In June 2016 I had the good fortune to be at a retreat centre in California, perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Pacific. Early one morning I dragged myself out of bed to “Morning Dance Awake”. [Read more…] about Because it scares the shit out of me
“Real listening is the willingness to be changed by the other person.”
– Actor Alan Alda
‘Deep listening’, or ‘tuning meditations’ first came into my awareness while studying film and sociology at Simon Fraser University in the late 1980s. I took a music appreciation class given by Donna Zapf—open to anyone in the university. I loved her style and passion and in that class learned to listen to music through my body and not just with my ears. She encouraged me to experiment with different ways of communicating, to trust my personal voice and to deepen my thinking. And one day she brought in a guest performer who led us through an exercise that lives in me still. [Read more…] about Listening is Healing (and feeling)
This morning I opened my Passion Planner (which I use with moderate success) and took a few minutes to answer the following questions. It proved to be a powerful reflection and resetting. It was so helpful to review what’s been working, what I’ve learned and where I want to shift. [Read more…] about Reflect, Celebrate and Look Forward
Our heads sit atop these magnificent bodies. And we think that we do all our thinking high up in the cranium. But what I’m tuning into more and more (and what neuroscience is discovering and what my partner Philip Shepherd is teaching and writing about) is the degree to which knowledge and awareness suffuse our body-being. [Read more…] about Why, in the Body
That little thought drifted up in my mind this morning. “I need to stop…” And I contracted a little bit.
As I thought the thought, I stopped in my thoughtful tracks and wondered how many times a day a sneaky little voice like that informs my psyche of things I shouldn’t/should be doing. My immediate sense is that this voice is actually many voices, insidiously rooted in me from external sources—who now judge and criticize my every move, whether I hear them or not. [Read more…] about I need to stop…