contemplative practices

Silent Night, Wholly Life

As we end another year, it seems natural to reflect on it. We take inventory, question assumptions, and pause. The notion of reflection requires a relationship with silence, a willingness to cultivate and appreciate moments of silence.

Silence can be a confusing topic—it may also be our best teacher.

In working with clients — coaching, and facilitating practice and meditation sessions — the idea of sitting in silence has surfaced, with appreciation for some and anxiety for many.

Some professionals become anxious in silence. They may not know themselves without the many distractions that invade our minds. Technology and related chatter are becoming systematically DOWNLOAD PDF

By | December 18th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Distinguishing Compassion from Sympathy and Empathy

Being of service often requires a deep connection to human experiences. Ever notice how we live with the words that describe such experiences? Of late, I’ve observed words such as sympathy, empathy, or compassion employed to describe political leaders in certain situations. Usually, terms are bandied about by commentators or casual observers, so I let them pass.

But as professionals in the human experience, I find it critical for coaches, counselors, educators, and even consultants to more critically observe what each situation requires. Do we see a need to show sorrow, to relate to another’s experience, or to reduce DOWNLOAD PDF

By | November 12th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

These 3 Conditions Will Cultivate Our Attention

Space. Silence. Stillness. Three conditions that seem most valuable yet fleeting today.

As counterintuitive as it sounds, coping in a fast-paced and complex world of change requires doses of the inverse to recover our attention and sustain any equilibrium:

  • Space to counter an abundance of complexity and saturation of information.
  • Silence to counter the uncertainty (exterior) and ambiguity (interior) that result from changing realities that challenge our self-perception.
  • Stillness to cultivate openness and expand perceptions to be with the unpredictable.

Demands of Our Affective Life

Simply maintaining any sense of equilibrium first requires DOWNLOAD PDF

By | August 13th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments