Tools for the Journey: A Daily Meditation and a Daily Checklist

May 8, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Don’t underestimate the cumulative effects of stress caused by uncertainty and loss of connection…this COVID stuff is getting old and unfortunately, we have a long way to go. During stressful periods it’s important to move energy around. Give this 5-minute guided meditation/visualization a try…it will help you free up the clogged spaces in your head, heart and spirit. Maybe you’ll get hooked and do it every day. Not only is this good for overwhelm, anxiety, boredom, and/or low energy, it’s a practical energetic grounding process to use to start and end any day. Notice I don’t mention about open or closed eyes, either work. If meditation is not your thing you or you need another daily practice, you might like […]

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Three Tools and Two Secret Ingredients to Transform Your Relationships

April 28, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

We are never angry because of what others say or do. It is our thinking that makes us angry. – Marshall Rosenberg, Author of Non-Violent Communication “How are things going on the home front?” takes on a new meeting when the “home front” is the only front you have. We’ll soon start spending more time away from home, yet our relationships have been tested in past couple of months. It’s sweet to hear someone say they appreciate that his or her mate is home with the family and not traveling so much or spending so many nights at the office or entertaining clients. Important needs are being met in some couples with a standing “game night” ritual and it didn’t […]

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Embracing the Ordeal: Stage 2 of Our Planetary Initiation

April 14, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

It is largely great love and great suffering that create spiritual listening and larger seeing. –Richard Rohr, Franciscan Contemplative Author and Teacher   The good news is, social distancing is working. The bad news is it may be the only thing that works for a while. Our ordeal continues…  This eight-minute video is the second in a three-part series in which I look at the coronavirus as a planetary initiation with three stages. This video looks at the “Ordeal” stage.  Your personal ordeal may be the result of feeling stuck or bored at home away from friends and colleagues, living with a lot of uncertainty, or maybe you know someone with COVID-19 or feel scared that you or someone you […]

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Never Let a Good Crisis go to Waste

April 3, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

In this 10 min video, I talk about the patterns of initiations as we navigate a planetary initiation.  Specifically, in this video, I focus on the “descent” stage of initiation. Seeing this as a rite of passage provides perspective as you ride the mental and emotional waves. Having a map allows you to know where you are in the process of transformation and to consider what is trying to emerge for us individually and collectively. How will you use this time to create a better version of you, and of us? Note: I’ll cover the other two stages of the initiation (ordeal and integration) in subsequent videos Brian

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4 Tools for Navigating this Rite of Passage

March 25, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Humanity is experiencing a global rite of passage. Such experiences have a distinct three-stage pattern that is referred to as “the hero’s/heroine’s journey.” I will send you tools and sustenance intended to fit the current stage we are in. The first stage is the descent, when we are separated from our creature comforts and our family and community, we are confused and frustrated, and we lose the ego power of status and reputation. Then comes the ordeal, when we experience the fear of darkness and uncertainty that come with being in the “belly of the beast,” we wrestle with our demons, and we may have to fight for our life while at the same time getting a glimpse of a […]

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Five Timely Questions to Ask When Business is Not as Usual

March 23, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

It’s definitely not “business as usual” these days. Under the circumstances, you may feel disoriented, foggy, overwhelmed, numb, stuck, or just not knowing what to say to someone. And yet your business life continues, you want to connect, you need to do your job, and you care about the people you work with. Before discussing vulnerable or potentially stressful or contentious business topics, strive to make an authentic connection. Ask one or more meaningful questions. These suggested questions are most effective when accompanied by an open, grounded, positive and abundant attitude. Each question is followed by an intent that you can be mindful of without explicitly sharing. How are you feeling? Intent: I want to hear what emotion you are […]

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Now Is An Excellent Time: The One Tool You Need During Turbulent Times

March 11, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end. -Jiddu Krishnamurti What’s your deepest fear? Losing all your money, the loss of a family member, disability, death? Everyone is one phone call or breaking news message away from dropping into fight, flight or freeze mode. Yes, fear is a motivator and it’s vital to keeping us safe. Yet chronic fear or anxiety results in energy being trapped in our first couple of chakras (energy centers of our body), causing us to cease being fully resourceful, creative and able to see the big picture. Fear is Calling, Answer the Phone The early stage of a potential pandemic is an excellent time to test […]

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How To Increase Your Spiritual Intelligence

December 16, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

How exactly does one develop their spiritual life? It doesn’t matter if you’re evangelical, liberal or atheist we all have an aspect of ourselves that transcends our thoughts, feelings and actions. Our spirit connects us to something bigger than ourselves and at the same time is our unchanging, essential nature. It’s through our spirit that we connects nature, Spirit, God, Higher Power, or the universe or cosmos. Religious community, practice and beliefs can be ways some to move down their spiritual path and it’s certainly not the only way. My focus in more spiritual than religious. Spirituality is not just a cosmic concept, it spirituality plays a major role in our leadership. Our spiritual maturity influences our leadership style and […]

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How to do a “Check-In”: The One Skill You Need to Have a Real Conversation

October 7, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Here is a 7-minute video on how to do a “Check-In.” YPOer’s know about this process from forum, and I start all my coaching sessions with it. It is a sure-fire way to drop into a deeper connection with yourself, your colleague, team, friend, or spouse. This quick, simple process increases your EQ and taps into the vulnerability that leaders need if you want to be authentic and powerful. As I put this together, I realized this exercise is actually a skill and one that you will need if you want to have a real conversation and everyone ought to know how to do that. What did you think of this video? Leave a comment below and let me know […]

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Three Reasons You Can’t Slow Down

August 8, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Don’t move faster than you can feel. – Teja Bell, Qigong and Zen Master I’m busier than I want to be. It’s confusing because most everything I‘m doing I’ve chosen to do. My business is booming, and I love my work. I want to serve more, so I’m increasingly active in two service organizations, and empty-nesting has made it easier to travel, and then there’s golf. While I preach the importance of being versus doing, I struggle balancing the two. Are you as busy as you want to be? Are you spending time on what matters? Slowing down is challenging in our culture of more—where people over-work, -plan, -eat, -drink, and -consume. If you are serious about changing and really […]

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