, to discovering your true work? Dissatisfied with the many career questionnaires that tell you what you already know? Let’s look at some ways to go deeper, to discover work that is both satisfying to you, and meets your financial goals. To discover your true vocation it is useful to reflect upon several important questions: What do you feel to be your life purpose? What are your key values? What...

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Turning Fear into Fuel

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Coaching | Comments Off on Turning Fear into Fuel

Turning Fear into Fuel

Former lawyer, blogger, serial entrepreneur and author Jonathan Fields points out that people are so afraid of failing that it prevents them from achieving success in their careers. People are so conditioned to fear failure that they cannot conceive success. Three common fears are: Fear of failure, fear of judgement and oddly, fear of success. He says, “And fear of failure can be this devastating thing because we just ask this question, ‘What if I fail?’ …It stops us from asking two other questions, which are mission critical to our ability...

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Transforming Challenging Relationships

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Coaching, Leadership, Meditation Benefits | Comments Off on 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...

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Five Lessons for Life

Posted by on Apr 2, 2016 in Coaching | Comments Off on 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...

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The Sacredness of Nature in Tibetan Spiritual Traditions

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Healing the Earth, Tibetan Culture | Comments Off on 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...

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What Makes an Inspired Leader?

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Coaching, Leadership | Comments Off on 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...

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Simple Centering Exercise

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Coaching, Meditation Benefits | Comments Off on 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...

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