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Presence leads to resilience: the capacity to be creative and resourceful and to take optimal action, no matter what’s going on around us.
“Reality does not take breaks.”
Whole person learning and practices produce embodiment, a compelling leadership presence, and physiologically supported change.
“We are what we have practiced. What we practice now is what we will become.”
Rigorous attention on present-moment experience enables choice and awareness. Inhibiting automatic behaviors opens new possibilities.
“My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind.”
As humans grow, the arc trends towards more flexible and complex thinking, holding multiple perspectives, and an ever larger circle of care and concern. Seeing this arc accelerates its unfolding.
“The fewer perspectives you have, the more certain you can be that you’re right.”
Human connectedness takes place below the level of language, one nervous system to another. Knowledgeable self-regulation leads to authentic and trusting relationships.
“You’ll never know who you are unless you shed who you pretend to be.”
A world that is increasingly complex requires new and sometimes counterintuitive leadership. Relying on what has worked in the past often makes matters worse.
“In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”
We describe presence as a meta-competency-- a capability that underpins everything else that we do. It becomes deeply woven into the fabric of who we are and how we organize and respond to our world. A meta-competency includes and enables other competencies. It is a way of being as much as a way of doing.
“Presence is an internal state: the inclusive awareness of stillness, possibility, and immediacy.”