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The Lever That Brings About Change

What we learned in the last post about immunity to change based on Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey’s book of the same name is that resistance to change isn’t about inertia or lack of will, but is the result of an unrecognized competing commitment.  These hidden commitments cause us to behave in ways that seem inexplicable, …
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Listening as a Spiritual Practice

I read two quotations in the March Richmond Friends Meetingnewsletter and stopped breathing for a second.   You know that feeling—something out of the blue—a quotation, a poem or a comment–strikes you forcefully and you must pay attention.  Who knows why a comment means so much to one person but not to another. I take a …
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To Learn, Find Your Edge

I’m flying down the Powderline from the top of Bald Mountain at the White Grass Ski Touring Center and I’m going faster than I’ve ever skied before.  Conditions are perfect and I’ve thrown my usual caution to the wind.  About two thirds of the way down my exhilaration (mixed with a little fear) turns to …
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Do You See the Beauty?

I was looking through a box of old photographs and found a picture of myself taken when I was in college.  A friend interested in photography wanted to practice and had taken and developed this picture and several others.  I remember distinctly how disappointed I was when I saw the result of his work.  Disappointed …
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