UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba Dr. (Author)

Hailed as “an absolute must-read” (Jean Twenge) and a book that “will change your kids’ lives” (Jack Canfield), UnSelfie by Dr. Michele Borba explains what parents and educators MUST do to combat the growing empathy crisis among children today—including a 9-step empathy-building program with tips to guide kids from birth through college, and beyond.

Teens today are forty percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago. Why is a lack of empathy—which goes hand-in-hand with the self-absorption epidemic Dr. Michele Borba calls the Selfie Syndrome—so dangerous? First, it hurts kids’ academic performance and leads to bullying behaviors. Also, it correlates with more cheating and less resilience. And once children grow up, a lack of empathy hampers their ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve—all must-have skills for the global economy.

In UnSelfie Dr. Borba pinpoints the forces causing the empathy crisis and shares a revolutionary, researched-based, nine-step plan for reversing it.

The good news? Empathy is a trait that can be taught and nurtured. Dr. Borba offers a framework for parenting that yields the results we all want: successful, happy kids who also are kind, moral, courageous, and resilient. UnSelfie is a blueprint for parents and educators who want to kids shift their focus from I, me, and mine…to we, us, and ours.

Michele Borba, Ed. D., is an internationally renowned educational psychologist and an expert in parenting, bullying, and character development. She is an award-winning author of 22 books that have been translated into 14 languages. One of the foremost authorities on childhood development, she is an NBC contributor who appears regularly on Today and has been featured as an expert on Dateline, The View, Dr. Phil, NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, The Dr. Oz Show, and The Early Show, among many other programs. She has spoken to over 1 million participants on 5 continents and to organizations including Sesame Street, U.S. Air Force Academy, HRR, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, McDonalds, Johnson & Johnson, Harvard, and 18 overseas Army Bases. Her TEDx talk has garnered 15k views and she has been a media spokesperson for brands like Kellog’s, Nikon, Walmart, and more. She lives in Palm Springs, California, with her husband, and she is the mother of three grown sons. To contact her for speaking on her website at Dr. Michele Borba or American Program Bureau.

How Parents Use Lessons from Navy SEALs to Teach Children Empathy

Author of UNSELFIE Michele Borba Ed. D. explains how parents can use Navy SEAL techniques to teach their children to keep their empathy open and reduce stress.

Big Miracles: The 11 Spiritual Rules for Ultimate Success by Joanna Garzilli (Author)

Experience the power of actively transforming your life with spiritual success coach Joanna Garzilli’s revolutionary 11 Spiritual Rules for creating Big Miracles, a lifechanging program to manifest everyday miracles, create radical prosperity, and live a life filled with purpose.

Imagine creating miracles every day. The power is in your hands with Big Miracles. Spiritual success coach Joanna Garzilli has helped countless clients, from executives to celebrities, make over their lives and find ultimate fulfillment. Now, she invites you to experience the power of her practical, prescriptive 11-step system to manifest miracles that lead to big breakthroughs in your life.

The 11 Spiritual Rules of Big Miracles will teach you exactly how to make huge positive changes in your life and replace anxiety with tranquility, self-doubt with self-acceptance, and insecurity with certainty about your life purpose—how to achieve your dreams and actively create miracles. Each chapter shows you, with encouragement and grace, both how to live its lessons and how doing so will create your miracle. Laying the foundation with the first rule, “Align with Spirit,” Garzilli illustrates how to build from there to:

Be a Spiritual Vehicle
Commit to Your Breakthrough
Forgive Mistakes
Live Without Ego
Believe in Your Ability
Accept Responsibility
Aim High
Take the Right Action
Be of Service
Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

With Big Miracles, you will discover how to nurture your connection to Spirit to move forward with momentum and create the outcomes you desire. Filled with deep wisdom, empowering meditations and journaling exercises, and concrete strategies for achieving the life of your dreams, Big Miracles is your own personal guide to creating the miracles you never thought possible.

Joanna Garzilli is a spiritual success coach, motivational speaker, and author of “Big Miracles: 11 Spiritual Rules For Ultimate Success,” publishing by Harper Collins on Valentine’s Day 2017. She is also co-founder of Hyper Chariot with her husband Nick, developing the ultimate transportation system of door to door space travel on earth. She has been featured in media nationally and internationally including: BBC News, BBC Radio, CNN Money, NBC, OK! TV, Kcal 9, CBS 2, LA Weekly, MTV, Huffington Post, Runway and Elle.

Over the past 20 years, Joanna has done thousands of intuitive readings and spiritual coaching sessions for business leaders, entrepreneurs and celebrities including some notable names: Ellen Burstyn, Goldie Hawn, Monica Lewinsky, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Vanessa Marcil, Ernie Banks Hall of Fame Baseball and Robbie Rogers U.S. Olympic Soccer team.

JOANNA GARZILLI: How to Attract Big Miracles! – The 11 Spiritual Rules for Ultimate Success!

In the Company of Sages : The Journey of the Spiritual Seeker By Greg Bogart [updated Mar 1 2015]

Explains how to successfully navigate each of the nine stages of spiritual apprenticeship, from choosing a teacher to teaching others

• Explores how to approach a teacher for initiation, including gauging your inner response for trust and resonance with the teacher

• Reveals how most students eventually need to separate from their teacher and how to negotiate the emotional conflicts that can arise at this stage

• Shares his encounters with several provocative spiritual mentors and details spiritual lessons learned through confronting doubts and fears

In the search for inner awakening and self-realization, a spiritual mentor can be key to advancement. Yet the process of finding an authentic spiritual teacher who resonates with you can be daunting, especially for anyone who has had a negative experience with a guide. Exploring the emotional nuances of mentoring relationships, Greg Bogart details the nine stages of spiritual apprenticeship, from choosing a teacher to teaching others, and explains how to successfully navigate each.

The author explores how to gauge your inner response for trust and resonance with a teacher and then how to approach them for initiation. He explains how the teacher-student relationship affects the student’s state of consciousness over time and how most students eventually need to become independent from their teacher. Describing emotional conflicts that can arise at this stage, he shows how wise teachers accept our need to separate and graduate while immature teachers try to thwart and control us.

Openly sharing his own interior journey, the author illustrates the lasting resonance of his encounters with several provocative spiritual mentors, including Swami Muktananda and Dane Rudhyar. He shares stories showing how unpredictable “crazy wisdom” teachers cause us to confront doubts and sharpen our commitments and how “fierce” teachers expose our fears and lack of confidence, rousing dormant energies and expanded states. Examining practices in Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist Yoga, Sufism, and Jewish and Christian mysticism, he also explores the deeper mystical aspects of the guru-student relationship.

The author shows how, ultimately, initiation leads the spiritual seeker to find the teacher within and how this can naturally lead to teaching others. Describing nine stages of the spiritual seeker’s journey, the author affirms that a direct path to self-liberation is still attainable through initiation in the company of sages.

Greg Bogart, Ph.D., MFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a lecturer in psychology at Sonoma State University, a teacher at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the author of numerous books on astrology, dreams, yoga, and spiritual depth psychology.

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The Enlightenment of Work by Steve Nobel

THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF WORK: Revealing the Path to Happiness, Contentment and Purpose in Your Job by Steve Nobel, published by Watkins Publishing (256 pages).

Work affects most of us at some point in our lives. Work can be a source of growth, connection, and purpose, but too often it is a source of feeling aimless, bullied or manipulated. Sometimes it comes through overarching ambition, striving to climb up the corporate ladder only to find it is leaning in the wrong direction. There are degrees of emotional and physical suffering when we feel anger, misery and unhappiness with unenlightened work.

The Enlightenment of Work is about ending that suffering. This book is essential for anyone wishing to: Transform your suffering at work: Suffering can come in many ways. It can come through feeling aimless and bored where the only reason for being there is to collect a salary each month. It can come through stress, overwork and burnout. This book offers a simple philosophy: suffering happens – but we can transform that suffering. Realise their innate gifts, talents and purpose: Most work disconnects us from knowing our authentic self – our essence or soul. Trust your courage, ideas, intuition, and discover your true self.

Reclaim their time: Time is your most precious resource and one you cannot afford to waste. However, many of us work in busy environments that leave little time for real thinking or reflection, or for doing anything very new or interesting. Busy and idle minds can get locked into different forms of anxiety about the past and the future. The changing world of work demands emotional and spiritual intelligence. No one has to stay with work that oppresses the spirit. This new world is about choice.

Steve Nobel on the Enlightenment of Work

Published on Feb 17, 2013

Steve Nobel is a co-director of Alternatives (for the past 12 years) — a not for profit organisation based in St. James’s Church, Piccadilly, London. Steve is also a personal and business coach who specialises in working with creative clients — many of his clients are actors, copy-writers, designers and playwrights. He is an interviewer and has many free interviews with spiritual authors available on his website. He also has a number of free podcasts available on The Enlightenment of Work. He is the author of three non-fiction published books and is currently writing his fourth.

The Enlightenment of Work by Steve Nobel

Published on Feb 15, 2013

The simple message of my book is suffering in your work is unnecessary. When we go beyond our habitual patterns of suffering a whole new world of possibility opens up. It is always possible to be fulfilled in your work and be in alignment with your deepest values, calling and authentic spirit.

This video was produced and directed by the amazingly creative Anna Runefelt with the great illustrating skills of “Jackfrost”

Interview with Steve Nobel author of The Enlightenment of Work

The Enlightenment of Work: Stop Suffering and Start Loving Your Work – and Yourself

Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last by Jennifer Howard

We live in difficult and stressful times. You’ve read books and done workshops, but you still have to face so many stubborn obstacles. Yet it’s often our pain and dissatisfaction that pushes us to seek a more conscious life.

Your Ultimate Life Plan is the missing “how to” for getting unstuck and moving past your problems into a richer and more meaningful life. It’s a roadmap to living your most happy, most authentic, most amazing life.

A practical guide that will help you improve every moment of your life and create changes that last, Your Ultimate Life Plan teaches you how to build:

Confidence: Remove what’s stopping you.
Strength: Move from your wounded ego into your sacred self.
Courage: Make smarter choices by embracing the Four Dimensions of Consciousness.
Success: Rise to your next level of happiness, clarity, and transformation.

The distillation of Dr. Howard’s 20-plus years of experience as a licensed psychotherapist and spiritual teacher, this “workshop in a book” will help you do more than understand Wholeness–you will experience it.

Why settle for average, when the potential to live an amazing life is inside you, right now? This book will help you step boldly into your next, deeper level of happiness, wholeness, transformation, and success.

Jennifer Howard, Ph.D., is the author of “Your Ultimate Life Plan,” winner of a 2013 Gold Nautilus Book Award, and finalist in the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards and the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards. The distillation of her 20-plus years of experience as an internationally known licensed psychotherapist, energy healer, and spiritual teacher, this “workshop in a book” is the missing “how to” for moving past your problems and stepping boldly into your next, deeper level of happiness, wholeness, transformation and success. “Your Ultimate Life Plan” asks, why settle for average when the potential to live an amazing life is inside you, right now?

A recognized thought leader on psychology and spirituality, Dr. Howard is a Huffington Post blogger, one of the featured experts in the national wellness campaign, Walk with Walgreens, and has appeared as an expert on numerous national network television shows. On her weekly radio talk show, “A Conscious Life,” she has inspiring, informative, and fun conversations with such distinguished guests as Sharon Salzberg, Gay Hendricks, Hale Dwoskin, Marci Shimoff, Andrew Harvey, Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., Sonia Choquette, Mathew Fox, Bernie Siegel, M.D., Lama Surya Das, and Rabbi Rami Shapiro, among others. A life and business coach, professional speaker, and co-founder of the Healing Path Center, Dr. Howard maintains a private practice with offices in New York City and Long Island, and has an extensive phone practice.

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KNOW YOURSELF, FORGET YOURSELF Five Truths to Transform Your Work, Relationships, and Everyday Life ~ Marc Lesser

We all yearn for clear-cut answers to life’s problems, yet we rarely get them. Formulas fail and contradictions mount. In Know Yourself, Forget Yourself, executive coach and mindfulness teacher Marc Lesser shows that understanding and embracing the points where life feels most confusing, most contradictory can lead us to more satisfaction and joy.

Lesser provides clear guidance and simple practices for embracing five central paradoxes in life and navigating them to increase our effectiveness and happiness. Influenced by the revolutionary mindfulness and emotional intelligence trainings he helped develop at Google, Know Yourself, Forget Yourself is a profound book about cultivating the emotional skills to understand the right path through difficulties and challenges.

Marc Lesser is the CEO, founder and serves on the board of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI). Marc is a long term Zen student and teacher. He is the author of Know Yourself, Forget Yourself, Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less, and Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration; How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life.

He was the founder and former CEO of Brush Dance, a publisher of greeting cards, calendars and gift items, with spiritual themes and artwork. He spent 15 years taking Brush Dance from an idea in his garage to a multi-million dollar publishing company, with distribution throughout the U.S. and the world.

He facilitates retreats for CEO’s, business leaders, and management teams. Has been co-leading Company Time retreats for business leaders for the past 10 years.

He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years and was former director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He received his M.B.A. degree from New York University and his Undergraduate degree in psychology from Rutgers University. He is currently a board member of the Social Venture Network.

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Coaching Series: Accomplishing More By Doing Less

Being creative and successful in business and your personal lives requires that you be responsive and flexible as you move beyond your comfort zones.

Though it may seem paradoxical, all real change and creativity begins by facing and understanding the reality of your current situation.

Learning to see and respond with greater clarity is where the path toward change and growth begins.

What is that you are really doing? What are you doing that is extraneous? How can you bring more ease to and at the same time enliven your work and personal activities?

Learn how slowing down and looking deeply can lead to greater business success and personal satisfaction. Learn key practices that can help you:

Be flexible and responsive in the midst of change
Act with calm in the midst of intense activity
Relax in the midst of exertion
Gain clarity and insight in the midst of difficulty and competing demands
Increase creativity and problem-solving skills
Improve listening and communication skills
Improve focus and concentration
Increase work satisfaction
Lead and build teams

A Talk with Marc Lesser author of KNOW YOURSELF, FORGET YOURSELF
By Marc Lesser

What was your motivation for writing about practical ways to work with paradox?

Nearly everything about being a human involves paradox. One of my favorite quotes is, “If it’s not paradoxical, it’s not true!” I just did a Google search to see who said this, and what came up was…..Marc Lesser. How paradoxical! A paradox is something that appears impossible, but may, in fact be true. Isn’t everything in our lives like this? Especially things that really matter – like time, consciousness, birth and death, war and peace, how we came to be doing whatever we do, our most important relationships – anything we can say about these topics appears impossible.

I began to notice that a few core paradoxes were also core practices in my work and in my life outside of work. I noticed that more and more these paradoxes were becoming fundamental and important truths. I began writing initially to better understand how to work with these paradoxes – in the work that I do with my clients, who are leaders in business and non-profits companies, as well as in my own life.

The expression “know yourself, forget yourself” sounds familiar. Where does it come from?

Yes, thank you Dogen, the 13th century founder of Zen Buddhism in Japan, who famously said – To study the Way is to study the self; to study the self is to forget the self; to forget the self is to awaken with everything and everyone. I first encountered this statement when I was in my 20’s and have been working with it ever since.

Is there a way to practice – self-knowing and self-forgetting?

Yes, self-awareness practice and mindfulness practice are practices for both self-knowing and self-forgetting. Think of an athlete – a superior tennis play works diligently on all aspects of self-knowing – details of hitting a ball under multiple conditions, state of mind, strategy. Then when playing a match, these awareness practices have all been embodied and the focus is completely on being present, aware, with little or no focus on self. Self-awareness practices and mindfulness practice are ways to train ourselves to be more present, alive, skillful in our work lives and in all our relationships.

How can I fight for change and accept what is at the same time?

This is a core truth, a core paradox of being human – accepting ourselves completely and making an effort to become more aware and to help others. If we just accept what is, we can be lulled into indifference. If we are always fighting for change, without accepting ourselves and our situation, we can become both nearsighted and stressed. We can make an effort to practice and build our ability in both acceptance and in making changes, skillfully.

Help! My life is stressful. Too much to do and not enough time. What guidance can you offer to get off of this treadmill?

Many people are stressed and in search of an elusive sense of balance. Know Yourself, Forget Yourself presents another approach that addresses underlying issues and is more effective than conventional approaches. Instead of looking outside yourself for balance, find ways to take care of yourself, to take care of your mind. I notice that people looking for balance often try to add more things to an already overflowing life. Our cups are already too full. We don’t need to add more; instead we can change the way we see, broaden our perspective and not get caught by mistaken ideas about balance. And not be narrowed, and stressed, by mistaken beliefs about ourselves.

How can I be confident and question everything at the same time?

Confidence comes from knowing yourself – from accurate emotional awareness, deep listening to yourself and to others. The more confident you become the more you can engage with important questions. The practice of “not knowing” can be a powerful way to develop more confidence.

Marc Lesser, the CEO and cofounder of the nonprofit Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, lived at the San Francisco Zen Center for ten years and is the former director of the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He lives in Mill Valley, CA.

What If? The Challenge of Self-Realization ~ Eldon Taylor

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself, What if everything I believed was wrong?

What if you discovered that your beliefs weren’t even your own? Who would you be if you stripped away all of those fears and desires that are hiding the real you? Well, Eldon Taylor examines these questions (and many more!) in his amazing new release, What If? The Challenge of Self Realization.

What If? is a very personal book. By using everyday situations and guiding you through numerous thought experiments, Eldon does an excellent job of peeling back the layers and revealing the dissonance in much of your thinking, beliefs, desires, and choices—contradictory beliefs held at the same time with no apparent awareness. Once you have seen your own mind with the filtered lenses removed, it is impossible to remain the same. That is why so many have praised this work as being absolutely life-changing—not just a fascinating read—but a transformational experience!

Eldon Taylor is an award winning, New York Times best selling author of over 300 books, and audio and video programs. He is the inventor of the patented InnerTalk technology and the founder and President of Progressive Awareness Research. He has been called a “master of the mind” and has appeared as an expert witness on both hypnosis and subliminal communication.

Eldon’s Father was in law enforcement for most of his life and for many years Eldon himself was a practicing criminalist conducting investigations and lie detection examinations. His hobby for over 30 years has been horses and at one time he owned a large all-breed stallion station and racing stable. His down to earth common-sense pragmatism combined with his intellectual interests have led some to identify him as the “blue-collar progressive traditionalist.” Now if that isn’t ever an oxymoronic description—but then perhaps it is not after all.

Eldon is listed in more than a dozen Who’s Who publications including Who’s Who In Intellectuals and Who’s Who In Science and Engineering. He is a Fellow in the American Psychotherapy Association and an internationally sought after speaker. His books and audio/video materials have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have sold millions worldwide.

Eldon is the host of the popular radio show, Provocative Enlightenment. His has interviewed some of the most interesting people on the planet including the likes of JZ Knight (Ramtha), George Noory, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Lorna Byrne, Neale Donald Walsch, Dr. Jose Arguelles, William Paul Young, Lynne McTaggart, Don Miguel Ruiz, Debbie Ford, Nick Begich, Harv Eker, Gregg Braden, David Hawkins, James Twyman, Hossca Harrison, and Glynis McCants just to name a few. His shows are both provocative and always fresh by way of both the perspective and the exchange.
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Eldon Taylor — What If? The Challenge of Self-Realization — Tom Murasso — Myth or Logic Radio

For the past 30 years, Eldon Taylor has researched the power of the mind. He has earned doctoral degrees in psychology and metaphysics. Today we talk about his new book, What If? The Challenge of Self-Realization.

Imperfect Spirituality: Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People ~ Polly Campbell

Pulling a raisin out of a two-year-old’s nose probably wasn’t on Buddha’s path toward enlightenment, but it was one of the obstacles for author Polly Campbell. For many, stuck raisins and other real-life moments provide sometimes the only opportunity for spiritual growth in a day. Imperfect Spirituality shows readers how to integrate those every-day moments with traditional spiritual techniques to experience personal growth and greater well-being all in the course of your regular routine. Any activity can be transformed into a spiritual practice. Don’t have a half-hour to meditate? Can’t drop everything à la Elizabeth Gilbert and trek to Italy or India? Do a mini-meditation while stopped at a red light. Working to be mindful and present? Start by brushing your teeth.

Imperfect Spirituality is filled with practical tips and dozens of examples like these, as well as anecdotes from real people who are striving to grow both spiritually and personally. Each chapter features fascinating research about how the mind body spirit connection really works as well as illuminating quotes, and informative, easy-to-do takeaways from leading-edge academic and spiritual experts who both study and practice the techniques explored in the book.

Campbell is also a professional speaker and instructor with The Daily Om. Her writing appears regularly in national magazines and she has tested and tried many of the self-improvement strategies she writes about in her own quest to find more happiness, tranquility — and some days just socks that match. She is a writer, wife, mother, cat-litter changer, and avid player of Candyland from her home in Portland, OR.

The Terrible Truth & The Wonderful Secret (4-min version)

At this Boulder Integral sponsored event called “Engaging the Future,” Terry Patten addresses what happens at the feeling level when we face our fears about the current environmental crises. He draws from his experience in writing the upcoming book, “The Terrible Truth & The Wonderful Secret: Finding Your Radical Yes to Life in a Time of Extraordinary Change.

Terry Patten is a leading voice in the emerging fields of integral evolutionary leadership and spirituality. In his cutting-edge writings, talks, and teachings, he not only inspires transcendental awakening, love, and freedom, but also calls us to accept and incarnate our full humanity. This expresses itself in a profound sense of purpose, spiritual inspiration, and evolutionary activism.

Terry is a faculty member in the Integral Executive Leadership programs at Notre Dame University, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, and serves on the board of the Wellsprings Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and John F. Kennedy University.

He worked with Ken Wilber a core team at Integral Institute to develop Integral Life Practice, which distills ancient and modern practices into an intelligent contemporary transformational lifestyle. Earlier, for 15 years, he undertook a life of intensive spiritual discipline in the monastic setting of Vision Mound Seminary. Upon leaving he founded the catalog company Tools For Exploration, which defined the field of consciousness technologies. Terry is also a social entrepreneur involved in supporting restorative redwood forestry. As an entrepreneur and consultant he has worked for twenty years to help leaders bring higher consciousness into practical actions that transform complex human systems. He is also a teacher, coach and consultant who travels widely, challenging and connecting leading-edge individuals and organizations worldwide.

Integral Spiritual Practice integrates the insights earned during Terry’s decades of intensive spiritual practice with those from his years as an entrepreneur and grassroots activist. In his current work, he is helping to articulate an authentic spirituality that illuminates the vital relationship between sincere care, discriminative intelligence, personal responsibility, and spiritual awakening.

A coach, consultant, teacher, and author of four books, Terry lives in Marin County near San Francisco, CA. He is the author, with Ken Wilber, of Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening.

Spiritual Bypassing – When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters Written by Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D.Author


Spiritual bypassing—the use of spiritual beliefs to avoid dealing with painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs—is so pervasive that it goes largely unnoticed. The spiritual ideals of any tradition, whether Christian commandments or Buddhist precepts, can provide easy justification for practitioners to duck uncomfortable feelings in favor of more seemingly enlightened activity. When split off from fundamental psychological needs, such actions often do much more harm than good.

While other authors have touched on the subject, this is the first book fully devoted to spiritual bypassing. In the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa’s landmark Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Spiritual Bypassing provides an in-depth look at the unresolved or ignored psychological issues often masked as spirituality, including self-judgment, excessive niceness, and emotional dissociation.

A longtime psychotherapist with an engaging writing style, Masters furthers the body of psychological insight into how we use (and abuse) religion in often unconscious ways. This book will hold particular appeal for those who grew up with an unstructured new-age spirituality now looking for a more mature spiritual practice, and for anyone seeking increased self-awareness and a more robust relationship with themselves and others.

Questions about Spiritual Bypassing

In this video interview Robert address questions relating to his new book “Spiritual Bypassing”.

The questions answered in this video are:

1) What compelled you to write the book Spiritual Bypassing?

2) Do you think that Spiritual Bypassing will transform everyone who reads it?

Robert Augustus Masters – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D., is the author of 11 books (including Transformation Through Intimacy and Spiritual Bypassing), a relationship expert, a spiritual teacher, and a highly experienced psychotherapist (and trainer of psychotherapists) with a doctorate in Psychology. His uniquely integral, intuitive work (developed over the past 33 years) dynamically blends the psychological and physical with the spiritual, emphasizing full-blooded embodiment, authenticity, emotional openness and literacy, deep shadow work, and the development of relational maturity.

At essence his work is about becoming more intimate with all that we are, in the service of deep healing, awakening, and integration. In all this he works side-by-side and in very close conjunction with Diane, his wife and partner in all things. His websites are http://www.robertmasters.com and http://www.masterscenter.net.

THE SOUL SOLUTION Enlightening Meditations for Resolving Life’s Problems ~ Jonathan Parker

Revelatory answers in the search for meaning can seem to be the privilege of only the most evolved, brilliant, or blessed beings. But motivational counselor and teacher Jonathan Parker puts those answers within grasp. His step-by-step soul-solution process addresses that most profound of human quests with techniques that prompt transformational shifts.

Refined over Parker’s decades of counseling experience, these meditations and self-guided practices explore fear, meaning, ego, love, abundance, and healing in ways that will connect you to your core — the soul, beyond body and mind, from which real understanding and lasting fulfillment flow. By merging with this source, you will discover the love and peace that already exist inside you, allowing negative thoughts, painful memories, and limiting patterns to dissolve easily. By doing so, you will begin to experience the soul’s limitless gifts and replace endless searching with joyful, enlightened, and empowered being.

8-minute interview with Jill Bennet. Jill asks Jonathan the following questions:

1. Aren’t all meditations supposed to be enlightening?
2. What does the book [The Soul Solution] focus on?
3. Do we have only a percentage connection with our soul or are we disconnected?
4. How do we stay connected with our soul when our lives are so busy?
5. Does connecting with the soul ever get easier and become second nature?
6. Is it possible to go through the day with no mood swings or ever have a bad day?
7. What if a person is skeptical about the soul?
8. Where would a person begin to change their life around?
9. What should be a person’s experience with meditation?


Jonathan Parker

For over thirty years, Jonathan Parker has been a counselor, author, and creator of one of the largest libraries of audio recordings for personal enrichment and self-directed growth in the world. His unique, spiritually based methods go far beyond traditional motivational and self-help techniques, empowering others to rise to an enlightened life and develop their innate potential.

His wide spectrum of programs tap the deepest reservoir of human capabilities and inspire success in achieving the highest of human potentials. His programs have touched the lives of many thousands, lifting them to achieve personal excellence and financial success, vibrant health, winning performances, and the heights of the human spirit.

His recordings, workshops, and retreats offer inspiring and life-changing experiences. Jonathan lives with his wife, Jackie, in Ojai, California.

Power of The Soul Inside Wisdom for an Outside World by John Holland

This fascinating book gives you the tools to help tap into one of the most powerful forces in the Universe -YOUR SOUL. This is a step by step guide to help you reconnect with your natural spiritual abilities. You’ll develop a conscious awareness of the spiritual laws that exists in each and every person. “Power of the Soul” will help you to dismantle some of the barriers created by your outer-self, to unveil your true inner-self and enable you to break free from some of the psychological restrictions that have prevented you from identifying and realizing your full potential.

Within these pages you’ll learn how to:
• Discover and access your spiritual faculties
• Open yourself to a guiding higher consciousness
• Tap in to your own intuitive abilities
• Remove psychological and spiritual blocks
• Find your true self as you understand the nature, function, and purpose of the soul
• Create and control your own path
• Use spiritual energy to heal yourself and others
• Enhance your body, mind, and soul to live a life of harmony

This transformational book is more than just a guide. It is also a way back to a life lived from the inside out. No matter what your walk of life, this book will help you to follow your own spiritual journey. “When you tap into the incredible force and power of your soul, and once your spiritual gifts are recognized, opened and used,” says John, “you’ll see yourself and the world in a way you never thought possible.”

POWER OF THE SOUL Inside Wisdom for an Outside World, John Holland

Strength to Awaken ~ Robert McNamara

Practice is preparation. Without practice the human being is unprepared to meet the demands of life. While some species are born “hard-wired” to operate maturely as soon as they enter life, human beings require practice. Nature provides a crocodile with all the necessary capacities to survive as soon as they are born. For all practical purposes a newborn crocodile is an adult crocodile, just smaller. In contrast, human beings require complex exchanges between nature and nurture over decades of experience to cultivate mature capacities. Of the full territory of being human, the majority of life is intrinsically tied to skills that are learned and refined through repeated practice over a diverse range of faculties.

Practice is, at its center, engagement. When you practice you engage the various faculties that the chosen activity requires. The more you engage, the more prepared you become. When you took your first steps in life and began walking you most likely balanced tentatively, teetered and fell. Often. But with practice, as you engaged the activity of walking over and over, you became increasingly more competent, more proficient and ultimately more elegant to move about in the world and meet the demands of your life.

So what happens if you do not practice? Without practice you often find yourself lacking the competence needed to meet the multifaceted challenges of life. Fail to engage your sexuality and most likely your partner will soon ask for more than you are prepared to offer. Fail to engage in disciplining your mental focus and you are likely to find yourself putting out distracting fires at work instead of focusing on real strategic priorities. Fail to practice attuning to your child and you are likely to find yourself unprepared in being able to connect with them as they grow.

Without the repeated engagement of practice you are largely unprepared to meet the demands of your life. It is simple, practice is a necessity. But what happens when you engage life and acquire a certain level of competency that is satisfactory for you? To answer this question we must look more closely into what it means to engage.

Engagement is the conscious inhabitation of your body and mind. Practice is happening when your open awareness is moving with, in and through your embodied activity. Intrinsic to practice is your conscious participation with your life. Engagement is the conduction of your free and open awareness through your activities, whatever they may be.

When you acquire a certain level of competence that is presumed to be satisfactory, practice typically stops. As soon as ‘good enough’ is achieved something subtle yet extremely powerful happens: habituation steps in. One of your habituation’s central attachments is comfort. Wherever you are comfortable, wherever ‘good enough’ is subjectively perceived, your habituation will invest vast amounts of resources to maintain this comfortable status quo. One way your ego achieves this is to stop practicing.

Suddenly, the practice that birthed the greater competence in your life stops and your conditioning steps in. As engagement ceases the conscious participation and inhabitation of your body, mind and life is replaced by your ego’s habituation. And as soon as you cease consciously metabolizing your experience within the direct immediacy of the present moment you are no longer preparing yourself, your ego is just repeating itself.

Life’s vivid textures, the alive energy and unbounded beauty, fade. The result is that hours pass, then weeks and entire months float by, years and sometime entire decades pass, with the same patterns repeating. One song is on repeat seemingly playing without end. You are not becoming more prepared through greater refinement but rather more prepared to execute the same habituated pattern regardless of what demands are present.

So while practice is a necessity for survival, it is often only a matter of time before your ego steps in and habituation hijacks your engagement with life. Fortunately, given the trap of your ego’s investment in comfort, there is a second dimension to answering this question.

The second reason why we practice is because of a desire, a seeking to improve, a yearning to refine and develop yourself and the world we live in. Survival is not enough for human beings. There is some facet of humanity that is intrinsically invested in creativity. The human drive for progress is interested in fashioning some dimension of oneself and life anew, taking what is not here and merely a possibility and make it an actuality.

If you look closely, cutting through your ego’s habituated attempts to struggle with this dimension of yourself and that dimension of life, I think you will find a simple impulse, drive or inner imposition that lives within your heart. This force is an energy that continually draws you forward, inspires you out of the limitations and constraints present and into a greater more liberated fullness of life. This impulse is congruent with the present moment, it is not in conflict as the ego’s position maintains. Instead of struggle, this force moves through uninhibited participation with the truth of your direct experience. This inspired force moves with that which is good, true and beautiful. This dimension of you is perhaps the central reason why you practice even when you have developed adequate skills to function with grace and efficiency in society.

This inspired desire to refine yourself, the inner imposition to develop and evolve your gifts, skills and unique capacities is nothing other than your Excellence calling you forth into your greatest articulations. Your desire to go beyond habituation, to reach into novelty and to liberate the constraints of your life is the beating heart of your true strength. When you free yourself from the ego’s grip upon comfort, I think you will find yourself realizing a necessity once again. If you are to actually face and embody the purpose of your life you need your strength. Without practice strength and Excellence rarely manifest. Ultimately, practice is part necessity and part inspiration. To understand and embody practice requires both.

About Strength to Awaken: An Integral Guide to Strength Training, Performance and Spiritual Practice for Men and Women

Strength To Awaken is about the level of qualitative engagement you can bring to your strength training and ultimately the engagement you are capable of bringing to your life as a whole. Many strength training methodologies myopically focus upon the muscular system. Most fail to identify a clear methodology for managing the type and quality of attention and engagement required to optimize your greater potential. These shortcomings stunt your performance.

This book takes you into the new paradigm based upon training the integral nature of the human being. Readers gain a never before seen approach that restructures thinking, attention and identity in strength training to develop new possibilities. This one-of-a-kind manual connects your pursuit of Excellence with the timeless spiritual quest for awakening. Will you discover how to leverage this rare intersection of spiritual practice and strength training and access your highest levels of potential?

Rob McNamara is Author of Strength to Awaken, a skilled Psychotherapist, leading Performance Coach, Psychology Professor at Naropa University and an Integral Zen Practitioner. He runs his private practice in Boulder Colorado serving a broad range of executives and professionals, undergraduate and graduate students and athletes ranging from high school to Olympic and professional world champions.

Rob has been lecturing on Integral Psychology and Human Development at Naropa University for nearly a decade for both graduate and undergraduate students in a number of academic and professional programs including the MA Transpersonal and Contemplative Psychology programs and BA Contemplative Psychology program. Currently Rob co-teaches Therapeutic Applications of Human Development and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Transpersonal Psychology and undergraduate courses on Integral and Developmental Psychology. He also serves as the faculty advisor for Integral Naropa.

Rob has contributed to the Integral movement over the past decade as a leading integral practitioner. While working with Ken Wilber and the Integral Institute he served as one of the core faculty for the Integral Life Practice seminar series. Rob has contributed to Integral Life, taught at Boulder Integral and is currently a faculty member of the Integral Spiritual Experience. Rob’s expertise includes the intersection of integral practice, human performance and integral strength training.

Contributions in the business sector include the Stagen Leadership Institute where Rob developed and deployed integrally informed executive curriculum for senior executives and launched corporate wellness initiatives. Rob also served as the Senior Integral Consultant and Human Performance Specialist for Phillips Performance Nutrition.

Rob McNamara received his Masters in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Susquehanna University.

Remembering the Future To Find Peace In the Present by Alan Seale

It seems that everywhere I turn these days, I hear people talking about uncertainty. It appears to be at every level of society, from personal to global—a sign of the times in which we are living. Over time, uncertainty can lead to fear and insecurity about the future, taking a big toll on our sense of well-being and confidence.

In Transformational Presence Coaching, we use a tool called “Remembering the Future” to help navigate the uncertainty of the road ahead. It can help us discover the greatest potential waiting to unfold, and then show us how to create a future in which that potential becomes reality. It’s an easy, intuitive process grounded in principles of quantum physics.

“Remembering the future” may seem like an oxymoron in our conventional ways of thinking. In our three-dimensional world, the reality that we experience is created by circumstances occurring in a specific time and space. It makes sense to us that we can remember the past because we have experienced it as a linear series of events that happened at specific times and in specific locations. Remembering the future, on the other hand, seems impossible since, by linear time standards, we haven’t yet experienced it.

However, when we expand our awareness and step beyond our conventional, three-dimensional reality, we can enter the quantum realm where there is no linear time-space continuum. There is no sense of past, present, and future as we think of it in everyday life. When we step into the quantum realm, the future is just as available to us as the past. We’ll talk about this a bit more below, but first let’s give you the chance to experience remembering the future for yourself.

So how do you remember the future? It’s a simple process that anyone can use at any time. There are just three simple requirements:

1. to accept that there is more available to you than what you can access through your five outer senses of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling
2. to let your intuitive senses come alive
3. to pay attention and respond to what you discover.

It can be fun, and it can also bring a lot of relief!

Take time for the exercise below and see what you discover. I recommend that you read through the exercise first, and then give yourself at least 10 minutes to actually do it. Getting up and moving around the room or an outdoor space as the exercise suggests will bring the best results. However, if you are not able to move around, you can move your finger around on the surface of a table or on the arm of your chair to represent different time-space locations in order to receive the same effect.

Let go of your preconceived notions about whether or not you can do this and just assume that you can. And here we go!

Exercise: Remembering the Future

Begin by choosing a place to stand that can represent where you are right now in your life and circumstances. Take a few moments to breathe into this time and space to feel the energy of where you are, and to be aware of emotions. Allow yourself to be fully present with “what is,” yet not get swept away by it. Just be present with it. Remember that you are not your circumstances. Your circumstances are just what is happening at the moment.

After allowing yourself to fully experience where you are right now, move to stand in another spot that can represent a time in the future. You may want to assign a specific date to that spot, or you may choose for the spot to represent a time after your current project, challenge, or goal has been accomplished or resolved. Either way is fine.

As you step into the future spot, let yourself shift in your awareness so that the future time has now become your present. Notice what shifts within you as you symbolically step into another time, space, and circumstance. Take your time and notice where you are, what the date is, and what your circumstance or story is in this new setting. Gather as many details of circumstance and feeling as you are able. Let your intuitive senses come alive and serve you. Most importantly, let it be easy. Don’t force anything. Accept whatever comes without judgment or analysis. Just observe.

You may notice that already you are feeling better. As you stand in this new time, space, and circumstance, “remember” back to the date and time where you started this exercise, and remember what has happened between that time and the time you are standing in now. Let yourself intuitively remember how you got to be where you are now in this new time, space, and circumstance.

What new information, insights, or understanding do you have about the circumstance you were in at the beginning of this process? How did you get past the challenge that loomed so large back there in the place and time where you started? Let your intuitive senses give you the answer. Simply stay in this awareness and “remember.”

After you have gathered as much information as you are able at this time, take the feelings and awareness that you have in this new spot with you as you walk back to the spot where you began. It is very important that you bring your insights, feelings, and awareness from the future back with you to the spot that represents today. Don’t leave it all in the future. Bring it back with you to today!

As you stand in the spot representing today, notice how your relationship to your current circumstances has shifted. What new insights do you have about your next steps or the way forward through whatever may be happening (or not happening!) now?

The basic process of remembering the future is as simple as that. What you are actually remembering are possibilities of how your future could turn out. We understand both from quantum physics and from ancient wisdom teachings that we are constantly creating our present and future by the choices we make today. Three different choices today could lead to three different outcomes. You can adapt this process to go stand in the various outcomes created by each of the choices you might make. This can give you greater insight and wisdom for making the choices you face today. (If you want to explore these concepts further, see the e-book, The View From the Field, or my new book, Create A World That Works.)

If when you visited the future things were still really difficult, take in that information, and then move on to another spot further into the future, asking to be shown a time and space where things feel better, more manageable, or resolved. Be creative and flexible with the process. This is a very simple model that can be adapted in any way that will serve you.

On very rare occasions when I am leading someone through this process, they find that the looming issue does not resolve. If by chance this happens to you, as you continue to visit different points in the future and remember what is happening there, allow yourself to be present with “what is” without judgment or assumption. Be a compassionate observer. Ask what gift or learning is available to you through what is happening. And ask what choices you can make back in the spot where you started that might alter the future and lead to a different set of outcomes. There is a wealth of information and guidance available to us when we step beyond the limitations of our current time-space reality.

The uncertainties of today may be challenging, but they do not have to be paralyzing or debilitating. When we employ simple time-space awareness tools, we can often find the insight and guidance that we need in order to navigate the uncertainty with confidence, clarity, courage, and strength. The more often you practice remembering the future, the easier it gets and the more it will serve you in moving through every day with a sense of grace and ease.

Many blessings,

How to Embrace Change ~ Mike Robbins

We recently went into escrow on our house, but don’t yet have a new house to move into. As excited as we are about our move (just across the San Francisco Bay from Concord to Marin County), it feels pretty scary to not yet know exactly where we’ll be living next month.

With this big change and a few others coming soon, I’ve been noticing how I deal with and relate to change. I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship to change. I love the excitement, growth opportunity and newness of change. But, at the same time, I can easily fall into states of worry, fear and become overwhelmed when facing change, especially big ones.

How do you feel about change? While it may depend on the specific change (i.e. one we want versus one we don’t want, or one that seems exciting versus one that seems hard or even “bad”), most of us seek and fear change simultaneously. Even positive changes can be unsettling or downright upsetting. And, while each of us has a unique personality and perspective, many of us tend to be creatures of habit.

Change is one of the main “constants” in life, ironically. However, we don’t usually spend all that much time thinking about our relationship to change or specifically expanding on our ability to adapt to change — we usually deal with it from a place of survival, reaction or necessity.

What if we embraced change more consciously and learned how to not only “manage” it, but thrive through it? Whether you’re someone who enjoys change and handles it quite well, or you hate it and get totally stressed out by it, all of us can benefit from embracing change more deliberately and supporting those around us as we all go through the big and small changes of life — especially these days.

Here are some things you can do and think about as you deal with change in your own life — so as to more effectively and peacefully deal with it when it shows up.

1) Become consciously aware of your relationship to change. Knowing how you deal with change, what stresses you out about it, what allows you to navigate it most effectively and what kind of support you need as you move through the change process are all important elements of embracing change. It’s rarely the circumstances themselves that cause us stress or difficulty; it’s our relationship to them. By altering our relationship to change, we can become much more peaceful and successful in dealing with it.

2) Acknowledge and express your true feelings (especially your fear). When change occurs, there are usually a number of different emotions we experience. We tend to focus most of our attention on the details, specifics and circumstances, not so much on our emotions. However, it is our emotional experience and reaction that dictates much of our effectiveness (or lack thereof) in dealing with change. Whether it’s something we consider “good” or “bad,” fear is almost always associated with change, because we’re moving into something unknown and often uncomfortable. By acknowledging and expressing our fear (and other emotions) in an authentic way, we can take back our power from the situation, get real about how we’re feeling, and move through it with more ease and grace. There’s nothing wrong with any of the emotions we experience during change, the problems begin to arise when we don’t express our emotions authentically.

3) Get support. As with most things in life, change is much easier to deal with when we get help. We don’t have to go through it all alone and there are probably many people in our lives who have gone through similar changes before and can support us in the process. Asking for and receiving help from other people can be challenging for many of us and can feel quite vulnerable. However, one of my favorite sayings is, “The answer is always ‘no’ if you don’t ask.” Getting support not only makes dealing with change easier for us, it allows other people to be of service, which is something most people love to have the opportunity to do.

4) Look for the gold. There is “gold’ in the midst of every change — even the most painful and difficult ones. When change is more “positive,” it can seem easier to find the gold in it. However, positive change can also be tricky because we don’t understand why we still may experience fear or discontent and sometimes won’t acknowledge these and other feelings due to our own embarrassment. With change that is more “negative,” it can often be hard to find or see the gold. When dealing with difficult changes in our lives, being able to authentically get in touch with the gifts, blessings and growth opportunities available to us can help as we navigate our way through the experience and also allow us to evolve in the process.

Have empathy and compassion for yourself and others in going through change. It’s not easy for most of us. By embracing change we become not only more effective in dealing with it, but more peaceful, present, and powerful in our lives.

Mike Robbins is a sought-after motivational keynote speaker, coach, and the author of the bestselling books Focus on the Good Stuff (Hardcover, Wiley) and Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken (Hardcover, Wiley).

He’s the former President of the Board of the Peace Alliance, a non-profit organization committed to creating a culure of peace and campaigning to create a cabinet level U.S. Department of Peace.

Mike and his work have been featured on ABC News and the Oprah radio network, as well as in Forbes, Ladies Home Journal, Fast Company, Self, the Washington Post, many others. He’s also a regular contributor to Oprah.com and the Huffington Post. He has worked with clients such as Google, Wells Fargo, AT&T, Apple, Genentech, and more. Mike’s books have been translated into ten languages. For more information about his work, books, media appearances, and speaking – feel free to visit http://www.mike-robbins.com.

Change Makers – Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins, Author and motivational speaker in conversation with Gopi Kallayil on the Public Access TV show Change Makers. Mike is a former Stanford baseball player and the author of two books – Focus On The Good Stuff, and Be Yourself: Everyone Else Is Already Taken

Leadership and Transformation Coaching with Alan Seale

Alan Seale talks about his work as a Leadership and Transformation Coach.

The Rules of Victory: How to Transform Chaos and Conflict ~Strategies from the Art of War by James Gimian and Barry Boyce

The fog of war has become the fog of life. Chaos, Conflict, and Complex problems are emerging everywhere. And the same old fixes don’t seem to help.

The Rules of Victory Chaos, conflict, and the escalation of complex problems seem to define our experience, whether we’re an army commander, a business leader, a community organizer, or a single parent. Because the ordinary approaches don’t work when things are complex and because the stakes are so high nowadays, people everywhere are motivated to find more effective ways to deal with the conflict that arises when things get tough.
The Art of War is timeless, and it is tailor-made for our times

For 2500 years the Art of War has provided people all over the world with skillful strategies for working with challenging situations, conflict, and war. This text succeeds because it views the world as an interconnected whole and takes a deeply systematic approach. In fact, the Sun Tzu text is perhaps the world’s first whole-systems handbook.
The Rules of Victory shows how the Sun Tzu Works for us

The Rules of Victory demonstrates how the skillful actions from the Sun Tzu text can apply to you and your life. The Art of War is not about an ancient approach from a foreign culture. Rather it presents inherent human wisdom about a way of viewing and being in the world that gives rise to skillful action. The strategies of the Art of War are based on common human faculties and the ways we already do things. More than anything, developing this skill requires a shift in view—in how we see things—leading to effective action and a different result.
skillful action that can make a difference

From The Rules of Victory we learn:

* How to work more effectively with resistance, reaction, conflict, and chaos, when your role as a leader requires you to encourage change
* How to create momentum and bring about the tipping point in your project
* How to employ shih—seeing how energy moves, gathers, focuses and releases in any natural or human-made system and how to use that to advantage
* About a kind of knowing that helps one to look at what others don’t, see what others can’t, go where others won’t
* About finding a way to win the battle and the war, and the peace too

The Mindful Leader: Ten Principles for Bringing Out the Best in Ourselves and Others By Michael Carroll

Description of The Mindful Leader

A new generation of business leaders is turning to mindfulness as a cutting-edge leadership tool. Scientific research suggests that the practice of mindfulness (a technique for learning to live in the present moment) can help individuals to gain clarity, reduce stress, optimize performance, and develop a greater sense of well-being.

In The Mindful Leader, Michael Carroll explains what mindfulness is and how to develop it in the hectic and often stressful environment of the twenty-first century workplace. He focuses on ten key principles of mindfulness and how they apply to leading groups and organizations. Along the way, Carroll addresses a range of topics, including how to:

* heal the “toxic workplace,” where anxiety and stress impede performance

* cultivate courage and confidence in the face of workplace difficulties

* pursue organizational goals without neglecting what’s happening here and now

* lead with wisdom and gentleness, not just with ambition and power

* start a personal meditation practice to develop your innate leadership talents

Full of engaging stories and practical exercises, The Mindful Leader will help leaders in any field to discover their innate intelligence, bravery, and joy on the job.

Michael Carroll is the author of Awake at Work (Shambhala 2004) and The Mindful Leader (Shambhala 2007) and over his 25 year business career has held executive positions with such companies as Shearson Lehman/American Express, Simon & Schuster and The Walt Disney Company. Michael has an active consulting and coaching business with client firms such as Procter & Gamble, AstraZeneca, Starbucks, Lutheran Medical Center, National Board of Medical Examiners and others

Michael has been studying Tibetan Buddhism since 1976, graduated from Buddhist seminary in 1982 and is an authorized teacher in the lineage of the Tibetan meditation master, Chogyam Trunpa. He has lectured at Wharton Business School, Columbia University, Swarthmore College, St. Mary’s University, Kripalu, Cape Cod Institute, Zen Mountain Monastery, Omega Institute (assisting Pema Chodron) and many other practice centers throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

Meet Author of The Mindful Leader, Michael Carroll

Author Michael Carroll discusses his book, “The Mindful Leader: Ten Principles for Bringing Out the Best in Ourselves and Others” as part of Northeastern University Libraries’ Meet the Author Series. Michael Carroll, a Buddhist-trained HR executive with many years of experience in both the corporate world and the world of Zen, draws attention to the benefits that can result from taking time out to reflect in the workplace. In “The Mindful Leader,” Carroll addresses ways to enhance productivity when working, focusing on ways to open communication and break the limitations of routine. By the end, stressed-out employees and students may be willing to give meditation a try as a way to connect with and open up to their colleagues.

Create A World That Works: Tools for Personal and Global Transformation by Alan Seale

We are living in extraordinary times. We face challenges on all levels: economic, environmental, educational, corporate, governmental, personal, and spiritual. Experts and thought leaders in all of these arenas put forth ideas and models for the way forward. However, great as many of those ideas and models may be, if we are going to create a world that works, there must first be a shift in how we think and how we “show up” to life each day. We must learn to look at challenges from the perspective of potential and opportunity rather than thinking of them as problems to be solved. We must become co-creators of a new and different world rather than trying to fix an old one.

Create a World That Works: Tools for Personal and Global Transformation by award-winning author Alan Seale is a practical and accessible guidebook to making these shifts. Through this book, you can develop:

* an authentic, dynamic, and impactful personal presence that by its nature is transformational
* a keen awareness of your intuitive intelligence for guidance in life, leadership, and service
* an understanding of how life and leadership work as energy in motion
* tools for co-creation with the matrix of energy that connects all
* an ability to listen to the great potential of our future and let it show us the way forward

Alan Seale shows you how to live, lead, and serve in ways that inform and inspire more enlightened and effective action, creating a world that works for today and tomorrow.

Our world is at a tipping point. We are the best hope for a bright and sustainable future. Create A World That Works lays the groundwork by giving us a foundation of skills for the road ahead.

Alan Seale talks about the quantum nature of Transformational Leadership and meeting the challenges and opportunities of today

Alan Seale is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker, leadership and transformation coach, and founder and director of the Center for Transformational Presence. His first book, Intuitive Living: A Sacred Path, received the prestigious Coalition of Visionary Resources Award for Best Book in Spirituality 2001. His other books include Soul Mission * Life Vision (2003), The Manifestation Wheel: A Practical Process for Creating Miracles (2008), and The Power of Your Presence (2009). His next book, Create a World That Works: Tools for Personal and Global Transformation, will be published by Red Wheel/Weiser in May 2011.

Alan maintains a full workshop schedule throughout North America, Scandinavia, and Europe. He currently serves on the faculties of the International Coach Academy, and the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program of The Graduate Institute in Connecticut. He has also served on the faculties of Chautauqua Institution, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the New York Open Center, Wainwright House, New York City’s Learning Annex, and the Boston Learning Society, as well as been a guest teacher at Coachutbildning Sverige (Coach Training Sweden) and CoachWalk in Malmoe, Sweden.

Alan has twice been a featured presenter at International Coach Federation annual conferences in North America, and has been a guest presenter for many regional chapters of the International Coach Federation in North America and Europe. He has appeared as a featured guest on National Public Radio’s “Chautauqua Edition,” BBC Scotland, the Wisdom Channel, and on many radio and cable television talk shows. Alan is truly a global coach, currently serving clients on four continents who are committed to making a significant difference in their world.

Earlier in his professional life, Alan enjoyed an extensive career as a professional singer and voice teacher in New York City. He can be heard as singer/songwriter on his solo CD recording, “Child of the Moon.” He has appeared in concert throughout the United States and Europe, and as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera National Company, the Spoleto Festival (Italy and USA), and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. His voice students include Austrian dramatic soprano Brigitte Pinter and Broadway stars Marc Kudisch, James Barbour, and Graham Rowat.

Alan is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation, a graduate of The Coaches Training Institute, The Evolutionary Institute, and The New Seminary. He holds a Master of Music in Voice from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.

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