The Horizontal and the Vertical

“I finally had time to really dive into your presentation of Kendrick and his work, the videos, the articles. His frankness, simplicity, humility — that’s high end stuff. Makes me think of a pearl or gem that gets so sanded down by the elements around it that it just becomes pure, all artifices worn away,…

Accepting Change

“It’s pulling with the experience of going through change and accepting change; that’s the hardest thing for man, accepting change… That can draw a thin line, you know, between you having your sanity and you losing it. And this is how artists deteriorate, if you don’t catch yourself… I always flirted with the idea, just…

Getting Out of School

“In your last workshop you kept pushing the idea of boundaries, particularly self-created boundaries of ignorance and prejudice, and how to get beyond them. Your literal and figurative example of the Great Green Wall was enlightening, not only as imaginative representation but as a significant objective event in the world we live in but had…

Great Green Wall

During a recent weekend workshop attended by a full crowd of very intelligent, for the most part successful, well-educated individuals from many places around the world, I paused at a point early on to ask if anyone had heard of the Great Green Wall. To my amazement, no one in the room raised their hand. The…

The Value of Resilience

  Some reflections worthy of exploration from the evolving science of positive psychology, blended with balance to considerations on art, personal development and age-old wisdoms, such as the value of resilience. Elegantly framed with a pleasant variety of twists and turns via the associated links, making for a nice Sunday afternoon contemplation if you take…

The question is, when is the last time that you had a great conversation?

“In old notions of growth and development there was always this idea…that somehow we needed something to push against in order to grow. Now there’s almost a feeling that growth should be delivered to us… Around us, the forces are not kind in terms of either recognizing, awakening or encouraging beauty. But, actually, this should…

Kintsugi

“I started to reflect quietly on my journey…looking at the place I am now. My heart had broken in so many pieces, I never thought it could be mended. And yet, it has…one thread of gold at a time, one thread of love at a time. I remember your talking about alchemy. I think I…

Intent

I know I’m late in getting something worthwhile on this blog after the recent Los Angeles workshop. This is just a little gesture to celebrate the brilliance and unusually enthusiastic willingness of all of you who participated in this adventure. My sincere appreciation for your depth and sincerity of engagement. Here’s a little write-up I…

Silences in which you can actually breathe again…

“… Silences in which you can actually breathe again, and breathe in a way in which your body is not tense or set against the world — you know? A silence in which there’s a sense of spaciousness and of discovery … There’s a way in which we’ve been treating ourselves as some kind of…

A small gesture toward celebrating…

A small gesture toward celebrating the young women who go out of their way to include a fuller spectrum of consideration in our questions about personal development. There’s something refreshingly invigorating, and relieving, in a voluptuous dialogue inclusive of the more complex and sometimes difficult aspects of living. Just love these titles… There’s More to…

“The greatest human endeavor is to bring imagination’s yearning into the preset limitations of a circumstance that won’t allow for it. You could say that this is how we create heaven on earth, at least for and in that moment.”

“The greatest human endeavor is to bring imagination’s yearning into the preset limitations of a circumstance that won’t allow for it. You could say that this is how we create heaven on earth, at least for and in that moment.” (Photo from Aleppo by Joseph Eid) “By the way, your two recent music videos are…