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January 23, 2016

How to be an Urban Monk

The world gets busier and more chaotic everyday. With traffic, wars, climate change, and lunatics harming innocent people, we’re constantly being fed bad news by the media. Of course we’re stressed out. The challenge of the modern world becomes one of sanity. How can we keep it together, provide for our families, be good global citizens, and not collapse under the “sky is falling” mentality that surrounds us?

Many have turned to yoga and meditation. Others have found Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Sufism, or chanting. All of these things are wonderful but they come with a major challenge. The majority of these practices have been developed for ascetics– [...]

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December 3, 2015

Meet Them Where They Are To Help Them

In this follow-up interview with Lt. Col. Scott Mann, we delve deeper into the wounds of the Middle East and how we can look at fixing this situation. Part of it is a battle of ideology. Mann’s opinion is that certain elements can’t and won’t change because they believe they’re ushering in the apocalypse. Not much sense in having a rational conversation with that it seems.

What about women and elders? How can we strengthen communities? How can we learn more about the local history of the places we have issues?

We covered a lot of topics and, as a former Green Beret, he brought some powerful insights back from 14 years of war he has waged against [...]

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December 3, 2015

Finding Your Confidence and Your True Voice [Video]

Per Bristow has been voice coaching Hollywood’s elite for years. His unconventional approach really stems from roots in something very deep. While learning to find his own voice as a child who was taught to blend in and avoid making a scene, he learned how that impacted him and decided to change it. Fortunately, he uncovered some serious personal power and has been teaching people how to find their own “voice” ever since.

The translation of the word charisma in Swedish roughly means the rays that emanate from within us. Think about that. It’s a pretty esoteric thing and that’s where we need to step into. Lighting up a room by walking into it is a [...]

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November 19, 2015

An Evolutionary Roundtable Around Peaceful Solutions To Terrorism

After the recent events in Beirut, Kenya, and Paris, I decided to invite several key members of the Evolutionary Leader’s Circle to discuss these events and to start a dialogue on how we can look at them from different perspectives. Don Beck couldn’t get on the hangout so I called Joe Martino of Collective-Evolution to bring a millennial voice to this party. I was joined by Barbara Marx Hubbard, Elza Maalouf, Gregg Braden, and Stephen Dinan.

What are the peaceful solutions? Well, how about helping impoverished people get the resources they need so they don’t get marginalized and subsequently, get pulled into an ugly [...]

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