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Darkness & Light

I used to believe America was the most enlightened country in the world, not because of some particular and intrinsic exceptionalism, but because as a melting pot it represents the best of all humanity. Granted, my perceptions were likely slanted while living in the San Francisco Bay Area for 20 years, one of the most progressive and inclusive parts of the country and an epicenter of spirituality and consciousness. But, if we are going to…

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A Practical Case Study On The Power Of Gratitude

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In this short video, I share about a time in my life in which the simple practice of gratitude spontaneously popped me out of feeling down in the dumps, and trapped by certain circumstances. Gratitude is a state of grace! Enjoy the video and let me know how it helped and any questions you may have.   Just breathe! ~ Christian  

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Speaking of Freedom…

July is the month when those of us in the U.S., France, Canada, Venezuela, Peru, Argentina and other countries celebrate independence. As the election cycle in the U.S. intensifies and enters its final phase, freedom is also being brandished about—through fear in some cases and inspiration in others—as a way to bring about action and garner electoral support. All over the world, the balance between freedom and security is being scrutinized and pulled in different…

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Power, Violence and Courage

There is a certain level of numbness that can happen when we hear about yet one more mass shooting or terrorist attack. Overwhelmed with emotions—grief, anger, frustration, helplessness—our system shuts down. Orlando struck particularly close to home for me, both geographically and because this time the setting was a gay bar and the patrons mostly LGBT Latinos. I have been feeling a bit numb these past few days, even after attending a moving vigil in…

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Falling In; Facing the Shadow

We can’t Namaste the shadow away. The fall equinox is associated with harvest time and preparing for winter. Spiritually, we in the northern hemisphere can take advantage of this time of shorter days and longer nights as an opportunity to “fall in,” to take a deep dive into ourselves and explore the vast and, for the most part, uncharted territory within. My friend Michael Lennox, an author and astrologer, points to the time between two…

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Trump, Ego & Power

Like many others, I’ve been trying to wrap my mind around the Trump phenomenon. What is the appeal of someone so offensive and mean-spirited—a self-important, narcissistic bully, a self-aggrandizing, pompous and vulgar loudmouth spewing such chauvinistic, racist and bigoted views? As I see it, Trump has emerged in our collective psyche to offer us all a choice. Not simply a political choice, but a moral one—an evolutionary one. Disappointed with the status quo and fearful…

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Navigating Power Plays 

When was the last time you got caught up in a power struggle? Who was the other player? A lazy co-worker? A manipulative boss? A controlling spouse or irresponsible teenager? Or perhaps that passive-aggressive customer service representative snagged you after you had to navigate automated voicemail limbo and wait on hold for 20 minutes? Power conflicts can feel like being trapped in a whirlpool of anger, frustration and helplessness that we just can’t seem to…

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Sex & Power

Our world is “obsexed,” a bit out of control in this area, to say the least. Sex has been so repressed and demonized that it comes out in unhealthy expressions. In its most extreme and violent forms, the unhealthy expression of sexual and power dynamics show up as rape and sexual abuse, which are clearly more about power than sex. It is interesting that one of the most common verbal expressions of aggression in the…

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The Power of Commitment

Breathwork Training

One of the quotes which participants of Soulful Purpose retreats find most helpful is from William Hutchinson Murray’s The Scottish Himalayan Expedition: “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues…

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The Power of Vulnerability

Breathwork Training

If we need to prove we are powerful it is safe to assume that we are compensating for feeling powerless in some way. There is power in conscious vulnerability. We are so confident in our power that there is nothing to defend: we are not worried about others’ opinions or about being attacked. There is a Buddhist story about a monk who was falsely accused of impregnating a young woman who faced being ostracized by…

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