A time of differentiation

A time of differentiation
This is the second attempt at writing an editorial for this newsletter. I was satisfied with the first. It sat on the computer for a couple of days while a few other pieces assembled. And then… suddenly became hopelessly left behind by events. A sign of what we are living through. Major events now unfold ...

Love and hate form the landscape

Love and hate form the landscape
It’s been a grim week from many perspectives. Just over a week ago 49 LGBTQ people were killed in an Orlando night club. A mere few days ago Jo Cox, a young MP in the UK, known for her advocacy for refugees, was brutally murdered while coming out of her surgery. To list these two ...

Growing Our Humanity

Growing Our Humanity
I have been reading a beautiful book about writing [1]. It says: Everything is permitted. Any thought that arises is permitted on the page. We are allowed to be inspired by and include anything and everything. And I think that is true of our humanity. What is humanity? Everything! (and anything) We use the word ...

Time in community

Time in community
In our new year newsletter, we wished you sustenance to match the intensity of the challenges you face. We hoped that the support of loved ones and the solidarity of a wider community would be part of that sustenance. Now we are able to offer you an opportunity to spend some time in community with ...

The Added Value of Embodied Leadership

There is a growing evidence-base for embodied training. Let’s now take a look at research investigating the biological basis of effective leadership. Combining power and connection optimizes leadership performance Power posing expert Amy Cuddy beautifully summarizes the implications of these findings on neuroscience of embodiment for effective leadership in the article “Connect, then lead”: “A ...

Happy New Year!

It’s a New Year! And we at the Centre very much wish that 2016 will turn out to be good to you, your loved ones, and all living beings. Whatever your personal experience of last year, there’s no doubt that the defining public events of the year were often grim, rather than uplifting. And realistically ...

Tonglen

Tonglen
Human suffering tends to gather. Just as it gathers in certain parts of the body, perhaps this muscular system or that organ, it tends to gather in certain portions of society, or in certain geographical areas. Around such areas densities of resistance and denial are built up. We create a band of hardened muscle around ...

The practice of practice

The practice of practice
Succeed with a new habit by making failure part of the process We’ve all been there: You want to make a change in your habits, you reach a decision, muster up the energy to boost your confidence that this time you will make it work, you start full of confidence and energy, certain that you ...

On the edge of awareness

On the edge of awareness
The bluebells were glorious in the nearby woods recently. There’s an opened patch where the trees are thinner and a multitude of them blaze for a short few weeks in every direction. On one of my visits I saw a dog sniffing its way through leafy debris. I thought, how sad that the dog will ...

The sap is rising

I love Spring – the peace of winter shattered daily by dozens of small birds piping their concerto. There is still snow up on the hills beyond our garden, and the river is running full with meltwater. The farmer has moved his pregnant ewes into the field bordering our rickety fence, providing both distraction and ...