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Holistic Decision-Making – It’s Not Just for Doctors

“Decision-making is something that you can do with either your limited mind and ego, or by letting the choices percolate through your body, emotions, mind, heart, creative self-expression, intuition, spirituality, as well as through the dimensions of context and time – until a decision becomes clear with input from your total Self. Decisions made this  Continue Reading »

What Do You Need for the Journey?

Karyn Frazier was trying to decide whether to go to seminary. Karyn tells of a moment at Courage & Renewal retreat when people were asking her open, honest questions. What’s holding you back? What is it you need to be able to make the choices you need? “It was like standing in doorway,” Karyn says,  Continue Reading »

Times of Transition and Letting Go

I am a high school Biology teacher at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa, and I have completed three full Courage to Teach series, which have been invaluable to me personally and professionally. When I first started this adventure, I was teaching part-time. My son was in elementary school. I was running marathons, and  Continue Reading »

Listening To Your Soul

In this fast-paced world, how often do you slow down and reflect on what is most meaningful to you? Leo Tolstoy wrote, “A thought can advance your life in the right direction only when it answers questions which were asked by your soul.” Inner truth often arrives with an “a-ha,” a deep peace or a  Continue Reading »

The Courage to Teach Deserves Appreciation

The question we most commonly ask is the “what” question–what subjects shall we teach? When the conversation goes a bit deeper, we ask the “how” question-what methods and techniques are required to teach well? Occasionally, when it goes deeper still, we ask the “why” question–for what purpose and to what ends do we teach? But  Continue Reading »

Words of EnCOURAGEment #24 June 2013

Where do you find Both-And? “The poles of either-or, the choices we thought we had to make, may become signs of a larger truth than we had even dreamed–and in that truth, our lives may become larger than we ever imagined possible.” – Parker J. Palmer, The Promise of Paradox As Parker writes, it’s true  Continue Reading »

We Built a House Together

In Rebecca del Rio’s beautiful poem, “The Comfort of Questions,” she writes: We built a house together, one without a roof, All night it opened to dark, abundant emptiness– the questions without answers. I can think of no better way of describing what took place when we gathered this last weekend for our first ever  Continue Reading »

Words of EnCOURAGEment #27 October 2013

Listening To Your Soul In this fast-paced world, how often do you slow down and reflect on what is most meaningful to you? Leo Tolstoy wrote, “A thought can advance your life in the right direction only when it answers questions which were asked by your soul.” Inner truth often arrives with an “a-ha,” a  Continue Reading »

What’s your hunch?

by Courtney E. Martin There is perhaps nothing that will drive home the significance of Parker Palmer’s first Habit of the Heart–“An understanding that we are all in this together”–more readily than considering how knowledge gets created. The ecosystem of information, ideas, and communication, especially in this time of global social networking and new media,  Continue Reading »