On Creativity and Coaching: My Practice
Updated: Jan 2, 2019
My integrative-coaching style grows out of more than three decades of combined work as a teacher, mentor, literature scholar, creative writer, and yoga student. My academic work is inspired by my interests in rhetoric, writing, aesthetics, philosophy, music, and questions about generating, organizing, doing, and re-evaluating the creative process and applications to daily work. My mantra for teaching, coaching, and yoga is relaxation, concentration, inspiration. If we can learn to chill out--to focus--then the rest of life seems to take care of itself in an inspired way. In other words, relaxation is key to clarity and insight. Relaxation, Concentration, Inspiration.
The workshops and training that I offer as a creative empowerment coach are inspired by my first meditation and writing teacher, Paul Ciccone Jr., and the support and words of my numerous teachers and the loving, talented individuals who blessed me through and after my creative and spiritual awakenings: I thank abundantly my thousands of students over the years, for they helped me keep my wit and invention sharp in daily writing practice; thank you to my whole family, for your love. And thanks to Dr. Jonathan Quick, "Mata" Eileen Muir, Joel and Diana Alstad; Victoria Austin; Sharon Salzberg; Dr. Cheryl Glenn; Dr. Jon Olson; Dr. Charlotte Holmes, so many more inspired writers, teachers, and colleagues. Thank you.
I should thank my yoga props, too: the solid wall, the yoga mats and bricks, the bolsters, blankets and all the accoutrement of my practice; I must thank as well the birds, the music, and the bass guitar leaning up against a painting I made (I thank that, too) that still needs to be mounted to the wall above my practice space. And I am grateful for the craft of writing, which compels me to go general or specific, depending on the circumstances. In any case, the practice is there for me: to remember, to understand, to see myself.