It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.

Listening:

We all take breathing for granted until our breath fails us. At that moment, there is nothing more important upon which to focus. This episode of the Stanford Storytelling Project is dedicated to breathing. Interviewers explore every inhale and every exhale in a variety of different conditions such as dancing, beatboxing, etc. You’ll hear stories from deep underwater in a cave in the Bahamas, to China and the impact of qigong on collective breathing, and finally to the role artificial breathing plays in determining what constitutes life and what constitutes death.

Reading:

Every act of communication is an act of tremendous courage in which we give ourselves over to two parallel possibilities: the possibility of planting into another mind a seed sprouted in ours and watching it blossom into a breathtaking flower of mutual understanding; and the possibility of being wholly misunderstood, reduced to a withering weed. Candor and clarity go a long way in fertilizing the soil, but in the end there is always a degree of unpredictability in the climate of communication — even the warmest intention can be met with frost. Yet something impels us to hold these possibilities in both hands and go on surrendering to the beauty and terror of conversation, that ancient and abiding human gift. And the most magical thing, the most sacred thing, is that whichever the outcome, we end up having transformed one another in this vulnerable-making process of speaking and listening.”  –Maria Popova
 
Maria Popova is the founder and curator of “BrainPickings,” a weekly newsletter that explores “art, science, philosophy, creativity, children’s books and other strands of our search for truth, beauty, and meaning,” In this edition, she writes about Ursula LeGuin’s book, “The Wave of the Mind: Talks and Essays on The Writer, The Reader, and The Imagination.” Popova is eloquent in her discussion of the book and will likely entice you to read LeGuin’s work. You are in for a double treat if this is your first introduction to Popova and/or LeGuin.

Watching:

I’ve long been a fan of David Eagleman’s work both as a lyrical writer of fiction and as a neuroscientist. I ran across his recently videotaped talk at Google, “Can We Create New Senses for Humans?” and was immediately entranced. Little did I know that this talk would have such personal application for me as he is currently testing out a device that will allow deaf people to hear that unlike cochlear implant technology is neither surgically invasive nor expensive. While I’m forever thankful that my two cochlear implants have restored my hearing, I’m excited to know that Eagleman’s technology will allow far greater numbers of deaf people accessibility to hearing. Even more exciting is the research that he’s involved in that will expand the range of all of our senses. Be prepared to be amazed at what is not only possible but probable in the near future. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.

See you again in two weeks,
Judy