Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC ‘The journey itself is my home.’ Basho About this time of year for the last several years, I lace up my walking shoes, pack my bags, and head off to … [Read More...] about ‘The Journey Itself is My Home.’
Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC ‘The journey itself is my home.’ Basho About this time of year for the last several years, I lace up my walking shoes, pack my […]
By Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC In the 1940s, psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark designed and conducted a series of experiments known colloquially as “the doll tests” to study the […]
“Never succumb to the temptation of becoming bitter. As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love.” Rev. […]
The good news of a river’s comeback amidst a global pandemic.
The alarming spread of COVID-19 in the world and in local communities has up-ended daily routines, with mind-racing fear and anxiety. Social distancing, while a critical response to slow or halt […]
By Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC “Still, the profound change has come upon them; rooted they grip down and begin to awaken. . . .” —-William Carlos Williams Imbolc or […]
“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.”– Rumi Do you find yourself “going through the motions” in your daily life, on auto-pilot? In this new year, new decade, […]
By Valerie Brown “There comes a time in the spiritual journey when you start making choices from a very different place. And if a choice lines up so that it […]
By Valerie Brown “…even before you sat down with them, broke bread and drank wine, wiped the wind-tears form your eyes: pilgrim they called you again. Pilgrim.” —David Whyte, from Camino […]
By Valerie Brown “….Trust that meaningful conversations can change your world. Rely on human goodness. Stay together.” —Margaret Wheatley, from Turning to One Another As I return next month with […]
By Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC Have you heard the term a ‘thin place’? A thin place describes the distance between heaven and earth, a place where the space between the […]
“When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.” […]
By Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC Recently, I was part of a webinar in a year-long online learning course on transformational leadership. We opened the session with a ritual practice For a […]
Cultivating a kinder world by reorienting your vision.
Ghost Ranch is a place that gives voice to ‘your whole self’, to ponder the big questions of life purpose, meaning, and direction.
The clearness committee, developed by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), is an individual and communal process of spiritual discernment, an instrument to understand the movement of God […]
It was a long day on El Camino, The Way of Saint James, the famed thousand-year old pilgrimage route across the north of Spain. I set out at daybreak and […]
Fly-fishing looks effortless but that’s deceiving. It’s an intensely complex process. The angler needs to know exactly the right ‘fly’ to cast to lure fish. She needs to know how to cast, […]
Tamika, an assistant principal in a large urban school, is strong; she’s been told this for as long as she can remember. For Tamika, being strong is a heavy load, […]
“…when we learn how to listen more deeply to others, we can listen more deeply to ourselves.” ~ Parker J. Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness Research on listening indicates that the we […]
By Valerie Brown and Gayle Williams “Is it possible to become more intentional about creating spaces – in relationship, community – where our fearful shadows can emerge into the light […]
“…every trouble wants to draw the very best of you into the world.” —Mark Nepo, from Seven Thousand Ways to Listen When trouble happens sometimes we want to avoid conflict, […]
Listening is the oldest and perhaps the most powerful tool of healing. It is often through the quality of our listening and not the wisdom of our words that we are […]