RAIN and the 5 A’s

How do you choose between RAIN and the 5 A’s? Keep reading to find out what the RAIN and 5 A method is and how to use them to improve your mental well-being in trying situations and in everyday life. What is RAIN? RAIN is an acronym for a mindfulness meditation practice that brings awareness […]

Energy Follows Attention

When I was studying for my certification as an authorized teacher of the enneagram with Helen Palmer, she would almost always say in the trainings, “Energy follows attention!” This has stuck with me since 1988, and I have experienced it as a fact. If I put my attention on writing this article, for example, my […]

A Confession

I have a confession to make to you, my readers. In 1971, we learned about the Arica forty day training created by Oscar Ichazo in Arica, Chile. Of course, it was out of the question for us to go there with a 2-year-old and no money, but we learned all we could about the Enneagram, […]

Mindfulness Reconnects Us With Our Center

These words of wisdom from George Mumford teach us how mindfulness reconnects us with our center and the space between stimulus and response. His work with athletes is quite well known. “Think about the eye of a hurricane, or the calm still center in the middle of a cyclone. No matter how intense the storm […]

The Enneagram – From Personality To Awakening

The Enneagram The enneagram is a nine pointed diagram introduced in Europe in the 1920’s by George Gurdjieff . Recently, many teachers have taught the enneagram as a tool to transform personality traits into higher qualities for spiritual development and awakening. They map each point on the diagram at the left into a different personality type and also […]

The Power of Introversion

This Ted Talk video is about the power of introversion. The speaker is Susan Cain. She says, “When it comes to creativity and to leadership, we need introverts doing what they do best.” Did you know that one-third to one-half of the population are introverts? Introverts feel more at home in a quiet, low key […]

May I Have the Courage

These words of wisdom come from my dear friend Gabrielle Roth. She passed away on October 22, 2012 and she is sorely missed by many of my friends and me. You can read about her passing here: In Memory Of My Beloved Teacher, Gabrielle Roth. Her son, Jonathan Horan, has taken over the Five Rhythms […]

Surrendering to Our Grief

Frank Ostaseski is one the founders of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. It was founded in 1987 by members of the San Francisco Zen Center and its doors have been open since 1990. I have had more than three previous occasions to encounter the Zen Hospice Project. When my friend, Richard Dahut was […]

Enneagram Point 9 – The Mediator

To celebrate the redesign of the Enneagram Instrument website, we are offering this excerpt of Point Nine on the enneagram. Habits of Heart and Mind of the Mediator Point Nine on the Enneagram represents the point where anger went to sleep. As a result, Nines are considered passive aggressive, and can be quite stubborn until […]

Enneagram Point 6 – The Trooper

To celebrate the redesign of the Enneagram Instrument website, we are offering this excerpt of Point Six on the enneagram. Habits of Heart and Mind of the Trooper Point Six on the Enneagram represents the point of the Trooper, also called the Devil’s Advocate. This point is characterized by the overwhelming concern for safety and […]