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POETRY

 

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Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

Start with
the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
your own
way to begin
the conversation.

Start with your own
question,
give up on other
people’s questions,
don’t let them
smother something
simple.

To hear
another’s voice,
follow
your own voice,
wait until
that voice

becomes an
intimate
private ear
that can
really listen
to another.

Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don’t follow
someone else’s
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don’t mistake
that other
for your own.

Start close in,
don’t take
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

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In River Flow
New & Selected Poems
Many Rivers Press © David Whyte

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BELOW ARE RECOMMENDED BOOKS AND VIDEOS THAT HAVE INSPIRED ME AS WELL AS MY CLIENTS.

 

The Shaman Within: A Physicist’s Guide to the Deeper Dimensions of Your Life, the Universe, and Everything By Claude Poncelet, PhD

The Shaman Within explores how a very ancient spiritual tradition, shamanism, can help us reconsecrate our lives and the world we live in. Such reconsecration in our daily, family and professional lives invites us to be a more complete human being, and help us bring about harmony and cooperation with the natural world we depend on for our existence and with other human beings.

The Mind Body Code: How to Change the Beliefs that Limit Your Health, Longevity, and Success, By Mario Martinez, 2014

The MindBody Code will challenge you to embrace a bold paradigm for health and wellbeing that requires your courage, patience, and commitment. You will not only learn the basics of this cutting-edge science, you will learn to communicate with your body in its own "biosymbolic" language to begin making changes that till this point may have been elusive at best.

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science Of Contentment, Calm, & Confidence, By Rick Hanson, PhD, 2013

Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures full of happiness, love, confidence, and peace. Dr. Hanson’s four steps build strengths into your brain— balancing its ancient negativity bias—making contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal. In mere minutes each day, we can transform our brains into refuges and power centers of calm and happiness. 

https://www.rickhanson.net


  Habit Of Happiness: A Practical Plan To Being Happy, Personal Freedom & Loving Yourself, By Edwin Cooper, 2013 Have you ever thought, "how can I be happy?" Everyone has, but finding happiness isn't always easy and being happy consistently takes work. Learn how to become happy with these 6 powerful habits. Edwin Cooper takes the reader through each habit and gives practical strategies for consistent ways to be happy.

 

Habit Of Happiness: A Practical Plan To Being Happy, Personal Freedom & Loving Yourself, By Edwin Cooper, 2013

Have you ever thought, "how can I be happy?" Everyone has, but finding happiness isn't always easy and being happy consistently takes work. Learn how to become happy with these 6 powerful habits. Edwin Cooper takes the reader through each habit and gives practical strategies for consistent ways to be happy.

  Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create A New One, By Dr. Joe Dispenza, 2012 In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible. Not only will you be given the necessary knowledge to change any aspect of yourself, you will be taught the step-by-step tools to apply what you learn in order to make measurable changes in any area of your life.

 

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create A New One, By Dr. Joe Dispenza, 2012

In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible. Not only will you be given the necessary knowledge to change any aspect of yourself, you will be taught the step-by-step tools to apply what you learn in order to make measurable changes in any area of your life.

  Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations For A Lifetime Of Love, By Dr. Sue Johnson, 2008 Dr. Sue Johnson presents Emotionally Focused Therapy to the general public for the first time. Johnson teaches that the way to save and enrich a relationship is to reestablish safe emotional connection and preserve the attachment bond. With this in mind, she focuses on key moments in a relationship-from Recognizing the Demon Dialogue to Revisiting a Rocky Moment-and uses them as touchpoints for seven healing conversations. 

 

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations For A Lifetime Of Love, By Dr. Sue Johnson, 2008

Dr. Sue Johnson presents Emotionally Focused Therapy to the general public for the first time. Johnson teaches that the way to save and enrich a relationship is to reestablish safe emotional connection and preserve the attachment bond. With this in mind, she focuses on key moments in a relationship-from Recognizing the Demon Dialogue to Revisiting a Rocky Moment-and uses them as touchpoints for seven healing conversations. 


  A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, By: Thupten Jinpa. Based on the landmark course in compassion training Jinpa helped create at Stanford Medical School, A Fearless Heart shows us that we actually fear compassion. We worry that if we are too compassionate with others we will be taken advantage of, and if we are too compassionate with ourselves we will turn into slackers. Using science, insights from both classical Buddhist and western psychology, and stories both from others and from his own extraordinary life, Jinpa shows us how to train our compassion muscle to relieve stress, fight depression, improve our health, achieve our goals, and change our world.

 

A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, By: Thupten Jinpa. Based on the landmark course in compassion training Jinpa helped create at Stanford Medical School, A Fearless Heart shows us that we actually fear compassion. We worry that if we are too compassionate with others we will be taken advantage of, and if we are too compassionate with ourselves we will turn into slackers. Using science, insights from both classical Buddhist and western psychology, and stories both from others and from his own extraordinary life, Jinpa shows us how to train our compassion muscle to relieve stress, fight depression, improve our health, achieve our goals, and change our world.

 
  Remapping Your Mind: The Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story, By: Lewis Mehl-Madrona M.D. Ph.D. & Barbara Malnguy.  Applying the latest neuroscience research on memory, brain mapping, and brain plasticity to the field of narrative therapy, Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy explain how the brain is specialized in the art of story-making and story-telling. They detail mind-mapping and narrative therapy techniques that use story to change behavior patterns in ourselves, our relationships, and our communities. They explore studies that reveal how memory works through story, how the brain recalls things in narrative rather than lists, and how our stories modify our physiology and facilitate health or disease. Drawing on their decades of experience in narrative therapy, the authors examine the art of helping people to change their story, providing brain-mapping practices to discover your inner storyteller and test if the stories you are living are functional or dysfunctional, healing or destructive. They explain how to create new characters and new stories, ones that excite you, help you connect with yourself, and deepen your intimate connections with others. 

 

Remapping Your Mind: The Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story, By: Lewis Mehl-Madrona M.D. Ph.D. & Barbara Malnguy.  Applying the latest neuroscience research on memory, brain mapping, and brain plasticity to the field of narrative therapy, Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy explain how the brain is specialized in the art of story-making and story-telling. They detail mind-mapping and narrative therapy techniques that use story to change behavior patterns in ourselves, our relationships, and our communities. They explore studies that reveal how memory works through story, how the brain recalls things in narrative rather than lists, and how our stories modify our physiology and facilitate health or disease. Drawing on their decades of experience in narrative therapy, the authors examine the art of helping people to change their story, providing brain-mapping practices to discover your inner storyteller and test if the stories you are living are functional or dysfunctional, healing or destructive. They explain how to create new characters and new stories, ones that excite you, help you connect with yourself, and deepen your intimate connections with others. 

 
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Videos


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Videos


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Inspirational Videos

Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress," devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.


“A Thousand Voices”

From the proverb, “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” this is a documentary that builds from thousands of voices to present one universal story of New Mexico’s Native American women. Native American women have been purveyors of culture since creation. In spite of Western invasions, Native American women remain strong and grounded in traditional values by enduring courage and wisdom. The voices and advisers are from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, Pueblo de Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh, and Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Jemez, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque, Santa Clara, Taos, Nambe and San Ildefonso.

A Thousand Voices

Watch this inspiring video on the history of the importance of ritual by Felicitas Goodman, from the Cuyamungue Institute.

Felicitas Goodman, noted anthropologist and founder of Cuyamungue Institute, http://www.cuyamungueinstitute.com is interviewed by Robinette Kennedy, http://www.europeanshamanism.com about her discovery of ecstatic body postures, the ancient codes of healing and transformation. Part One (of seven) is about ritual.