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A “Dealing with Difficult People” training will be offered in Vancouver on January 31, 2012, from 9a.m. to 4.30p.m.

Difficult individuals can take our time, energy and sleep and can leave us anxious and distracted. In this engaging and empowering skill-building workshop, psychotherapist Catherine Comuzzi and mediator Gordon White have combined their decades of experience working with challenging individuals and issues. They facilitate an informative, engaging, and fun 1-day workshop that will teach you how to be more powerful, relaxed, influential, and generally effective when you are interacting with difficult people, or when you have responsibility for managing difficult people problems.

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Introduction to Holistic Coaching & Psychosynthesis will be offered on Friday, February 3, 2012, 9:00 AM in Vancouver, Canada. Coaching is about facilitating others to become more integrated as they actualize their dreams, hopes, and aspirations. Without an integrated understanding and approach to our work as coaches, we may be supporting a split or schism in our clients, rather than an integration and strengthening of their efforts.

As coaches, working in a way that promotes healing, integration and freedom requires a habit of self-reflection about our practices. How do we work so that we aim for a balance, a harmony and build a real foundation in our clients for the changes they are seeking. It is important to have an integrated perspective in understanding and working with clients. This short course introduces the fundamentals of working with people using a holistic point of view which includes body, mind, and spirit. Space is limited and early registration online is recommended.

With Holistic Coaching & Psychosynthesis Training, you will learn:

how to consider the dimensions of body, mind and spirit in our clients
how to view a client’s attached roles, identifications, habits, patterns as roadblocks to change
how to loosen the rigidity of a client’s patterns
the different dimensions of the will
how to understand the difference between using will power vs an integrated will
how to expand a client’s awareness and to develop more stamina, steadfastness, etc. for the change process
how to cultivate practices and homework exercises which support the capacity for changing between coaching sessions
how to keep awareness and the excitement of changing alive
how to build the strength, the energy and capacity of the will to propel the movement of change

This meeting is about: coaching training, Life Coach Training, Spiritual Consulting and Life Coaching, Become a certified life coach, Life Coach Certification, Life Coaching, Personal Growth, Holistic Health, Certified Life Coach Training, Spirituality, Personal Growth, Meditation, Spiritual Growth and Transformation, Life Coaching For Women, Psychosynthesis, NLP, Hypnosis, & Success-Life Coaching, Executive and Business Coaching

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The Coaching Training Program will be offered in Vancouver by The Certified Coaches Federation on February 4-5, 2012 Saturday and Sunday 9-4:30pm (two days).

This 2 day intensive course will get you started in life coaching. What you bring is your professional background and skills, as well as the wisdom from your life experience with change plus your desire to truly help people. We add the structures and protocols that you need to guide you through the coaching process.

Life coaching helps individuals realize their goals by introducing new perspectives. Coaches offer tools to identify and eliminate those limiting beliefs that sabotage growth and success. Great coaches can work with people different from themselves as well as people like themselves. Most importantly they are skilled and able to customize their strategies to suit the needs of each client. Great coaches get results.

In just two days with me you will develop and expand your horizons so that you can begin to identify yourself clearly as a life coach. You will develop an increased appreciation of how beliefs and attitudes effect one’s capacity for change. More importantly in this course you will learn what practical structures and attitudes support effective life coaching.

Your investment includes:
– Assessment Based Certification as a Life Coach Practitioner;
– One-on-one follow-up coaching session with a Certified Master Coach;
– 12 month subscription to CCF Coaching Strategies Newsletter;
– 12 month registration in our Continuing Education program;
– Additional recorded lessons on coaching strategies & marketing strategies for one full year;
– Official CCF Certificate

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Marie-Josee Shaar is the author of “Smarts and Stamina: the Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance.” Her mission is to reverse the current epidemics of sleep deprivation, obesity, depression, and physical inactivity. A Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP), she is certified as a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and as a Personal Trainer. Please visit www.SmartsAndStamina.com for more information.

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I am just back from the most amazing trip of my life. I visited Maui, a breathtakingly beautiful island where I experienced multiple moments of awe, elevation, spirituality, and connection with all things larger than myself. I had the daily pleasure to savor wholesome, real food right off of a tree or out of the ocean. I had time for meaningful interactions with other people, and for being in the moment while doing so.

Avatar as a Proxy
I also recently had the pleasure to see the movie Avatar (Directed by James Cameron), which somehow stroke the same chord in me as Maui. For those who have never been to Maui and may not have an immediate opportunity to go, Avatar can serve as somewhat of a proxy.

Avatar is the story of Jake, a soldier who is sent to meet the Na’vi, the inhabitants of Pandora. Pandora is a beautiful land where nature and Eywa (their deity) guide the way of living. Jake’s mission is to convince the Na’vi to leave their territory so the military can mine precious metals from its ground.

But Jake is in for a surprise. Rather than advancing the military cause he was sent to serve, he finds himself increasingly appreciative of how the Na’vi think, relate, and live. He discovers the beauty of the connection between all living things. Pandora turns out to be a mind and heart opener. It helps Jake get in touch with his own humanity.

Making the Connection
DSCN4940What happens to Jake is quite similar to what happened to me in Maui. We both stepped outside our usual worlds. Guided by the rhythm of nature, we were in better touch with our best selves. Stephen and Rachel Kaplan, Psychologists at the University of Michigan, explain that nature experiences can have profound effects on a person’s psychology. That’s certainly what happened to me. Stepping outside the demands of urbanization stimulated my strengths of open-mindedness, appreciation of beauty, and capacity to love.

At the end of my trip to Maui and at the end of Avatar, I cried. Cried for more connection with Mother Earth. Cried for future generations who, unless we start taking the environment more seriously, may not get the chance to experience the awe, elevation, and spirituality I found.

Today, I am more motivated than ever to be respectful of the environment through the dozens of everyday choices that we know about and should never fail to make. Go see Avatar if you haven’t already, and join me in this motion.

The human past used to be filled with connections to nature. I may be a bit of a dreamer, but I hope there is still time to make it the way of the future.

Author’s note: I would like to thank two real gentlemen who inspired me as I wrote this article. Kind, generous and always-fun-to-be-around Jeremy McCarthy, MAPP suggested I write about my trip to Maui. You can follow him on Twitter here: @jeremymcc.

Then equally generous motivational specialist Emmanuel Lopez, also known by his superhero name Motivatorman encouraged me to draw parallels between Maui and Avatar. For more info on how Avatar can inspire you, please see his blog entry “Tip#314: Step Outside Your World For Awhile – Avatar“.


Both photos courtesy of the author.

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World Watch Institute (2010). State of the World 2010: Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism to Sustainability. W. W. Norton.

First edition of our Podcast, soon to be found on iTunes!

Happiness podcast 1: definying happiness. Happiness is more than pleasure.

How to be happier: meaning and happiness podcast. Happiness and science, philosophy, spirituality
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AmAre is an approach to subjective well-being, it means “being”: Aware and Accepting; Meaningful and Motivated; Active and Attentive; Resilient and Respectful; Eating properly and Exercising.

Spirituality, Religion, and Peace Education is a book edited by Edward J. Brantmeier, Jing Lin, John P. Miller.

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Spirituality, Religion, and Peace Education attempts to deeply explore the universal and particular dimensions of education for inner and communal peace. This co-edited book contains fifteen chapters on world spiritual traditions, religions, and their connections and relevance to peacebuilding and peacemaking. This book examines the teachings and practices of Confucius, of Judaism, Islamic Sufism, Christianity, Quakerism, Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and of Indigenous spirituality. Secondly, it explores teaching and learning processes rooted in self discovery, skill development, and contemplative practices for peace. Topics in various chapters include: the Buddhist practice of tonglen; an indigenous Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono for forgiveness and conflict resolution; pilgrimage and labyrinth walking for right action; Twelve Step Programs for peace; teaching from a religious/spiritual perspective; narrative inquiry, Daoism, and peace curriculum; Gandhi, deep ecology, and multicultural peace education in teacher education; peacemaking and spirituality in undergraduate courses; and wisdom-based learning in teacher education. Peace education practices stemming from wisdom traditions can promote stillness as well as enliven, awaken, and urge reconciliation, connection, wisdom cultivation, and transformation and change in both teachers and students in diverse educational contexts.

In various chapters of this book, a critique of competition, consumerism, and materialism undergird the analysis. More than just a critique, some chapters provide both conceptual and practical clarity for deeper engagement in peaceful action and change in society. Cultural awareness and understanding are fostered through a focus on the positive aspects of wisdom traditions rather than the negative aspects and historical complexities of violence and conflict as result of religious hegemony.

“This collective volume co-edited by three experts in the field offers a rich overview of the ways in which spirituality can serve as the core of peace education. Part I, “Great Wisdom Traditions and Peace Education,” offers a series of insights concerning what some of the great spiritual traditions can offer to counteract some of the excesses of the dominant contemporary educational system, such as materialism, consumerism, competition or nationalism. We are reminded of the spiritual roots of some famous peace educators, activists and leaders, and learn about less known ones. Part II, “Peace Education, Teaching and Learning, and Spirituality,” introduces spiritual themes that are conducive to peace, related to a spiritual tradition or not. This book explains and illustrates how the concept of interdependence, found in all spiritual traditions and numerous practices and activities that have a spiritual quality, is the key for peace education towards a better future for humanity and our planet. This book offers excellent insight for those who are already engaged in peace education as well as for people just starting to touch the surface of this topic.” Dr. Olivier Urbain Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research

Introduction: Toward an Integrated Spirituality for Peace, Edward J. Brantmeier. PART I: GREAT WISDOM TRADITIONS AND PEACE EDUCATION. Confucius’ Teaching of Virtues: Implications for World Peace and Peace Education, Jing Lin and Yingji Wang. Islamic Sufism and Education for Peace, Michelle Ayazi. A Jewish Perspective on Peace Education, Reuben Jacobson and Moishe Steigmann. How Christianity Addresses Peace and What This Means for Education, Rebecca L. Oxford. Peace Education and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Mary Lee Morrison and Ian Harris. Hinduism and Peace Education, Priyankar Upadhyaya. A Tibetan Peace Perspective, Jia Luo. Indigenous Spirituality as a Source for Peaceful Relations, Four Arrows, aka Don Trent Jacobs. PART II: PEACE EDUCATION, TEACHING AND LEARNING, AND SPIRITUALITY. Contemplative Practices in Counseling and Education: A Course in Nonviolent Intervention for Counselors and Teachers, Nathalie Kees. Finding Peace via Reconciliation and Awakening: 12-Step Programs and Education for Religion, Spirituality, and Peace, D. Brent Edwards Jr. The Place of Spirituality in the Life and Work of Ismaili Teachers of Central Asia, Sarfaroz Niyozov and Zahra Punja. Daoism, Narrative Inquiry, and a Curriculum of Peace, Xin Li. Peacemaking and Spirituality: Bridging Faith, Values, Understanding and Life Skills, William M. Timpson. “Self” Re-Education for Teachers: Gandhi, Deep Ecology, & Multicultural Peace Education, Edward J. Brantmeier. Educating for Wisdom, John P. Miller. About the Authors. Index.


March 23, 2010

How “spiritual” you are has nothing to do with what you beliefs, but everything to do with your state of consciousness.