Category stone breathing

Anam Cara: One-on-One Sessions

I’ve been asked many times if I offer online coaching or counselling sessions for individuals. In a few cases, I have provided some informal one-on-one explorations. Yet, I have understood that my calling is focused on small groups and to serve as a guide and facilitator in these encounters, rather than with individuals. Many times […]

The Art of Open Questions

How do I ask questions that serve another? What do open and expansive questions feel like? Where do these questions come from? In the quiet circles I facilitate, online exclusively this past year, I guide participants in a process of learning how to ask the questions that serve another in accessing inner wisdom. The practice […]

Spirit Bros

I am grateful to Scott and Peter who asked me, on a trip to Montreal some months ago, if I would sit down a record a podcast interview while I was visiting the city. I knew that we would have a rich and meaningful conversation. We certainly did. I didn’t know that they would even […]

A Hidden Wholeness: Leading from Within

“…The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and in human responsibility. Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for the better…and the catastrophe toward which this world is headed—be it ecological, social, demographic […]

Soul-Navigating in China

“We all have an inner wise navigator that is reliable and trustworthy. Our mystical traditions are unanimous that we all have a still point: a raised perch on the boat from where our soul-navigator can calmly whisper to us… where we are… and describe the vision of the island beyond the horizon, even when we […]

China: Courage & Renewal

I am profoundly grateful for the invitation to be here in China and to guide a series of programs exploring authentic leadership, effective communication, personal wholeness, and professional integrity at House of I (near Yanqing). I am based at this remarkable holistic organization, ecovillage-in-the-making, new property development and sustainable living center that serves as the […]

Wholeness and Drill Rigs

No matter how much one may love the world as a whole, one can live fully in it only by living responsibly in some small part of it. Where we live and who we live there with define the terms of our relationship to the world and to humanity. We thus come again to the […]

Beyond the Border

I’ve heard it said that one cannot see any borders between countries from Earth’s orbit. It is very true that the dark black lines I can see in my atlas, which divide up people into coloured nation states, are not visible from above. Yet, borders are still quite real. They may indeed be invisible from […]

Images of Trust

I tend to think in visual images and poetic metaphors. Trust. I’ve been considering the source and nature of trust. In this learning, I’ve been attentive to what metaphors and images my imagination has revealed. Some new ways to communicate have emerged as I’ve been holding a set of questions in this exploration: What makes […]

Grassroots Activism Starts at Home

*One of my articles originally published by Communities magazine October 11, 2016 http://www.ic.org/grassroots-activism-starts-at-home/ *RareBirds Housing Co-op, Kamloops, BC Canada (looking south) You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done…you are fierce with reality. ―Florida Scott-Maxwell, The Measure of My Days […]