Mindfulness, Hiring, Org Dev & Cool Stuff

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We recently launched our inaugural BE Coaching Certification in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The preparation for this course was quite tedious because we were trying to determine the absolute “Essentials” of coaching. We started with hundreds of ideas and narrowed them to a few. Presence, relaxation, persistence and focus made the final cut, and so did the qualities of gentleness, patience, a sense of humor and curiosity. Recently, all of these concepts rolled up into a mysterious, and to me, miraculous experience, involving a Western Swallowtail butterfly.


The swallowtail embodies the yellow vibrancy of the sun. She also adorns the colors of night, with spots of blue sky. And, as many of you know, this delicate, ethereal being has danced with me for a long time, showing up at all the right times. 


On August 16th, 2019 I was watering the flowers around my front yard fountain, and there she was, her motionless body on the ground amidst the colors of late summer wildflowers. Gently, as gently as I could, I placed her in my open palm. I wanted to preserve her and keep her pristine. And I felt sad. She was my friend, the kind of friend who brightens one’s mood, is completely unpredictable and impossible to control,  a friend who shows up when she wants, stays as long as she wants, and floats out of your life in harmony with the spirit she follows. 


I moved to the back yard and sat with her, and began to speak to her in the spirit of compassion, with primordial tones that resonate the pure essence of love: om mani padme hung. Om mani padme hung. Om mani padme hung. Over and over these words were repeated with patience and curiosity. Time passed, maybe thirty minutes. Then she moved a leg. What? 


I added the English language prayer of compassion: May you be well. May you be happy. May you be free of suffering. The sun joined us and warmed our bodies. May you be well. May you be happy. May you be free of suffering. I did my very best to be present with her, connected, focused on her. And she responded, like all beings do, when we practice the Essentials.


Slowly, she gained energy. Perhaps another twenty minutes passed. She stood. 


Om mani padme hung. Om mani padme hung. May you be well. May you be happy. May you be free of suffering. 


She moved her wings. Lift off followed and straight to the sunflower garden, straight to her relatives who look a lot like her with their Versaci yellows and Armani blacks. I followed her. 


Om mani padme hung. May you be well. May you be happy. May you be free of suffering. 


She struggled. I extended my hand. She walked back onto me. We continued our healing. After some time I knew she was ready for another test flight, this time the flight was to my house wall where she landed and tried to climb. She was climbing for the sky. Aren’t we all? And agin, exhausted, back to my open palm. 


Om mani padme hung. May you be well. May you be happy. May you be free of suffering. 


She gained strength and so did I. We were in this together. Another flight. Up she went, above my head, spiraling into empty space. She circled me, then circled the yard, and then she flew away to make someone else happy. 


All of us can do this you know. These are not powers unique to anyone. We can all practice being gentle, patient and curious. We can learn to be present, relaxed and focused. And when we do, we can have faith that healing will happen. 

-Rick Breden, CEO
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