“We dull our lives by the way we conceive them.” ~James Hillman

This week I was in the presence of a number of people who are in the midst of hard trials: two young mothers who are facing life threatening illnesses, a friend who just lost her partner of 30…

Most of us do not see ourselves as valuable simply because we are. A lack of an innate sense of worth is ubiquitous in our culture. We do, however, extend a different level of generosity to our pets. If our dog lies around all day, we love him or her…

Every day the Holy Man walked to the Ganges and swam in its sacred waters. Making his way from his small hut to the river’s edge, his feet touched the ground as prayer.

In his town was a man who felt great irritation whenever he crossed paths with the Saint…

If you follow the breath cycle as it is drawn into the body and then releases, you discover that there is a space or gap at the top and the bottom of the breath. …

Once upon a time, a long long time ago, but not so long ago that it cannot be remembered, there was a verdant village tucked into the folds of a canyon where food was plentiful and water flowed. …

The collective energy around our planet is quite agitated. Within this global context, people’s personal experiences vary tremendously. For some, as this destructive cycle churns through time, it is as if a bandaid has been ripped off, exposing an inner state that is usually covered over. …

Illustration by Paul du Coudray

Recently, I traveled to Las Vegas and stood before 1,200 people to deliver a TEDx talk. It flowed beautifully…until I suddenly went blank, my train of thought evaporating into the ether. One minute I was in communion with the audience. The next minute I was living a primal human fear…

Find your starting point.

Leaders are at their best when they are balanced, relaxed and happy. It is our fundamental nature to be happy. “Really?” you say, with a skeptical cock of your head. Then why is happiness often so incredibly fleeting and illusive?

We live in a culture that identifies happiness with material…

Jan Birchfield

Author, Speaker and Founder of Contemplative Leadership Development. CLD offers leadership and executive coaching both nationally and internationally.

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