TOMORROW - FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP: We are entering a new era in leadership here in the U.S. which will affect the whole world. Regardless of your political views, it is more important than ever to support yourself with practices that expand your capacity to lead an inspired life and to fulfill your mission with love.
This free online workshop with my trusted friend Marian Head, hosted by the brilliant Mark Porteous, is just a brief taste of the amazing benefits the Revolutionary Agreements can inspire. Here's what you can expect:
* Create deep and lasting change of anything that’s currently not working for you
* Strengthen relationships and resolve issues without even involving the other person
* Live your mission and support others in living theirs
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’Tis the season…not that season. I am talking about the school season. That’s right, all the excitement and frenzy of seeing friends again, starting new grade levels, gaining new knowledge, finding new maturity and, of course, the thrill of getting new school supplies. The pleasure of it all is enduring to my own childhood memories of the school season.Read more
The lyrics of a song, Carefully Taught, struck me profoundly as we were sitting through a performance of South Pacific with our eleven year old son. My primary consideration wasn’t the obvious prejudice of race which the lyrics are speaking to but it was the “you’ve got to be carefully taught” that captured my deepest reflection. My first thought was wondering what I am teaching our child that could cause him to hate and fear. It was a chilling realization to ponder. Here are the lyrics:Read more
For the first half of my sixty-five years, I strove to be what others expected of me. My well-intentioned mother taught me many important-to-her life lessons such as, “Don’t win all the time. Let the boys win.” Among his litany of Dale Carnegie quotes, my dad offered, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Given that every moment was another first, I spent much of my life stressed out about showing up doing everything “right.”
I just completed a two-week Tai Ji program with a teacher who has been encouraging me since 1989 to let go of my attachment to “getting it right” and instead relax into my true nature. Discovering and expressing my true nature is a continual journey for me.Read more
I woke this morning with a heart filled with love. I was caught by surprise because I did not know what to do with it. Standing alone in my room, I pondered the possibilities. The options were endless and overwhelming. How can I possibly choose what to do with the love in my heart? What if I choose the wrong option? What if I choose an option and I do not have enough love for the task? What if I choose an option that takes all my love away and I do not have any left for me or my family? What if I give my love away and I never have love in my heart again? The pondering was beginning to cripple me. I could feel my legs weaken and I began to sink to the floor in fear. Just when the crushing feeling of being overwhelmed was about to completely zap me from any sense of the love I had in my heart, my inner knowing swept me up upon my strengthened legs and I began to dance. In the moment of my first twirl, I knew the answer to all of my what ifs: it was to share the love abundantly with no fear of limits. For the beauty of love is when you share from the place of love it can only grow. For the rest of this day I gave away my love. I shared it from that deepest knowing of love and all I received in return was love. I received it from that deepest place of knowing within me that illuminates my entire being…love and more love.
Michelle Marie Grabanski Pohlad
"It's Time for a Truth-Telling Revolution!"
With the US Presidential campaign dominating the news, I am sadly reminded of the pervasive lying in politics and the twisting of facts for personal gain. Professional fact-checker, Angie Drobnic Holan, wrote in The New York Times, “All politicians lie. Some lie more than others.” She cited the percentage of times some candidates lied; it was astounding. Yet even more troubling to me is that so many of their supporters don’t seem to care.
I am exasperated that I can’t trust my country’s leaders to tell me the truth – and that fellow citizens don’t share my insistence on honesty.
Lying is not endemic to the political arena. Indeed it seems to be a cultural epidemic. “We're all liars, but lies are necessary,” writes Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times columnist. “The corporate world demands them. Indeed, it cannot function without them.”
It’s time for a truth-telling revolution! Let us overthrow the acceptance of a culture of dishonesty!Read more
At the start of each year, many of us feel compelled to consider personal resolutions. What if this year we stay alert for an opportunity to involve other family members? Might signing a “pact” depicting a more ideal relationship with your children – or your partner, parents, or siblings – create a more fulfilling experience for everyone?
When our son, Michael, was nine years old, he started becoming ornery. It was not pleasant to be around him. To nip it in the bud, my husband, Glenn, and I encouraged Michael to practice being kinder and more respectful, and we promised to do the same.
Together we created our family’s To Love and Respect pact. As we were finalizing it, I said to Michael, “When people sign a contract with each other, it usually has an end date. How long should we make this contract?” He responded, “Fifteen years.” For a nine-year-old to propose such a long-term commitment surprised and delighted me. I marveled at how much our pact seemed to mean to him.
As our twenty-fourth wedding anniversary approached, I became acutely aware of how critical I had been of my husband, Glenn, during the previous year. Although my criticism had to do with one of our businesses, my frustration and anger had spilled over into other aspects of our relationship. For nearly a year I was on edge, and I wanted to push him over it! As angry as I felt, I did not want to cause my marriage to end. What to do?
Practicing the old adage, “We teach what we need to learn,” I recalled the words I had written 3 years earlier in my book, Revolutionary Agreements:Read more
We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing! ~ George Bernard Shaw
What made me ask the question
I knew I needed to play more. I literally felt myself growing years older by the days that lacked any sort of play. I was completely out of balance and I knew it but I kept thinking tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow. Then tomorrow never came and I began to fear I could never get my balance back. It was literally making me sick, tired and stressed. I felt significantly older then my fifty years and couldn’t seem to figure out what to do about it...yikes!!Read more
It's the film changing the hearts and minds of those on the fence about marriage equality, by giving a raw insight into the lives of four Australian children growing up with same-sex parents. Sydney’s, Maya Newell has shown how intrinsically political documentaries can go beyond the polemical and straight to the heart.Read more