How Are You Listening?

For those of us that have taken our coach training, we know all too well how easy it is to forget and/or get out of the habit of deep listening…because deep listening really isn’t the norm in our society; it’s up to us to make it the norm. Deep listening involves truly being present to what another person is saying without judgement, without an agenda, and without thinking about your response while the other person is talking. Different types of paraphrasing (like what we teach…

Featured Graduate Kelley Giaramita

Kelley Giaramita, RN, BVEd is a Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Certified Cancer Journey Coach. As an Associate Nursing Program Director, Kelley offers coaching to both nursing students and faculty. In the position as a Nurse Peer Coach with Vital WorkLife Inc. national behavioral health consulting firm, Kelley empowers front-line nurses with a new vantage point to view the challenges of second victim phenomenon, burnout, and compassion fatigue. In addition, she is currently co-authoring a book and collaborating with health professionals to address…

What Changes Do You Want To Keep?

Being a coaching school, talking about change goes with the territory…it’s what we do best! And we know that no matter how things may seem at the present time (whether we are talking personally or globally), we can count on our current circumstances changing. What’s important to underline though is that we can respond (with awareness) to our current circumstances and make choices to support the most positive outcomes available to us. Over the past year, many people have experienced lockdown, quarantine and/or social isolation…

Stop, Start, Continue

Well, here we are in 2021! We know it continues to be a strange and difficult time in the world at large, and when the clock turned midnight on New Year’s Eve it didn’t magically turn right-side up. It will take our fortitude and resilience to keep moving forward and make positive changes in both our lives, and the world. We think a simple process of identifying what you would like to “stop, start, and change” this year can be a tremendous help, and make…

After the Election

It seemed as though most of the world was watching the recent U.S. election with bated breath. There was good reason for this, because (from our perspective) the past U.S. administration didn’t operate from a coaching culture and had no plans to do so in the future. We are now optimistic that the new administration here in the U.S. will put forth a culture of respect and listening, direct feedback, fairness, inclusivity, and collaboration. Our hope is that all the structures of consciousness will also…

The Multiple Perspectives of COVID

As our alumni and students have experienced, our coach training has it’s foundation in Jean Gebser’s Structures of Consciousness, or ways of thinking and being. In simple and practical terms, this means looking at situations/scenarios/relationships etc. through multiple perspectives/structures. The Archaic Structure: The perspective where all is well, where you are connected to all that you need. A place we try to inhabit when we meditate. All is one. There is no time or space. The Magic Structure: The perspective where tribe is important. Intuition…

How Do You Want to Use Your Resources?

  As the month of March ushers in, all we can think about here at Wisdom of the Whole is “marching forward!”; the dead of winter is now officially over, and we can come out of hibernation! When we start “marching forward” though, it’s easy to become overwhelmed; there are so many choices to make, and things we could do. Many people struggle with how to best use their personal resources because in this day and age, when many outer structures are crumbling or changing,…

Panchakarma: Linda’s Experience

As some of you know, Dr. Linda Bark was in Hyderabad, India, for Panchakarma, until late November 2019. The Raju Panchakarma Health Center is in Hyderabad south India. It is run by 13th generation Ayurvedic physicians…it’s the “real deal!” The fathers and mothers in the family line prepare some of the medicines for their children to give when they become physicians…because some preparations can take 50 years before they are ready to administer! Here was Linda’s schedule for a typical day at the health center:…

A New Year, A New Decade

  Congratulations! We are not only at the start of a brand new year, but a new decade! It’s quite something to think about…being in the year “2020” seems monumental! We’re curious, did 2019 end the way you wanted it to? It’s useful to reflect on the past year, and the past decade, to clearly see where you want to go now. (ie. We aren’t going to visit the past and stay there, but use the information to gain new awareness and move forward.)  …

Interdependence

    Everyone here in the United States will soon be celebrating Independence Day. We often celebrate with parties, picnics, great food, and fireworks. Then, on July 5th, Dr. Linda Bark likes to celebrate what she calls “Interdependence Day”; a day to celebrate connection, collaboration, and working together to form the whole. To be clear, it’s not about celebrating independence OR interdependence, but about coming from an integral perspective and celebrating both. As social beings, we have a desire to connect with each other, make…