One of the people that really have inspired me in terms of organizational learning is Peter Senge. He became known with his book the The Fifth Discipline, published in 1992. Here he lays the foundation for the notion of organizational learning. Read the rest of this entry →
April 23, 2012 in Personal Transformation
A friend of mine seems to be in a rabbit hole. He suffers, he is afraid, he doesn’t know what’s next. I told him, “right now you are in the process of personal transformation.” It might not sound like what you want to hear when you are there, but the fact is, when you embrace this space you will find that you are on a quest to discover something new. It’s the way to live your life in the honest truth of searching for something new. Searching for a true and honest part of yourself – of who you are and what you want to do. Joseph Cambell describes this process in his book The Hero’s Journey.
How often are you confused? I am a university professor, and I find that my students are often confused. I remind them that it’s part of the learning process. When you learn new material or try to understand new thoughts and ideas, it’s natural to feel confused. It just means that you are processing new learning.
You are grasping a new way of understanding how to handle a problem, how to see the world, how to see yourself, or how to relate to people. So, it is then natural to come to the conclusion that confusion is great for us. It means you are thriving, you are transforming into something new. Read the rest of this entry →
How often do you express these words?
I am a big fan of Cafe Gratitude, a Raw Food restaurant. I remember the first time I visited Cafe Gratitude. The first thing I noticed was that some of the dishes (named things like I am wonderful!, I am loved! and I am grateful!) took some courage to articulate. We are not used to saying these statements, much less ordering dishes by them.
I have come to a point in my life where I found myself expressing gratitude not only in situations where I feel gratitude but also as a regular practice. Following one of my teachers Nicole Daedone, semantics is very important; language has a meaning and the way we say things have a large impact on how it is perceived, not only for others but also for ourselves. We need to be grateful for what we have, regardless of what it is. I’m saying this because no matter who we are, where we are or what we have, there is always something to be grateful for. Read the rest of this entry →
April 12, 2012 in Personal Growth
I recently spoke with a friend who is working through the grieving process after unexpectedly losing a loved one. Within her eyes I expected to see hurt, sadness, or pain. I even thought that I might see numbness on her face – as many who face the grieving process tend to shut down for a time and just cope. Instead, I was amazed by what I saw – I saw joy on her face. How, I wondered, could it be that someone who recently lost someone so close to them could have joy? So, I ventured to ask.
“It’s simple,” she replied. “I allow myself to feel all of the emotions.”
Such a strong statement – I allow myself to feel.
Many people walk through life afraid of embracing emotions and this causes them to miss out on so many great things. Read the rest of this entry →