Category Archives: Personal Development & Spiritual Work

Public Listening or When Silence Speaks

Public Listening or When Silence Speaks

I am always grateful when someone as lovely as K comes to the table. She exuded a simple joyous quality coupled with a fine air of stillness that radiated from her in equal measure. Soft spoken but clear and easy to talk to. The sort  that you just start talking, assuming that you have alreadymore…

Lines of Force – where grief and dinner intersect

Lines of Force – where grief and dinner intersect

J, a good looking young guy with hair in a gussied up version of bedhead wanders up to the table. He is friendly but seemed distracted. He started by telling me that he is in the park today mainly to play speed chess. But what is pressing on him more heavily are his dinner plans.more…

Ecstasy as Religion

Ecstasy as Religion

If you don’t live in New York City it is unlikely that you know about the Black Hebrew Israelites.  Though there is a long and interesting history of the intersection of African Americans and Jewish culture in New York City, there is one group with amazing uniforms that is both vocal and incredibly racist, whomore…

I don’t think we need to go all the way to 20

I don’t think we need to go all the way to 20

In the late afternoon a tall blonde woman came up to the table. She was perhaps in her early 60’s. Quite striking looking and, if I had to guess, had Parkinson’s Disease. Perhaps it was something else but she tremored and had that somewhat palsied face. If you could see her you’d know that shemore…

Changing Your Status to Pure, Perfect and Complete

Changing Your Status to Pure, Perfect and Complete

Who among us doesn’t have a habitual version of the way we see ourselves? In an uncertain world it offers us some predictable safety. But there is a language we use to orient ourselves in almost all situations. It can be the language of making things problems or the language around making everything a competition.more…

Tattoo Placement: On Reimagining the Body

Tattoo Placement: On Reimagining the Body

A few weeks ago I was contacted by  @steveboese who hosts an online radio show called The HR Happy Hour. While I have offered creative approaches for HR problems before I wondered if  there would indeed be enough fodder for a one hour call in show for creative approaches about HR issues. Steve assured me that mymore…

Improvised Insight Interview with Dave Ursillo

Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Dave Ursillo for a dual purpose – an Improvised Insight Interview for me and this site and a Conversations in Purpose that Dave is having over at his site in January. Dave is a thoughtful and fascinating guy who is not only really handsome but runs online writingmore…

Snail Surplus? Might be Duck Deficiency: On being present to difficulties Sometimes I just listen

Snail Surplus? Might be Duck Deficiency: On being present to difficulties Sometimes I just listen

This picture was sent to me. I don’t write about every person who stops by and asks for a creative approach. I feel like some editing on my end is important. I wasn’t going to write about R but I was really touched by her gentleness and her story. There are inscrutable positions that wemore…

Jesus was wrong: what those magazines on your coffee table really mean

Jesus was wrong: what those magazines on your coffee table really mean

In the Gospel of Thomas, one of the exiled books of the Gospels (highly suggested reading), Jesus said When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into amore…

Ideal Careers? Follow Your Bliss? Get beyond foolish first

Ideal Careers? Follow Your Bliss? Get beyond foolish first

When it comes to sorting out a life or a career in terms of which direction to go there are many sources to draw on.  Pick your insightful book or thought leader or writer. They have loads to say on the matter. And while you may work to find the color of your parachute ormore…