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Becoming a Leader is Becoming Yourself

This blog features an excerpt from the new book, Becoming a Leader is Becoming Yourself, by Courage & Renewal facilitator Russ Moxley. We’re also offering blog readers a FREE chapter from the book. CLICK for a free PDF download of Chapter 4! Becoming and Being Authentic Authenticity is one of the keys to leadership effectiveness.  Continue Reading »

Finding True Self on Your Travels

I’ve just returned from a trip to Iceland with my wife and our 14-year old nephew. When I was 13, my grandmother took me on a similar trip. It’s a tradition in our family that an elder takes a younger relative on a journey so together they might see the world with new eyes. Traveling  Continue Reading »

Classroom Management: Developing your Signature Approach

My first year of teaching, kids hid equipment in garbage cans, cursed at me under their breath, and got into fights when I wasn’t looking. They pushed my buttons so much that I had an intense pain in my jaw for the entire year. Even last week, after years of teaching, I fell into a  Continue Reading »

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 »

Coming Out and the Courage to Be Real

  “We all have closets,” says Ash Beckham. “All a closet is, is a hard conversation, and although our topics may vary tremendously, the experience of being in and coming out of the closet is universal. It is scary, and we hate it, and it needs to be done.” In this video, she talks about  Continue Reading »

A Day That Sings

With the onset of summer, I am taking a week to be with my extended family. We take time to simply be together–to refresh, revitalize, to languish in an abundance of time and leisure. The kitchen is filled with fresh local fruits. The days are warm and long. For a brief time, busy work lives  Continue Reading »

A Permeable Life – New Album from Carrie Newcomer

Tomorrow, April 1st, marks the release of the twelfth studio album by award-winning folk singer/songwriter, humanitarian, and longtime friend of the Center–Carrie Newcomer. Her new album, A Permeable Life, and the companion book of poems and essays, expand on themes that Carrie has celebrated throughout her musical career: love, truth, amazement and living with a whole heart.  Continue Reading »

Words of EnCOURAGEment #31 February 2014

As Parker writes in A Hidden Wholeness, “All of the great spiritual traditions want to awaken us to the fact that we cocreate the reality in which we live. And all of them ask two questions intended to help keep us awake: “What are we sending from within ourselves out into the world, and what  Continue Reading »

Words of EnCOURAGEment #29 December 2013

  The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold and it has overturned the order of the soul. —Leonard Cohen Not everyone experiences blizzards of snow in December. Perhaps you’ve survived sand storms or torrential rains. In the Prelude from A Hidden Wholeness, Parker J. Palmer offers a “rope to the barn” to keep  Continue Reading »

Advice for New Teachers

An excerpt from American Teacher I began my teaching career at a public middle school in a working-class area in the East Bay. I struggled a lot the first two years. The only thing that saved me is the support and guidance I received from a few of my colleagues, some truly valuable professional development  Continue Reading »