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The Spiral Blend

  The Spiral Blend click here for a video of the practice The Spiral Blend appeared in its early form one day while I was out jogging with my wife Judith. In the middle of the run our conversation headed …

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Core Strategies

“The wound is the place where light enters you”                                 Rumi A Place of Grace Self-discovery and the work that it requires can be unsettling. There is a place to come home to within each of us. Each of us is …

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Two Sides of Gratitude

          Two Sides of Gratitude: Mourning and Celebration In one of my evening classes on Embodying NVC we explored self-empathy within the Spiral Blend practice. (page …..) I spoke about the healing that comes through mourning …

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Attention Training

”Where do I end and you begin?” In the moment of meeting, boundaries touch boundaries, reactions trigger reactions and self-talk intensifies. Training your attention and becoming more familiar with your personal space helps you relax and know where you end …

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Children’s Class in Chimacum

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Internalizing a practice

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S.U.R.F.I.N.G: An Imaginative Centering Practice

Grow vertical first and then horizontal like plants. Be in the form to let it remind you to re-center. Then soften, open and make room for inquiry…then discover Gratitude connects us. The more you cultivate gratitude, the less you are …

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All Our Relations: A Five Elements Practice

Click here for Shape Shifting Video “We are a part of everything that is beneath us, above us and around us. Our past is our present, our present is our future, and our future is seven generations past and present.”                                       …

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Declaring a Dojo

The term, “dojo” literally means a “place to wake up” or a “place of the way”. Dojos are traditional Japanese training halls where mastery of a chosen path is pursued. A “do” is a way or a path. There are …

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Beginner Mind

Beginner’s Mind unfolds to become a new kind of Expert Mind which relaxes to be a beginner once more – and on and on – beginner / expert / beginner…                                                                                                      Dr. Stuart Heller “Curiosity makes you want …

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