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Is there a solar system in the mind’s sky?

Our understanding of the human mind, including where it came from, it’s true nature, and how it works and evolves, is primitive. In the absence of scientific understanding, the lexicons for mindfulness and meditation are rich with evocative metaphors. We search for perfect images or words to describe or evoke various experiences and brain states that free us even for a few moments from […]


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A Coach’s Mind: Inside Out

We learned from the Oscar-winning Pixar movie, Inside Out , that multiplicity of mind is natural and normal. In my 2013 paper: Coaching the Multiplicity of Mind, a Strengths-Based Approach, I proposed a new model of the human psyche that is an adult version of Inside Out , positing that the human psyche has nine internal […]


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Are you burned out?

Are you burned out? Margaret Moore explores burnout, and physician burnout, in Institute of Coaching July 2016 coaching report: ow.ly/PP3r301ZesS


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The Spirit of Nonviolent Communication

In her article, “Basic Pitfalls of Using NVC,” Miki Kashtan reminds us of the importance of the spirit in this approach to communication. The practice of NVC, or Nonviolent Communication, is less about the “doing” of coaching and more about the “being” of coaching. When we get caught up in the mechanics of doing it, […]


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The Arrogance of Fixing

We’ve all wanted to help friends or family members through a tough situation, right? Our hearts are in the right place; we truly want to make their lives better, easier. That’s a good thing – if we choose to help in a way that actually benefits them. Check out Kate Larsen’s blog on The Arrogance […]


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Ten Coaching Tips for Health Professionals

While your environment may not allow the time for a full coaching conversation, utilizing all of the tools and theories related to behavior change, you can take the “coach approach”, even in a short patient visit, with these tips in mind: 1. Be a Role Model. Engage in upgrading your personal health behaviors in order […]


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What You Don’t Know…

From a recent article in Neuroscience News: “The most stressful scenario is when you really don’t know. It’s the uncertainty that makes us anxious. The same is likely to apply in many familiar situations, whether it’s waiting for medical results or information on train delays.” The article focuses on a study where subjects who were […]


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You’ll See it When You Believe It

Several years ago, I received a new hair dryer with a special “ionizing” feature. This option releases negative ions, which break down the water molecules on your wet hair so they can be absorbed into your follicles, leaving one with super-moisturized locks that feel silky and look healthier. And, oh, I felt wonderful! My hair […]


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Three Aha! Moments to Change Your Life

As a coach, I get to work with fascinating, complex and brilliant leaders. I can’t help but be overjoyed when a client begins to recognize negative self-talk and transform it into encouraging words of wisdom. It can be life changing!  Here are Three Aha! Moments that we can all learn from.  


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Multi-tasking is a Myth

A recent article in Stone Hearth Newsletters reinforced the importance of intentional presence in dispelling myths about multi-tasking. One myth is believing that we can focus on two mental activities at once.  While it is true that we can engage in unconscious activities (like brushing teeth) while thinking about something else, we cannot successfully focus […]


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