Articles

The Synergy of Passion and Presence

The Synergy of Passion and Presence

Recently I provided a public speaking class for a program within Terra Linda High School focused on "developing socially responsible, ecologically literate, and economically aware leaders for the next generation." The experience proved to be a turning point in my own...

read more
The Gift of Stage Fright

The Gift of Stage Fright

We come into this world as fully expressive bundles of divine energy, but as relational beings we need our divinity mirrored back in order for us to fulfill our unique expression on earth. After our physiological and safety needs are met, our need for belonging...

read more
Let Your Mind Breathe

Let Your Mind Breathe

A few days ago I heard a radio ad for a cable TV service that trumpeted peace of mind as the promise. "And isn't it all about peace of mind?" were the closing words. In the next two days I heard "peace of mind" twice more, in ads for a bank and for a car. The phrase...

read more
Attune Your Instrument

Attune Your Instrument

I just saw "Whiplash," the 2014 movie that won a Best Actor Oscar for J.K. Simmons as an abusive jazz music teacher. Beyond the unremitting cruelty, I was struck by the precision of the minute adjustments required by professional musicians to keep their instrument in...

read more
The Pleasure of Being Seen

The Pleasure of Being Seen

In previous columns I've cited brain research that sheds light on the transformational impact of the Relational Presence practice we do at Speaking Circles, an approach that may be considered the lazy person's guide to dissolving stage fright with groups and in...

read more