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Relaxation |Nov 2019
Leadership Essentials: Lesson 2, The Importance of Self-Care for Leaders, Behavioral Scale Deep Dive: Low Support, How to Create a Workplace Where People Feel Appreciated
Leadership Essentials |Nov 2019
Leadership Essentials: Lesson 1, 15 Quotes about the Importance of Integrity as a Leader, Behavioral Scale Deep Dive: Low Dominance, 1 Simple Habit that Separates Successful People from everyone else
Welcoming Fall, A Meditation for Fall, Behavioral Scale Deep Dive: High Dominance, Staying Mindful this Fall, A Conversation with Joel Parrott, President/CEO of the Oakland Zoo
Low Creativity |Oct 2019
Low Creativity as a Strength, Behavioral Scale Deep Dive: Low Creativity, The Importance of Mentoring & Developing People, The Importance of Doing Nothing
High Creativity |
Behavioral Scale Deep Dive: High Creativity, How to Detect Conflict using the BE Success Survey, New Newsletter Directory, How your Breath Controls your Mood and Attention
Overcoming Anxiety | Sep 2019
Anxiety & the Vagus Nerve, Behavioral Scale Deep Dive: High Order, The Five Stepping Stones Mindful Leaders Cultivate, The AZA & Conservation
The Western Swallowtail|
A story of a Western Swallowtail, Order & Structure, The Inaugural BE Coaching Certification Retreat & Sonic Succulents
Relax into it |Jul 2019
Progressive Muscle Relaxation, 6 Ways to Practice Mindfulness on your Busiest Days, What is Industrial-Organizational Psychology and How it can Benefit Companies, 50 Profound Sayings
Support from all Directions |
Support from all directions, How to Manage Highly Dominant Employees, How you can Level Up your Coaching Process with our Tools & MIT's Neural Network to Understand Pizza
Summertime & the Living' is Easy |
4 Ways to Mindfully Embrace Summertime, How you Save Time Hiring with our Behavioral Assessment (Infographic), 5 Steps to Hiring the Right Person & Arvo Pärt
Unlock your Full Potential |
Breathing into your center, The Level Up Executive Coaching Process, 5 Benefits of Executive Coaching for You and Your Organization, Overcoming Overwhelm in a Fast-Paced World & NASA's Mars Rover
The Practice of Sending & Receiving |
Tonglen meditation, best practices for coaching employees, level up your customer service reps, 3 steps for releasing anxious thoughts & Tibetan musical notation
Cultivating Compassion |
Compassion Meditation, 6 Behavioral scales of a successful CEO, the self-awareness disconnect in leaders, 3 questions to ask yourself to practice empathy & Charles Proteus Steinmetz.
Spring Reset |
A meditation on presence, 4 behavioral scales to look for in a manager, embracing interconnectivity & change, 3 ways to mindfully welcome spring & Yo-Yo Ma
Relaxing the Inner Critic |
Relaxing the Inner Critic, Managing Highly Creative Employees, The importance of support as a leader, the power of kindness & Lady Gaga's mental health program.
The Five Mindfulness Trainings, Learning how to Relax, How to Manage Your Emotions, How to Motivate your Team & Increase Productivity & Inspiring Wholeness
On Natural Tendencies we tackle the tough stuff with real people, and provide them with a place to process, learn and grow. We also provide practices and support materials that can help you overcome, or at least better manage, whatever is holding you back.
Leadership Essentials: Lesson 2
In the second lesson of the Leadership Essentials series, Rick explores the importance of relaxation as a leader and the many benefits it can bring.
Leadership Essentials: Lesson 1
Rick begins a 10-part series on Leadership Essentials that focuses on the core attributes of a leader. In this introductory lesson, he explores the importance of ``doing what you say you're going to do.``
A Meditation for Fall
In the second part of this series on fall, Rick guides you through a meditation on presence and acceptance as these themes relate to fall.
In the first part of this two part series, Rick talks about the wonders of fall and shares an anecdote that illuminates the interconnectivity and change inherent in this season.
Low Creativity as a Strength
In this quick podcast episode, Rick explores a client example where having a low creativity score was a huge strength.
Behavioral Scale Deep Dive: High Creativity
In this quick podcast episode, Rick shares a story about how his high creativity score has effected him in his own life and gives advice on how to find balance if you’re highly creative.
Anxiety & The Vagus Nerve
In this week's podcast episode, Rick talks about anxiety and it's relationship to the Vagus Nerve and provides you with a simple, 3-minute practice that can help you start to overcome it.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
In this podcast, Rick helps you relax your mind and body through a technique called Progressive Muscle Relaxation. This technique is a wonderful way to slow down excessive thinking and rumination, and creates awareness of your body, encouraging you to notice what it feels like to be tense vs. relaxed in the present moment.
Support from all Directions
In this episode of Natural Tendencies, Rick talks about the importance of connecting with nature and guides you through a practice he calls “Support from all Directions” that celebrates the wonderful realities that are around us all the time.
Breathing into your Center
In this episode of Natural Tendencies, Rick guides you through a quick meditation that focuses on breathing into your center in order to calm the body and mind.
In this meditation, Rick's teacher, John P. Milton, a renowned ecologist, spiritual teacher, meditation master, vision quest leader and shaman, guides you through a Tonglen practice to expand your compassion and loving kindness to others by reducing your own painful attachments.
In this episode of Natural Tendencies, Rick leads you through a compassion meditation to bring happiness to others and encourages us to act in ways that are sustainable and life promoting.
A Meditation on Presence
In this episode, Rick introduces you to his dear friend and spiritual teacher, John P. Milton, a renowned ecologist, spiritual teacher, meditation master, vision quest leader and shaman, who leads you through a meditation on presence.
Relaxing the Inner Critic
In this discussion and meditation, Rick briefly addresses the dissatisfaction we all experience in our lives and provides a meditation to ease the endless cycle of craving and clinging.
Introduction to the Five Mindfulness Trainings
In the first episode of this series, Rick provides you with a way to approach Thich Nhat Hanh's five mindfulness trainings that he introduces and explores throughout the series.
Order & Structure
How orderly and structured are you? In this episode, Rick shares a brief funny story about one of our clients and dear friends who pays no mind to order and structure, in a hilarious and awesome way.
Dealing with Painful Emotions
In this episode, Rick discusses the many obscurations and blockages that contribute to our suffering, how we can become aware of them, and learn how to relax and release.
I have arrived, I am home
In this special episode of Natural Tendencies, Rick shares the significance of Thich Nhat Hanh as a teacher in his life and one of his favorite Gathas for practicing presence and mind-body-spirit connection.
In this episode of Natural Tendencies, Rick teaches you how to cultivate compassion for yourself and others in this quick guided meditation.
Finding Inner Happiness
In this episode of Natural Tendencies, Rick guides you through a seated breathing meditation that will help you become aware of the many elements of happiness that are around you all the time.
In this episode of Natural Tendencies, Rick speaks to a highly driven creative engineer about his key behavioral attributes and shows how these traits can be both strengths and growth areas in his life. Rick guides you through using our behavioral assessment in this coaching session and gives advice to facilitate your own.
In this episode of Natural Tendencies, Rick speaks with Deepak Kumar, a successful Director of Business Operations, about his strengths and growth areas using the results of our behavioral assessment, The BE Success Survey.
Taming the Monkey Mind
Feeling stressed and unsettled? In this special episode of Natural Tendencies, Rick shares his thoughts on meditation and the benefits of establishing your own meditation practice. He provides simple meditation ideas that are accessible to everyone and guides you through the process of establishing awareness through mind-body connection.
In Episode 8 of Natural Tendencies, Rick talks with a Graphic Designer about her need to always feel in control and how she has realized that she defines her whole identity by the things she does and what other people think of her.
Mentor Casting: Eric Loyall
In this special episode of Natural Tendencies, Rick talks with Eric Loyall, COO of SSA, a well-established company that operates visitor services at cultural attractions across the United States, about the importance of mentorship for personal growth and how his company invested in its own formal mentorship program to encourage understanding, connection and diversity.
Like a Bridge over Troubled Water
In this heart wrenching (and warming) episode of Natural Tendencies, Rick speaks with artist & musician, Shawn Rinehart, about his most tragic and impactful life event and how he leaned on his own strengths and the love of community to process his loss and grief.
In Episode 5 of Natural Tendencies, Rick speaks with Yogi and Entrepreneur, Kali Necrason about the importance of names and how their spiritual significance has informed her perception of herself. She talks about how she is constantly combatting her innate and intense forward energy and aggression because she sees it as the antithesis of her core spiritual self.
Chucking Kale at Your Husband
In Episode 4 of Natural Tendencies, Rick talks to a passionate creative who struggles with dealing with the “spongey” stuff that occupies her mind and the dissatisfaction inherent in being creative…sometimes manifesting into chucking kale at her husband. (Featuring a guest appearance by an epic thunderstorm… )
Unraveling the Human Doing
In Episode 3 of Natural Tendencies, Rick talks with our senior consultant, Chu Shin, about his severe childhood trauma and how it has informed his need to prove himself and always do more.
In Episode 2 of Natural Tendencies, Rick leads a verbal acupuncture session where he talks to one of his closest friends about having the rug pulled out from under his life after his parent’s divorce and early childhood losses, the insecurity and loneliness that resulted from that, and how he resorted to comedy as a means to make connections.
The Human Chameleon
In our inaugural episode of Natural Tendencies, Rick talks to a successful VP who he refers to as The Human Chameleon about dealing with anxiety, growing up with psychiatrists after a divorce and sacrificing your own needs for others.